South of Torrance Boulevard
The highly desired South of Torrance Boulevard Section of South Redondo is a beloved community for good reason. The easy-going attitude of friendly neighbors, the gently curving streets that run alongside meticulously cared for lawns, and oodles of trees and palms are as far as the eye can see. Like many homes perched up on the hill, glorious ocean views can be had, especially from the many rooftop decks found in this neighborhood. Often residents enjoy at least a sliver of ocean views or city views like found on the streets near Guadalupe and Juanita.
This section is referred to as South of Torrance for being south of Torrance Boulevard, and it is border by the Pacific Coast Highway and Prospect Avenue. This area is composed of mostly large single-family residences, two-on-a-lot town-homes, as well as larger townhome complexes with multiple units. Often one can stumble across an original beach bungalow as well.
Some of the priciest homes in South Redondo can be found here as the homes tend to be larger than most sections of Redondo often ranging in size from 2,500-4,500 square feet. Here, one can easily find homes as large as five bedrooms, but typically three and four bedrooms are commonplace. Most inhabitants enjoy the privilege of a yard unlike some areas of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach when in this close proximity to the beach and village areas.
Stretching from the West of PCH neighborhood is the area known as The Avenues. Here, the hill-side of The Avenues are actually more desirable in some cases than the Avenues west of PCH because of their views, less traffic, and the more family oriented vibe of the neighborhood.
Besides ocean and city views, South of Torrance Boulevard locals have the privilege of being close to the beach and the Riviera Village shopping area. Though one must cross PCH to access the beach or the village, a short car or bike ride or bike makes getting there a snap. The Strand along Redondo Beach is the perfect place to jog, ride a bike, or take a swim in the beautiful Pacific. Surf culture is important here with great surf spots at Burnout and the Redondo break wall.
A plethora of dining and entertainment await these beach dwellers with restaurant and bars in the village area and all along PCH. One has not had a burrito until they’ve experienced the a-frame burrito stand on PCH called El Burrito, Jr., a Redondo Beach establishment where lines of hungry patrons form daily and nightly. Meanwhile, antique shopping, furniture shops, and florists dot the streets along PCH between different commercial businesses. The crescendo, however, is the aforementioned Riviera Village which is home to more than 300 shops, services, and restaurants. Locals love this area due to its small six block radius making it easy to stroll around on lazy afternoons shopping and lunching.
Dozens of beautiful parks are spread throughout Redondo Beach. However, South of Torrance Boulevard is home to the most delightful park called the Wilderness Park. Beloved by all, this natural park is a massive 11-acre site that includes a forest, meadows, streams, and a pond. There is also an amphitheater and three overnight campgrounds. Another noteworthy park is the Alta Vista Park on Camino Real and Prospect Avenue which is 19 acres and includes three individual multi-purpose sports fields and one little league field. Children here attend award-winning schools, Alta Vista or Tulita Elementary School, Parras Middle School and Redondo Union High School.