So Where’s The Big Seasonal Increase in Homes in Torrance?

By Keith KyleHomes for sale in Torrance CA

As a realtor who has been doing this a while, I’ve come to expect a nice increase in houses for sale in mid to late January. As the holidays wrap up, football season ends, and everyone gets back to work, we generally see a nice increase in homes that hit the market. It can often set the tone for much of the year as and abundance of homes early in the year often seems to stabilize the market one way or another. Unfortunately 2015 hasn’t seen that increase as the number of active homes for sale continues to go down at a time when the homes for sale should be going up. It’s still early enough that sellers may yet be holding off for a week or two to put their homes on the market and it would be welcome relief for the home buyers sitting and waiting.

The chart below shows the number of homes for sale represented by the light green bar. As of January 29th there are only 161 homes for sale in all of Torrance.

An Abundance of New Torrance Townhome Listings on Plaza Del Amo

By Keith Kyle

One of the most affordable ways of owning a larger home in one of Torrance’s best neighborhoods may be the townhomes in the Plaza Del Amo area of Central Torrance.  There are a number of complexes each with a somewhat different feel and set of amenities, but all are centrally located and offer great square footage at reasonable prices.  The gated communities include Springwood, Windsong, Windmere, Summerwind and more.  Recently there have been a number of new listings in the various Plaza Del Amo complexes.

Summerwind-Pool  Windemere-Torrance  Windemere-pool

Click to see the current homes for sale in the Plaza Del Amo area

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Current Torrance CA Foreclosures and Short Sales

Updated January 20th, 2015Torrance Home Values

While the number of distressed home sales in Torrance has dropped considerably in the past 2 years there are still a number of homes for sale at some stage of the foreclosure process.  Although these homes are not quite the bargains they were there are some homes that are still priced below market value due to the extra work and patience required by the home buyers.  The process has certainly gotten streamlined by the banks but they are still not as straightforward as traditional sales.

Current Torrance short sales

MLS# Type   Address Type  Price  Bed/Bath Year Built Sq Feet
PW14096768 CONDO/A 22334 Harbor Ridge LN #2 FOR, NOD, SPAY  $340,000 3/2,0,1,0 1980/ASR 1553/A
CV14230210 SFR/D 1157 W 225th ST #A FOR, NOD, SPAY  $639,000 5/3,0,0,0 2007/ASR 3068/A
PV14142427 TWNHS/A 3090 Newton ST NOD, SPAY  $629,000 2/3,0,0,0 2003/ASR 1852/A
OC14157232 SFR/D 2693 Hillside DR FOR, NOD, SPAY  $899,900 4/3,0,0,0 1983/ASR 2698/A
14811725 SFR/D 3227 W 188TH ST SPAY  $549,000 4/3,0,0,0 1950 1854
14797349 SFR/D 2701 W 182ND ST SPAY  $450,000 2/1,0,0,0 1946 961
PW14211431 SFR/D 2756 Border AV SPAY  $565,000 3/2,0,1,0 2003/ASR 2020/A

Current Bank Owned Homes and Foreclosures

MLS# Type   Address Type  Price  Bed/Bath Year Built Sq Feet
SB14231286 SFR/D 1323 W 227th ST REO  $369,900 4/2,0,0,0 1956/ASR 1377/A
DW15005743 SFR/D 2119 W 187th ST REO  $508,300 3/2,0,0,0 1959/ASR 1420/A

Flipped Homes Becoming Commonplace in North Torrance

By Keith Kyle

You don’t have to look far to see that investor owned “flipped” houses are a significant portion of the active home listings in North Torrance. Investors have long sought out homes in this area as many homes, most built post WWII in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, have not been updated in any significant way but are usually well built and structurally in good shape. Those factors, along with great schools and highly sought after neighborhoods, have made North Torrance a fairly ideal market with low inventory and prices on the rise since early 2013. Gone are the days of distressed sales and short sales, so the margins have grown much tighter but given the demand, expect to see an abundance of remodel and flipped property in 2015.  Below are just a few of the recent flips but there are certainly others and will be more coming to the market.   Contact us about any of these homes, to find out about upcoming remodels or to look for potential investment/”as is” opportunities.

