The Avenues of South Redondo a Hot Market

By Keith Kyle

We usually see a home or two on “The Avenues” hit the market each month, but in the past 2 days we’ve seen 4 new and fairly exciting listings hit the market.  The Avenues is the area towards the most southern part of Redondo Beach before the Hollywood Riviera in which the streets all have letter names….Avenue A, B, C….These streets have a very unique and “beachy” feel to them as you can often see the ocean, they are mostly original looking bungalow style homes, are a short walk to the beach and the Esplanade, and they are very close to the Riviera Village shopping area.

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What’s the Difference Between North and South Redondo Beach?

By Keith Kyle

When most buyers come to me they know that they’re interested in Redondo Beach, but don’t know much about the various parts and the differences in the neighborhoods.  While there are a number of different neighborhoods and real estate “areas” the big distinction is between North Redondo and South Redondo.

So what’s the difference?

The physical dividing line between the two is 190th Street and Anita, but in reality the differences are much more than just the separation of the street.  The “feel” of North Redondo and South Redondo are the most significant difference.  North Redondo sits east of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach with no beach to call it’s own, while South Redondo has the prototypical “beach” feel and incorporates the areas of King Harbor, Redondo Beach, the Redondo pier and the beachfront street of the Esplanade.

North-South-Redondo-Beach-MapBoth north Redondo and South Redondo have a variety of housing options ranging from condos to mansions and everything in between, but when people often think of “Redondo Beach” they think of oceanfront and oceanview homes and those are only found in South Redondo.

The tradeoff is home prices and values.  In general, homes in South Redondo are more expensive and more valuable than similar homes in North Redondo, and it’s really all about the proximity to the beach, and the “beach” feel. While condos are a bit rarer in North Redondo, home prices generally start in the mid $500,000 for a smaller condo or townhome up to well over $1,500,000 for a larger home on a larger lot.  Home values can start in the mid $300,000 for a condo in Brookside Village and can reach to over $10,000,000 (which is very rare) for one of the few oceanfront estate style homes on the Esplanade.

The Village Condos in Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach epitomizes the very best in beach living.  Much larger than neighboring Manhattan Beach and  Hermosa Beach, Redondo offers housing of every  type and just about every price. One of the most  affordable ways of living in Redondo Beach is  in one of the many condominium buildings in the  city. Condo options can range from the very inexpensive  Brookside Village to ocean front luxury of Seascape or the Villageand the oceanfront homes on the Esplanade.

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Located  along some of Southern California’s finest beaches,  Redondo Beach has something to offer everyone.  Bordered by the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south, Hermosa Beach to the north, and Torrance  to the east, Redondo Beach offers great schools,  proximity to the beach, and an abundance of activities.  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. Some of the areas of Redondo  include North Redondo with anbundance of home options, South  Redondo, the Hollywood  Riviera , the resort living of The Village and Seascapeoceanfront  condos on the Esplanade and the Golden  Hills.

The Village or Seascape I, II, and III

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.

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. The complex also has shared laundry with a laundry room near the elevator on every floor. Another negative is that there seems to continually be an assessment in addition to the HOA dues and currently all of the planters and ponds have been undergoing continual work. Unlike Seacapes Two and Three the complex is not gated (although the parking is)

Seascape IIoceanview condos

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 often assessments and the monthly HOA is fairly high and currently around the mid $400s 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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