In most cities and with no exception in the City of Manhattan Beach, neighborhoods tend to get named for reasons other than their specific location within the city. For example, in Manhattan Beach many neighborhoods have been named for their physical characteristics. When you first start discovering Manhattan Beach, especially when it comes to searching for a place to live, you will quickly learn that the area near the beach is called the Sand Section. It acquired that name mainly because homes were literally built upon leveled sand dunes that exist east of the beach. The southwestern part of the city is called the Hill Section whose highest point is 245 feet above sea level. Many Hill Section homes enjoy sweeping ocean views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. To the north of the Hill Section and on the west side of Sepulveda Boulevard, is the Tree Section. The area is called the Tree Section because its streets are names for different tree species. The area is also known to have many mature trees adding to its own beauty.
If you are familiar with Manhattan Beach, you probably know that the area east of Sepulveda is simply known as East Manhattan. Those that have had the privilege of living in East Manhattan understand the many great things that it offers that are challenging to find west of Sepulveda. However, it never earned that respected descriptive name that has charmed the areas of the Sand, Hill and Tree Sections; a name that everyone loves, and residents can proudly call their own. It’s time to rename East Manhattan to a name as descriptive as the others.
A public opinion is being proposed to finally name this area and that name is “Manhattan Knolls”. You have an opportunity to post your opinion by clicking the survey or vote buttons below and express your opinion on whether you like the idea of naming East Manhattan Beach a proper name.
To be fair, there have been attempts to name parts of East Manhattan and some of them have stuck. Neighborhood naming is not official city business or politics. It simply is a colloquial nickname that is earned over time. The most common way neighborhoods get named is by the real estate industry when real estate professionals create descriptive ways to identify the differences of each area within a city.
In East Manhattan there are multiple distinct neighborhoods that have names, but most have not been consistently used like its sister areas in the Sand, Hill and Tree Sections. If you look at the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) provided by the Greater South Bay Board of Realtors, you will see that the neighborhood east of Sepulveda Blvd., south of Manhattan Beach Blvd., west of Aviation and north of Artesia Blvd. is named Manhattan Beach Mira Costa. The neighborhood north of Mira Costa up to Marine is named Manhattan Heights. However, you will rarely find anyone using that name to identify that area. On the north side of Manhattan Beach Blvd., you will also find a neighborhood known as Liberty Village. Everything north of Marine is known as Manhattan Village.