Neighborly Advice: Surfurbia, east of the PCH
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Neighborly Advice: East Hermosa, “Surfurbia” without the noise

The beach is a 10-minute walk away, but East Hermosa feels more spacious than crammed beachfront sites. Since it’s hilly, many homes command stunning views of the ocean, and many have small frontyards with bird feeders, miniature rock gardens and basketball hoops. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)
Known as the “less expensive” section of Hermosa Beach, East Hermosa, the 12-block slice south of Artesia Boulevard and roughly north of Anita Street, offers peaceful streets and stunning views. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)
Instead of the chockablock condos built out to the sidewalk that are common near the beach, homes in East Hermosa include original 1920s cottages, artsy contemporaries and redone ‘70s beach homes. There is a higher proportion of single-family homes with more square footage and larger lot sizes. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)
Although the crowd is still beach- and surf-oriented, East Hermosa is a slower, quieter scene than the tourist-heavy Strand -- the paved beachfront bike and pedestrian path -- and Pier Avenue. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)
Of the 19 single-family homes now on the market, the least expensive is a four-bedroom, 1 1/2 -bathroom tear-down listed at $699,000. It is 1,340 square feet and sits on a 2,500-square-foot lot. At the high end, a new six-bedroom home is listed for $2,549,000. It has 4,200 square feet and is on a 3,499-square-foot lot. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)