In general, Redondo Beach has the greatest history compared to Manhattan and Hermosa Beach, as it was the first town while the others were still sand dunes. With a rich history, today Redondo is divided into South and North, with 190th Street offering a rough boundary. The Esplanade is a famous walk/biking path perched above the beach that offers unmatched ocean views for locals and tourists. Also located in South Redondo is the Pier and King Harbor.
The Avenues are a series of streets all named Avenue A through Avenue I. Located towards the southern part of Redondo Beach, homes on these streets are insanely walkable and have the most beach charm (in our opinion). They are bordered by Knob Hill, the beach, torrance, and also Riviera Village. In the Avenues you will find a good mix of homes as well as townhouses and some condos here. The streets in the lower section are flat and wide with cute Spanish style bungalow design. The upper avenues (east of PCH) sit on hilly streets and offer beautiful ocean views and views of Palos Verdes.
Everything in this area that sits above PCH and North of Torrance Blvd. we refer to as Upper South Redondo. Here, the feel is a little more suburban and less beachy, but still very charming and a quick drive to the sand in a couple of minutes.
Along the sand you will find the more active of the people in this neighborhood, wheather it be riding bikes or playing on the beach. The people here in general are a mix of younger renters, new families, to older home-owners. There really is something for everyone in South Redondo.
Same with every other place in the South Bay, there is no one distinct style of home here. While new construction is constantly updating the neighborhoods, some of the original beach homes still stand. Apartments and condos are a big hit here, as they can run along the ocean to offer incredible views.
Living closer to the beach and the Esplanade means higher property values. One thing to note about this area is that large scale apartment and condo buildings reign supreme for ocean views, but they also block everyone else behind them. Giant buildings running along the beach that sort of give it a relaxing Miami vibe so we can't complain.
To LAX: 25 min
To Downtown: 45 min - 1 hour
To Beach: 0-5 min.
To The Valley: 50 min without traffic, 1.5 hours with traffic