Located in the choice coastal edge of Los Angeles County, just twenty miles from downtown Los Angeles and seven miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, Redondo Beach has been a preferred resort destination for more than a century and one of the most desirable areas to live in the country. Redondo Beach is one of the three Beach Cities located in Los Angeles County, California. It is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area.
The city’s territory has an unusual shape including an area along the beach (South Redondo Beach) and another strip inland from Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach (North Redondo Beach). The primary attractions include Municipal Pier and the sandy beach, popular with tourists and a variety of sports enthusiasts. The western terminus of the Metro Rail Green Line is in North Redondo Beach. South Redondo includes the downtown area affectionately termed “Riviera Village”, named so after the Hollywood Riviera, which is the area it is in. Riviera Village provides locals an opportunity to eat, shop and commune in a quiet atmosphere.
The Marina, Harbor and Pier complexes are large, planned centers of activity that host seafood restaurants, bars, smaller shops and a games arcade. The pier is a common spot for anglers to cast for a local catch. The adjacent Marina, located just north of the Pier, is home to another half-dozen restaurants, a seafood shop, and a pub with almost 100 beers on tap. 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 chooses to locate in other areas of the Beach Cities.
Redondo Beach is primarily a residential community with a population of 66,748 in the 2010 Census in an area of 6.35 square miles. It is a full-service city with its own police, fire and public works departments, two public libraries, a performing arts center, fifteen parks, thirteen parkettes, a large recreational and commercial harbor including King Harbor, a 1,500-slip private craft port; the Redondo Beach Pier and Seaside Lagoon; and a bathing and surfing beach.
A variety of family events are held year-round throughout the City. Residents will find an abundance of programming for seniors and children, and ample assistance for those seeking housing or employment.
Working in Redondo Beach
Located midway between the largest airport and the largest seaport in California, Redondo Beach is a great place to work and to do business. The City offers a broad based economy and is home to a number of employers offering high value, high wage job opportunities. Significant concentrations of employment and retail activity include the northern industrial complex anchored by the Northrop Grumman Corporation campus; the Harbor/Pier area; the Galleria at South Bay–-a regional mall anchoring the east end of the City; and an eclectic mix of specialty shops, restaurants and services in the Riviera Village.
There were 30,609 housing units at an average density of 4,930.2 per square mile, of which 51.4% were owner-occupied, and 148.6% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.3%.
Reference sources: Wikipedia and City of Redondo Beach websites.