Manhattan beach walkstreet homes
By Keith Kyle
For the ultimate in beach living that doesn’t involve living ocean front, the “walk streets” of Manhattan Beach offer it all. These pedestrian only “streets” are only found in the sand section and almost always mean that the homes are within a few blocks of the beach.
What makes these streets so unique and so valuable?
Most sand section homes on full lots face the street in the front, homes on both sides and an alley in the back. Fronting the street means the obvious challenges of car noise, parking challenges and a much higher level of traffic, especially in the summer. Walkstreets front a sidewalk instead of a street making for a much quieter, safer, and community friendly situation.
Most homes on these streets are full 30×90 foot lots with some being half lots or partial lots. There is great demand by builders for older “fixers” or tear downs due to the premium location. Homes generally start in the $3,000,000 for a lot value sale and most larger homes start in the mid $5,000,000s. Views are often unprotected in this area and is an important consideration having great influence on values. Future views are not guaranteed and should always be considered. Due to the steepness of some of the streets there is almost always some type of ocean views looking down the walkstreet. As there are still an abundance of smaller original homes, its’ not uncommon to have stunning west facing views from the entire top floor.
These fabulous homes are also a favorite of the rich and famous with numerous professional athletes and celebrities living in the neighborhood.
Unfortunately searching and finding homes only on walkstreets isn’t easy as there is no specific category on the local MLS to designate them. If you would like to receive walkstreet listings please contact us or fill out our daily Manhattan Beach listing request and keep you notified anytime a new home comes on the market.