Manhattan Beach

English: Manhattan Beach in the fall

English: Manhattan Beach in the fall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Manhattan Beach is an ideal place to live and to work and it has endless activities and friendly people. The city has housing options that range from multi million dollar estate homes along the beach, to wonderful cottages on the tree lined streets, to large family style homes in the hills overlooking the city and the south end of the Santa Monica bay. The city offers five distinct home “sections”. Each of the neighborhoods, or “sections”, offer a totally different atmosphere, and all are part of the award winning Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

The Sand Section is the area that parallel the beach and have the famous pedestrian only streets. The Tree Section has fantastic, all American family type neighborhoods and tree lined streets. The Hill Section has the breathtaking ocean views and overlooks the city.  Manhattan Village is a gated, family oriented community. The area east of Sepulveda Blvd is known as East Manhattan.
The most northern area is called El Porto and is the most affordable section of the city. The Strand runs along the beach and has the most highly sought after real estate with unblockable ocean views and beach accesses. The Strand stretches from Hermosa Beach on the south, to El Porto area on the north.

English: A view from the south of the pier at ...

English: A view from the south of the pier at Manhattan Beach, California from Joelle Leder Photography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No matter what section you are in, you are always close to the famous restaurants and bars and entertainments options that Manhattan Beach offers. Downtown Manhattan Beach offers world class shopping, unique ‘one of a kind shops’, botique shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, city offices, library, business offices, banking facilities, and retail stores and outlets of all kinds.

Manhattan Village offers beautiful landscaping with pools, spas, bike paths and soccer field. The Village offers a complete modern shopping center, restaurants, entertainment options, a tennis club, South Bay Studios and many upscale hotels.

Manhattan Village is a family oriented community with many activities, parks, fields and playgrounds, and just a hop, skip and jump from the famous beaches to its west.
Manhattan Beach is a true, upscale beach town that features upscale living at its very best.

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California 2015 Sales

 

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Torrance Theatre Company:Audition For Murder

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Things to do in Torrance

torrance_tractFew cities list their recreational activities as well as Torrance does.

There are four areas of Torrance:

  • Old Historical Torrance
  • North Torrance
  • South Torrance
  • West Torrance

Each has its own high school and its own cultural flavor. Old Torrance holds onto its original Torrance roots. As the downtown area is a blast from the past.

Many of the areas in town have regular activities and there are websites to keep us informed. http://www.oldtorranceneighbors.org/ has alerts on everything from walking to tours, concerts.

And http://www.torranceca.gov/events/ lists all the events for all of Torrance.

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Alerts

Some cities make city wide alerts for emergencies and possible emergencies across the town.

Torrance has a nice page that we discovered and I want to make it available as a starter reference. As we find other cities we will mark it on this page. So be sure to come back often and to share and bookmark this page.

Torrance Alert and Warning Systems
http://www.torranceca.gov/TPD/7184.htm
Torrance Alert Social Page
http://www.torranceca.gov/TPD/18221.htm
#TorranceAlerts-the new text alerts system
https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736722522#/login
TorranceAlerts is a mass emergency notification system that enables citizens to receive informational messages from the City. The system will be utilized to inform the community of both emergency and non-emergency information.  Receive texts, emails and or phone calls.

 

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January Sales Report

 January 15 SalesIn Southern California the median price of single family homes increased 3.8% on a year over year basis to $420, 700.

An estimated 25,325 new and resale houses and condos sold in California in January 2015. That was down month over month by 30.6 percent from 36,468 sales in December 2014 and down year over year by 2.0 percent from 25,832 sales in January 2014.

January home sales have varied from a low of 19,145 sales in 2008 to a high of 47,138 sales in 2004. The January 2015 sales were 18.8 percent lower than the January average of 31,177 sales since 1988, when CoreLogic DataQuick data began. California sales haven’t been above average for any particular month in more than eight years.

The median price paid for a home in California in January 2015 was $376,000, down month over month by 3.1 percent from $388,000 in December 2014 and up year over year by 6.5 percent from $353,000 in January 2014.

January 2015 marked the 35th consecutive month in which the state’s median sale price has increased on a year-over-year basis. The peak year-over-year price gain during that period was 29.2 percent in July 2013. Since then price gains have trended lower and since July 2014 the year-over-year increases have been single-digit – between about 6 percent and 7 percent from October 2014 through January 2015.

Number of sold homes in Torrance

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2015 Real Estate Forecast

California Housing Market Forecast, February 2015

Prices are forecast to grow through the year in 2015.  The dollar volume transacted is expected to go up 12% this year while it went up less than 1% in 2014.

 

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Hawthorne’s Hollyglen Homes

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Original Hollyglen brocure

Hollyglen is one of the more sought after areas of Hawthorne. It is freeway  close. A great Wiseburn school district. And a hop and skip from El Segundo and Manhattan Beach shopping.  Back in its development homes were cheap by today’s standards as you can see from the brochure. Currently Hawthorne 360 is being built not too far from Hollyglen.

Today homes in Hollyglen can sell for as much as $700,00 and up.

