Torrance is a large well-developed community with residential, commercial and industrial zones. The city was specifically designed to provide a city where one could work, live and play. Everything one needs can be found here: restaurants, hotels, shopping mall, a small airport, hospitals and various medical buildings, libraries, schools, industrial companies as well as pockets of tree-lined residential neighborhoods. Torrance also sprawls all the way west to the coast for its own beach! Easy freeway access makes commuting to other business areas easy if need be!
Technically, the Hollywood Riviera neighborhood is part of the City of Torrance even though this area is included in the Redondo Beach zip code. This area lies at the southern end of Redondo Beach. Consisting mostly of single-family homes, this area slopes up from the beachside shopping area to the Palos Verdes Peninsula hillside. A few larger condo complexes can also be found here. This area is served by Torrance, including the Torrance schools.
This is a wonderful neighborhood to find your starter family home. Mid-century homes ranging in size from around 1100 sq ft to over 3000 can be found here. Many of these traditional style homes have been remodeled to create a more open styled living space. The big draw to this community is the Wiseburn Unified School District.
This family neighborhood is located to the east of Holy Glen (east of the 405 freeway too) with similar types of homes. However, this area is not part of the Wiseburn Unified School District.
ThreeSixty South Bay
Gated planned community development with several types of homes: single level condominiums (The Flats), townhomes and a few single-family homes.
A dynamic South Bay location (west of the 405 Freeway) means easy access to favorite beaches, retail and entertainment. The 405 and 10 freeways are close-by and residents have the convenience of walking to the Metro Green Line. Resort-style recreation offers private amenities for homeowners to relax, work out and socialize. Extra bonus: this area is part of the Wiseburn Unified School District.
Built in 2006, this complex offers nine different floor plans including 2 single level living floor plans within this small community. Amenities include a pool, spa, sport court, BBQs and guest parking. Extra bonus: this area is part of the Wiseburn Unified School District.
North of Marine Ave and south of Rosecrans Blvd, nestled between Prairie Ave and Crenshaw Blvd, exists a special neighborhood named after its 12-acre county park known as Bodger Park. With a Walk Score of 68, this community of smaller single-family homes (majority are under 2000 sq ft), provides many options for a young family.
Parkside Village (by LA Urban)
This complex includes 77 2-story homes and 97 3-story homes within a gated community. Amenities include:
Gated and landscaped entry
Landscaped pedestrian walkways and paseos
Community clubhouse, BBQ area, swimming pool and spa
Children’s play area with outdoor playground and equipment
Ample guest parking for your visitors
Next door to Target, complete with Fresh Grocery and Pharmacy
Short walk to the Metro Green Line station, Lowes, 24-Hour Fitness, Starbucks, Holly Park and Chester Washington Golf Course
El Camino Village/Alondra Park
Located north of Alondra Park and El Camino College is an area known either as Alondra Park or El Camino Village. This area is nestled between Prairie Ave and Crenshaw Blvd reaching north to Bodger Park in Hawthorne (see above). This community of smaller single-family homes (majority are under 2000 sq ft), were built primarily in the 1940’s and 1950’s. This area provides many options for a young family.
Lying along the eastern border of North Redondo Beach is the City of Lawndale. Lawndale offers a mix of residential and commercial properties. There are also a good number of duplex and multi-unit properties attracting investors to the area.
Playa Del Rey
This beachside community lies west of Westchester and north of LAX and El Segundo. Unlike many of the South Bay communities, this area is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Many students at Loyola Marymount University come to this area in search of rental properties in order to enjoy the beach life while they complete their studies.
Home to many tech companies, this area finds itself at the core of the new Silicon Beach boom. The tech firms chose this area for the convenience to LA freeways, LAX and the beach. The Play Vista Community Association (PVCA) has created a complete urban experience. A master planned community with several newly built residential developments, or sub-communities, each with their own sub-association and additional amenities, is self-contained with its local shopping, restaurants, parks and recreational amenities. Residents can live, work and play all within their community.
San Pedro is home to the LA Harbor with a wonderful waterfront promenade, a maritime museum, an aquarium, restaurants, hotels, and beautiful parks and beaches. PortsO’Call Village, a New England-style seaside village, encompasses 15 acres of shops, restaurants and attractions. A meandering promenade of cobblestone streets connects the specialty shops. San Pedro offers single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums; some with beautiful ocean or harbor views. This community is also accessible to the 110 and 710 freeways.
he Palos Verdes Peninsula includes four separate cities known for beautiful homes, spectacular city or ocean views, distinguished schools, and green rolling hills with hiking and horse trails.
Palos Verdes Estates
The oldest of the four cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes Estates was incorporated on December 20, 1939. The city was artistically planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., designer of New York City’s Central Park. With 28% of the land dedicated as open space, the city has continued to value and preserve their natural assets resulting in a unique pristine coastline. In stark contrast from South Bay’s beach cities are the lush green hills of the Palos Verdes Estates. Custom homes of various sizes, some with breathtaking panoramic ocean views, are sprinkled across the hillsides on sizable lots.
Rancho Palos Verdes
Home to Trump National Golf Club of Los Angeles and the Terranea Resort, RPV provides beautiful ocean views and a preserved natural landscape. Biking and hiking trails abound.
Known as “behind the gates,” this area consists of sprawling estate properties where many residents corral horses and enjoy immense privacy. Most homes are single level ranch style homes on spacious multi-acres lots with private roads.
Rolling Hills Estates
Incorporated in 1957, this community is proud of its rural atmosphere and equestrian lifestyle. The city provides peaceful pastoral open spaces with white-fenced properties and 25 miles of equestrian trails.