The Los Angeles Kings are often associated with the South Bay. Nearly every member of the club lives in the area – which is largely comprised of the Beach Cities; Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo – as do many of the club’s staff members.
The reasons, other than the ideal scenery, beaches and weather, are obvious -- proximity to the club’s training facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo; the fact that Los Angeles International Airport is so close; plus the freeways to STAPLES Center are convenient.
Captain/forward Dustin Brown is the longest tenured member of this current Kings squad. Featured in South Bay Magazine along with a couple of his teammates this past season, the Ithaca, New York-born Brown recently answered some questions about his year-round home.
Q: Why do you choose to live in the South Bay?
A: For me, we live in the greater Los Angeles area but in the South Bay it’s really a self contained city in itself. Very seldom do I have to leave for anything. I come from a small town in New York so it has a little bit of a small town feel in the South Bay where you have everything you need; you don’t really need to go outside of that, unless you really want to do something real special. I think that’s for me, you know, the main attraction. I can just stay right in Manhattan Beach or Hermosa for everything I need on a daily basis.
Q: You and your wife Nicole have three children. Where do you take the kids?
A: For us personally it’s Polliwog Park, especially during the summertime. They have the concerts in the park which are awesome. Me and my wife and my friends can just enjoy the music. We bring our kids and they can just run around. So it’s just a really good time there from a family standpoint.
Q: What do you do when you are not with the kids?
A: From a personal standpoint without the kids it’s probably, you know, just being down by the beach. Not just the beach but just all the restaurants and the downtown beach areas, Hermosa, Manhattan. It’s pretty fun just to walk around and enjoy your time.
Q: When the Kings acquire a new player, what do you usually say when they ask you about where they might want to live?
A: I tell them somewhere in the South Bay and then I also tell them two things. If they want a yard go east of Sepulveda Blvd. and if you want the beach go west of Sepulveda. There are few exceptions I guess in the housing market for that but when you’re trying to decide what you want that’s probably. I have kids and I like having a yard because we can just throw them out in the backyard and let them play. Probably if you’re a single guy, or no kids, you want to be closer to the beach and the restaurants.
QUICK ‘SOUTH BAY’ HITS
Best South Bay best restaurant? La Sirena.
Best beach area? Manhattan Pier.
Parking a problem? No not really. You have to drive around every once in awhile but it’s not that bad.
Teammate who shouldn’t live in the South Bay? Willie Mitchell.
Teammate with the best place in the South Bay? Jarret Stoll. Stolly’s got a pool and he’s two blocks from the beach. And he has a yard.