South Bay Los Angeles California

Real Estate Agent with The RealEstate Group (T.R.G.)

Redondo Beach is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 63,261 at the 2000 census. The city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities.

Redondo Beach was originally part of the 1784 Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant of the 43,000-acre Dominguez Rancho that later became the ten-mile Ocean frontage of Rancho Sausal Redondo. The city's territory has an unusual shape because it controls a long block of land dividing the two other beach cities (Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach) from the inland city of Torrance. The western terminus of the Metro Rail Green Line is in Redondo Beach, and the primary attraction is its unusually shaped Municipal Pier.


Redondo Beach is the focus of many who want to be in the sun and near the ocean. Although a vibrant community in its own right, much of the Redondo Beach lifestyle is a blend of the neighborhoods, activities and people of the three Beach Cities of Southern California's South Bay. Like its sister cities of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, Redondo's key lifestyle draw is the vast beach that links these three cities.


Redondo Beach, 1906 Redondo Beach, 1906

A wide sand beach starts below the bluffs of Palos Verdes in the south and carries north to the Redondo Pier. A paved path, called The Strand runs from South Redondo north to Santa Monica. A typical day on this path will see thousands of people on foot, bicycle, skateboard, rollerblade, wheelchair and stroller enjoying the sun and surf. The continuous path is broken only by the massive Redondo Beach King Harbor Marina and Pier complex, where it veers away from water and onto dedicated lanes of surface streets for about a mile before again turning to the ocean in Hermosa Beach. Continuing north from Manhattan Beach, this path stretches well into Marina Del Rey and beyond with few breaks.

Surfing is a key element of the South Bay lifestyle year-round; it is common to see locals catching waves on both Christmas and New Year's Day. Powerful winter storms in the Pacific ocean can turn typically placid and rolling South Bay waves into large and occasionally dangerous monsters, a natural draw for the local surfing population. Local wave heights in December 2005 were some of the largest on record and were reported to top 15 to 20 feet in some instances; at least one surfer required resuscitation when he was thrashed against the ocean bottom after trying a particularly large wave.

Beach Volleyball is another important aspect of Redondo Beach's lifestyle. The wide and flat sand beaches provide the perfect venue for the sport and permanent poles and nets are placed and maintained by the city year-round. Professional tournaments managed by the AVP take place in neighboring Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. Redondo Beach is home to Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh and AVP Pro Casey Jennings.

Currently Redondo Beach is growing in popularity to filming production. In 2006 "Medium" crews were seen shooting at a local coffee shop. Fox's "The OC" has also been seen filming at Redondo Union High School and local parks. Rob Schnider's The Hot Chick (2002) has a memorable scene when Rob falls down a long row of benches at Redondo High's football field.

South Bay Galleria, a shopping mall on the border of Lawndale South Bay Galleria, a shopping mall on the border of Lawndale Redondo Beach's borders Redondo Beach's borders

There are a lot of one way streets in Redondo Beach. Redondo Beach is often divided into two logical North/South areas with 190th, Anita, and Herondo streets forming its east-west boundary line. South Redondo plays host to the pier and marina/harbor complex and directly borders active Hermosa Beach; life on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) can be frenetic with restaurants and boating activities keeping people active and engaged at all times. Inland of PCH is largely residential.

Bordering North/South Redondo at the Marina is a massive power plant, which has been the source of substantial political debate in the city over the last decade, largely centered over what to do with the land once the plant becomes inactive over the next 25 years (subject to change and compromise). This power plant sports a 586ft. x 95ft. whale mural by world-famous artist Wyland titled "Gray Whale Migration".

The small business district near the pier and marina was revived in the 1990s by beachgoers and new residents wanted to sell beachwear and surfing accessories. But that district was once focused on fishing and canning when the pier was used to transport fish-based foodstuffs and canned fish to American and Asian consumers, but that industry had an economic downfall in the 1970s and 1980s.

South Redondo is a bit more on the gentrified, quiet side; its wide streets, wide sand beaches and laid-back feel make it a prime destination for those seeking a "bike to the grocery store" community. Several close-knit neighborhoods exist; South Broadway hosts street parties in the summer where children play on jumping gyms and the local Fire Department judges the best dessert contest while kids climb their pumper truck. South Redondo is also known as the cleanest part of Redondo and is considered to be "higher-class" by many of its citizens. The homes in South Redondo cost considerably more than homes in North Redondo.

