Kerri Walsh-Jennings

Neighborhood Spotlight: Manhattan Beach an oceanside pearl with added polish

Neighborhood Spotlight: Manhattan Beach an oceanside pearl with added polish

Long before the first Europeans set foot on the shores of Santa Monica Bay, it was, from the mouth of Ballona Creek southward, fronted by massive sand dunes.

The Spanish called the area Rancho Sausal Redondo, meaning “round clump of willows,” although there were no willows and precious few trees where the city of Manhattan Beach now stands.

Although it was in a remote region far from the growing city of Los Angeles, in the late 19th century the area began to attract a few hardy pioneers who built cottages atop the windblown dunes, which offered broad, unbroken ocean vistas.

Development of the shore proceeded at a glacial pace until the Santa Fe railroad ran a spur to...

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