For Sale at $594 - 400sq feet added

For Sale at $594,ooo – 400 sq feet added

Sold in 2012 for $270

Sold in 2012 for $270,000

3318 Artesia Blvd.

For Sale at $624,000 550 sq ft added

For Sale at $624,000 550 sq ft added

Sold in 2014 for $472,000

Sold in 2014 for $472,000

4171 W 172nd Street

For sale at $699,000 1000 sq ft added

For sale at $699,000 1000 sq ft added

Sold in 2012 for $250,000

Sold in 2012 for $250,000

4348 W 179th Street

Sold 12/14 for $596K

Sold 12/14 for $596K

Sold July 2014 for $456,000

Sold July 2014 for $456,000

4312 W 178th Street

Current homes for sale in North Torrance

  1. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,353 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,000 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 1
  2. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,179 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,033 sqft
    Year built: 1950
    Days on market: 4
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,416 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.67 ac
    Year built: 1974
    Days on market: 5
  4. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,526 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,390 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 6
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,421 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,445 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 6
  6. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,813 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,960 sqft
    Year built: 1960
    Days on market: 6
  7. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,044 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,512 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 7
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,215 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,412 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 7
  9. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,748 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,770 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 8
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,726 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,753 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Days on market: 10

See all Real estate in the 90504 zip code.
(all data current as of 8/20/2018)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Torrance Sees Gain in Home Prices for November 2014

It’s clear that the real estate market slowdown for the holidays didn’t start in November.  At least not for the number of home sales and home prices in Torrance CA.  Torrance posted another strong month with 99 sold homes at a median price of $575,000.  To see the homes that sold in November visit our South Bay monthly home sales site.

City Homes
Sold
November
2014 Median
November
2013 Median
Year
over Year % Change
Carson 44 $385,000 $337,500 14.07%
El Segundo 7 $853,000 $710,000 20.14%
Gardena 36 $394,000 $366,000 7.65%
Harbor City 16 $450,000 $343,750 30.91%
Hawthorne 35 $436,250 $465,000 -6.18%
Hermosa Beach 12 $1,050,000 $1,089,000 -3.58%
Lawndale 12 $432,500 $320,000 35.16%
Lomita 13 $490,000 $400,000 22.50%
Long Beach 262 $380,000 $365,000 4.11%
Manhattan Beach 40 $1,900,000 $1,987,000 -4.38%
Marina Del Rey 32 $822,100 $1,000,000 -17.79%
Palos Verdes Estates 21 $1,860,000 $1,300,000 43.08%
Playa Del Rey 18 $519,750 $525,000 -1.00%
Rancho Palos Verdes 34 $935,000 $1,010,000 -7.43%
Redondo Beach 66 $790,000 $720,000 9.72%
San Pedro 47 $462,000 $422,500 9.35%

Torrance

99

$575,000

$517,000

11.22%

Westchester 27 $805,000 $749,000 7.48%

2 Great 55+ Condos for sale in Village Court, Southwood Torrance

By Keith Kyle21345_Hawthorne_Blvd_#415_pool1 copy

Village Court, located at 21345 Hawthorne Blvd in the great area of Southwood Torrance may just be the nicest 55+ complex in the South Bay.  Located in a great part of Torrance, with an abundance of shopping and dining options just a short distance away, Village Court offers resort style living.

View the Current Village Court Homes for Sale

Amenities include a fitness center, clubhouse with billiards and social areas, a fantastic pool and entertainment deck with a sparkling pool and spa, outdoor dining areas, fireplaces, and BBQ areas.  Having been built in 2005, the complex and condos still feel very new and have the latest features such as open kitchens, granite counters, and more.

Torrance Real Estate Market Trends

The market in Torrance has continued to be very favorable to sellers with the demand so high and the inventory still considerably low.  The past 3 months have seen a slight increase in inventory which may be temporary or may be showing signs that the very beginning of a more balanced market is on it’s way.  Keep in mind that Torrance is a big city and prices, demand, values, and trends can vary considerably throughout the city.  The chart below shows the number of active Torrance homes for sale (light green bar) the number of homes that went into escrow (red line) and the number of homes sold in that month (teal bar).  When the trend shows a monthly increase in homes for sale the market is heading towards a more balanced situation.  At the moment it is very much a sellers market.

For buyers, and especially first time buyers, the chart below is a helpful tool to determine what price to offer.  This is for all of Torrance and different neighborhoods vary, and certainly individual homes can be a different situation depending on what price is was listed at.  For the month of September selling prices were within 3% of the list prices.

