and cons of the Golden Hills in Redondo Beach
of my clients are from out of the area or out of state, they
seem to have a notion that the South Bay is simply one big
city and there aren't all that many differences between Manhattan
Beach, Hermosa Beachand Redondo Beach. The reality is that
even within these cities the individual neighborhoods vary
quite a bit. Due to the sheer size of the city, Redondo Beach
is one of the more varied communities in the South Bay in
terms of types of housing, size and age, and price.
the Current Golden Hills Homes for Sale
just east of Hermosa and just South of Manhattan (see Golden
Hills Map )is a hilly section of Redondo Beach
known as the Golden Hills. Knowing the areas pros and cons
is an important step in determining whether the Golden Hills
is the right area for you. The homes in the area have a not
entirely flattering nickname and are called "tall and
skinnies". Drive down any street in the area and you'll
see why. When the homes were originally built the area was
subdivided into 25x100 foot lots. With no alleys in the rear,
this means that the frontage of the home required a 2 car
garage and as you'll notice, the homes look somewhat similar.
So here's the pros and cons of the area.
get a bigger house for a lower price. Many of the homes
in the area are in the 1700+ square foot range with spacious
living rooms, open kitchens and good sized bedrooms.
for these 1700+ square foot houses generally start in the
high $600k range and newer, larger homes can sell for over
is excellent. Being just east of Hermosa Beach, means that
the Golden Hills is very close to the beach. Saying it's
a walk or bike ride is a bit of a reach, but it's not far
off. Being this close to the beach means cooler summers
and warmer winters......and who doesn't like that.
Many of the homes in the area have been very nicely upgraded
and well taken care of. Those that haven't can be purchased
for an even greater discount.
Look just west in Hermosa and the price jumps considerably.
Try to find a home this size in other parts of Redondo and
expect to pay $100k more.
biggest complaint that I get to the area is the bedroom
configuration. With a 25 foot wide lot there's only so many
options the original builders had. The general layout is
living room (often with vaulted ceilings), kitchen and master
bedroom upstairs, and garage and 2 bedrooms downstairs.
master on one level with the other bedrooms downstairs is
often an obstacle with families with small kids or expectant
to your neighbors. Again with lots 25 feet wide, and front
doors usually needing to be on the side of the house due
to the garage, don't generally mean much room between you
and your neighbor.
Lack of street parking. With 2 car wide driveways in front
of every 25 foot wide lot, it doesn't leave much room for
curbs. On the other hand a two car garage plus 2 driveway
spaces may make that a non factor.
yards. Generally these homes have a small yard in the rear
without a front yard to speak of. Again this can be a positive
or a negative, depending on your situation.
the Golden Hills offers a great opportunity to own a good
sized home, at a good price and just a short drive to the
beach. See Recent Golden Hills home sales.