The sandy coastal area where Manhattan Beach is located was likely inhabited by the Tongva tribe, with evidence of inhabitants as far back as 7,100 years ago. In the mid-1700s, the Portola expedition brought in the first Europeans to California. Along with the rest of California, it was under Spanish rule until 1821, then spent 25 years under Mexican control, before finally being annexed to the United States in 1847.
The name of Manhattan Beach was decided on a coin flip. The city was incorporated in 1912. George H. Peck, who owned the land in the northern section of town, divided out a 2-block beachfront area for minority residents, where the first beach resort for Black Americans in Southern California was built. Visitors endured violent harassment from the Ku Klux Klan and the land was seized under eminent domain to build a park instead. After a nearly 80-year struggle, Bruce’s Beach may at last be returned to the descendants of the original owners.
Greene & Wood Family Dentistry in Manhattan Beach, CA
Drs. Greene and Wood love Manhattan Beach, California. Our practice is located half a mile from the ocean and is just a few miles down the coast from the Santa Monica Pier. We’re also less than two miles away from Live Oak Park, home of Manhattan Beach’s annual Hometown Fair.
If you have a sharp eye, you might spot some familiar sights around Manhattan Beach, because it’s been used as a filming location for a number of popular films and TV shows. Mira Costa High School was used as the image of the school in the Hannah Montana show. Keanu Reeves’s character in Point Break buys a surfboard from a shop on the pier. Veronica Mars, The O.C., Weeds, and Airborne were all filmed here, and even the interior scenes of the mansion in the first Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed in Manhattan Beach!
It is no wonder Drs. Greene and Wood chose Manhattan Beach as the best place for their family dentistry practice. As we say, location location location!!! Give us a call, or better yet, stop by our office to discuss how we can beautify your smile.
Discover What Manhattan Beach, CA Has to Offer
Come spend the day shopping like a local at the variety of nearly eighty retail stores in Manhattan Beach (as long as you’re making time for your dental appointment). Stop for lunch or complete your shopping day dining at our award-winning restaurants or relaxing at the spa.
Take a stroll with the kids to the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the historic Manhattan Beach Pier. Ride your bike on the paved beach-front bike path, or just roll up your pant legs and collect seashells at low tide. If you time it right, you can even catch the “Wimbledon of beach volleyball” (the Manhattan Open) or “the granddaddy of all paddleboard races” (the Catalina Classic)!