10. Hermosa Beach, California
List price: $3.699 million
Located on the lovely, hyperkinetic Pacific Strand, this light-and-bright, south-facing Cape Cod epitomizes why Hermosa Beach may be among the most sought-after barefoot real estate in the country.
Built in 1992, this 4-bedroom, 4-bath, 3,464-square-foot beauty features a gourmet island kitchen, master suite with fireplace, office and rooftop deck, all served by a 3-floor elevator.
Average homes in this neighborhood run $2,299,000, according to Realtor.com.
What makes Hermosa Beach special?
To coin the real estate trope, the key to Hermosa Beach is location times 3.
"One of the hottest coastal communities in the nation is Manhattan Beach next door," explains listing agent Gerard Bisignano of Vista Sotheby's International Realty. "Huge money from Silicon Valley and the west side of Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, have sort of rediscovered this world-class coastal community right in their backyard in the past 5 years, so Hermosa Beach naturally benefits from that."
In addition to the 4 S's (sun, sand, surf, strand), Hermosa Beach affords the chance to hang with world-class athletes.
"I sold Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll a house down here," Bisignano says. A lot of LA Kings hockey players have beachfront homes here."