Do School Systems Make a Big Difference with Real Estate Values – Absolutely

It’s no real secret that good schools help drive real estate values in certain neighborhoods and communities.  Buyers with kids want to be in areas with good schools and that higher demand helps keep values up.  Even those without kids greatly benefit from a strong school system.  The stronger the schools the more insulated a market is from any downturns.  That was very evident in Redondo Beach that saw home prices drop during the recession and housing crisis, but only a very small amount compared with other local areas that do not have as strong a school system.

A recent CAR study showed that 47% of home buyers said good schools were very importan, 23% said that they were somewhat important, 11% said not very important and 19% said that it was not important at all.

The 19% may not realize just how much of an influence schools play on values and demand.  Good elementary schools are often part of a good community and without question most buyers would like to live in a good community.

The Redondo Beach Unified School District is highly ranked and that creates a very high demand, especially for families thinking of living in this coastal community.

The study also conclued that 43% of consumers age 34 or under believe highly rated schools are very important.  58% of consumers earning more than $100,000 a year think that highly rated schools are very important.

Redondo Beach Schools – How they Score

By Keith KyleRedondo Union High School

Without question one of the many reasons people want to live in Redondo Beach is the highly ranked Redondo Beach Unified School District.  From the elementary schools to Redondo Union High School, the district has a lot to offer and always ranks high in state test scores.  Redondo Union was recently named one of the Top 500 Public High Schools by Newsweek.

Alta Vista School
815 Knob Hill
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Telephone: (310) 798-8650
Fax: (310) 798-8662

Birney School
1600 Green Lane
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Telephone: (310) 798-8626
Fax: (310) 937-6511

Lincoln School
2223 Plant Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Telephone: (310) 798-8646
Fax: (310) 793-6786

Tulita School
1520 Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Telephone: (310) 798-8628
Fax: (310) 798-8698

Adams Middle School
2600 Ripley Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Telephone: (310) 798-8636
Fax: (310) 318-3064

Redondo Union High School
One Sea Hawk Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Telephone: (310) 798-8665
Fax: (310) 798-4685

Beryl Heights School
920 Beryl Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Telephone: (310) 798-8611
Fax: (310) 937-6513

Jefferson School
600 Harkness Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Telephone: (310) 798-8631
Fax: (310) 937-6506

Madison School
2200 Mackay Lane
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Telephone: (310) 798-8623
Fax: (310) 798-3923

Washington School
1100 Lilienthal Lane
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Telephone: (310) 798-8641
Fax: (310) 798-8302

Parras Middle School
200 North Lucia Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Telephone: (310) 798-8616
Fax: (310) 798-8620

 

2013 Growth 2012 Base Growth Target Growth Met Target
REDONDO BEACH UNIFIED 887 892 D -5
Elementary Schools
Alta Vista Elementary 946 929 A 17 Yes
Beryl Heights Elementary 942 952 A -10 Yes
Birney Elementary 917 927 A -10 Yes
Jefferson Elementary 936 941 A -5 Yes
Lincoln Elementary 910 913 A -3 Yes
Madison Elementary 910 906 A 4 Yes
Tulita Elementary 912 929 A -17 Yes
Washington Elementary 893 906 A -13 Yes
Middle Schools
Adams Middle 872 B B B
Parras Middle 907 921 A -14 Yes
High Schools
Redondo Union High 856 858 A -2 Yes
N/A means a number is not applicable or not available due to missing data.
A means the school scored at or above the statewide performance target of 800 in 2013.
B means the school did not have a valid 2012 Base API and will not have any growth or target information.
C means the schoolhad significant demographic changes and will not have any growth or target information.
D means this is either an LEA or a special education school.  Target
information is not applicable to LEAs or special education schools.
Targets Met – In the “Met Growth Target” columns, the growth targets reflect
state accountability requirements and do not match the federal AYP requirements. The AYP requirement for the API is a 2013 Growth API of 770, or a one-point increase from the 2012 Base API to 2013 Growth API for a school or
LEA.

Finally a new Listing In Fusion South Bay

**This condo has sold**  Please visit our current Fusion condos and townhomes for sale for updated MLS listings in Fusion South Bay.

