BEACH CITIES | REDONDO BEACH
Redondo Beach is one of the three Beach Cities of the South Bay. The other two are Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.
Redondo Beach is really a tale of two cities so if you are thinking of buying here, it is important to first decide whether you want to live in North (90278) or South (90277) Redondo Beach.
They are both great places to call home but there are differences that extend beyond just price. Prices and lifestyle differ between the two.
South Redondo Beach 90277 has a great downtown area, Riviera Village, which sits at the foot of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and a few blocks from the ocean. Many homes have ocean views and the stretch of beach front along the Esplanade, definitely has a different feel than the Strand.
The Redondo Beach Pier, located at the end of Torrance Blvd is most likely going to be improved at some point in the future and that will add to the desirability of homes close by.
North Redondo is actually landlocked so it is “beach” in name only. Most of North Redondo sits east of Manhattan Beach except for the “Golden Triangle” which is the furthest west RB neighborhood. You can actually walk to the beach from some of the homes. You won’t find ocean views in North Redondo but some homes have mountain views.
Because North Redondo has much easier Freeway access - you can be on the 405 in about 10 mins from anywhere in 90278, it has dramatically increased in desirability over the past few years. So while the prices have come up, it is still one of the best values in coastal LA County and that’s even before the Galleria Mall and other redevelopment.
Redondo Beach Micro Markets
When you hear the terms "Golden Hills" or "Hollywood Riviera" those are referring to one of the 8 "micro-markets" defined in the MLS for Redondo Beach listings. Think of them as sub neighborhoods within a larger neighborhood.
To start with, Redondo Beach is divided into North and South Redondo Beach. Within North Redondo Beach, the Golden Hills are a specific neighborhood with certain kinds of homes and characteristics. Hence a "micro-market".
Here's an overview of the 8 Redondo Beach "micro-markets" and links to listings within those markets. Search results show the least expensive first but of course you can change the filters or change to the map view.
North Redondo Beach 90278
MLS Area 151 (aka Villas North) is found north of Artesia between Aviation Blvd and Inglewood Ave. The "TRW Tract" a desirable neighborhood of SFRs is located at the northeast quadrant of this neighborhood.
MLS Area 152 (aka Villas South) is south of Artesia Blvd stretching more or less to Ripley Ave except for the streets that are in the Golden Hills. Quite possibly the most density in North Redondo with mostly 2 and 3 on a lots plus some tri and quadplexes.
MLS Area 153 “El Nido”is found on both sides of Inglewood Ave and the train tracks just north of 190th St. Primarily SFRs. The most eastern homes are actually in Torrance.
MLS Area 154 is the “Golden Hills” which is further subdivided into the “Golden Triangle” adjacent to Manhattan Beach and Hermosa.
South Redondo Beach 90277
MLS Area 128 known as the “Hollywood Riviera” is the furthest south neighborhood and found at the foot of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
MLS Area 155 is found north of Torrance Blvd and east of PCH. This neighborhood is primed for appreciation if the power plant comes down.
MLS Area 156 is found south of Torrance Blvd and east of PCH . Includes parts of "The Avenues" which are some of the most expensive homes and Brookside Village which are some of the least.
MLS Area 157 consists of all the properties west of PCH and includes the home on the Esplanade. some of "The Avenues", and the condos of "The Village".