By Keith Kyle
Hermosa Beach has been voted as one of the best beach communities by travel magazines in the past and there’s not much to argue with that claim. A beautiful beach, small town feel, one elementary and one middle school and just about everything is a short walk to the beach.
At the heart of Hermosa Beach is the downtown area and the focal point of Pier Plaza. Pier Ave cuts through the center of town and extends from the Hermosa pier to PCH and is lined with an array of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios and other businesses. On “lower” pier the city long ago took cars out of the equation by making pier plaza a pedestrian only block allowing for a wonderful beach vibe with kids on skateboards, people casually walking around, and a quieter atmosphere without the traffic. This palm lined walk offers stores and restaurants that range from the newer more trendy restaurants and bars to some of the longstanding local hangouts such as the Lighthouse and Fat Face Fenners. Rent a bike at the Hermosa cyclery, or a surfboard from one of the local surf shops. Hermosa is a great destination town and pier plaza is a must visit.
By Keith Kyle
The beachfront street known as The Strand in Hermosa Beach usually has a multi-million dollar price tag and is certainly out of the range for most buyers. A potential option for those looking to live the good life without the rich and famous price tag is the condo/hotel known as the Beach House at 1300 The Strand. Units are individually owned but can only be used by owner a total of 90 days a year. The rest of the year the on site management rents out the units and revenues are split 50/50 between owners and management. Not all of the units are beach front, but the newest listing from South Bay Brokers is not only beach front but sits high on the top floor offering panoramic ocean, beach and pier views.
View the listing information for 1300 The Strand Unit 312
By Keith Kyle
The Beach House Condo Hotel in Hermosa Beach
If you’re like most people in the South Bay, the ultimate in beach living would be a home on the famous “Strand”. The Strand is the oceanfront strip in both Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. Home offer panoramic views, ocean breezes, the sounds of crashing waves, and the beach as your front yard. The drawback is, of course, the price. Hermosa Beach Strand homes generally sell for the mid $6.0Ms for a tear down and can run over $14M for new construction on a larger lot.
Is there a way to enjoy oceanfront living for less?
The answer may lie in the “condo-hotel” known as The Beach House just off pier plaza at 1300 The Strand. All 96 units are individually owned and can be used by the owner for up to 90 days a year. The on site management company uses them as rental hotel rooms for the rest of the year providing the owner with rental income to offset costs. The units are 439 feet and are located in one of two buildings. The original building is primarily oceanfront units with panoramic views of the beach, ocean, Palos Verdes and the pier. The other building is located just off of the Strand but enjoys an excellent location. The units are all fully furnished and offer an efficiency kitchen, 2 TVs, CD player/receiver, fireplace, living room with a pull out queen sofa sleeper, king bed, desk area, bath with soaking tub and separate shower.
USA vs. Ghana Viewing Party at Hermosa Beach Pier – June 16
Join the legion of Galaxy and team USA fans ascending on the Hermosa Beach Pier to watch your US men’s national team open up the World Cup against Ghana at 3pm on Monday, June 16. Join the Galaxy and your fellow fans on the Pier Plaza starting at 2pm as they’ll have a massive TV screen, appearances from Galaxy players and alumni, Star Squad, Cozmo and Futboleros. They’ll be giving away Galaxy / and team USA gear, scarves, posters and much more. Fans can also enter the LA Galaxy Foundation 90/10 raffle for a chance to win amazing Galaxy / USMNT prizes. Seating for this event is limited so please arrive early or bring your own lawn chairs.
- 2pm – Event Starts / Player and Alumni Autograph Signings
- 3pm – USA vs. Ghana
- 5:30pm – Event ends