It’s been a while since there was a home for sale in Fusion in the South Bay, the gated townhome community in the Hollyglen area of Hawthorne.  Ideally located just east of Manhattan Beach, it’s is a fantastic alternative to Redondo, Manhattan and El Segundo.  Prices would be exponentially higher if it were located just across the street, but the location still offers residents easy access to the active South Bay lifestyle with the beach, dining, shopping and more close by.

The current unit for sale is a “C” floorplan (see our video walkthrough of a different Fusion C townhome for a sense of the layout) which offers a very open kitchen/dining/living room areas with 2 bedrooms and laundry upstairs. The C floorplan also offers a 2 car attached garage.  The ammenities of the complex include pool and spa, small playground, half basketball court and various exercise stations.

Located at 5406 W 149th Place unit #18, it is priced at $499,000 which, in our opinion, is low and would be a good deal for the buyer that purchases the home.  Square footage is listed as 1,110 by listing agent Young Kim of Landmark, but in our experience the square footage is actually larger when measured.

 

Palos Verdes Real Estate Explained

By Keith Kyle

Real estate on the Palos Verdes peninsula isn’t always easy to figure out. When people say Palos Verdes, or PV, it’s not always clear just what they’re talking about. With 4 different cities (really 5 if you include the unincorporated area that is actually called Palos Verdes Peninsula), multiple real estate areas often including more than one city, the entire area serviced by the Palos Verdes Unified School District, various zoning issues including equestrian areas and vastly different areas and neighborhoods (not to mention distinct climates)….how is one able to get a handle on the area?

The map below should help as it’s broken down into both cities and real estate “areas”.
Palos-Verdes-Real-Estate-Map

The pink sections show Palos Verdes Estates and the corresponding real estate numbers used by realtors to break the areas down into similar real estate neighborhoods.  The orange areas show Rancho Palos Verdes which had an abundance of very distinct areas and neighborhoods.  The purple shows Rolling Hills Estates, green represents Rolling Hills (gated community with very large lots) and the yellow is the small pocket of Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Homes for Sale in South Redondo Beach

King Harbor and Redondo Beach Pier views from the Esplanade condos

Located along some of Southern California’s finest beaches, South Redondo Beach has something to offer everyone. Redondo is generally comprised of two main areas known as South and North Redondo. Each area has a very different feel with South Redondo having more of a beach atmosphere due to it’s location and the fact that it’s bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Bordered by the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south, North Redondo to the north, and Torrance to the east, South Redondo Beach offers great schools, proximity to the beach, and an abundance of activities.

Current South Redondo Home Listings

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Some highlights include ocean activities and dining at King Harbor, great shopping in the Riviera Village, the Redondo Beach pier, and nature walks at Wilderness Park.

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1800 PCH – Small Town Community Charm in Unique Redondo Neighborhood

By Keith Kyle

One of the more unique communities in Redondo Beach and the South Bay is located at 1800 S Pacific Coast Highway.  It is a relatively new complex with more updated finishes and layouts but what makes it unique is the setting above and what’s below.  The community sits above retail and restaurant areas with a huge subterranean parking garage below.  The parking is split between guest use and resident use (with the resident parking behind a gate).

The main level consists of individual detached homes (technically townhomes) arranged among colorful gardens, brick walkways, gazebos and more.  Designed to offer the  true community feel of the beach communities of the 40’s and 50’s, each home has a unique look but all share a similar Cape Code styling to give the community a sense of uniformity, while offering a level of individuality not found in most planned unit developments.

The complex has 98 homes ranging from 3 bed/3 bath with 1,497 square feet to 4 bed/3 bath homes with 1,836 square feet and many options in between.   See the complex map.   Other than the slightly odd parking situation, which feels more like a condo than townhomes, this is one of my favorite complexes in the South Bay.  Residents seem to love the neighborhood feel and location not to far from the ocean and walkable to Riviera Village.   As part of Redondo Beach, the residences also attend Redondo Unified School District and offers fantastic and highly ranked schools K-12.

Recent prices have ranged from the high $600,000 to the mid $700,000s.

 

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