South Bay

Most people that live in South Bay enjoy the outdoors and spending time on the beach.

Welcome to South Bay

Classic laid-back beach town with breathtaking views
Located in the southwest corner of Los Angeles County and stretching along the southern coastline of Santa Monica Bay, the South Bay region of Southern California features picturesque beaches that attract locals and visitors alike.
Residents lucky enough to call South Bay home enjoy a laid-back beach vibe that is undoubtedly a result of the beautiful weather, soft sand beaches, and breathtaking views. The area features several iconic piers, a lively culinary scene, award-winning schools, an active community, and close proximity to LAX airport.
The region features sprawling oceanfront neighborhoods such as Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, with most homes reflecting the classic California surf-town vibe. There is a vast selection of housing styles in South Bay, varying in size and design, from classic single-story craftsman homes to mid-century Spanish and Colonial-style post-modern houses.
Several tech and aerospace companies have facilities in the region, including SpaceX, which produces rocket parts out of Hawthorne. Honda also has an enormous headquarters located in Torrance. Residents of South Bay love the easy commute, giving them more time to spend in the beloved beach towns.

What to Love

  • Proximity to wide soft sand beaches that are rarely crowded
  • A relaxed, family-friendly beach community
  • Perfect weather year-round
  • Amazing views and sunset vistas
  • Close to LAX airport

Local Lifestyle

Most people that live in South Bay enjoy the outdoors and spending time on the beach. Whether participating in a beach volleyball game, surfing, fishing, or strolling the promenade, beach life is alive and well in South Bay. Residents are laid-back and friendly. Everyone is interested in maintaining their neighborhoods, and there is a strong sense of volunteering, with everyone pitching in for the good of the community.
Days include trips to local farmers markets, stops at quaint locally-owned boutiques, visits to high-end day spas, drinking lattes at corner coffee shops, and enjoying many of the activities offered in the area. While the nightlife is rich in South Bay with plenty of entertainment options, the night doesn't begin until the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean and beachgoers catch a glimpse of the famed green flash.
South Bay personifies the beach vibe of many California towns, having a strong regard for the people that live there.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

South Bay is a foodie's dream, with a broad range of restaurants and fine-dining venues to please even the most finicky palate. Little Sister takes an interesting approach to "East-meets-West" Vietnamese signature dishes. At The Arthur J, Chef and owner David LeFevre fires up a massive wood-fired grill for delicious offerings in this ultimate neighborhood steakhouse.
At The Strand House, spectacular ocean views await diners at this local favorite that is only steps from the Manhattan Beach Pier. A wine program, carefully crafted cocktails, and coastal California cuisine featuring locally sourced produce make this a five-star must-try destination.
Located in the heart of South Bay in El Segundo, The Point is a modern shopping center featuring stunning architecture and lush greenery. The popular gathering place offers trendy shopping, unique artwork, quaint coffee shops, restaurants with outdoor patio seating, and fine dining experiences.

Things to Do

While the fabulous beaches are the focus of South Bay, The Strand is a prominent feature used by many outdoor recreational enthusiasts. The 22-mile paved bike path runs along the beachfront, winding from Santa Monica to Palos Verdes. Pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters can eat, drink, shop, and explore numerous beach towns without ever getting into their cars.
The annual Beach Life Festival celebrates the beauty of the ocean and coastal resources, along with the music and art of Southern California's culture. The three-day festival features four music stages and over 50 bands. Last year's lineup included Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, Steve Miller Band, Sheryl Crow, and many more.
Hermosa Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles County, with 94 acres of public space and two miles of ocean frontage. The city-owned beach runs along Santa Monica Bay and is known for excellent surfing, volleyball, and good swimming areas. The Hermosa Pier is an iconic fixture of the Southern California coast that gives visitors access to walking, fishing, rollerblading, and taking in the views. It is a prime location for watching the sunset, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars at the pier entrance.
Erected in 1920, the Manhattan Beach Pier is the oldest concrete pier on the West Coast and is a state historic landmark. The prominent pier is 928 feet long and offers fishing, strolling, and free entry to the Roundhouse Aquarium. The beach is popular among surfers, and with many surf schools in the area, it is the ideal place to catch your first wave.
The Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is the ideal spot for watching the sunset and enjoying one of the many free summer concerts offered. For those looking for more physical activity, the hiking trails at Portuguese Bend Reserve offer phenomenal ocean views with easy-to-moderate paths for all skill levels.


The community is served by Redondo Beach Unified School District, which is highly-regarded in Southern California, with a reputation for high proficiency levels, low student-teacher ratios, and above-average testing scores.
  • Tulita Elementary, K-5, #1 public elementary school in the district
  • Parras Middle School, 6-8, one of the best public middle schools in California
  • Fusion Academy South Bay, 6-12, private, personalized one-on-one instruction
  • Chadwick School, K-12, one of the best private schools in California

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