Redondo Beach September 2014 Home Prices

The real estate market continued to show strong numbers in Redondo Beach CA with 88 home sales and a median home price of $785,000.  Housing inventory remained low and demand continued to be strong in Redondo.

City Homes
Sold
September
2014 Median
September
2013 Median
Year
over Year % Change
Carson 38 $363,000 $360,000 0.83%
El Segundo 9 $526,250 $730,000 -27.91%
Gardena 34 $365,000 $352,500 3.55%
Harbor City 13 $465,000 $375,000 24.00%
Hawthorne 35 $495,000 $473,500 4.54%
Hermosa Beach 17 $1,020,000 $1,032,500 -1.21%
Lawndale $400,000 $432,500 -7.51%
Lomita 8 $522,750 $430,000 21.57%
Long Beach 314 $420,000 $388,500 8.11%
Manhattan Beach 32 $1,950,000 $1,675,000 16.42%
Marina Del Rey 31 $797,000 $848,000 <-6.01%
Palos Verdes Estates 34 $1,575,000 $1,306,000 20.60%
Playa Del Rey 24 $534,050 $467,000 14.36%
Rancho Palos Verdes 51 $1,038,000 $1,053,000 -1.42%
Redondo Beach 88 $785,000 $750,000 4.67%
San Pedro 56 $448,250 $430,000 4.24%
Torrance 117 $530,000 $525,000 0.95%
Westchester 34 $869,000 $724,000 20.03%

Priced out of The Strand in Manhattan and Hermosa? Great Option in the Hollywood Riviera

By Keith KyleMaster-New-Large

I get a number of inquiries from my site SouthBayOceanFront.com from buyers looking for a beach front home on The Strand in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.  Many of these buyers are extremely qualified and have the ability to comfortably purchase multi-million dollar homes.  The problem in today’s market is that values along the beach in Hermosa and Manhattan have gone up considerably in the past 18 months.  There are currently 9 oceanfront single family homes on The Strand and 8 of them are priced over $10,000,000.  That was a relatively unheard price point just 2 years ago and now there are several over $15,000,000.

So what is a $5,000,000 buyer to do?

Redondo Beach Oceanfront HomesUnfortunately homes becoming available in that range are probably a thing of the past, but there is an option not far and it may even offer attributes that The Strand can’t offer.  The area is the Hollywood Rivera (about 10-15 minutes south) and there is a fantastic bluff top street called Paseo De La Playa that offers oceanfront homes, large lots that extend all the way to the beach (some
fortunate homes have paths that access the beach directly from the home), and views not only of the beach, but Palos Verdes, the ocean, King Harbor, and coastline views that extend all the way to Malibu.

As of this post, there are 2 oceanfront homes for sale on Paseo De La Playa.  The first is currently in escrow located at 605 Paseo De La Playa and is listed for $4,295,000.  The second is an off market sale in which the owner is trying to sell it themselves at 617 Paseo De La Playa and the owner is asking $4,350,000.Paseo De La Playa PV Views

The homes on Paseo were all originally on leased land with many of the former owners buying out the leases in the past and are now owned free and clear.  Built in the 60’s and 70’s some of the homes are fairly original while many have been extensively remodeled.

February 2014 Home Sales in Redondo Beach and the South Bay

By Keith Kyle

With inventory remaining low throughout most of the South Bay, the volume of sales continued to be lower than normal, but certainly not due to a lack of demand. Prices continued to rise with multiple offers on many appropriately priced homes and days on market remaining very low. Click on any city below to see the homes sales and prices for February 2014

February 2014 Home Sales

Short sale inventory down in Redondo Beach

It wasn’t too long ago that most buyers had heard all of the horror stories involved with and wouldn’t go near them. In many conversations I explained to buyers that if they were looking for a “deal” a short sale was definitely the way to go. Unfortunately that just doesn’t seem to be the case any longer as short sale inventory is way down and anything initially priced below market value is quickly in escrow with multiple offers and most seem to be selling at numbers much closer to market value. According to Keith Kyle, a South Bay short sale specialist, “it’s a combination of lower inventory and a much more streamlined short sale process in which most short sales are going through. No longer are buyers overly cautious about potential short sales taking 6 months or more like they had in the past.” While short sale may not be the bargain they once were, they still are the likeliest source of well priced homes if and when you can find them. For a current list of foreclosures visit either our Redondo Beach foreclosures site, or our South Bay foreclosures and short sales listings.

Is the South Bay Real Estate Market Slowing Down?

If August home sales numbers were any indication the market is continuing to go crazy, but from on the ground experience the South Bay real estate market is beginning to slow down a bit.   There are likely several factors that seem to be driving this slowing market:

  1. Seasonal changes:  The market always slows a bit once schools are back in.  Summer home buyers eager to get a home in certain school districts keep the market buzzing in June, July and August.
  2. Interest rates:  While still historically fantastic, it’s taking buyers a little while to grasp that we’re no longer likely to see rates in the 3% range, or even the mid to low 4% range.  Rates had to adjust and although rates are still tremendous, borrowers are still suffering from a lowest rates ever hangover.  In time the current rates will become the new normal and buyers waiting on the sidelines will once again jump into the fray.
  3. Prices:  August year over year prices in the area neared a 25% gain….in just a year.  That’s a pretty incredible increase and between the increases and many buyers frustrated with a market stacked against them have decided to sit it out for a while and hope that we eventually reach a balanced market.

Whether all of this indicates a trend towards a cooler market, or is just a temporary correction remains to be seen, but either way 2013 has been one of the quicker rebounds in real estate that we’ve ever seen.

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