The City of Torrance is located just east of Redondo Beach only a short drive or bike ride from many South Bay beaches. It is the largest of the South Bay cities totaling 20 square miles and a population of 147,000 people. Torrance was recently rated the 32nd most livable city in America by the website Livability.com receiving high grades for the quality of its educational system, and amenities such as parks, climate and affordability of housing.
Torrance is a community of quiet conforming neighborhoods. The city is divided into several sections including North Torrance which offers the most affordable home prices and easy access to freeways. Old Torrance offers charming vintage homes. West and South Torrance are located at the Redondo Beach border within close proximity to local beaches. The exclusive Hollywood Riviera area, which sits in the foothills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers ocean or city views just a short walk to the beach.
Located within Torrance is a rare urban wetland called The Madrona Marsh. This nature preserve was saved from development by citizen activists and provides a stop for many species of birds migrating on the Pacific Flyway. The nature center located there is a favorite field trip for elementary students.
The biggest event in Torrance is the annual Armed Forces Day Parade which is the longest running military parade sponsored by a city in America. The parade runs the length of tree-lined Torrance Boulevard and features military vehicles, school bands and prominent community members. It always draws a big crowd.
The Torrance Cultural Arts Center hosts events year-round providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences. The Western Museum of Flight is another popular venue offering tours of vintage airplanes and displays of aviation memorabilia. Del Amo Mall, located along Hawthorne Boulevard, is the 5th largest retail mall in the country and is packed with large department stores, small boutiques, movie theatres and multiple dining choices. The mall has undergone recent major remodeling to bring it in line with current shopping and entertainment trends.
Torrance offers many options for home buyers including post-war tract homes in quiet neighborhoods, newly built townhomes in small gated communities, ocean view single family homes within walking distance of the sand or Craftsman cottages on tree-lined streets. It’s a safe, diverse community that is the perfect place to live and raise a family.
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