Lynn Peters & Lesley Siegel

Redondo Beach

Getting to know Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach, California is a large coastal city in Los Angeles County. It is part of the greater Los Angeles area and is nestled in the South Bay Region. It nautical in nature and features a rich history, beautiful waterfront scenery and a plethora of waterfront activities and amusements. It has a warm and bustling atmosphere that makes residents and visitors feel quite at home. It is an extremely diverse community where English is the primary language. The thriving community has several attractions like Redondo Beach Pier, Seaside Lagoon and King Harbor which are perfect for soaking up some sun and enjoying the healthy outdoor fun. The atmosphere of the city is lively and free, due in part to the presence of artists, designers, and the relaxed nature of local beach communities.

Prior to the arrival of settlers in the late 1700s, the area was inhabited by native tribes including the Chowinga Indians who fished in the coastal waters and used area salt flats. The lands became part of Rancho San Pedro in 1784, which was part of a land grant held by the Dominguez family. During the 1800s Redondo became the first port/port city in Los Angeles County welcoming steamers and rail companies soon followed opening the area to travelers by both land and water. By the late 1800s, the area had developed into a resort area and was home to both the Hotel Redondo and Moonstone beach. The city incorporated in April of 1892 and by 1908 the first city hall was constructed.

Redondo Beach spans 6.208 square miles. In 2014, the city had a population of approximately 68,149 and a population density of approximately 11,000 people per square mile. By 2015, the estimated median house or condo value was $802,800, the mean price on all housing units was $884,387 and the median gross rent was $1,820. It is a predominantly white-collar community with over 91% of the workforce holding/working white-collar positions and professions. Uniquely, nearly 8% of the workforce works from home via telecommuting and home-based businesses enjoying flex hours and the comforts of home. Education in the community is provided by the schools of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. The district has approximately thirteen schools and its student body has more than 9,000 students.

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