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EAST MANHATTAN BEACH to the rest of Manhattan Beach. There is more outdoor space, more S square footage, wider streets with more parking, more distance from your neighbors, more privacy, bigger back yards, more sidewalks, and larger parks: simply more for your money, if that is what you value. "East Manhattan" as described in Real Estate terms is bordered by Sepulveda Blvd. to the West, Aviation Blvd. to the East, Artesia Blvd. to the South and Marine Ave. to the North. The area North of Manhattan Beach Blvd is often referred to as Liberty Village, and is home to Manhattan Beach's greatest park, "Polliwog Park". It has its own pond filled with ducks and turtles, multiple ome say there is no life East of Sepulveda, however, those "in the know", know there is more life East of Sepulveda in comparison play areas, a free outdoor workout area, a nine-hole disc golf course, the public Botanical Garden, and free summer concerts in the park. It doesn't get much better for families considering you can easily be walking distance to not only two great Elementary schools, Meadows and Pennekamp, but Manhattan Beach's only High School, Mira Costa as well. In addition, the state of the art middle school, Manhattan Beach Intermediate, is adjacent to Polliwog Park. There are also multiple pre-schools, plus the ever- popular Montessori School located near Pennekamp Elementary. In a city which has undergone a recent state of re-development, East Manhattan has seen its share of it. Ongoing and rapid change is apparent, as the original World War II era housing for employees of (the then dominant) local defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Hughes has been greatly replaced by new, larger homes. Many of the homes built in the 40s and 50s were very modest; averaging about 1200 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1 or 2 baths. Walk-in closets were not yet invented nor were private baths for each member of the family, as is the norm today. Current demand has been for significantly larger homes with modern amenities, such as gourmet kitchens, large family rooms, large bedrooms and oodles of bathrooms. Developers and home owners have been re-building many of these old homes at a rapid pace since the late 80s, though new construction has recently come to a near halt with the market downturn — pleasing some, while sending developers and contractors scrambling for work wherever they can find it. A full East Manhattan lot is considered a 50 x 150 foot lot, or 7500 square feet. The deep lots allow for a pool-sized back yard, with 5 foot side set backs. The setbacks result in situating you 10 feet away from your neighbors: a great distance as compared to the 72 inch separation of neighbors in the Sand Section of Manhattan Beach. Liberty Village and some other pockets of East Manhattan offer more standard lot sizes, averaging about 5,000 sqft or about 50x 100 feet. Whether you need more square footage, more privacy, or simply want to walk the kids or dog down the sidewalk and avoid dodging traffic, take a peek on the East side and experience a little more for your Manhattan Beach dollar. EastManhattanEd.com MANHATTAN VILLAGE 400 custom Town Homes and Court Homes, representing the finest in private beach living. The development was built mainly between 1983 and 1987 with some newer Estate Homes that were more recently constructed. The community boasts a main pool N and spa area, four additional spas within the community, and a quiet family atmosphere. In addition to a seven member Board of Directors, the community is governed by a variety of active committees. This type of community is unique in the South Bay especially in the beach cities. It is extremely rare to find a gated community and conformity in the area, as most of the city is made up of 50 and 60 year old tracts that have been partially redeveloped. "The Village" has been very popular for newly placed L.A. athletes for many reasons. SportStar Relocation, a Real Estate and relocation company owned and operated by Ed Kaminsky, often receives continual requests from their clients to find special properties throughout the country. The proximity to the training center in El Segundo and LAX makes it an easy commute, and 8 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION estled into a secluded, guard-gated area of Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Village is an exclusive collection of the gated/private aspect solidifies The Village as a great choice for athletes and their families. When players are on the road or taking time off in the off season, there is comfort in knowing there is constant security in the area. Manhattan Beach is not known to have celebrity stalkers or paparazzi but the added defense of a guard gated community is definitely a plus. Ed Kaminsky is a local realtor at Shorewood Realtors and represents many of the athletes that buy and sell in the South Bay. One of the biggest draws to the community is the serenity and beauty that exudes throughout. This is a low density community and only allows for 8.7 homes per acre. With this type of density you have plenty of green and open space; lush landscaping adds to the beauty of the area. Besides the pool and activity areas, there is also a private entrance to Manhattan Village Shopping plaza that has everything you need from great restaurants, a grocery store, movie theatres, shopping mall and nearly every bank you can think of, all within walking distance or a very short drive. Although the adjacent golf course is not a part of the development it does offer nearby recreation for all: for some lucky homeowners it offers great vistas of the course from some homes. The golf course is a 9-hole course with mainly par 3s making it a perfect place to practice your short game. The community was developed with 3 distinct property types: THE ESTATE HOMES are state-of- the-art in scale, in appointments, and in design. The floor plans are open and additionally designed for family function. Three and four bedroom single-family homes in five imaginative floor plans. A choice of Mediterranean, Tudor, French or Cape Cod motifs. The privacy of each street entrance is enhanced by the subtle blending of landscape and masonry, contributing to lovely neighborhoods. Many of them are located on quiet cul-de- sacs. The sizes typically range from approximately 2,000 sqft up to over 3,100 sqft. THE TOWN HOMES achieve that successful balance of function and form. They win lasting appreciation from homeowners. You'll find traditional side- by-side town homes with numerous, premium corner units, and single or two-story floor plans; many with golf course views. The garages are on the same level as the main entrance to the home. Each home has its own private patio, hand-crafted masonry fireplace, and large master suites with spacious private baths and closets. The sizes range from just over 1,400 sqft to just over 2,000 sqft. THE COURT HOMES offer four distinctive variations on the attached living concept. A unique cluster arrangement provides every home with its own landscaped, semi-private courtyard. A showcase of breathtaking split-level designs, with private entrance garages tucked under the living area. Each home has a cozy wood burning fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and large master suites with those spacious private baths and closets. The sizes range from approximately 1,400 sqft to just under 2,000 sqft. So whether you want a cozy 2 bedroom Court Home or a private single family residence, plenty of choices are available, the privacy is second to none, and the value is well protected as the demand has always remained constant. * Although price per square foot can be a base for valuation it can range dramatically based on upgrades to the unit, location within the development and style and design of the specific property. For an insider's tour behind the gates at Manhattan Village, call Ed Kaminsky direct at 310-427-2414.

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