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North-Facing vs. South-Facing Sand Section Homes

North-Facing vs. South-Facing Sand Section Homes

Manhattan Beach’s Sand Section is undeniably one of the best places in the world. With shops, restaurants, and long stretches of white sand beaches, it’s easy to understand why Sand Section boasts South Bay’s most sought-after homes.

But even the most beautiful home with sub-optimal orientation affects comfort and lifestyle and can be costly. Choosing a North-facing vs. South-facing home can be an important decision when purchasing a home.

So, do you look for North or South-facing homes when looking for a house in the Sand Section of Manhattan Beach?

Beach-Facing Homes

For some people, North vs. South is a trick question because the answer is “Beach.” If you can purchase a Sand Section home along The Strand or that faces the Pacific Ocean, which is West, then that is your ideal option. It’s hard to go wrong with a gorgeous home in the Sand Section with an ocean view.

But if your ideal home doesn’t have a beach or ocean view, you may want to consider the impacts of having a North or South facing home.

Pros of North-Facing Homes

  • Homes will experience natural light throughout the day due to indirect sunlight for much of the day.
  • Most effective placement for comfort, as homes naturally ward off the heat from the summer sun. During hot weather and heat waves, North-facing homes have an advantage.
  • Landscaping is easier to maintain, as it requires less water and protection from the sun.

Cons of North-Facing Homes

  • Receive less direct sunlight, resulting in homes that are naturally darker and less inviting; however, intelligent designs can avoid this.
  • Less solar energy potential, as solar panels do not absorb as much sun...