7.4 out of 10

Pacific South Bay

33.8526317051923 -118.376113741831
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Beach Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Hidden Gem of South Bay"

This small strip of a neighborhood located on the far west of Torrance on the border with Redondo Beach is one of the true hidden gems of little regarded Torrance. Consider just one cul-de-sac in the neighborhood:

The long flat homes are a mix of Ranch styles with even a couple of Eichler style homes thrown in for good measure. This is the kind of seventies style neighborhood with wide sidewalks and well-kept front yards that encourages kids to be outside enjoying the cool sea breezes and ample sunlight. On this particular cul-de-sac there is not one mounted basketball hoop, but three—yet another testament to the neighborhoods commitment to physical health (something sorely lacking in many of the neighborhoods around the US if you are to believe obesity rates).

The residents also express their individuality through the way they decorate their yards. Each home seems to have a different kind of tree shading in its front yard for example. Here and there, an occasional palm tree rises up, while some yards have hedges perfectly trimmed into cubes or rising up next to the front door like green fountains of shooting water. The luxury cars that sit parked on the front drives on weekends and weeknights are also a testament to the neighborhood’s affluence.

For the kids who live here, they hardly need the basketball hopes along the drives. Just to the east in West Torrance, Entradero Park with its half dozen baseball courts and just to the north in Redondo Beach is the center for Redondo Beach Little League association, so summer days are sure to be filled with SUVs shuttling white-uniformed shorties to fun in the sun. That is, when they are not in bathing suits heading for the nearby beaches. (The neighborhood also has a small park, Sunnyglen, where many mom’s take the really young kids during the week.)

Just to the west of the neighborhood is a shopping center with a supermarket, gym and a few Asian food restaurants so that you could practically leave the car at home to get everything that you need done. Also located in this same area are a series of doctors’ and dental offices. Basically, you have just about everything you need within walking distance.

As to nightlife, residents look to the west towards the beach side restaurants or farther south into the rest of Torrance.

With the great local schools, outstanding weather and relative proximity to LAX, Pacific South Bay is a perfect little residential pocket for families whose main provider must often fly off on business (well to do pilots for example—this area LA is big aviation and aerospace hub).
  • Proximity to Beach
  • Very Healthy Neighborhood
  • Insulated from Troubles
  • Expensive
  • A Litte out of the Way
  • Too Close to LAX
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Beach Lovers

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