Where Have all the Ocean Front and Ocean View Condos Gone?

Although the housing inventory has been low in Redondo Beach for almost 2 years now, the market for and ocean view Village condos is almost non-existent. Popular condo complexes such as The Village, the Seascape buildings, and various oceanfront buildings on the Esplanade are nowhere near the normal inventory levels. According to realtor Keith Kyle, “It’s really been months since there’s been anything new. There are currently a few places that have been on the market for some time now, but the few new listings, if priced anywhere near where they should be, disappear quickly.”

“These homes offer the iconic South Bay beach lifestyle and are are highly sought after, often by professionals that travel extensively, local retired or semi-retired people looking for that vacation beach feel, or those priced out of nearby townhomes and single family homes.”

Seascape-1-PoolThe inventory has continued to drop to nearly a trickle with only 2 condos on the market as of this writing.  Both are in the Seascape buildings behind King Harbor and the Redondo Pier area.  The homes often offer the real feel of living on vacation as many have great views and some offer terrific amenities.

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

**Please note that this post is from 2013 and the market and home prices have changed dramatically since then**

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.”

Oceanfront Penthouse on the Esplanade in Redondo Beach

Although this home has seemingly been on the market with little flexibility on the part of the sellers in terms of viewing the home or price, it’s still certainly worth mentioning as this is such a unique property.  Located in the Ocean Plaza building, most condos are on the side of the building with nice views, but nothing like this.  Contact Redondo Beach realtor, Keith Kyle, for more information.

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