What does this mean?

For buyers this generally means that “going in low” is probably not the right strategy.  Consult with your realtor as they should have a handle on what the value of the home should be and whether the asking price was set too high, or too low in the hopes of generating multiple offers and a potential bidding war.

Neighborhood Spotlight – Southwood

Sitting between West Torrance and South Torrance is the wonderful neighborhood of Southwood.  This small area also sits just east of Redondo Beach and the proximity to the ocean means milder weather and great Southwood Torrance Homesocean breezes that other parts of the city don’t enjoy.  Comprised mainly of 1940s and 1950s beach style bungalows, the area is still more affordable than some of the nearby beach cities while still having a certain charm lost in some of these other areas with oversized homes, makes a statement type architecture and over development.  Some homes have gone the route of maximum square footage, but the majority still look like homes that belong in the neighborhoods and give homeowners a bit of space and separation.  Although prices are still below neighboring South Redondo, they have risen dramatically in the past 2 years with most original smaller 3 bed/1 bath homes starting in the mid to low $600’s for fairly original, but nice condition, and the larger 3 bed/2 bath 1400 foot (many homes added a family room accounting for the extra square footage) selling anywhere from the mid to low $700s up to the low $900’s depending on location and condition.

What makes the area so special is the community feel, with an abundance of parks, dog parks and schools all within walking distance.   A quick drive down just about any street says it all with pride of ownership being quite apparent.  Manicured lawns, updated homes, tree lined streets and an abundance of neighbors walking the area makes for a great atmosphere.  Contact us if you are interested in learning more about Southwood or would be interested in receiving free email updates with the latest listings.

Current Southwood homes for sale

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July 2014 Median Home Prices in Torrance CA

By Keith KyleNorth Torrance Homes

July 2014 saw some big numbers in terms of both number of homes sold as well as median prices.  Torrance CA  had 142 sold homes at a median price of $540,000 which was down from the same month in 2013.  Most other South Bay cities also saw some significant year over year increases in prices with the other exceptions being  Marina Del Rey and Playa Del Rey.  To see the actual homes sales in each city visit our recent home sales price and information site.

City Homes Sold July 2014 Median July 2013 Median Year over Year % Change
Carson 48 $382,500 $350,000 9.29%
ElSegundo 15 $872,000 $797,000 9.41%
Gardena 50 $385,000 $332,500 15.79%
HarborCity 13 $480,000 $465,000 3.23%
Hawthorne 51 $505,000 $400,000 26.25%
Hermosa Beach 26 $1,230,000 $1,097,500 12.07%
Lawndale 8 $412,000 $331,250 24.38%
Lomita 13 $555,000 $452,000 22.79%
Long Beach 330 $400,000 $365,000 9.59%
Manhattan Beach 43 $1,795,000 $1,521,250 18.00%
Marina Del Rey 33 $757,500 $862,500 -12.17%
Palos Verdes Estates 51 $1,600,000 $1,291,000 23.93%
Playa Del Rey 23 $507,000 $512,000 -0.98%
RanchoPalos Verdes 54 $1,069,000 $1,100,000 -2.82%
Redondo Beach 97 $865,000 $758,000 14.12%
San Pedro 49 $440,000 $420,500 4.64%
Torrance 142 $540,000 $576,250 -6.29%
Westchester 48 $777,500 $715,000 8.74%

Torrance has a beach?

By Keith KyleRAT Beach below Paseo De La Playa in Torrance

If you look at a map of the South Bay it certainly appears that Torrance lies just east of Redondo Beach and the closest point to the ocean is a mile or two.  That’s not the case as the Hollywood Riviera, with it’s Redondo zip code and mailing address, is actually the city of Torrance with Torrance schools, services, and more.  Included in this small area is actually a beach affectionately known as “RAT” Beach.  It’s not as bad as it sounds as it actually is short for Right After Torrance but either way it’s a beautiful, yet short, stretch of coastline unlike anything Queens Necklace Views in the South Bayin the neighboring cities of Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan.  Torrance Beach sits below the bluff of the Hollywood Riviera and those willing to walk just a bit get a great and somewhat private beach with views of Palos Verdes to the south and the more widely known Beach Cities to the north.  Torrance Beach basically starts where the Esplanade of Redondo turns into Calle Miramar at the start of the Hollywood Riviera.