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TUHS Announces College Fair

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TUSD logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 34th Annual College Fair is coming to Torrance.
Torrance, CA-On Saturday February 21, 2015 at West High School, students and parents will the chance to learn about the various college and university campus programs around the nation. The College Fair is an annual event, sponsored
jointly by the Torrance Council of PTAs, the District, and the PTAs of North, South, Torrance, and West Torrance High Schools. The purpose of the fair is to assist students as they navigate through the various steps to a higher education.

The day will include workshops, a chance to meet college representatives, and TUSD councelors.

The event is 10 AM to 2 PM in the West HS main gym. West HS is located at 20401 Victor Street in Torrance.

Elementary Schools in torrance, CA

39 Elementary Schools found in the area.

School Type Grade Level Enrollment Students per Teacher
Halldale Elementary School
Phone: (310) 328-3100
21514 Halldale Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Public K-5 592 21
Meyler Street Elementary School
Phone: (310) 328-3910
1123 West 223RD St, Torrance, CA 90502
Public K-5 830 20
Van Deene Avenue Elementary School
Phone: (310) 320-8680
826 West Javelin St, Torrance, CA 90502
Public K-5 398 22
John Adams Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4480
2121 238TH St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public K-5 396 20
Anza Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4559
21400 Ellinwood Dr, Torrance, CA 90503
Public K-5 604 22
Arlington Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4510
17800 Van Ness Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-5 596 23
Joseph Arnold Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4524
4100 227TH St, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 620 22
Evelyn Carr Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4467
3404 West 168TH St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-6 418 22
Edison Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4513
3800 182ND St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-5 574 21
Fern Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4506
1314 Fern Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Public K-5 479 23
Hickory Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4672
2800 West 227TH St, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 846 24
Lincoln Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4464
2418 West 166TH St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-5 421 23
Riviera Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4460
365 Paseo de Arena, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 699 24
Seaside Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4532
4651 Sharynne Lane, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 655 24
Torrance Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4500
2125 Lincoln Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Public K-5 487 19
Towers Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4535
5600 Towers St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public K-5 578 25
Victor Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4542
4820 Spencer St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public K-5 978 23
Walteria Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4487
24456 Madison St, Torrance, CA 90505
Public K-5 666 23
Howard Wood Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4484
2250 West 235TH St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public K-5 355 23
Yukon Elementary School
Phone: (310) 533-4477
17815 Yukon Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Public K-6 334 19
J. H. Hull Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4516
2080 West 231ST St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public 5-8 606 24
St Catherine Laboure School
Phone: (310) 324-8732
3846 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504 www.stcat.org
Private PK,K-8 401 20
St James Elementary School
Phone: (310) 371-0416
4625 Garnet St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 330 24
Switzer Learning Center
Phone: (310) 328-3611
2201 Amapola Ct, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Special Education 5-12 82 10
First Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-9920
2900 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 383 16
Ascension Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 371-3531
17910 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-8 129 13
Abc Playhouse
Phone: (310) 371-1231
18213 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-1 36 18
South Bay Junior Academy
Phone: (310) 370-6215
4400 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-10 201 20
Peninsula Montessori School
Phone: (310) 378-9742
3646 Newton St, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Montessori PK,K-1 10 8
Hickory Tree School
Phone: (310) 533-4830
21720 Madrona Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Private PK,K-5 113 19
The Center For Learning Unlimited
Phone: (310) 325-1117
Po Box 3478, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 2-12 27 9
Sonrise Preschool
Phone: (310) 214-9141
Po Box 7632, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 4 4
Zion Evangelical Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-1771
1001 W 223rd St, Torrance, CA 90502
Private 1-8 24 12
The Chldren's Place
Phone: (310) 782-9634
1625 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori 1-6 15 6
North Torrance Preschool
Phone: (310) 323-6995
2806 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 5 5
Harbor Ucla Children Center
Phone: (310) 222-4274
975 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90502
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 10 10
Crenshaw Children's Center
Phone: (310) 323-8739
18909 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 2 2
Leap & Bound Academy
Phone: (310) 543-7650
22410 Palos Verdes Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 11 11
Torrance Montessori School
Phone: (310) 328-5358
2747 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori PK,K-1 14 4

Middle Schools in torrance, CA

19 Middle Schools found in the area.

School Type Grade Level Enrollment Students per Teacher
Torrance Community Day School
Phone: (310) 972-6004
2291 West Washington Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 http://www.tusd.org
Alt. 7-12 37 11
Calle Mayor Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4548
4800 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505
Public 6-8 825 27
Casimir Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4498
17220 Casimir Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Public 6-9 671 29
Bert M. Lynn Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4495
5038 Halison St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 6-9 794 30
Jefferson Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4794
21717 Talisman St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 6-8 613 26
Madrona Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4562
21364 Madrona Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 6-8 756 29
Philip Magruder Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4527
4100 West 185TH St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public 6-8 697 29
Edward J. Richardson Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4790
23751 Nancy Lee Lane, Torrance, CA 90505
Public 6-8 712 29
J. H. Hull Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4516
2080 West 231ST St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public 5-8 606 24
St Catherine Laboure School
Phone: (310) 324-8732
3846 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504 www.stcat.org
Private PK,K-8 401 20
St James Elementary School
Phone: (310) 371-0416
4625 Garnet St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 330 24
Switzer Learning Center
Phone: (310) 328-3611
2201 Amapola Ct, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Special Education 5-12 82 10
First Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-9920
2900 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 383 16
Ascension Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 371-3531
17910 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-8 129 13
South Bay Junior Academy
Phone: (310) 370-6215
4400 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-10 201 20
The Center For Learning Unlimited
Phone: (310) 325-1117
Po Box 3478, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 2-12 27 9
South Bay High School
Phone: (310) 373-4556
4025 W 226th St, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 7-12 59 10
Zion Evangelical Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-1771
1001 W 223rd St, Torrance, CA 90502
Private 1-8 24 12
The Chldren's Place
Phone: (310) 782-9634
1625 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori 1-6 15 6

