By Keith Kyle
Sitting just east of Redondo Beach and little further than a mile from the beach, West Torrance is a fantastic community with tree lined streets, award winning neighborhood schools that are often within walking distance, loads of great parks and all just a short drive to the beach. Bordered by 190th to the north it enjoys mild coastal weather, proximity to shopping and dining, and has a wonderful community feel.
The homes in the area are generally 3 bedroom 1200 feet single family homes that are remodeled or updated and built in the 1940’s and 50s. Unlike some of the nearby communities such as Manhattan and Hermosa Beach in which “mansionization” has become a big problem, west Torrance still retains much of it’s original charm and feel with the majority of the homes being appropriately sized for the lots. Lot sizes range from around 5000 feet to larger 8000+ foot lots and all are highly sought after. Prices have skyrocketed in the past several years with smaller 3 bed/1 bath homes nearing the low $700,000 with updated and expanded (many of the homes added a living room and bath in the distant past giving many homes square footage ranging between 1400 and 1700 feet) homes selling in the lower to mid $800,000s. Although only 4 homes sold in November 2015 the average sales price was a whopping $951,000.
The many appealing factors to west Torrance are the numerous parks including Entradero, La Romeria, Sunnyglen and Victor, the fantastic schools of the Torrance Unified system including Lynn Middle School, Towers and Victor Elementary and West Torrance High School. West High was even named to the Newsweek 500 top public high schools in the country.