Manhattan Beach is a beachfront city located in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, USA. It is one of the most expensive cities to live in on the California Coast, with homes exceeding $25 million in cost. The city is on the Pacific coast, south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. Manhattan Beach is a hotspot for beach volleyball and surfing. Every August, the city hosts the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball tournament and the International Surf Festival. It is one of the three Beach Cities in the South Bay. In the past 15 years, it has become home to professional athletes and celebrities such as Richard Shibuya, Lisa Leslie, Maria Sharapova, Kerri Walsh, Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neal, Lamar Odom, Mike Richards, Blake Griffin and Landon Donovan.
Because it is within commuting distance to Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach is favorite residence of professional athletes and executives in the entertainment industry. Property in Manhattan Beach, especially near the waterfront, is exceptionally expensive. For instance,a half acre of land on the Strand in Manhattan Beach is valued at $35 million while a half acre of land in Bel Air is valued at $20 million. Homes with an ocean view often exceed $5 million in cost.
Manhattan Beach has one local high school, Mira Costa High School.
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