Redondo Beach, California

Low Key Beach Living at a Good-ish Price

Redondo Beach Pier
Redondo Beach Pier
Redondo Beach Downtown
Redondo Beach Downtown
Veteran's Park
Veteran's Park

The Best Thing About Redondo Beach?

More Bang for Your Buck

For many who want the beach city life, but don’t have the budget to back up a $3 million purchase, Redondo Beach offers much of what they seek without as much green required. The more spacious and sleepier sister to Hermosa and Manhattan beaches, Redondo generally gets homeowners more bang for their buck in terms of lot size, home square footage and for those in South Redondo, proximity to the ocean. Even in North Redondo, which sits inland to the east of Hermosa and southern Manhattan, residents might not have direct access to the ocean but they certainly don’t have to give up their dream of coastal living.

In South Redondo, residents enjoy much of what the pricier beach communities have to offer, like easy ocean access, waterfront amenities and a vibrant beachside dining and shopping area. Like most beach cities, the waterfront is a huge draw for residents. Built in 1888, the large pier is a designated historical landmark that attracts fisherman and sightseers from all over. One block from the beach is Riviera Village with boutique shops and diverse restaurant options that satisfy your craving to “go out” without being as rowdy or crowded as the downtown areas of Manhattan or Hermosa.

With all of these things going for it, plus the award-winning schools of Redondo Unified School District, it’s easy to see why the best thing about Redondo is that you can get all this for a lower price than if you lived just a few miles up the coast.

The Worst Thing about Redondo Beach

But It’s Still Pricey

It’s more affordable here, yes, but only relative to the city’s hyper-affluent neighbors to the north. According to Zillow and Redfin, the median price of homes in Redondo is $1.36 million. And if that sticker price doesn’t shock you, note that you won’t find even a starter home or townhome in this area for under seven figures. The community is a suburban and urban mix, with just under half of its residents renting. For renters, the prices are again better than Manhattan and Hermosa but still aren’t cheap. You will find a 2 bedroom apartment goes for a median rent of $3,450, or $2,800 for a 1 bedroom.

And once you have the home, there are additional somewhat unique costs to ownership in this part of the country. First, frequent earthquakes mean high insurance deductibles (so high that most owners opt-out of insuring their home), and perfect conditions make termite infestations far more likely than most other areas of the U.S.

Lifestyle of Redondo Beach

Kick Back in the Sun

The “forever sunny” weather means residents spend lots of time exercising and exploring outdoors. Beach volleyball, fishing on the pier, water sports like surfing and boating, biking along the beach, running in the many parks and hiking the trails at nearby Palos Verdes are popular pastimes. You can even ‘escape the city’ without ever leaving. Hopkins Wilderness Park, an 11-acre protected nature study area, features an urban wilderness campground and is home to 4 ecological habitats of forest, stream, pond and meadow.

Beyond the outdoors, the community is a more laid back and spread out vibe than Manhattan and Hermosa beaches. More diverse too than neighboring cities, locals have access to an array of churches, synagogues and mosques.

Schools in Redondo Beach

Some of the Best in LA

Redondo Beach is rated the 4th best place to raise a family in the LA area by Niche.com. Families move to Redondo Beach for the quality school district, peaceful residential living and relative affordability for a city by the beach. The Redondo Beach Unified School District is award winning and home to eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, one continuation school, and one adult school. The district scores highly on GreatSchools and received an “A+” rating on Niche.com. These schools are relatively diverse compared to Manhattan and Hermosa schools.

The Redondo Union High School is competitive with and rivals Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach for academics and athletics. It is in fact the second largest high school campus in all of California (56 acres!) and serves just over 3,000 students. The high school’s large sports facility is open to the public, allowing residents to enjoy its tennis courts, soccer fields, football fields and swimming pools. In addition to public offerings, there are well performing private schools nearby like the South Bay Faith Academy within the city limits and several others in neighboring cities like Torrance Beach to the south.

Why You Should Move Here Now

Access to the Outdoors

With pandemic shut down as a not-so-distant memory, Redondo Beaches' access to outdoor living should not be undervalued. Access to the beach, great surfing, bike paths, hiking trails, parks and even kayaking helped to keep residents, especially those with children, healthy and entertained when indoor group activities were necessarily unavailable. With so many types of homes available in Redondo, and the distinct differences between North and South, some who can just barely afford to move here do so knowing that they can immediately benefit from the outdoor lifestyle of a South Bay beach community while investing in a future where they might be able to grow into a single-family home without moving to a new neighborhood or city.