North Redondo begins north of 190th Street. As a result of Redondo Beach's geography, North Redondo is primarily an inland experience as the beachfronts form most of Hermosa Beach and part of Manhattan Beach. While primarily residential, North Redondo contains some of the city's major industry and commercial space, including the inland aerospace and engineering firms that are part of Southern California's long space legacy. It is also home to the South Bay Galleria Shopping Center and a revitalized Artesia Boulevard. North Redondo is the home of the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, one of the South Bay's premier cultural facilities, and home to the Civic Light Opera of the South Bay Cities. North Redondo is home to nearly two-thirds of the children in Redondo Beach. Until 2006, North Redondo residents were prohibited from attending Mira Costa High School, which is closer than Redondo Union High School.

Many original homes still stand in Redondo Beach neighborhoods, but these small Arts and Crafts style homes are quickly being bought, demolished and rebuilt to match the tastes of the modern, more affluent buyer that makes South Bay their home. Zoning allows properties within two to three blocks of the beach to be developed as large two to three-unit luxury townhomes; inland areas are more likely to have single-family homes. There is a citywide height limit of 32 ft. for new homes; unlike Manhattan Beach, Redondo allows rooftop living spaces and decks.

Comments (9)

Peg Gilliland
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
Broker, GRI, CDPE
Hey, welcome to activerain!  I've learned a lot.  I've really enjoyed it.  I hope you do too!
Oct 30, 2007 07:31 AM
Richard Lawler
The RealEstate Group (T.R.G.) - Redondo Beach, CA

Thanks I am learning a lot also! How long have you been blogging?


Oct 30, 2007 07:38 AM
Robert Monk
100% Realty, Inc. - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Florida Real Estate
Richard, welcome to ActiveRain!  It's a fun and exciting place to be.  ActiveRain is a great place to advertise your listings, yourself, and even the locality you farm.  You post your pictures and express your opinions.  You can ask for advice or offer advice.  If you participate frequently, you will increase your search engine optimization, which is a very good thing in the real estate world. Once again, welcome, and I will continue to read your blog.
Oct 30, 2007 09:17 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Welcome to Active Rain, Richard.

You have found an active community of more than 97,000 members.  Although there are several methods for navigation, I recommend that you look at the group system.  There are 4,000 groups which deal with specific topics which may interest you.  Think of it as an indexing system.  I, for example, seek out technical groups in photography, photo processing software and web 2.0 applications.  I also seek out professional groups in real estate law, senior issues and reverse mortgages.  (and then there are the political discussion groups - pays to be a bit thick skinned to enter that arena) You will find groups for short sales, foreclosures and nearly any other topic you can think of.  And if by chance 4000 groups doesn't cover the specific need that you have, you can start a new group and seek other like minded folks to talk with. 

You will find exceptional, experienced people who will gladly help you in all fields.  And you will find that your contribution will be welcome too.  Not a bad deal.  I like the social interaction and the information exchange among the members.  The Localism area takes your articles about your local neighborhoods and communities and even your advertisements and listings to let you establish yourself as a local authority in your home community. Your informative article about Redondo Beach, for example, would be a perfect Localism post.

So, again, welcome to ActiveRain.  Let me know what I can do to help.  


Jul 13, 2008 11:49 PM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

By the way, Richard - follow the link below for some information on Localism (AR is just updating the technology of localism, so your timing is good).

Cheryl Johnson, the author of the post, is in your area and is one of the truly outstanding contributors to ActiveRain.

I see that you have been on the system for a while, but have not been very active.  But you write well and apparently understand the computer (looking at your Redondo Beach post) for graphics and links.  You should thrive in the Active Rain environment.  Take a look at a number of Cheryl's posts and you will see the possibilities.



Jul 14, 2008 12:32 AM
Ken Jansen
REMAX INFINITY - Overland Park, KS
REALTOR, CRS, 913.908.2215

Hi Richard,

Very informative post. If you get a chance to take a photo of the Medium crew - please send me a copy - my wife is a huge fan of the show.


Ken Jansen REALTOR Overland Park KS

Aug 17, 2008 12:53 AM
M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time - Grand Canyon, AZ
Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS

Richard, Greetings! I was surprised to see that you added me as an associate. ...Of course I am curious "why?"

Oct 26, 2008 02:45 PM
Vickie Barrington
Bluewater Real Estate - Atlantic Beach, NC
Carteret County Real Estate

Hi Richard. This was a very informative blog about your area.  It makes me want to go out to California. I live in Morehead City NC, only 15 minutes from the beach and I love it. Good luck with Active Rain.  You will learn so much from everyone!

Nov 09, 2008 01:35 AM
Vickie Barrington
Bluewater Real Estate - Atlantic Beach, NC
Carteret County Real Estate

Richard, I was going through some of your  links and I want to give you a little tip.  When you ad a link, choose to put it on another page.  That way people can't back out, they actually have to close the page and your blog will still be there.

Nov 09, 2008 01:47 AM