Hermosa Beach Makes the List! One of the Top Coastal Towns

Hermosa Beach  was recognized in Coastal Living Magazine as one of the top 20 best places to live on the coast for 2018!  Hermosa Beach must be a great place to live as it’s been on this list and other magazines top beach town lists several times now.  As a 30 year resident and a long time realtor in the area….who am I to disagree.

Of Precious Metals and Little Houses in Hermosa Beach

By Keith Kyle1514 Silver Street Hermsa Beach

As of 3/29 two new listings hit the market in Hermosa Beach and both were unique but strangely similar.  It’s not every day that you see single family homes with less than 700 feet (we’ve only ever seen a few in a town where mcmansions seem to be more common all of the time) and today there were two.  It’s even less common to see these homes on Silver and Golden Streets….perhaps 2 of the less known streets in all of Hermosa Beach.

1514_SilverThe home at 1514 Silver comes in at 576 square feet but sits on a fairly good size 2,986 foot lot.  There’s really no question that they’re going for lot value here as regardless of how cute it it….$1,649 a square foot is a pretty tall order.  It’s a cute bungalow on a nice lot but this tiny charmer isn’t destined to remain and will eventually be something far larger and newer.


The home at 1517 Golden is slightly cheaper per square foot at $1,566 but with 699 square feet and a list price of almost $1.1M they’re certainly banking on potential ocean views on a new build and shopping this to developers


December Home Sales in Hermosa Beach

By Keith Kyle315_26th_St_front4 copy

December saw some significent home sales in Hermosa Beach, especially in the sand section. With prices at an all time high the new normal for values is fairly incredible.  Below is a list of all of the homes that closed escrow in December 2015 which was far from the slow month people often think the holidays create.  See the home sales for other South Bay cities including Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and more.

Click here to view the current homes for sale in Hermosa Beach.  Please feel free to contact us for information on any of the sold home or current listings.

Type   Address  Price  Beds/Baths Year Built Square Feet
CONDO/A 1300 The Strand #127  $              525,000 1/1,0,0,0 2001/ASR 440/A
SFR/D 435 8th ST  $              777,777 1/1,0,0,0 1923/ASR 480/A
CONDO/A 444 Hermosa AV 102 #102  $          1,475,000 3/1,2,0,0 1988/ASR 1781/A
TWNHS/A 159 Monterey BL #A  $          1,500,000 3/3,0,0,0 1979/ASR 1974/S
SFR/D 242 Longfellow AV  $          1,575,000 2/2,0,0,0 1933/ASR 1056/A
TWNHS/D 506 25th  $          2,265,000 4/3,0,1,0 2015/BLD 2710/B
TWNHS/A 1501 Monterey  $          2,300,000 4/3,0,1,0 2015/EST 2000/AP
SFR/D 244 Longfellow AV  $          2,400,000 6/3,0,0,0 1953/ASR 1969/A
SFR/D 701 Loma DR  $          2,525,000 4/3,1,0,0 2004/ASR 2730/A
SFR/D 70 10th ST  $          2,960,000 3/1,1,0,0 1910/ASR 1512/A
TWNHS/D 1517 Hermosa AV  $          3,730,000 4/1,2,1,0 2015/BLD 2684/B
SFR/D 801 Hermosa AV  $          4,015,000 4/5,0,2,0 2015/APP 4003/A
CONDO/A 1600 Ardmore AV #327  $              580,000 2/2,0,0,0 1970/ASR 980/A
SFR/D 2524 Ardmore AV  $          1,297,000 2/1,0,0,0 1951/ASR 940/A
SFR/D 1920 Springfield AV  $          2,175,000 5/3,0,1,0 2009/SLR 3277/S
CONDO/A 2411 Prospect AV #107  $              410,000 2/1,1,0,0 1972/ASR 866/A
CONDO/A 2411 Prospect AV #125  $              525,100 2/1,1,0,0 1972/ASR 919/A
SFR/D 824 17th ST  $          1,500,000 3/2,1,0,0 2001/ASR 2683/A
TWNHS/A 1111 17th ST  $          2,100,000 4/3,0,1,0 2015/BLD 2700/B
SFR/D 1286 Bonnie Brae  $          2,150,000 5/4,0,0,0 2008/ASR 3666/A

Hermosa Beach February Home Sales Slow As Inventory Way Down

By Keith KyleSunset Strand reflections

Hermosa Beach saw another slow month of home sales as inventory continued at record low numbers.  Although there were several “off market
sales, the sales recorded in the local MLS numbered a paltry 9 homes.  Although the number of home sales was down the sales prices once again were anything but low as the lack of inventory and high demand led to another month of big numbers.  The lowest home price was $640,000 for the 2 bedroom condo located at 320 Hermosa Ave while the top sale of the month was for the fixer/tear down at 136 Neptune…a stones throw from the beach.  View the February home sales below.  To see other South Bay cities or home sales in other months, visit our South Bay recent sales information page.

