We just returned from a wonderful stay in Hermosa Beach. This is the fourth home that we have rented in the Hermosa/Manhattan Beach area and this one was by far the best.
There are a few things that made it perfect for us (myself, my husband and two small children):
Location-- This home is just four houses from the beach. I prefer this home to those we've stayed in that are north of it because there is no steep hill to get down to the beach. (by day 3, lugging children, sand toys, coolers, chairs up and down the steep hills of MB gets old!)
Noise-- Easy access to the Strand and the beach yet not so close that the noise of the Strand can be heard. Also, there was much less street/car noise than what I expected in this location. We're light sleepers and noise was never an issue.
Cleanliness-- This house is extremely clean and well-maintained.
Safety-- While it may not be "childproofed" it is very child-friendly. The owner has stocked it with everything you need for children under the age of 5-- bed rails, high chairs, sand toys, indoor toys, etc. Also, extra precautions have been taken to address other aspects of safety. (there are locks that can be used at night that no renter has ever been given a key to... I really appreciate that)
Final note. When I first walked in I was struck by the fact that it seemed more spacious in person than in the photos. I find that with rentals professional photos sometimes give the illusion of having more space. It was the opposite in this case. That was a nice surprise!
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Kim and her family were delightful renters. Like she said, we are a superior location--near everything but without the crowds and noise. We do like to keep everything you'd need for the beach, for cooking a special meal, Thanksgiving Turkey, etc. Just like home, right down to the shampoo and hair dryers. We're looking forward to Kim and her family on their return stay.
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