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The people said they wanted change. Now we have a largely un-predicted outcome in the presidential election, one-party rule in Washington, D.C., and many questions heading into 2017 and beyond.

But the question for a Manhattan Beach real estate blog is simply this: How might the election results from this week impact Manhattan Beach real estate?

Is everyone going to want to leave? Is everyone still going to want to move here? Does the election have any impact on property values?

We'll look at the policy outcomes from this election that seem most relevant.

Local Votes

The election results most closely aligned with Manhattan Beach real estate came with passage of Measures C & EE, two local school bonds. If you believe that MB schools are…

Schools and local real estate are intimately related.

So let's take a quick look at our local election ballot, where the schools take center stage.

The Manhattan Beach ballot hosts two related items: Measures C & EE. These are bonds to pay to repair & rebuild school facilities at all levels district-wide. It's truly an opportunity to be excited about – unless, for some reason, you don't grasp how urgent these measures are.

Who has not wondered how and why tony Manhattan Beach asks its kids to slog through each school day in outdated facilities, with obvious design problems, lack of classroom space and deferred maintenance barely papered over by fresh paint?

Isn't the Manhattan Beach school system a major draw of our town? Isn't the success…

Manhattan Beach has been awarded a coveted station stop along the state's radically revamped bullet train line.

City officials revealed the plans for the first time today, along with state and federal authorities, touting economic and structural benefits to our beach town.

The bullet train project will include a mixed-use tower offering parking, shopping and restaurants right at the entry to downtown Manhattan Beach, where the Von's market stands today.

Dubbed a "Vertical Downtown," the tower project will have 12 stories in total, with 8 stories above ground. It will help solve downtown's parking issues, city officials said, while introducing our "small-town character" to many thousands more visitors each year from all over the state.


A little over one year ago, some random dude popped up online and labeled Manhattan Beach "The Bubble."

In a series of posts, this crazy cat began skewering new and emerging tends, attitudes and residents. The author of "The Bubble" oozed attitude – intolerance even.

And gosh darnit, people liked it.

The Bubble's topics include beach life, the bar scene, entitled parents & children, snooty attitudes and, of course, Manhattan Beach real estate.

(To be fair, The Bubble is supposed to be about the whole South Bay, but MB obviously has the starring role – the author was born and raised here.)

To find "The Bubble," to date, you have had to be on Instagram to see the single-panel cartoons (Instagram @the.bubble). Even in that somewhat limited…

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