Communities : Redondo Beach

REDONDO BEACH

Redondo Beach, the largest of the three beach cities consists of North Redondo and South Redondo. They each have their own defining characteristics, making Redondo a very versatile community that has so much to offer.

North Redondo is located just east of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Its southern border is 190th Street which, in effect is the dividing line between North and South Redondo. Although North Redondo is not located on the beach, it’s only a 5-10 minute drive or a bike ride to the Strand. North Redondo doesn’t have its own downtown area. There is the Riviera Village in South Redondo, but North Redondo is much closer to the downtown areas of Hermosa and Manhattan Beach, and many residents naturally gravitate toward these cities for the beach, shopping, and restaurants. Artesia Blvd which runs right through North Redondo has been rejuvenated over recent years and now offers some great restaurants and shopping. North Redondo is also conveniently located close to the 405 freeway and shopping. It makes it a great location for those who have to commute to the west side or Los Angeles.

North Redondo has a great neighborhood feel. It consists of a mix of single family homes, townhomes, and apartment complexes. The trend has been for builders to tear down older homes and put up 2-3 townhomes, depending on the zoning. Lot sizes are typically 5,000 or 7,500 sq feet. There are definitely variations on this, and you can find some larger lots as well. An 8,000 or 10,000 lot is a special find. The TRW tract in North Redondo does have some larger lots. This area is also zoned for single families only. It’s located north of Robinson Street, west of Inglewood Avenue, south of Manhattan Beach Blvd, and north of Vail Avenue.

North Redondo has couple of distinct neighborhoods. The Golden Hills or Golden Triangle is a pocket between Artesia Blvd. and Aviation Blvd. Its defining characteristic is the “Tall & Skinny” single family homes on the 2,500 sq. foot lots. The homes typically have reverse floorplans with two bedrooms downstairs, and the master bedroom and living space upstairs. The hilly geography affords rooftop and city views from many homes. Keep in mind, street parking can be difficult in this area due to the narrow lots that are dominated by driveways in the front, leaving little curb space.

The other areas of North Redondo can be broken up into three areas. The first is between Manhattan Bach Blvd and Artesia Blvd. The second is between Artesia and Grand. And the third runs from Grant to 190th Street. These neighborhoods look very similar. North of Artesia is relatively flat while it gets hillier south of Grant Avenue.

South Redondo is located south of 190th Street. It also borders the beach. Due to its proximity to the beach and the ocean views, homes typically sell for more in South Redondo than they do in North Redondo. The downside is that living in South Redondo usually adds at least 20 minutes to your commute to work. South Redondo has wide streets and mature trees. The Esplanade borders much of the beach and strand. As you travel east away from the beach, there is a constant slope, affording many homes great ocean views.

South Redondo is typically divided by the area north of Torrance Blvd, south of Torrance Blvd, and west of Pacific Coast Highway. The real estate west of PCH is typically the most expensive. The Avenues is also a popular high end neighborhood. It’s a mix of old and new homes. The Avenues begin after Knob Hill and run through Riviera Village.

Plans to convert the AES Power Plant property in South Redondo to residential/commercial real estate have been in the works for years. This ultimately will happen in the coming years. It will mean more density, more traffic, but also more open, public spaces. Proposals have been presented to the voters but have not been approved at this time.

Riviera Village is the downtown area of Redondo Beach and is located at the southernmost area of South Redondo. It’s jam-packed with great restaurants and shopping, and it’s walking distance to the beach. Some constant favorites include JT Grill with its outdoor fire pit, Ortega 120, a trendy Mexican place with great bar, and Chez Melange, a hip bistro. And one of my favorite restaurants in South Redondo (not located in Riviera Village) is Wildflower Café. It has charming patio seating and delicious breakfast and lunch.

The Redondo Beach pier is located at the end of Torrance Blvd. It has a ton of restaurants and shops. People fish off the pier. It has the popular old school restaurant, Tony’s. There are great places to get fresh fish. Another long standing seafood restaurant is Kincaids Bay House. Be ready for crowds though… the pier is extremely popular with the tourists!

And I would be remiss if I left out Charthouse which is located at King Harbor. Charthouse is known for its seafood, salad bar, and my favorite, lava cake. The restaurant sits right above the water so ask for a table near the windows to enjoy amazing ocean and sunset views.

Some popular events in Redondo Beach include:

  1. Farmer’s markets at Harbor Park on Thursdays from 8 am – 1 pm and on Avenue I in Riviera Village on Fridays from 3 pm – 7 pm.
  2. 4th of July Fireworks at Seaside Lagoon
  3. Summer Concerts at the Redondo Beach pier
  4. Lobster Festival in September at Seaside Lagoon

Redondo Beach School District

The Redondo Beach school district is extremely reputable, and like Hermosa and Manhattan, is one of the top attributes that draw home buyers to the South Bay. There are several elementary schools in both North and South Redondo Beach including Birney, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, and Washington in North Redondo, and Alta Vista, Beryl, and Tulita in South Redondo. North Redondo residents attend Adams Middle School, and Parras Middle School serves South Redondo. Redondo Union High School has gone through an amazing makeover including new state of the art, athletic facilities. It has one of the largest campuses in the South Bay located on PCH in South Redondo.

Students who live in Area 151 in North Redondo (neighborhood east of Aviation and between Artesia Blvd and Manhattan Beach Blvd) get priority eligibility to attend Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach due to the proximity to the school. This is not a guarantee, but I know many families in this neighborhood who have sent their children to Mira Costa over the years. It’s actually a strong selling point for Area 151 of North Redondo because you’re located blocks from Manhattan Beach, have access to the high school, but don’t have to pay Manhattan Beach real estate prices. But Redondo Union High School is also a highly rated academic school, and in the past few years has been besting Mira Costa in girls’ volleyball.