As builders buy just about every beach bungalow and build the very largest homes the city will allow, one thing that seems to be on the endangered list is the backyard (or front yard for that matter). Most lots in Hermosa Beach were never huge, usually ranging between 2100 and 4000 feet, but the original homes on those lots were generally one story bungalows with either larger backyards or detached garages with a smaller yard. Due to city building regulations that allowed builders to consider balconies and, more importantly, roof decks, as open space, yards of any significant size were basically no longer required. Developers took full advantage of this rather builder friendly ruling and homes became larger and larger and pushed to every possible inch of the property. What used to be yard is now part of the home and with only 10% setbacks on sideyards homes on 30 foot wide lots (which is very common) only have 3 feet to the property line, or 6 feet from the neighbor. Unfortunately this has taken it’s toll on the beach “charm” as homes nowdays are simply giant rectangular boxes that take push outward and upward to get maximum square footage. Most of these homes are beautiful, especially the interiors, but unfortunately as more and more original bungalows are replaced the beach community charm is certainly lost in some ways. When buyers have a “yard” on their need list it almost rules Hermosa Beach out which is certainly a bit sad. Unfortunately there’s no stopping this “progress” but if you’re lucky enough to have a yard….you’re pretty lucky and in rare company.