Living the Dream
Life is good for South Bay native and local business owner Richard Haynes.
- Written byLaura L. Watts
- Photographed bySiri Berting
Realtor Richard Haynes has spent almost his entire life as a South Bay resident—starting with his first breath at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
He grew up in Valmonte, played Palos Verdes Little League games, ate at the Snack Shack and headed to RAT Beach on his days off. As he got older, he played PVBA basketball, Pop Warner football and hung out at Torrance Beach during the summer.
“I truly understand the local culture of the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles area, as I have been a resident here for almost three decades.”
Richard attended all local schools: Silver Spur Elementary, Palos Verdes Intermediate School and Peninsula High School. He graduated from the University of Southern California, where he attended the Marshall School of Business.
This South Bay native has lived, worked and played all over the Beach Cities: Manhattan, Redondo, Hermosa and Palos Verdes—and currently resides in Hermosa Beach with his wife, Nicole, who was also born and raised in the South Bay. Richard’s parents, Dick and Julie Haynes, and younger brother, Eric Haynes, live nearby.
Do What You Love
Before college, Richard inadvertently got his first education in real estate marketing when he worked as an intern at a firm that had several real estate development clients. During his senior year in college, his parents gave him a gift that sealed the deal for his career: a few financial and real estate books. When Richard found himself poring over those books rather than studying for his final exams, he knew he had found the perfect line of work.
“Real estate is a great fit for me because it is both a science and an art,” he explains. “You need to understand a little bit of everything to be good in real estate. Since I began my career in mortgage and then transitioned to an investor, I can be a resource on real estate financing, repair costs and investment on a much higher level than your average agent.”
Richard has personally flipped or developed more than 30 properties—putting him in the shoes of both buyer and seller more than 30 times. He has even jumped into the commercial development arena by building a daycare facility in South Los Angeles that has future development opportunities. Because of his firsthand experience in so many areas, Richard offers clients unique insight into finding what they are looking for—and helps them avoid expensive mistakes. “We believe that our clients acquire some of the best home and investment property deals in the South Bay,” he says.
As the owner of Manhattan Pacific Realty, which he started in 2011, Richard is a valuable resource to the clients he works with throughout the South Bay—from El Segundo to Palos Verdes to Hawthorne. To give clients even more insight into the market, he spends a good deal of time each week writing a blog at manhattanpacificrealty.com/blog. Richard’s weekly posts skip the fluff—such as favorite recipes or social events—and focus exclusively on analyzing local real estate data, making projections based on the market and educating clients on maximizing their real estate portfolio.
The Local Expert
Life isn’t all about work for the local-boy-turned-expert-Realtor. Richard is proud to give back by being a member of USC Marshall Partners, which raises money for the Marshall School of Business and the Leventhal School of Accounting. “It’s great to see hard-working students get the opportunity to travel abroad to study international business, compete in a national competition or receive seed money for a promising start-up,” he shares.
He’s a big fan of USC football, the beach and anything that allows him to spend time outdoors. Richard and Nicole live close to the Hermosa Beach Pier, and on the weekends they enjoy walking everywhere: on The Strand, to the post office, to the grocery store. During their time off they enjoy exercising together (working out with trainer Tanner at F45 fitness center), and they frequently dine at local restaurants (their favorite is Baran’s 2239 in Hermosa).
And what South Bay neighborhoods does this local expert love? “In Palos Verdes, my favorite neighborhood is Valmonte where I grew up, along with Malaga Cove Plaza. And how can you not love Terranea and Portuguese Bend? I have lived in Hermosa for many years, and I lived in Downtown Manhattan Beach, which is such an amazing place. My first job post-college was in Redondo Beach, and I think The Avenues and Riviera Village are the most underrated neighborhoods in all of the South Bay.”
It’s this local expertise that places Richard ahead of the game when it comes to giving his clients a unique real estate advantage. “I truly understand the local culture of the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles area, as I have been a resident here for almost three decades,” he says. “Clients would be hard-pressed to find someone who knows the area better.”
Manhattan Pacific Realty, Inc. | Richard Haynes, Broker/Owner
2615 Pacific Coast, Hwy. #100 | Hermosa Beach | 310-379-1724 | manhattanpacificrealty.com
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