Special Olympics Comes to South Bay

After being overseas for the last 16 years, the Special Olympics 2015 World Summer Games will be coming to Los Angeles this summer and three Southbay cities will be playing a crucial part in the upcoming historic event.

Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach have signed on as “Host Towns” to welcome the special athletes from seven different countries during a three day acclimation period that will lead up to the July 25th opening ceremonies.

The athletes will get some time to recover from jet lag and adjust to American culture.
The three   beach cities will join 82 other Southern California communities ranging from San Diego to San Luis Obispo in playing host to the athletes July 21-24. Each city is assigned special athletes from various countries. Manhattan Beach will host coaches and athletes from Hungary and Nepal.

Hermosa Beach will host Belgium and Belize, and Redondo Beach will host delegations from Benin, Haiti and Suriname.

The delegates from Hungary and Nepal will be staying at the Manhattan Beach Marriot Hotel. They will participate in a downtown shopping excursion, have a beach picnic and enjoying a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Fire Dept. They will also participate in a torch relay race and attend a community dinner.

The delegates from Belgium and Belize will enjoy a planned dinner, a group bicycle riding adventure, several games of beach volleyball, a day at the beach and do some shopping in downtown Hermosa Beach.

In Redondo Beach, the Benin, Haiti and Suriname delegates will stay at the Palos Verdes Inn, have lunch and do some shopping at the Galleria Mall. They will have a beach day of fishing, experience some whale watching, bicycle riding and sand castle building, a parade on the pier, a party at Sea Side Lagoon and a send off pep rally featuring mayors and dignitaries from all three beach cities on the morning of July 24th.

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First Quarter Real Estate News

First-time Buyer Housing Affordability Index
STATE/REGION/COUNTY Q4 2014 Q3 2014   Q4 2013
Los Angeles 50 47   52

Pending Home Sales Data:

California pending home sales jumped in February, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* increasing 24.8 percent from a revised 89.9 in January to 112.2, based on signed contracts.  The month-to-month increase easily topped the long-run average increase of 17.9 percent observed in the last seven years.

County Sales & Price Statistics, March 2015


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Hermosa Beach

Meaning “Beautiful” in Spanish, the City of Hermosa Beach is located about 18 miles south of Los Angeles and about 5 miles south of LAX, on the Pacific Ocean.

Hermosa Beach has become famous for it’s surfing, beach volleyball, paddle boarding and wonderful, wide stretches of white sand beach. Many famous sports professionals, especially beach volleyball players, call the small town their home. The small town has recently gone through an extensive multi million dollar renovation and updating process making it one of the most beautiful and friendly beaches in the South Bay area, and extremely desirable for those seeking out beach properties for relocation or for investment purposes.

The downtown area has been renovated and modernized with newly planted trees, wider sidewalks, added street lighting and more.

The real estate availability is excellent in Hermosa Beach, with single family homes that range from very small, to large beachfront estate sized homes available on the market at relatively low prices compared to those just a few miles north in Manhattan Beach and a few miles south in Redondo Beach. Beautiful and spacious condos and town homes are abundantly available as are small to larger apartment complexes, duplexes and triplexes located along the beaches and in the upper, hill areas of the city.

The City of Hermosa Beach has everything anyone would need in the way of conveniences and amenities and has some of the finest, highest rated public schools in the entire South bay area of Los Angeles. With a prime location like it has and its wonderful host of versatile homes, Hermosa Beach remains a prime consideration for those who are looking to invest in a beachside town for relocation property or for investment purposes.

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Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, California is a famous historical beach resort city located 20 miles south of the City of Los Angeles, on the south end of the Santa Monica Bay. It has been a prime, preferred resort destination for more than 100 years and is one of the most desirable areas to live in the nation. It’s location makes a highly desirable place to live and the concentration of large corporations and well known companies makes it a great place to find employment opportunities in just about all known employment categories and job descriptions.

The schools in Redondo Beach are award winning and highly regarded by education professionals everywhere. The city has its own police, fire and public works departments, two modern libraries, over fifteen lush green full service type parks, many smaller neighborhood parks, a commercial harbor which includes King Harbor, a large recreational public harbor, a very large private craft port, the Redondo Beach Pier, the Seaside Lagoon which is a public salt water swimming area, and, of course a beautiful white sand beach and world famous surfing beach.

Redondo Beach is the home to many famous corporations. Many responsible for defense and aerospace R&D and production including TRW, Northrop Grumman Corp., North American Aviation and many others.  There are wonderful modern shopping malls and centers, along with a vast mix of specialty shops, restaurants, fine dining, hotel-motel and tourist service businesses, and quaint shopping type villages located throughout the city.

The Redondo Beach Pier has an array of casual eating establishments along with fine dining options, fresh fish markets and areas where you can catch your own lunch or dinner, great entertainment options, arts and cultural activities and events, outdoor recreational options, senior facilities and activity options, award winning schools and more. UCLA and USC are just a few miles north, with other higher educational options available in the area.

The beaches in Redondo Beach are wide and clean and offer some of the finest swimming, boating, fishing and surfing in the entire state and nation. Whale watching is a popular pasttime in the city during certain times of the year during migration periods. With Santa Catalina only 26 miles across the bay, Redondo Beach is famous for its boat rentals and other water sports activities.
The homes in Redondo Beach range from single family homes located in beautiful neighborhoods a few blocks from the water to multi-million dollar single family homes and condos located right on and along the entire beach. Green rolling hills leading up to the Palos Verdes hills on the south side of the city are home to wonderful all American type single family homes, sitting on winding streets that not only overlook the city, but the beaches also. You can look up toward the northern part of the bay to see all the way to Malibu and beyond. Inland a little, you can find beautiful condos, town homes, single family homes, duplexes,  triplexes and apartment complexes in all sizes. This is a family oriented town with a varied selection of homes and places to live, at budget prices that will fit all budgets and needs.

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Millennials Are the New Home Buyer

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Millennials were born between 1977 and 1994. There is about 71 million of these “kidS” and 85% of them will own a home someday sooner than later. Currently 32% of homesales are by a millennial.

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The Millennial Home Buyer and Their Parents


Parents are helping millennials  purchase their homes.

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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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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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