1500 Esplanade Oceanfront Condos Now on the MLS

By Keith Kyle1500 Esplanade Redondo Beach

For months now we’ve seen the construction happening at 1500 Esplanade.  These oceanview condos are ideally located on the Esplanade with stunning views stretching from Palos Verdes and Catalina to Malibu. Sitting on the east side of the Esplanade, they offer unblocked and unblockable views.   Realtors and buyers were eagerly awaiting the final product but unfortunately the developer had decided that he would only deal directly with buyers and did not want buyers to have their own representation.  While several units are already sold, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes from the Esplanadethat strategy has taken an obvious turn as 4 of these condos are now active on the local MLS.  The units range between 3000 ft and 32oo feet and offer either 3 bed/3 bath or 4 bed 3.5 bath.  Currently the units are priced at $4,000,000.  Contact us for more information or to set up a showing of these beautiful homes.

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Building Spotlight – Oceanfront Living at the Sand Castle – 615 Esplanade

By Keith Kyle
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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 The Sand Castle Redondoskinny 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.

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Homes we love – 605 Esplanade – Oceanfront Charmer

By Keith Kyle605-Esplanade-Redondo-Beach

As realtors are people to we have our biases and preferences like everyone else.  I’m partial to beach bungalows that capture that original charm of our wonderful coastal community.  Many of these homes have been torn down with mini mansions replacing them and that’s the unfortunate reality of land value being so unbelievable.

One of my favorite stretches of homes is a block of the Esplanade, Redondo Beach’s oceanfront address.  The majority of the homes along this street are larger condo complexes or townhomes but a few, original single family homes still exist.  605 Esplanade is one of them and evokes thoughts of idyllic Cape Cod living.  Sitting on the bluff, this home offers stunning oceanfront views with crashing waves and dazzling sunsets.  Unlike homes on The Strand in Manhattan and Hermosa Beach, what this home offers is space and an actual yard.  It certainly could use some cosmetic updates but we hope that someone will embrace the coastal charm and make this their oceanfront dream house.  Contact us for a private showing

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Oceanfront Homes For Sale in Redondo Beach

Living at the beach may be more affordable than you think as Redondo Beach zoning allows for larger ocean front condo buildings not seen in other areas of the South Bay.   At the moment there are far more oceanfront condos, townhomes and homes for sale then in recent memory.  The current homes range from 1 bed 1 bath condos in the Sand Castle, to one of the more impressive oceanfront homes ever to come on the market at 717 Esplanade.  7 of the current homes for sale are ocean front condos on the Esplanade with the bulk of the additional opportunities being single family or multi unit.  The home at 739 Esplanade is one of the more intriguing properties as it’s currently 3 separate levels, each with kitchen and baths that can be torn down with the ability to build townhomes, or a very large estate, but may also work as an owner occupied investment property with owners living in one of the 3 levels and renting the other two.
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Ocean View Condos in Seascape and The Village

By Keith Kyle

Seascape I, II, III,  and The Village

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.

There are endless reasons that the South Bay and Redondo Beach are great places to live, and without question the proximity to the ocean is one of them. 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 relatively high HOA dues to cover the various landscaping, pools and some insurance, but if you’re looking for an affordable way to have a beach home, they may be ideal for you. All three buildings offer some fantastic ocean, Catalina, 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.

Seascape I

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.

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 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 but this is not a challenge for the residents….only visitors. The complex also has shared laundry with a laundry room near the elevator on every floor. As each floor has it’s own laundry it is only shared by a few units so in general it isn’t a problem. Unlike Seacapes Two and Three the complex is not gated (although the parking, pool and the north side of the complex are)

Seascape II

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 occassionaly special assessments and the monthly HOA is fairly high and currently range between the mid $400-mid $600s depending on the unit size 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

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.

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