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Old 06-30-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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Where would you rather live and why?

Which has more diversity?
Which is more laid back?
School wise which would be better and more friendly and welcoming?
Which has less congestion?
Is it better being closer to LA or closer to orange county?
Which has nicer homes with bigger yards?
Are either of these places prejudices/racist/shallow?
Which has more to do such as activities, parks, etc?
Which has more culture?
which has better air quality?

Thanks
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Old 06-30-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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Where would you rather live and why?

Which has more diversity?
Which is more laid back?
School wise which would be better and more friendly and welcoming?
Which has less congestion?
Is it better being closer to LA or closer to orange county?
Which has nicer homes with bigger yards?
Are either of these places prejudices/racist/shallow?
Which has more to do such as activities, parks, etc?
Which has more culture?
which has better air quality?

Thanks
Neither ...
You need to be rich to buy a home in MB and its not worth it. You need to be semi rich to live in RB and it's definitely not worth it. Both are too crowded.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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In terms of schools, Manhattan Beach is slightly better than Redondo Beach, but, they both have good schools.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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Neither ...
You need to be rich to buy a home in MB and its not worth it. You need to be semi rich to live in RB and it's definitely not worth it. Both are too crowded.
I am rich, otherwise I woudn't have asked the question.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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they are close to equal, but overall manhattan beach is a nicer city. redondo is a larger city and covers some areas that aren't as expensive (read: further from the ocean). manhattan beach homes start around $800k for total fixers on small lots. i'd happily live in either city, but would prefer manhattan beach if money were no object.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:28 PM
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Not many affluent professionals w/families choose to live in MB

MB may be OK for singles of leisure who don't mind a crappy commute to any major offices: most workaholic, affluent singles in LA live in BH-SM corridor; are generally in finance industry so arrive at office <<6AM

Affluent family crowd gravitates to Palisades/Brentwood...can have house nr coast on >1ac lot; more efficient commute to major offices in CentCity/SM/DLA; kids attend various pvt schools anyway; most relevant restaurants/bars (esp for business dinners) are in BH area: even SM is viewed as leaving civilization for the suburban, family-oriented hinterlands of W of 405
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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I am rich, otherwise I woudn't have asked the question.
And I said its not worth it. If I'm going to pay a couple mil for a house then I want the whole package. MB does not deliver the whole package.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:04 AM
 
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The reason I like MB is because it is close to the airport, close to LA the beach is clean, crime is low, high school is class, and is near everything.

My price range for a house would be 3-4 million.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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The reason I like MB is because it is close to the airport, close to LA the beach is clean, crime is low, high school is class, and is near everything.

My price range for a house would be 3-4 million.
Manhattan Beach is a great place to live. I've been here for 58 years now. The poster who said affluent families don't live here is incorrect. The town is full of affluent people who have moved in from the Westside (Brentwood, Beverly Hills) to MB. There are also many people of notoriety living here such as sports figures, t.v. personalities, actors, artists, film industry execs, etc. In fact, there is quite a bit of money that has moved into the area the past 30 years.

There are those who prefer the Westside and those who prefer the South Bay. Something for everyone. I personally don't care for the Westside. The traffic during the week is the worst. However, it is a more diverse area if that is important to you.

The lots in MB are small and the homes expensive. It's a fun town if you take in what it offers. Where you commute to work and what activities you enjoy would be of concern. Other than that, living at the beach is fabulous.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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The reason I like MB is because it is close to the airport, close to LA the beach is clean, crime is low, high school is class, and is near everything.

My price range for a house would be 3-4 million.
You can get that and the "whole package" for half the price in another location. The "whole package" means there are no detractors. Manhattan beach is an island in a sea of iffy neighborhoods and its way too congested, way too many people, way overpriced.
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