High Schools in torrance, CA

15 High Schools found in the area.

School Type Grade Level Enrollment Students per Teacher
Torrance Community Day School
Phone: (310) 972-6004
2291 West Washington Ave, Torrance, CA 90501 http://www.tusd.org
Alt. 7-12 37 11
North High School
Phone: (310) 533-4412
3620 West 182ND St, Torrance, CA 90504
Public 9-12 2201 28
Shery (Kurt T.) High (Continuation) High School
Phone: (310) 533-4440
2600 Vine St, Torrance, CA 90501
Alt. 11-12 196 20
South High School
Phone: (310) 533-4352
4801 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505
Public 9-12 2165 25
Torrance High School
Phone: (310) 533-4396
2200 Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501
Public 9-12 2142 28
West High School
Phone: (310) 533-4299
20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 9-12 2110 27
Casimir Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4498
17220 Casimir Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Public 6-9 671 29
Bert M. Lynn Middle School
Phone: (310) 533-4495
5038 Halison St, Torrance, CA 90503
Public 6-9 794 30
Switzer Learning Center
Phone: (310) 328-3611
2201 Amapola Ct, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Special Education 5-12 82 10
South Bay Junior Academy
Phone: (310) 370-6215
4400 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-10 201 20
Los Angeles Internat'l School/la Kokusai Gakuen
Phone: (310) 373-0430
23800 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
Private 10-12 6 1
Pacific Lutheran High School
Phone: (310) 530-1231
Po Box 3295, Torrance, CA 90510
Private 9-12 70 10
The Center For Learning Unlimited
Phone: (310) 325-1117
Po Box 3478, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 2-12 27 9
South Bay High School
Phone: (310) 373-4556
4025 W 226th St, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 7-12 59 10
Southern California Roc High School
Phone: (310) 224-4220
2300 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Voc/Tech 10-12 0 0

Preschool Schools in torrance, CA

14 Preschool Schools found in the area.

School Type Grade Level Enrollment Students per Teacher
St Catherine Laboure School
Phone: (310) 324-8732
3846 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504 www.stcat.org
Private PK,K-8 401 20
First Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 320-9920
2900 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
Private K-8 383 16
Ascension Lutheran School
Phone: (310) 371-3531
17910 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-8 129 13
Abc Playhouse
Phone: (310) 371-1231
18213 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504
Private PK,K-1 36 18
Peninsula Montessori School
Phone: (310) 378-9742
3646 Newton St, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Montessori PK,K-1 10 8
Hickory Tree School
Phone: (310) 533-4830
21720 Madrona Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Private PK,K-5 113 19
The Center For Learning Unlimited
Phone: (310) 325-1117
Po Box 3478, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Special Education 2-12 27 9
Sonrise Preschool
Phone: (310) 214-9141
Po Box 7632, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 4 4
The Chldren's Place
Phone: (310) 782-9634
1625 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori 1-6 15 6
North Torrance Preschool
Phone: (310) 323-6995
2806 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 5 5
Harbor Ucla Children Center
Phone: (310) 222-4274
975 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90502
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 10 10
Crenshaw Children's Center
Phone: (310) 323-8739
18909 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 2 2
Leap & Bound Academy
Phone: (310) 543-7650
22410 Palos Verdes Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
Private, Early Childhood Program/Day Care Center PK,K 11 11
Torrance Montessori School
Phone: (310) 328-5358
2747 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Private, Montessori PK,K-1 14 4

 

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Manhattan Beach Homes Are Smokin’!

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Manhattan Beach median home prices continued to climb and spiked 17% in 2014, hitting an all time high for median home prices.
Median home prices in 2013 were at $1,628,250, up from $1,414,750 in 2012.

That number increased to $1.9 million in 2014. Experts all point to the same direction when they are asked about the cause and that is the high quality school system. According to the experts, the school system has put Manhattan Beach real estate on the map and people have found out about this secret.

Well to do families are flocking to Manhattan Beach, mainly from elsewhere in the region, because they are unhappy with other school districts according to many  real estate experts and professionals in the city.

According to Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent Michael Matthews,  says the common theme was that they moved to Manhattan Beach primarily for the excellent school system.  He also stated that last year the Manhattan Beach Unified School District ranked third in the state for highest test scores.

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