MLS# Type   Address  Price  Bed/Bath Year Sq Feet
SB14217595 CONDO/A 320 Hermosa AV #101  $ 640,000 2/1,1,0,0 1972/ASR 1115/A
SB14005999 TWNHS/A 1106 Palm DR  $ 2,150,000 4/3,0,1,0 2006/ASR 2660/A
SB14100959 SFR/D 402 31st ST  $ 2,399,000 3/2,1,1,0 2003/ASR 3098/A
SB15014319 SFR/D 136 Neptune AV  $ 2,450,000 3/2,0,0,0 1967/ASR 1542/A
SB15015351 TWNHS/A 501 Herondo ST #64  $ 789,000 2/2,0,1,0 1987/ASR 1439/A
SB14251132 TWNHS/A 635 5th ST  $ 1,575,000 4/3,0,1,0 2014/BLD 2770/B
SB14232390 SFR/D 1216 11th PL  $ 760,000 3/1,0,0,0 1956/ASR 912/A
SB15016909 SFR/D 825 18th ST  $ 1,185,000 3/2,0,1,0 1965/ASR 2344/A
SB14241320 SFR/D 1733 Prospect AV  $ 1,450,000 3/3,0,0,0 1974/ASR 2250/A

When Sales Prices Go Crazy – 107 24th Street in Hermosa Beach

By Keith Kyle

In this market there are definitely homes that sell over list price……


Located on the corner of 24th and Hermosa Ave and only a few hundred feet from the sand, this home was listed at $2,000,000.  Although the home was a fixer at best the location is highly sought after and coveted by builders for the size of the lot and the potential views and the proximity to the sand.  Unbelievably the home listed at $2,000,000 closed at $2,760,000!!107 24th Street HErmosa Beach

Status: Closed Sale
ML#:   SB14224663 
APN:   4182011001 
Orig. List Price:   $2,000,000 
Price Per Sqft:   $1,197.92 
County:   Los Angeles 
Property Type:   Single Family Residence (D) 
Bedrooms:   2 
Bath(F,T,H,Q):  1,1,0,0 
Sqft (Src):   2,304 (Assessor’s Data) 
Ac/LotSqft (Src):   0.055/2,403 (A) 


Only 5 Hermosa Beach Foreclosures in all of 2014

By Keith Kyle

If you’re looking for a foreclosure deal in Hermosa Beach it may be a while.  In all of 2014 only 5 “distressed” homes were sold  4 of the homes were short sales with the other being a  bank owned property.    In general the few short sales and foreclosures that did sell were good buys with the average price per square feet on the distressed sales was $585 while the average price per foot of normal sales (not including oceanfront properties) was $741.  2014 saw 206 on market homes sales in Hermosa Beach so the distressed market was a very minimal factor.  Currently there are no foreclosures on the market and the last listing was the home on 6th Street that closed in September.



As prices have risen so dramatically over the past 24 months it’s unlikely we’ll see any distressed sales in the immediate future but as homes are now reaching record prices it may be a matter of time before some homes once again are underwater.  Please feel free to contact us for more information on the real estate market in Hermosa Beach or foreclosure opportunities in the neighboring communities.

Some of our Favorite Hermosa Beach Sunsets

Living at the beach is good in just about every way, but the sunsets are truly magical.  Over the years we’ve seen many and appreciate them all.  Here are just a few Hermosa Beach Sunsets.

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Extreme Low Tides Making for Some Beautiful Sunsets

The ultra low tides of late are making for some very different types of days at the beach and adds something to the already spectacular sunsets.

Lowtide Sunset in Hermosa Beach Low tide sunset panorama Sunset solitude

October a Good Month for Hermosa Beach Home Sales

October was another strong month for Hermosa Beach home sales with 16 closed home sales with a median home price of $1,267,000. Of the 16 sales 5 sold above their list price, with the rest selling at either list price or fairly close.  With inventory remaining so low for this small coastal community, the demand has remained very strong with most homes selling quickly at near record prices.  See below for the home sales in the month of October.    Click here to see the current homes for sale in Hermosa Beach




Yards Becoming a Rarity in Hermosa Beach Real Estate

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 Hermosa Beach homes with yardsendangered 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.