We’ve seen a large number of ocean view and ocean front condos come on the market in the past few months. It’s most likely due to the fact that summer is certainly when the largest number of oceanfront buyers are out looking due to visiting on vacation, the weather, etc. There are quite a few homes currently available and you can view them below.
Condos and townhomes are relatively rare in the Hollywood Riviera as most of the area is zoned for single family homes. Cote D’ Azure is one exception and the location just couldn’t be cooler. It sits on the bluff overlooking the ocean on the Hollywood Riviera’s best streeet, Paseo De La Playa.
Cote D’Azure offer sits just up the hill from Torrance Beach and offers direct access down a set of stairs exclusive to the complex. The units range from tree top views to partial ocean views to spectacular ocean views. The current home for sale at 639 Paseo De La Playa #105 offers a pleasant tree view straight on with some nice ocean views at a bit of an angle. Most of the home has been remodeled and ready to go.
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Located oceanfront at 615 Esplanade, the Sand Castle represents the prototypical beachfront condo in Redondo Beach. Consisting of two separate buildings, one truly oceanfront and the other sitting above and behind, the Sandcastle offers some incredible views and all that comes along with oceanfront living. Dazzling sunsets, whales and dolphins out front, cool ocean breezes and that wonderful smell of the ocean.
Built in 1971, the Sand Castle definitely shows some signs of aging as it’s constantly subject to the salty spray but as it’s block wall construction it’s a very rugged feeling building and the location just can’t be better. The Sand Castle has 96 units, with the majority being 1 bedroom/1 bath and 719 square feet. The layout of these units is long and skinny with the bedroom furthest east, kitchen in the middle and the living room facing the ocean. This makes for some truly spectacular views, even from the kitchen. Due to the block wall construction, many of the units have a rather industrial feel but some have been updated considerably. The one bedroom units can range from the low $600,000s to …..depending on the location. The front
building enjoys incredible oceanfront views from every level. The rear building has partial views (horizon only) on the 5th floor (technically the first floor of the rear building) and the 6th floor (again technically the 2nd floor of the rear building) had bigger views but the sand and wave views are blocked by the front building.
The top floor of both the front and rear building offer a larger layout with 1 bed plus a large loft and 2 bathrooms. Due to the very high ceilings they offer a sense of space that far exceeds the actual additional square footage. The size of the units isn’t entirely clear with some units larger than others and the tax records not being completely accurate. The layout is generally the same as the one bedroom with the addition of the stairs and loft.
HOA dues vary somewhat but as of this article they were a bit under $400 a month. The Sand Castle does not have a pool or spa, but there is a pretty great place to swim directly in front.
By Keith Kyle
The market in The Village, oceanview condos in South Redondo Beach, just couldn’t be hotter! One bedroom homes have skyrocketed in value in just the past few months. See the recent postcard to the sellers and homeowner in The Village. The Village is a collection of condos and townhomes offering studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units, many with great views and all located just walking distance to the beach and the Redondo Beach Pier.
The area of Redondo known as The Village, or Seascapes I, II and III offers the finest in resort living. Located near the Redondo Beach pier and a short walk to both King Harbor and the beaches of Redondo, these upscale condominiums offer a resort feel, and are the perfect home for those wanting to live close to the ocean. Often offering fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina, and the beaches of Redondo the Seascape condominiums and townhomes boast pool and exercise facilities, a short walk to beaches, shopping and the pier. This is South Bay living at it’s finest.
Redondo Beach offers a wider variety of options than neighboring Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach as it’s zoned to allow higher density housing in some areas…..meaning larger condo complexes. Some of the most ideal complexes are located in South Redondo Beach just off of Catalina and are known as the Village or Seascapes I, II and III. All of the Seascape Buildings are also known as the Village (they’re actually all on Catalina but the addresses are on The Village) All of the complexes have Homeowners Associations with HOA dues to cover the various landscaping, pools and some insurance. If you’re looking for an affordable way to have a beach home, they may be ideal for you. All of these complexes offer some fantastic ocean, and harbor views and are centrally located just a short walk or bike ride to the beach, marina, restaurants and shops and parks. Keep in mind that some of my comments are just opinions on what is both good and bad about the buildings based on my observations and feedback from my clients.
The Village Townhomes and Condos (610-688 The Village)
The Village in South Redondo Beach may just be the most affordable way of living near the water in the South Bay. The Village condominiums and townhomes feature 323 well maintained units including studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom condos along with a few townhome style homes at the southern end of the property. The Village offers resort style living and includes two beautiful pool and spa areas (one is for owners only, the other is owned by Ocean Club rental units but fully usable by the owners in The Village) a state of the art fitness center (again part of the Ocean Club but free access is provided to owners) several bbq areas, walk paths, access to the Redondo pier area and more. Most units have ocean views, ocean breezes and are a wonderful place to call home…or a second home.
