Home Staging Tips for Redondo Beach Homes

Home staging is an important part of the preparation process when selling a house.  Whether fully staging the home using a professional stager, or simply de-cluttering and adding something to the owners current furniture, staging can make the difference between a home selling quickly and sitting on the market.  Here are a few pointers to help prepare your Redondo Beach home for sale.  If you have given any thought to selling your home in Torrance or the South Bay, we can help.  Contact us for information on how we sell homes or find the value of your home in Redondo Beach CA.

 

 

Pros and Cons of the Golden Hills in Redondo Beach

As many of my clients are from out of the area or out of state, they seem to have a notion that the South Bay is simply one big city and there Golden-Hillsaren’t all that many differences between Manhattan BeachHermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.  The reality is that even within these cities the individual neighborhoods vary quite a bit.  Due to the sheer size of the city, Redondo Beach is one of the more varied communities in the South Bay in terms of types of housing, size and age, and price.

The area just east of Hermosa and just South of Manhattan (see Golden Hills Map)is a hilly section of Redondo Beach known as the Golden Hills.  Knowing the areas pros and cons is an important step in determining whether the Golden Hills is the right area for you.  The homes in the area have a not entirely flattering nickname and are called “tall and skinnies”.  Drive down any street in the area and you’ll see why.  When the homes were originally built the area was subdivided into 25×100 foot lots.  With no alleys in the rear, this means that the frontage of the home required a 2 car garage and as you’ll notice, the homes look somewhat similar.  So here’s the pros and cons of the area.

Pros:

  1. You get a bigger house for a lower price.  Many of the homes in the area are in the 1700+ square foot range with spacious living rooms, open kitchens and good sized bedrooms.
  2. Prices for these 1700+ square foot houses generally start in the high $600k range and newer, larger homes can sell for over $1,000,000.
  3. Location is excellent.  Being just east of Hermosa Beach, means that the Golden Hills is very close to the beach.  Saying it’s a walk or bike ride is a bit of a reach, but it’s not far off.  Being this close to the beach means cooler summers and warmer winters……and who doesn’t like that.
  4. Upgrades.  Many of the homes in the area have been very nicely upgraded and well taken care of.  Those that haven’t can be purchased for an even greater discount.
  5. Price.  Look just west in Hermosa and the price jumps considerably.  Try to find a home this size in other parts of Redondo and expect to pay $100k more.

Cons:

  1. The biggest complaint that I get to the area is the bedroom configuration.  With a 25 foot wide lot there’s only so many options the original builders had.  The general layout is living room (often with vaulted ceilings), kitchen and master bedroom upstairs, and garage and 2 bedrooms downstairs.  The master on one level with the other bedrooms downstairs is often an obstacle with families with small kids or expectant parents.
  2. Proximity to your neighbors.  Again with lots 25 feet wide, and front doors usually needing to be on the side of the house due to the garage, don’t generally mean much room between you and your neighbor.
  3. Lack of street parking.  With 2 car wide driveways in front of every 25 foot wide lot, it doesn’t leave much room for curbs.  On the other hand a two car garage plus 2 driveway spaces may make that a non factor.
  4. Small yards.  Generally these homes have a small yard in the rear without a front yard to speak of.  Again this can be a positive or a negative, depending on your situation.

Overall the Golden Hills offers a great opportunity to own a good sized home, at a good price and just a short drive to the beach.  See Recent Golden Hills home sales.

For more information on the area of Golden Hills or other neighborhoods in the South Bay, feel free to contact me.

Keith Kyle – Realtor, e-Pro – South Bay Brokers– 2501 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310-251-2344 – Keith.Kyle@SouthBayBrokers.com

 

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Looking for a starter home in Redondo Beach?….this may take a while….

I have a number of buyers looking in Redondo Beach for a single family home under $750,000. Normally that’s not too difficult to find and it’s more a question of specific location, or style, etc. The problem now is that single family homes in this price range, which would be considered “starter homes” in Redondo, can be difficult, if not impossible, to find. It hasn’t been easy lately to explain to buyers (many of whom start the search in Hermosa Beach but find themselves priced out) that there just are no homes to buy. The chart below paints a pretty bleak inventory picture with almost nothing to buy, and the few that are priced below $750,000 are not at all what they are looking for.

The chart below shows all single family homes for sale, pending and sold in the $750,000 and under price range in Redondo Beach.  The teal line represents the active homes for sale in Redondo Beach and it’s pretty clear that there are few, if any, real opportunities.  According to Redondo Beach realtor Keith Kyle, “until sellers decide that this is an optimal time to list their homes for sale, this trend of low inventory and high demand will continue.”