In 1888, the Santa Fe Railroad laid tracks from Los Angeles to Redondo Beach Wharf and passed through Manhattan Beach. Later the Santa Fe terminated their passenger service in 1918 The Pacific Electric installed a track along the oceanfront from Los Angeles to Santa Monica and south of Redondo Beach passing through Manhattan Beach. The tracks were west of The Strand where the bicycle path is today. The Pacific Railway ran till 1940.
How Manhattan Beach got is name- John Merrill owner of the southern section which was between First Street and Center Street and west of the Santa Fe tracks to The Strand. John Merrill called his Manhattan after his hometown in New York. According to Frank Daugherty, a coin was flipped and Manhattan won.
Manhattan Beach is on the
Pacific Ocean Coast, to the south of El Segundo, and to the north of Hermosa
Beach. To the east are Hawthorne and Redondo Beach. Manhattan Beach is one of
the three beach cities in the South Bay. The city is upscale beach town making
it one of the most expensive coastal towns to live in America.
It is just 4 square miles with a population of 35,000. Dataquick reported
in 2013 that more homes exceeding $1 million were sold in Manhattan Beach than
any other city in California. The current median residential home price is $2.2
million according to a Nov. 23, 2014 L.A. Times article. Manhattan Unified
School District is ranked third best in the state. GQ Magazine, July 2014 issue
named Manhattan Beach one of the nation's six best beaches too.It is home to
many sports and entertainment professionals, executives and entrepreneurs due
to its top performing school district, beach front location, easy commute to downtown
and the westside.