Welcome to the homes in the Pennekamp Elementary School area of East Manhattan Beach. We work with many home buyers looking for homes within the boundaries of a specific elementary school in Manhattan Beach. If you are looking for homes in specific areas we hope that the following information is helpful. We make no claims or guarantees of enrollment or residency requirements but hope you can use this as a reference. Please contact the district to confirm residency requirements and enrollment.
By Keith Kyle
Manhattan Beach is an idyllic place to live. From near perfect weather, to spectacular beaches….from nationally ranked Manhattan Beach Unified schools to a fantastic sense of community….Manhattan Beach has it all. These features also explain why Manhattan Beach real estate is so valuable and highly sought after.
One of the most recognizable and integral part to that small town charm and sense of community is the downtown area. Lined with wonderful restaurants, chic shops, and a few “old school” beach bars, it’s a great place to be whether day or night.
The downtown area is focused on the few blocks surrounding Manhattan Beach Blvd and as the primary street faces west and sits on a hill (technically a sand dune) it offers incredible views of the pier and ocean and enjoys a great ocean breeze that cools on even the hottest days. Although it can get pretty overcrowded during the summer, as Manhattan is certainly a tourist destination, there is still enough room as most of the visitors eventually end up on the beautiful beaches just to the west of the downtown area.
Other parts of town such as El Porto (now known as North Manhattan) also offer a nice beach town feel, the downtown area certainly is the heart and soul of this charming beach community.
One of the more popular areas in Manhattan Beach is the tree section. It has a great community feel, sits west of Sepulveda (meaning it’s closer to the beach and no major streets need to be crossed to get there), offers some of the best schools in the state and larger homes than in the sand section.
So why is it called the tree section you ask? It must be all of those trees…..
While there are more trees in the tree section than in other parts of Manhattan Beach, that’s not why the area has this unique name. The name is actually derived from the street names. Streets such as Walnut, Pine, Oak, Palm and Elm make up the bulk of the streets that travel north and south.
Regardless of the name it’s one of the more sought after neighborhoods in all of the South Bay. Visit our tree section homes for sale page to see the current MLS listings.
This was a recent article from the Beach Reporter regarding the rising home values in Manhattan Beach and some of the reasons for the rapidly increasing prices.
One of the most common reasons people want to live in Manhattan Beach is the quality of the schools. One of the most frequent questions is what elementary school will a child attend depending on where they buy a home in Manhattan Beach. Manhattan Beach Unified School District has 5 elementary schools, one middle school and one high school (Mira Costa). See the map below to get a better sense of where the elementary schools are located and the boundaries of each.
In general the hill section and south sand section neighborhoods attend Robinson Elementary, the north sand section and parts of the tree section attend Grand View, the eastern half of the tree section attends Pacific, the Manhattan Heights and Liberty Village areas (east of Sepulveda and north of MB Blvd) attend Meadows and the Mira Costa area of East Manhattan attend Pennekamp. All are fantastic schools with incredible test scores and parent participation is second to none.
By Keith Kyle
Without question, Manhattan Beach is a “hot” real estate market. As if the number of homes selling over list price with multiple offers doesn’t pose enough of a challenge to entry level buyers, the competition with builders and developers makes it all but impossible. Whenever the market heats up to this extent it seems that every builder, investor and developer wants a piece of the action. Whether it’s flipping a larger but older home, or knocking down the original bungalow to build an estate property, the potential profits are just too enticing for builders…..and that all but eliminates the opportunities for entry level buyers.
These builders are looking for just about any well priced home or piece of property and many get sold before they’ve even gone on the market. The problem is that what these builders consider “tear downs” are the very same homes that many buyers would consider starter homes…and their entry into this high demand community. What might be an affordable original 3 bedroom, 1200 foot home built in the 1940s priced in the low $900s, gets knocked down, quickly developed and soon comes to market as a $3.0M+ mansion. Unfortunately buyers looking to get into this neighborhood are often young professionals or young families interested in the award winning schools, but are priced right out of the market.
This isn’t the first time that this has been the struggle and it won’t be the last. Buyers either need to be very patient and wait for these dramatic price increases (and almost instantaneous profits for builders) to ease up, or be willing to overspend a bit to compete with the builders when the home actually does make it to market.
For sellers the time is most certainly right, but they need to be cautious as more often than not they could likely get more money by listing the home and putting it on the open market than selling to a builder without any competition.