Manhattan Beach is a coastal city located in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, USA. 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. According to a January 30, 2014 L.A. Daily News article that published a Dataquick housing analysis the City of Manhattan Beach has the highest housing prices in California. In the same study where Manhattan Beach was ranked first in the State, Brentwood was ranked sixth, Beverly Hills seventh, and Pacific Palisades eighth. It is one of the three Beach Cities in the South Bay. Manhattan Beach has one public high school, Mira Costa High School. According to a July 2013 report by the Hollywood Reporter more $1 million+ homes sales occurred in the City of Manhattan Beach than any other City in Southern California surpassing cities like Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Bel-Air, Newport Beach and others. Again in 2013, (citation July 2013 Hollywood Reporter article) the City of Manhattan Beach had more homes sell for $1 million or more than any other City in Southern California and possibly more than any other City in the U.S. As well, property values per square foot in the City of Manhattan Beach are the highest of any city in Southern California and among the highest in the nation. Recent sales on the "The Strand" in Manhattan Beach have included a $9.7 million lot sale for a 3,000 square foot lot, a $12.6 million lot sale, and a $14 million lot sale and others according to Real Estate Edge Manhattan Beach Sunday January 26, 2014 edition. These recent sales for simply "dirt" are among the highest prices paid for land in the U.S. Many high profile individuals live in Manhattan Beach including Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova, the head coach of the L.A. Kings, head coach of the L.A. Galaxy, UCLA head football Coach Jim Mora, University of Hawaii Head Football Coach Norm Chow, USC Head basketball Coach Andy Enfield, Tennis Superstar Victoria Azarenka and her boyfriend LMFAO singer "Red Foo" among others. L.A. Kings Captain Dustin Brown and a majority of the Kings players reside in Manhattan Beach. Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin and his son former USC Head Coach Lanc Kiffin also reside in Manhattan Beach.
In 1863, a Scottish immigrant, Sir Robert Burnett, purchased Rancho Sausal Redondo and Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela from Avila's heirs for $33,000. Ten years later in 1873, Burnett leased the ranch to a Canadian, Daniel Freeman (not the American Daniel Freeman, who was the first to file a claim under the Homestead Act of 1862). Burnett returned to Scotland. Freeman moved his wife and three children onto the ranch and started growing various crops. On May 4, 1885 Freeman bought the ranch from Burnett for $140,000.
George H. Peck owned a lot of the land that became part of the north section of Manhattan Beach. A coin flip decided the town's name. Around 1902, the beach suburb was named "Manhattan" after developer Stewart Merrill's home town, Manhattan, New York. "Beach" was appended to the city's name in 1927 at the behest of the postmaster.
Much of Manhattan Beach was once sand dunes. During the 1920s and 1930s some of that sand was shipped to Waikiki, Hawaii to convert their reef and rock beach into a sandy beach. Some of the sand was also used to build the Los Angeles Coliseum and portions of Pacific Coast Highway.