The Do’s and Don’t Of Home Staging in Torrance

Home staging is an important part of the preparation process when selling a house.  Whether fully staging the home using a professional stager, or simply de-cluttering and adding something to the owners current furniture, staging can make the difference between a home selling quickly and sitting on the market.  Here are a few pointers to help prepare your Torrance home for sale.  If you have given any thought to selling your home in Torrance or the South Bay, we can help.  Contact us for information on how we sell homes or find the value of your home in Torrance CA.


The Truth About Lead Paint Liability

There has always been some concern and confusion about lead based paint in California and what it means for buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.  Things have recently been clarified and we hope that the information below is helpful.

Torrance Home Sales and Median Home Prices for September

September was another busy month in South Bay Real estate with a strong number of home sales along with some impressve prices.  Torrance recorded 126 property sales with a median home price of just under $730,000.  The lowest sale of the month was a sharp 1 bedroom condo on Sepulveda for $269,900 with the high sale of the month being a beautiful 4600 foot single family home in the Seaside Ranchos/Christmas Lights area which sold at $2,400,000.  To see all of the homes sold in the South Bay in September visit our recent home sales page.

City Homes Sold September 2017 Median September 2016 Median Year over Year % Change%
Carson 55 $511,000 $462,000 10.5%
El Segundo 9 $1,130,000 $840,000 34.5%
Gardena 48 $475,000 $444,000 7.1%
Harbor City 22 $553,000 $465,000 19%
Hawthorne 46 $595,000 $558,000 6.6%
HermosaBeach 12 $2,150,000 $1,449,000 48.4%
Lawndale 15 $490,000 $479,000 2.3%
Lomita 12 $576,000 $593,000 -2.9%
Long Beach 326 $520,000 $478,000 8.8%
Manhattan Beach 38 $1,877,000 $2,200,000 -14.7%
Marina Del Rey 24 $933,000 $900,000 3.7%
Palos Verdes Estates 43 $1,600,000 $1,4023,000 14.1%
Playa Del Rey 17 $753,000 $538,000 39.9%
Rancho Palos Verdes 52 $1,250,000 $1,035,000 20.8%
Redondo Beach 86 $1,021,000 $1,035,000 20.8%
San Pedro 71 $558,000 $534,000 4.7%
Torrance 126 $728,000 $648,000 12.4%
Westchester 25 $1,140,000 $890,000 15.2%

New Real Estate Website for the Hollywood Riviera

We’ve created a new website geared specificially to the Hollywood Riviera area of Torrance. The Hollywood Rivera is one of our favorite areas in all of the South Bay with great views, proximity to the beach, ideal weather, a wonderful neighborhood feel, and somewhat restrictive building codes keeping the homes appropriate for the lot sizes and protecting the views.

To see real estate and homes for sale in the Hollywood Riviera visit out new real estate website.


Torrance Median Home Prices for February 2016

By Keith KyleVista Sotheby's International realty for sale sign

Torrance, CA and the South Bay saw another strong month for home prices although a few cities saw big percentage drops in average home prices.  Those numbers, especially in smaller cities, or in a month with fewer home sales, don’t really mean much, but taken over times gives a good indication as to what is happening in the local Torrance real estate market.

Torrance had a slightly lower than average month with 85 home sales,with median home prices in the mid $500,000’s.

City Homes
2016 Median
2015 Median
over Year % Change%
Carson 38 $420,000 $395,000 6.2%
El Segundo 11 $1,109,000 $815,000 36%
Gardena 38 $410,750 $334,000 23%
Harbor City 10 $527,500 $393,000 34.2%
Hawthorne 30 $483,000 $450,000 7.4%
Hermosa Beach 17 $1,225,000 $1,512,500 -19%
Lawndale 8 $431,000 $415,000 3.9%
Lomita 11 %505,000 $326,000 55%
Long Beach 238 $461,000 $409,000 12.7%
Manhattan Beach 22 $1,795,000 $2,361,000 -24%
Marina Del Rey 25 $864,000 $1,335,000 -35%
Palos Verdes Estates 33 $1,403,000 $1,300,000 7.9%
Playa Del Rey 10 $626,000 $710,750 6.9%
Rancho Palos Verdes 26 $1,110,000 $1,039,000 6.9%
Redondo Beach 45 $869,750 $812,000 7.1%
San Pedro 33 $505,000 $416,000 21.4%
Torrance 85 $565,000 $544,000 4%
Westchester 21 $917,000 $820,000 11.8%

Torrance Foreclosures Continue to Dwindle

By Keith KyleForeclosure-sign

Torrace continues to see a decline in distressed home sales with only 5 actve short sales and no current bank owned homes or REO listings.  With property values continuing to rise and now that we’re beyond peak prices, the ability for distressed homeowners to sell for a profit (or not at a loss) has limited the foreclosure market to a trickle.  View the current distressed home sales in Torrance CA.  Contact realtor and Torrance specialist Keith Kyle for information on the market or any of the homes below.  To see foreclosures in other South Bay cities, visit our South Bay and Beach cities foreclosures page.

