South Redondo Beach
South Redondo Beach is south of Herondo St., Anita St. and 190th and along the beachfront with the RB pier and marina/harbor complex. The majority of this area is on the coast and lies directly south of Hermosa Beach. Because of the proximity to the beach and ocean, South Redondo Beach has typically remained more expensive than North Redondo. Many of the homes offer views of the Pacific Ocean and if you are located west of PCH, you are a short walk to the beach. South Redondo has wide streets, wide beaches and laid-back feel make it a prime destination for those seeking a “bike to the grocery store” community.
At the southernmost part of this area is called “Riviera Village”. This is a very quaint downtown area with incredible restaurants + bars, special eateries, little shops and great boutique shopping. Riviera Village is really the heart of the city and you are fortunate if you are within walking distance of this area. The homes in this area vary quite a bit. There is a mix of smaller original beach bungalows to very large 6000 sq. ft. estate-style homes. The lot sizes have a wide range as well. From lots slightly larger than the small bungalows, to lots well over 9000 sq. ft. with large backyards.
Along the coast you will also have a mix of Single Family Homes, Townhouses and Condominiums. In addition, this is the only area that has high-rise style condos that have terrific views of the ocean and coastline. If you are living along this coastline you are only a short walk or bike ride from King Harbor and/or Riviera Village.
King Harbor, RB pier and the Marina complexes are large, planned centers of activity that host Korean seafood restaurants, touristy bars, smaller shops and a games arcade. The pier is a common spot for anglers to cast for a local catch; many residents of inland Los Angeles drive to Redondo Beach to take advantage of the long and unique shape of this pier. The adjacent Marina, located just north of the Pier, is home to another half-dozen restaurants + bars, the Shade Hotel, Portofino Inn and Crowne Plaza Hotel. The large, monolithic concrete structures that make up the pier and harbor area stand in stark contrast to the venerable cozy feel of the rest of the South Bay’s neighborhood-style street front architecture; the city continues to consider options for the area as new entertainment and dining choose to locate in other areas of the Beach Cities.
The streets take on an interesting thematic history in South Redondo. Starting at the Northernmost street (just South of 190th), all of the streets that travel East and West are named after gems, and some of them were known to exist in this area as early as the 1700s. The first street is Agate, then Beryl, Carnelian, Diamond, and so on. The streets that travel North and South are also in alphabetical and are all women’s names in reference to the Dominguez heirs from whom the Redondo Company purchased 1,400 acres from back in 1887. You’ll see “the girl” streets as you travel west from Prospect Ave: Paulina, Francisca, Gertruda, Helberta, Irena, Juanita, etc. In what is known as the Clifton Area, South of Knob Hill, the east-west streets are referred to as “The Alphabet Streets”, as they are named after letters of the alphabet streets.
South Redondo is home to the city’s only High School, Redondo Union High School or RUHS, which was opened in 1905 and has a long history of award winning education, an arts & sports program. South Redondo middle school children attend Parras Middle School (grades 6-8), which runs along Prospect Avenue. There are three elementary schools, Beryl, Alta Vista, and Tulita all (K-5). All schools are highly ranked nationally and some of the best in California.