THE SOUTH BAY

The "South Bay" is in the southwestern area of Los Angeles County and includes the four cities of the  Palos Verdes Peninsula, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Torrance, Lomita, San Pedro and Harbor City.  The Los Angeles International Airport also is within the South Bay.
  
The San Pedro waterfront is a busy area with docking for cruise ships, a small boat marina, and restaurants  as well as a marina for small craft.  The Port of Los Angeles is a major commerce center, moving vast quantities of goods to and from all areas of the nation.  
 
Redondo Beach has a active waterfront with beautiful beaches, a pier, King Harbor Marina with boat slips and sport fishing, marine repair businesses, boat rentals, diving, snorkeling and bicycle and roller skate rentals.  

Yacht clubs, hotels and fine restaurants are also found along the waterfront.  During the season, the city operates Seaside Lagoon, a heated salt-water swimming pool with children's playground, volleyball courts and snack bar in a beach environment.  
  
Redondo Beach has a charming neighborhood shopping center near the beach known as Riviera Village.  There you will find a variety of restaurants, coffee houses, clothing stores, markets and other shops.   

An area known as "Hollywood Riviera," from its past movie industry and Red Car weekend-vacation roots,  is located adjacent to Redondo Beach (and bears its P.O. and zip code numbers) but is actually within the city limits of Torrance.  Incidentally, "Hollywood Riviera" gives Torrance its claim to having ocean frontage.  Schoolchildren in the area attend Torrance Unified Schools.

Housing
All cities of the South Bay offer a choice of single-family houses, condominiums, townhomes and apartment buildings for sale.  There is a wide range of prices in each of these categories and within each city.  

First-time buyers may actually find purchase of a duplex, triplex, or 4-unit building to be a good choice due to the benefit of the tenants' contribution toward their equity buildup and to the possible effect of the income stream on their qualifying ratios.
 
Local School Information
To view a comparison of the schools of the South Bay, click here.  Most of the school districts provide on-line information to determine attendance boundaries. 

Not all school districts provide transportation for students.  Public buses and community van services are available to serve the needs in most areas.  Verify with appropriate cities for specifics. 

Public Transportation

Transportation is provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) between outlying areas and Downtown Los Angeles.  For information on MTA.  A train system (Metrolink) is also available (click here).  

An Express bus is available for commuters to Downtown in the early morning hours and for return.  In the Downtown region, good and inexpensive transportation is available in the DASH system.  For specifics.

Local bus and van systems are provided by the city of Torrance, the beach cities, Palos Verdes Peninsula cities.

Palos Verdes Van System
Local van services are available on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  The shuttles run on a schedule;  others offer door-to-door service for the elderly and infirm by special arrangement.  

Palos Verdes students have buses available for commuting to schools with schedules that coincide with attendance time.  For more information, schedules and applications, click here.

Beach Cities Transit and WAVE System
The beach Cities Transit system operates a fixed route between major shopping and employment centers, the green line terminal and the Redondo pier.  Schedules are at (310) 937-6660.

Seniors and disabled residents of Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach may use the Dial-a-Ride service where the vans have wheel-chair lifts.  Registration information is available at (310) 376-3990 or (310) 937-6660.   

Hermosa Beach 
Hermosa Beach participates with Redondo Beach in the Wave Program for seniors and disabled people.  

Additionally, seniors of at least 62 years of age and disabled persons may apply for a program operated by MTA with drastically reduced fares.  Information is provided here. 

Torrance Transit
Schedules for Torrance Transit can be found here.

 
Available Public Transportation
Transportation is provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) between outlying areas and Downtown Los Angeles.  For information on MTA, click here.  A train system (Metrolink) is also available (click here). 

An Express bus is available for commuters to Downtown in the early morning hours and for return.  Schedules can be obtained by clicking here.   In the Downtown region, good and inexpensive transportation is available in the DASH system.  For specifics, click here.


Local bus and van systems are provided by the city of Torrance, the beach cities, Palos Verdes Peninsula cities.

Palos Verdes Van System
Local van services are available on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  The shuttles run on a schedule;  others offer door-to-door service for the elderly and infirm by special arrangement.  

Palos Verdes students have buses available for commuting to schools with schedules that coincide with attendance time.  For more information, schedules and applications, click here.

Beach Cities Transit and WAVE System
The beach Cities Transit system operates a fixed route between major shopping and employment centers, the green line terminal and the Redondo pier.  Schedules are available here or at (310) 937-6660.

Seniors and disabled residents of Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach may use the Dial-a-Ride service where the vans have wheel-chair lifts.  Registration information is available at (310) 376-3990 or
(310) 937-6660.   


Hermosa Beach 
Hermosa Beach participates with Redondo Beach in the Wave Program for seniors and disabled people.  See Beach Cities Transit above.

Additionally, seniors of at least 62 years of age and disabled persons may apply for a program operated by MTA with drastically reduced fares.  Information is provided here. 

Torrance Transit
Schedules for Torrance Transit can be found here.



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