3305 Whiffletree Lane, Torrance 90505

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LISTING PRICE: $895,000

Imagine living and entertaining while enjoying an amazing city light and mountain view…

Located in the desirable “Country Hills” development in South Torrance, just west of the favorite 12 acre De Portola Park, this contemporary style 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is on the market for the first time since it was built. The top floor features an open living and formal dining room with soaring vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, wet bar and front facing balcony. Eat-in kitchen has a slider that opens onto the patio and yard area. The private master suite has a huge walk in closet, private bath and, of course, the view. The first level features a private bedroom and full bath perfect for a home office or guests. The other bedrooms are at the front of the home and share the bathroom there. There is also direct access to the 2 car attached garage.

4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHS
2,072 SQ. FT.
BUILT 1975

MLS# SB15198955

Please call me at (310) 293-4866 to learn more or to see this great home!

What’s In the Bag – Changing South Bay Grocery Landscape

grocerybagThe grocery shopping landscape evolves in the LA South Bay

HAGGEN

If you’ve visited the Pacific Northwest, the green Haggen sign will look familiar to you. Now in the South Bay, you’ll start noticing them too as the grocery chain converts 7 Albertson stores in South Bay area, including on Pacific Coast Highway Lomita, and Redondo Beach, and others on 25th and Western in San Pedro, and 210th block of Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance.

According to a Daily Breeze article, “So far, the changeovers have been quick and thorough, replacing Albertsons with Haggen on everything from aisle signs to displays to shopping center marquees.”


ALDI

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, German discount grocer Aldi is opening 45 stores in the Southland, “something that analysts say could force some competitors to lower prices.”

“That’s just the start for Aldi… The company is building a regional headquarters and distribution center in Moreno Valley to support further expansion in coming years, said Jason Hart, Aldi’s chief executive for U.S. operations.

“There is no other place with the same density of people that exists in Southern California,” Hart said in an interview. “It’s an important market with really big potential for us.”

“Aldi is coming to a region with a growing bounty of food options.”


365 by Whole Foods Markets – Threat to Trader Joes?

Whole Foods Market took another big step toward launching its downmarket sister chain, naming the new enterprise 365 by Whole Foods Market.

Per Huffington Post, “the new chain, which is slated to begin opening next year, comes as Whole Foods seeks to differentiate itself amid intensifying competition. The company… has seen its sales growth slow as organic and natural products have become more widely available at mainstream supermarket chains and big-box retailers.

“The new chain may also be inspired by the success of competitors which focus on value and store-brand products, said Jon Springer, retail editor for the trade publication Supermarket News.

“They’ve identified millennial shoppers, younger shoppers who are very particular about what they eat, but also tough about what they can spend on food,” he said.

“But Co-CEO Walter Robb said that while 365 is inspired by younger generations, it’s intended to appeal to anyone who wants a quick, convenient way to shop.”


What do you think? Post your input.

Where do you like to shop? Why?

1. Whole Foods
2. Trader Joes
3. Haggen/Albertsons
4. Vons
5. Ralphs
6. Sprouts
7. Fresh & Easy
8. Other

Do you think you’ll shop at 365?

Will you try out Aldi?

Torrance Water Conservation – Level 2 Regulations

water-hose-lawn-restrictionsTo meet the statewide mandate, the city of Torrance and California Water Service Co. adopt much stricter provisions to cut water usage. The cuts are intended to help slash water usage statewide by 25 percent.

On May 5, 2015, the Torrance City Council approved activation of Level 2 water requirements due to the severity of the drought and to meet the new state regulations. This measure includes limiting sprinkler use on landscaping to 10 minutes between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. two days a week, fixing leaks within four days, and restricting the refilling of ponds and pools.

Torrance residents reached only a 5 percent reduction from June 2014 through February.

Torrance Water Conservation Ordinance
Level 2 -Water Use Requirements and Regulations
Calls for up to 30 percent water use reduction

  • No outside watering from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Outdoor watering limited to two days a week for 10 minutes per area or irrigation station
  • Fix all leaks within four days
  • No watering 48 hours after rain event
  • Certain restrictions on filling and refilling of pools, spas and ponds
  • Provides for administrative rules to implement the ordinance
  • Permanent Requirements In Effect at all Times
  • No excessive runoff from outdoor watering
  • No washing of exterior surfaces
  • No washing of vehicles with “open hose”
  • All water features must have a re-circulating system
  • Restaurants to use water conserving spray valves
  • Restaurants to serve water only upon request
  • Lodging business must provide option not to launder linens daily

Remember the 2-6-8-10 Plan
2 Days a week
6 PM – 8 AM Watering Times
10 Minutes/area (watering station)

Cal Water serves Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Carson and portions of Torrance, with cuts of 16 to 20 percent are targeted.

Source: Daily Breeze and City of Torrance website.