Seascape I (210-250 The Village)
Seascape One is actually located between Seascapes II and III and consists of 210-250 The Village. It was built in 1978 and is just east of King Harbor and the Redondo Beach pier. Many of the units have fairly unique windows that allow for plenty of light and breezes. The smallest units are 1 bedroom 1 bath with around 577 square feet with the largest units being 2 bedroom 2 bath with just over 1600 feet. Values depend primarily on the location and view as well as the upgrades that the owners have done over time.
Pros: Location, location, location. Seascape I is central to everything and you truly don’t have to get in the car on the weekends. It’s directly adjacent to the marina and the Redondo Beach pier and has a large grassy park just outside your door. Some of the units are very nicely remodeled and some have tremendous ocean views (although those unblocked view units rarely come on the market. This is an affordable way to live by the beach or use a rental unit. See additional pictures of an ocean view unit at 240 The Village.
Cons: The complex is a little maze like and finding your way around isn’t always simple. The complex also has shared laundry with a laundry room near the elevator on every floor. Another negative is that there seems to continually be an assessment in addition to the HOA dues and currently all of the planters and ponds have been undergoing continual work. Unlike Seacapes Two and Three the complex is not gated (although the parking is) View current oceanview condos for sale
Seascape II (110 – 160 The Village)
Seascape 2 was built in 1980 and looks a bit more modern than Seascape I. The units are much larger with the smallest one bedrooms just a bit over 900 square feet and the largest condos having 2 bedrooms plus a very good sized loft (with an additional balcony) and just at 1900 square feet. Seascape 2 consists of the buildings with 100-160 The Village addresses and is the furthest north of the oceanfront/oceanview buildings. The complex has a very nice pool area and is walkable to just about everything imaginable. Seascape 2 also has some townhome units with larger square footage and attached garages. Many/most of the units have been extensively remodeled and many have stunning ocean and harbor views.
Pros:Again the location is excellent with shops, restaurants, gyms and the beach just a stroll away. The complex has a very nice vacation like feel to it and is ideal for those looking for a beach home, second home or just wanting a primary residence at the beach….without the price tag of many other oceanview properties.
Cons:There are often assessments and the monthly HOA is fairly high and currently start around the mid $400s as of this article. It’s a fairly large complex and often a bit confusing to find your way around. Although the views can be stunning some of the units are a bit further back with a service road and a few buildings in front of the views of some of the lower units.
Seascape III (510-540 The Village)
Built in 1980 Seascape III feels very similar to Seascape II with a slightly more “vacation” type feel. The condos are fairly large with the smallest 1458 square feet and the largest being the penthouse 2 bedroom with an ocean view loft and separate patio with slightly over 2000 square feet.
This is the furthest south of the Seascape buildings but still walkable to everything.
Pros: Again the location is just ideal and the complex has a great second home or vacation feel. Higher floor units have some tremendous views and many have been very nicely upgraded. As with all of the Esplanade and Village buildings, prices have come down considerably as they have had a very high second home ownership in the past and have suffered quite a bit with some foreclosures and short sales forcing prices down which makes for an ideal environment for buyers
Cons: As with all of the Seascape buildings the HOA is quite high and the age of the buildings, coupled with their environment of sun and salt air, often make for additional assessments. HOA is also fairly restrictive as to what can be done to the units, but this can also be considered a positive for many. View current oceanview condos for sale
By Keith Kyle
620 The Village #216, Redondo Beach CA 90277
If you’ve ever dreamed of life at the beach, this may be your reality. Wake up to cool ocean breezes, boats sailing past your bedroom window, and every evening a new show as the sun sets into the ocean. Every day can feel like a vacation with this wonderfully updated 2 bedroom corner unit condo with panoramic ocean views.
This beautifully updated 2 bedroom condo has it all….panoramic ocean views, resort like complex, cool ocean breezes, living room, bedrooms and kitchen bathed in natural light, 2 pools and 2 spas, state of the art fitness center and upgrades throughout. Live the vacation lifestyle as it’s just better at the beach….all located within walking distance of King Harbor, the Redondo pier, and world famous Redondo Beach. Contact listing agent and Redondo Beach specialist, Keith Kyle for more information or for a private tour.
620 The Village #216
- 2 Bedroom 2 Bath
- 938 Square Feet
- Updated throughout
- Walking distance to restaurants, shops, King Harbor, and Redondo Beach
- Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, new light fixtures
- Original doors and windows were all replaced with beautiful vinyl windows and doors
- Recessed lights, crown molding, refinished cabinetry