Torrance Empty Nester Haven


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English: Montage of Southern California images on WikiMedia Commons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A recent study by has found Torrance as the number 7 city in the country for empty nesters.

There is plenty of sports and educational activities, cultural events and excitement that comes from living in the South Bay. You are close to the famous beaches of Los Angeles and Southern California, Mexico, deserts, mountains, and the miles and miles of seashore activities of Southern California. Not to mention Dodger Stadium, The Honda Center, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Disneyland and everything else that is Southern California.

Torrance offers an array of economical real estate options and neighborhoods with an enormous list of retirement condos, townhomes and communities to choose from.

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Torrance 101

Mayor Patrick Furey gives a lecture on the city of Torrance.

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Unbroken is Given to West High School

Local businesses and Honda Corporation has given West Torrance High School Juniors the opportunity to watch the movie by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken. The story of local hero, the late Louis Zamperini.
On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, your student is invited to attend a showing of the movie Unbroken, based on the life of City of Torrance’s own Louis Zamperini. This field trip is being sponsored and fully funded by donations made by American Honda Corporation, local organizations, businesses and West High School...The students that are currently enrolled in U.S. History, will be given an assignment related to World War II and the movie. If your student is unable to attend or does not attend, an alternative assignment will be given in its place.

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A trail on the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve ov...

A trail on the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve overlooking the Pacific Ocean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a surprise announcement, Donald Trump announced plans to abandon the building of 16 luxury homes on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and will grant a conservation easement to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, which assures that the 11 acre driving range on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean undeveloped. Golfers will be able to continue to use the land as part of the Trump Golf Course. Locals, city officials and others have urged Trump to leave the golf course undeveloped due to the area’s stability problems.

Trump agreed that the property is a valuable peice of land, but that it was a  honor to be able to donate the land. Trump said that he will continue to develop other parts of the original 600 acre site situated along the Palos Verdes peninsula as planned. Trump purchased the property in 2002 when it was known as the Ocean Trails Golf Club. The then golf club went into bankruptcy after  most of the land around the 18 th hole slid off into the ocean in 1999.

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Silicon Beach

Westchester and Playa del Rey properties are enjoying a spike in home values as the Silicon Beach grows in popularity amongst tech firms.

The latest company to join is Yahoo, as they leave their Santa Monica Headquarters for a long-term lease for a 130,00-square-foot space at the Collective Campus in Playa Vista. Home of Playa Vista the home development, the Clippers basketball facility and a large group of other notable companies like a little internet company named You Tube, Microsoft, and Facebook.

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Torrance Brings “Lucky Louie” back to life

It’s only a few days away … NEW YEARS DAY 2015!   

And what do most people do on New Years Day ???   Hunker down and watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, of course!!!

This years theme ” Inspiring Stories” got the Torrance Rose Float Association thinking City of Torrance..We have our own “Home Town Hero” …Mr Louis Zamperini!  He lived in Old Torrance growing up and was on the track team for Torrance High School. He was known as the “Torrance Tornado” and helped to create a world-wide name for the City of Torrance during the 1936 Olympics.

Torrance's HomeTown Hero

On Sunday evening, I was priviliged to host a bus of Torrance officials as we drove up to the Fiesta Floats barn in Irwindale.  With 190 of us, we toured the area checking out the progress of the 10 floats that Fiesta has designed.  The Torrance decorators were hard at work cutting, gluing and setting the seeds, flowers, petals, berries and flakes.  It takes many volunteers to “dress the float” so we can see it “floating down” Colorado Blvd.

Louis Zamperini’s Family will represent him as the Grand Marshall of the 2015 Rose Parade.  The City of Torrance’s Float ” Louis Zamperini -A Race Well Run”  will follow.

It’s always amazing to see the float transformation ..

Carol with Roseanne Villalobos, President of TRFA

Carol with Roseanne Villalobos, President of TRFA

from this

to this!

Photos of Louis Zamperini in seeds and flowers - courtesy of the Torrance Rose Float Assn

Photos of Louis Zamperini in seeds and flowers – courtesy of the Torrance Rose Float Assn





May the city of Torrance continue the Tradition!


Float2015 - courtesy of the Torrance Rose Float Assn

2015 TRFA rendering from Fiesta Floats


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Is Your Home Ready For a Flash Flood?

Many folks in East and Old Torrance found out if their home was ready for a flash flood recently. People all over the social media were reporting flooded intersections up to car windows. Homes that were flooded and for the lucky ones, only just their yards.

The rain came in a flurry, dumping several inches of water onto just the Old Torrance area. Other parts of the city and South Bay received little if any rain.

torrance floodSo are you ready for the next flood?

For those affected surely they wish they were prepared. There are some simple tips to consider to avoid any disaster.

  1. Upon inspection when purchasing the home, ask your contractor about any of the vulnerabilities to water damage. Get them named and fixed if possible. Discover slopes in the lot that may send water flow through your new property.
  2. Make sure you have adequate rain gutters and they are cleared of any debris. Make sure that they send the outflow away from the problem areas. For more information and prevention visit

Luckily we in Southern California are not typically prone to such emergencies , but prevention is a strong protector of your largest asset.

 Torrance Flooding


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Still Need a Christmas Tree? Visit and Help West High

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Still need a a fresh Christmas tree this holiday season? Look no further than West High School.

The West High Entertainment Unit will be selling Douglas and Noble trees in a variety of sizes, while supplies last. The tree lot is open on weekdays from 3:00 to 8:45 pm and on weekends from 9:00 am – 8:45 pm. The tree lot is located in the West High student parking lot at the corner of Victor Street and Del Amo Blvd.

Tree stands, preservative, and disposal bags are also available for sale. Payment for trees can be made either by cash or a check, made payable to WHEUPA. For more information, you can email or visit Thank you for supporting the West High Entertainment Unit.

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South Bay: Home to the Rich and Athletic

Jerry Buss Home in Playa del Rey cliffs

In the South Bay, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and even Redondo,  have been some of the most popular spots, particularly among the reigning Stanley Cup Champions. Last year, Kings center Jeff Carter paid $5.25 million for a home in Hermosa Beach, near the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. Fellow teammates, including team captain Dustin Brown and goalie Jonathan Quick, followed suit, each buying homes in Manhattan Beach.

Of course Volleyball greats can be seen practicing on the beaches of Hermosa Beach. And the Seattle Seahawks make an annual Springtime visit to the  beaches of Hermosa for their championship season start.

A friend of mine just saw Vince Vaughn driving through Manhattan Beach. Of course Vaughn, the tall Chicago actor of many movie greats like the Breakup, recently purchased the home of Lane Kiffin the prior USC football coach.

English: Vince Vaughn at a political conferenc...

English: Vince Vaughn at a political conference in Reno, Nevada, endorsing Ron Paul. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Waking Up to South Bay Coffee

Torrefacto coffee beans (roasted with sugar)

Torrefacto coffee beans (roasted with sugar) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you live in Torrance then you might recognize that all too familiar scent that occasionally wafes through parts of Torrance P.O. and Old Torrance. That is the all too homey smell of roasted coffee beans coming out of the Farmers Brothers plant off of Torrance Blvd. and Normandie.

The maker of coffee and coffee machines has been a mainstay in the South Bay since the early 1900’s. Serving several states with their famous coffee and accessories. The company services businesses now around the country. And is a major employer in the Torrance area.



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