Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County, California; better yet it’s one of the cities that located in the area of LA County known as the South Bay. The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities. Hermosa Beach is bordered by the other two, Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east.
Hermosa Beach was originally part of the 1784 Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant that later became the ten-mile (16 km) Ocean frontage of Rancho Sausal Redondo. In 1900 a tract of 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) was purchased for $35 per acre from A. E. Pomroy, then owner of the greater part of Rancho Sausal Redondo. Messrs. Burbank and Baker, agents, bought this land for Sherman and Clark who organized and retained the controlling interest in the Hermosa Beach Land and Water Company. In early days, Hermosa Beach — like so many of its neighboring cities (Inglewood, Lawndale, Torrance) — was one vast sweep of rolling hills covered with fields of grain, mostly barley. During certain seasons of the year large herds of sheep were grazed over this land, and corrals and large barns for storing the grain, as well as providing shelter for horses and farm implements were located on the ranch between Hermosa and Inglewood. The Spanish words Rancho Sausal Redondo mean a large circular ranch of pasture of grazing land, with a grove of willow on it.
At that time, the city acquired ownership of its two-mile stretch of ocean frontage, this being included in an original deed to the city from the Hermosa Beach Land and Water Company. The deed stated that this land was to be held in perpetuity as a beach playground, free from commerce, and for the benefit of not only residents of Hermosa, but also for the sea lovers of Southern California. The first city election for city officers was held December 24, 1906. On January 14, 1907, Hermosa Beach became the nineteenth incorporated city of Los Angeles County. Of the three Beach Cities, only Hermosa Beach owns its own beach. The other two cities’ beaches are owned by the county of Los Angeles.
The name Hermosa comes from Spanish and means “beautiful.” Hermosa Beach has never permitted cheap amusements along its strand and its original ideals are its present day standards. The sports of fishing and swimming have always prevailed here and many famous anglers have reeled their lines off its pier. Persons of world renown have splashed through the ocean’s rollicking surf on vacations in Hermosa. Situated on the Pacific Ocean, Hermosa’s average temperature is 70 degrees in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter. Westerly sea breezes lessen what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the county and help keep the smog away 360 days of the year.
The city’s beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding and bars. The city itself extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with the Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle. A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Hermosa’s beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and the Hermosa Beach pier is at the end of Pier Avenue, which is one of the beach community’s main shopping, eating and partying areas. The Strand runs along the beach, from Redondo Beach in the south to Santa Monica roughly 20 miles to the north of Hermosa Beach. On a typical day, you see thousands of people on rollerblades, skateboards, and bicycles, or jogging or just strolling along this path, enjoying the sun and the sights. Throughout the city, you also find plenty of parks, with lush green trees offering a nice shade on a warm day. The Hermosa Valley Greenbelt, a lovely linear trail running through the city from south to north, is filled with joggers in the mornings and evenings.
The beautiful beach lifestyle comes at a price: Hermosa real estate according to public data, Hermosa real estate median price is 1,185,000.00 has increased slightly over 10% from last year 2012 to this year 2013. Properties within short walking distance of the ocean routinely sell for well over US$1.5 million. Those with direct, unhindered views routinely ask in excess of $2.5 million. Money Magazine ranks communities in the area as some of the most expensive places to live in America. Hermosa Homes located on The Strand frequently sell for $3–15 million. Hermosa homes starts at about, about depending on location and views from $675 per square foot up to about $2,450 sq. ft. West of PCH single homes mix with apartments, some have sunset views. East of PCH, the hills rise into upper-middle-class neighborhoods of tract homes with custom touches. Since the 1980s gentrification has set in, and many single-family dwellings and apartment buildings have been razed for condominiums. Multiple housing units dominate slightly over single family homes.
Hermosa means “Beautiful” and how apropos to describe city located on the Pacific Ocean, 5 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport and just 18 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Even with its proximity to Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach remains a quaint and beautiful beachside community, just over one square mile in size, with a population of a little over 20,000.
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