Hermosa Beach is 1.4 square miles and a very active beach community and has been named by LA Magazine as an “outstanding coastal town”. The downtown area, located on the water in the middle of the city is known as “Pier Plaza” and is home to a variety of unique shops and restaurants and is also where many local community events are held. Oceanview homes are plentiful in Hermosa Beach with a median home value of $1.65M and its residents earning an average of $125,000 annually. Surfing, Skating, Biking, and Beach Volleyball are year-round activities here where the ocean breezes keep the temperature a pleasant 74 degrees average during the summer months. You will find that most of the 20,000 residents (median age 39) were not actually born in Hermosa, but have chosen to make this their home!
Outdoor activities such as beach volleyball, surfing, skateboarding, and biking are inherent to the Hermosa Beach culture. Other favorite activities include jogging or walking along the Greenbelt, Pier and the Strand-- the paved path paralleling the beach and connecting Hermosa Beach to cities up and down the Santa Monica Bay coastline. Hermosa Beach and the South Bay are home to dozens of community and philanthropic organizations. The City keeps a full activities calendar from weekly farmers markets and holiday parades to AVP Tournaments and Heal the Bay “Coastal Clean up Days”. You will find very friendly residents and many homes have outdoor living spaces that are ideal for socializing with neighbors and passersby. This beach city is serviced by both local and city buses.
From traditional surf & turf to more exotic cuisines and from comedy to jazz, Hermosa Beach has many fine dining and entertainment places from which to choose. You won’t find many chain restaurants or shops in Hermosa which add to its small-town charm. Some local favorite spots include:
Shopping in Hermosa includes surf, swim, skate shops, home design & décor shops, and unique one-of-a-kind clothing and gift boutiques. Manhattan Village Mall and Del Amo Shopping Center offer large department stores other national chain retailers within a few miles.
This lively beach city is also well known for its entertainment offerings including live music from rock to blues to jazz. Festivals, parades, special events, and summer concerts occur throughout the year. The three-day weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day bring thousands of visitors to the Fiesta Hermosa Street Fair, which has been a tradition for many years featuring hundreds of crafters and artists and live bands.
The City offers a variety of classes and camps throughout the year for both adults and children that include yoga, tennis, surfing, theater, and more. Two weekly farmers markets take place in Hermosa: Wednesday’s on Pier Plaza and Friday’s on Valley Drive near the Community Buildings.
The Hermosa Beach Summer Concert Series takes place during summer weekends and offers movies and concerts on the sand south of the pier. The community is active with such groups as the Neighborhood Watch, The Kiwanis Club, The Rotary Club, or the Hermosa Arts Foundation.
The Hermosa Beach City School District (HBCSD) is comprised of 2 public schools that provide elementary education to its residents.
Residents can choose between 2 public high schools, each in a neighboring city:
There are 2 private schools in Hermosa and several others in nearby Palos Verdes & Rolling Hills Estates,
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