Hermosa Beach is one of Southern California’s best kept secrets and the name says it all – Hermosa is Spanish for “beautiful”! While it has gained in popularity over the last 20 years, it still remains as one of Southern California’s most laid-back and soulful beach towns. Once the epicenter of surfboard production in the 1960’s, Hermosa Beach retains it’s surfing roots with it’s Surfer’s Walk of Fame along the city’s fishing pier. The former home of beatniks, jazz legends, and famous punk rockers, Hermosa is now a family favorite with great parks, top-notch schools, and outstanding restaurants. If nightlife is your thing, Pier Avenue boasts bars of all styles and just about any type of food you can imagine. Residential areas include the Sand Section with some of the best views in the South Bay with west facing lots, Hermosa Valley with the greenbelt and family filled streets, and the Hermosa Hills where many homes come with an ocean view. Hermosa Beach home prices have risen sharply in the last few years as people continue to get priced out of Manhattan Beach, but when it comes to home buyers looking for location, lifestyle, and community, Hermosa Beach still has many options available to live the beach lifestyle. Single family homes start around $1,100,000 and townhomes can be found starting around $900,000 – but expect to pay at least $1.4m for an updated home with 3 bedrooms.