SCE to Upgrade Manhattan Beach Power Grid

Southern California Edison is making upgrades to the Manhattan Beach electrical grid.  This will affect a large part of home and businesses in this coastal city.  SCE  plans to start mid August in East Manhattan Beach and continue to the other areas identified in the map below.  This project is to eliminate El Porto substation and to provide maintain safe and reliable service to customers in city of Manhattan Beach. The scope of work include overhead pole replacements, underground re-cabling, and installing new vaults.

The process involves upgrading parts of the city distribution grid from 4 KV to 16 KV. During this process they will be removing (660) poles and (154) transformers and replacing them with taller poles and higher voltage transformers. When completed, SCE claims that the power grid will be more reliable with fewer blackouts and brownouts.

The process will take into mid 2015 and will be done block by block. While they are working on a block, the power will be off from a few minutes to maybe as long as most of the day. Their first priority is safety, so while working on replacing poles and wires they may have to shut down a whole block for the whole day.

According to SCE plenty of notice will be given to each property owner via door hangers, e-mails or text messages if you have given them your contact info.

For more information go to “ on.sce.com/elporto“.

SCE Construction Map of Manhattan Beach

Why is El Porto More Affordable than the rest of the Sand Section?

By Keith Kyle Sand-Section

The northernmost tip of the Manhattan Beach sand section was always known as El Porto and has always been the most affordable way to live in this ultra luxury section of Manhattan Beach.  The sand section is generally the area just west of the greenbelt recreation path in between the streets of Valley and Ardmore.   Other than some of the true luxury estates in the Hill Section (see best of all worlds – real estate in the hill section), the sand section is the most highly sought after land in this luxury coastal community.  With townhomes now reaching and exceeding $2.0M, newer walkstreet homes topping $5.0M finding a more affordable option generally means looking east.

The best option for those feeling priced out of the neighborhood is the area of El Porto which is the northernmost section.  In an attempt to shed the El Porto moniker the area has been renamed North Manhattan but to most in the area it’s still known as El Porto.

So why is El Porto so much more affordable?

As with everything in real estate, lower prices involve tradeoffs and compromises.  In the case of El Porto it generally comes down to lot sizes and all of the differences those smaller lots create.  While many lots in the sand section are 30×90 most El Porto lots were split long ago and are “half lots” at 30×45 (with some variations)  This doesn’t just mean twice as many homes, but impacts the layout and feel as well.   One of the appeals to the sand section are the pedestrian only walkstreets that most homes face.  The back of the homes are on, what feel to be, smaller alleys with all of the garages, but homes are all built with the primary open areas facing the the walkstreets and the ocean.  El Porto doesn’t have walkstreets so all of the homes face the streets or alleys so the front of all homes consists of garages (or in some really original bungalows simply a space for one car).  In addition smaller lots generally limit the square footage that a new home can offer.  The good news for buyers is that the limited size of new construction homes greatly limits the appeal to builders who focus on larger lots.  This limits the competition and helps keep prices from skyrocketing during building booms.

Pros of El Porto:

  • Much more affordable prices
  • Proximity to the beach
  • Many homes feature great views due to the steepness of the streets
  • Ideal for commuters as it can take 15 minutes off of a drive compared with other areas

Cons of El Porto:

  • Smaller homes with little to no outdoor areas (roofdecks are not allowed in Manhattan Beach)
  • Very narrow streets (numbered streets are generally wider than named streets but all are narrow)
  • Homes face garages so curb appeal less than other sand section areas.
  • Smaller lots means more homes and has a more congested feel
  • Very little parking.  At best homes have 2 car garage with many older homes having no garages

Manhattan Beach Townhomes Not Always Priced Lower

By Keith Kyle

When many buyers start their search they always start with thoughts of the perfect home.  Usually reality hits quickly and compromises have to be made.  One of the common compromises that people often decide on is that they would be willing to purchase a townhome instead of a single family home.  The thought is that a townhome will be bigger, newer and in a better location than an equally priced single family, and that it will be the most affordable way of finding homes in this coastal community……

That’s not always the case in the luxury market of Manhattan Manhattan Beach sand section homesBeach. 

Due to the zoning in Manhattan Beach in which most areas only allow for 1 dwelling on a lot, most townhomes are built and sold in the sand section.  This area is closest to the beach, and the most sought after in Manhattan Beach.  As everyone’s image of life at the beach includes ocean views, short walks to the beach, and the sounds of the surf…..this is where everyone wants to live and is priced accordingly.

Luxury home buyers are often surprised that townhomes are not a far less expensive option, but as the bulk of the townhome options in Manhattan are in the priciest neighborhood they yield some pretty remarkable prices.  This isn’t to say that they are not considerably less expensive than the single family next door, but compared with prices in Manhattan Beach as a whole, they are higher than expected.  Other than the sand section, zoning really only allows townhomes on a few of the busier streets throughout the city and there just are not that many opportunities to purchase them as the supply is so limited.

  1. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,310 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,505 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 4
  2. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,675 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,328 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 45
  3. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,018 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,702 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Days on market: 54
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,819 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,753 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 55
  5. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,329 sq ft
    Year built: 1991
    Days on market: 60
  6. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 1,915 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,693 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 63
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,441 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,682 sqft
    Year built: 1967
    Days on market: 74
  8. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,740 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 102
  9. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,550 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,326 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 109
  10. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,157 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Year built: 1996
    Days on market: 109

See all Real estate in the city of Manhattan Beach.
(all data current as of 11/19/2017)

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Why the “Sand” Section of Manhattan Beach is So Great

By Keith Kyle

The answer to the question, “what’s so great about the Manhattan Beach sand section anyway?” can be summed up with 3 words……Location,Manhattan Ave location, location. The “sand” section of Manhattan Beach gets it’s name from the proximity to the beach. The area stretches from Hermosa Beach to the edge of Manhattan known as El Porto. In this wonderful area you’re never far from the beach, often walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars, enjoy almost perfect weather, are treated to spectacular sunsets, and often have great ocean views. The biggest drawbacks to this area are the price and the limited space as land is at a premium and just about every inch of lot is taken up by homes. Gone are most of the beach bungalows that actually fit on the lot and most have been replaced by larger and larger homes as wide, deep and tall as they can possibly be. Some of the unique areas are the “walkstreets” in which the homes front a pedestrian only “street” which allows for less noise, no cars, and a much safer atmosphere and the lack of cars make views that much more impressive. El Porto, the most northern area of the sand section, is the most affordable as many of the typical 30×90 foot lots were split and the smaller lots equal smaller homes equal smaller price tags. Without question the most sought after property in the sand section are the very rare and always impressive homes located beach front on “The Strand” These homes offer the high end luxury buyer endless and unblockable ocean views.

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The sand section homes for sale, pending home sales an recent closed escrows.

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