In their latest July issue, GQ Magazine declared Manhattan Beach the “Best Beach For Chowing Down”, a nod to the area’s growing standing among the foodie elite. The article stated that although the community already scores a high mark for any beach’s top 3 determinants—surf, sun, sand—it “blows away every other spit of coastal dirt with its restaurant scene just blocks from the water.”

As the LA Times pointed out, Manhattan Beach’s culinary success can be attributed to the growth of “foodie magnets” in the area, like Chef David LeFevre’s MB Post and Fishing With Dynamite and Chef Tin Vuong's Little Sister. Yet with every critically praised eatery, you’ll also find a desirable dose of laid-back, California dive bars sporting $12 pitchers. No matter where you turn, boardshorts and sunshine are as omnipresent as the fish tacos. It’s a wonderful beach town to visit and a place where a lucky few get to call home.

Why drive to such an incredible culinary destination when you can walk? At 704 The Strand, situated on one of the most coveted beachfront streets in the country, you can start and end your day with the sounds of the waves crashing nearby—not to mention, enjoy the delicious restaurant scene at a moment’s notice. Just south of the Manhattan Beach Pier, this 3 bedroom, 3 bath home features unobstructed views of Palos Verdes, Catalina Island and Malibu. As any local would tell you, this is how you live the California lifestyle. Take a look at the listing page here.

Ready to experience Manhattan Beach for yourself? Check out these top restaurants in the area:

MB Post, 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-5405

Fishing with Dynamite, 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 893-6299

Little Sister, 1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-2096

Simmzy's Pub, 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 546-1201

Lemonade Manhattan Beach, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-5777

The Strand House, 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-7470