MLS Type   Address Type  Price  Bed/Bath Year
Sq Ft
SB14227234 SFR/D 22925 Alexandria AV SPAY  $ 360,000 3/1,0,0,0 1955/ASR 867/A
PV15199285 CONDO/A 3120 Sepulveda BL #211 FOR, NOD, SPAY  $ 299,000 2/2,0,0,0 2002/EST 727/E
SR15258736 TWNHS/A 4325 W 182nd ST #18 SPAY  $ 449,999 2/2,0,1,0 1980/ASR 1398/A
15933447 TWNHS 18239 VAN NESS AV #301 SPAY  $ 414,000 3/1,1,1,0 1964 1321
SB15017245 SFR/D 1951 W 235th ST SPAY  $ 620,000 3/1,1,0,0 1964/ASR 1575/A

Torrance CA Home Prices Continue to Rise in December

By Keith KyleSold Sign Torrance

The December numbers are in and if there was any thought that the real estate market in Torrance was slowing down or leveling the numbers certainly say otherwise.

The average home price in Torrance for the homes that closed escrow during December was $620,851* with a median price of $619,000*.  Those are big numbers that still shows no sign of slowing or reversing.   See the chart below for the December home sales numbers for Torrance and the South Bay for December of 2015.

*Based on MLS sales only.  Does not include off market sales information

City Homes
2015 Median
2014 Median
over Year % Change
Carson  73 $360,000 $365,000 -1.4%
El Segundo 10 $949,000 $735,000 20.2
Gardena 41 $420,000 $385,000 9.1%
Harbor City 15 $483,000 $467,000 9.1%
Hawthorne 35 $508,500 $667,750 -23.8%
Hermosa Beach 24 $1,475,000 $1,360,000 8.5%
Lawndale 13 $420,000 $415,000 1.2%
Lomita 16 $520,000 $490,000 6.1%
Long Beach 339 $456,000 $395,000 15.4%
Manhattan Beach 34 $2,184,000 $1,689,000 29.3%
Marina Del Rey 31 $905,000 $759,000 19.2%
Palos Verdes Estates 29 $1,456,000 $1,150,000 26.7%
Playa Del Rey 17 $605,000 $482,000 25.5%
Rancho Palos Verdes 48 $1,170,000 $1,135,000 3.1%
Redondo Beach 89 $836,250 $770,000 7.3%
San Pedro 72 $517,500 $492,000 5.2%
Torrance 122 $619,000 $562,000 10.1%
Westchester 34 $951,000 $807,500 17.8%

See the Homes That We Have Sold in Southern California

By Keith Kyle

We are so fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people and in such a great area.  It just doesn’t get much better.  See the map below to view all of our local home sales. Although we’ve sold more homes in Torrance and Redondo, we have been lucky enough to sell throughout the area, from Santa Monica to Huntington Beach. Many of these were first time buyers and are now happy homeowners. The red marks are home sales in which I represented the buyer, the orange marks represent homes that I listed, and the blue marks represent homes in which I represented both buyers and sellers.  Click on the marks to see pictures of the various homes and properties.

You can also see the interactive map of our South Bay home sales on Google.

Homes of all shapes and sizes for sale in Victoria Knolls

By Keith KyleHomes for sale in Torrance CA

Victoria Knolls is a small, and somewhat, unknown neighborhood in the Walteria section of Torrance.  It also happens to be one of my favorite neighborhoods.  With one way in and one way out, and sitting high on the hill the neighborhood offers a great community feel with quiet streets, appropriate sized homes (most of the time) and many homes offer great views of the city.  As of this article there are currently 4 homes available in this area which is a rarity.  The homes range in price from the high $600,000s to over $1,000,000 for something updated with a view.

Current homes for sale in Victoria Knolls

See 18309 Amie Avenue – Beautiful Detached townhome for sale in Torrance CA

Immaculate detached townhome in this great north Torrance location.  This home looks and feels like it is brand 18309_Amie_Ave_living2 copynew.  Enter into a formal living room/sitting area with gleaming hardwood floors.  Lower level offers formal and casual areas with a huge family room open to the entertainers kitchen with granite countertops, contemporary cabinets and stainless appliances.  Living room opens directly to the back yard patio area perfect for summer BBQs.  All 4 spacious and bright  bedrooms are upstairs.  Master suite offers an abundance of space, beautiful bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower, custom tile and more.  Master also offers and enormous walk in closet as well.  This is unlike anything on the market.  Listed by Torrance real estate specialist Keith Kyle with South Bay Brokers

Source: See 18309 Amie Avenue – Beautiful Detached townhome for sale in Torrance CA