When developers Ainsworth and Thompson laid out the streets for their city Redondo Beach, they did so systematically. The original north-south streets were given Spanish women’s names, while the east-west streets that lay north of Knob Hill were named for gems — all in alphabetical order. But for some reason, they used very little imagination to name the east-west streets south of Knob Hill, simply labeling them Avenue A, B, C, et cetera — all the way to Avenue I. Today, the area that contains those lettered streets is known locally as The Avenues.
Homes on The Avenues, especially those located west of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) are some of the most desirable in Redondo Beach. And, of course, house prices escalate the closer you get to the beach and the Esplanade — the road that runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean. The borders for The Avenues are roughly Knob Hill to the north, Torrance to its east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to its west. The lower section of The Avenues that are west of PCH are mostly flat; while some of the streets on the upper half of The Avenues can be hilly, with some boasting views of the ocean and/or the city.
This area has a beach-y, small town vibe and is very walkable and bike-friendly. And in comparison to nearby Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, most of the approximately 700 houses on The Avenues have decent size lots that are approximately 40 x 150 feet. The majority of the original homes in this area were small, quaint beach bungalow styles. And while some of those cozy cottages do remain, many others have been torn down to make way for larger structures. So don’t be surprised if you see a charming bungalow standing next to a newly erected Mediterranean villa or a gaudy modern structure. There are also condos and townhomes available in the area.
The Avenues is close to many conveniences and amenities. In fact, Avenue I, which is considered by most as the end of The Avenues, is also the beginning of the popular and trendy Riviera Village, where you’ll find a slew of cute boutiques, restaurants, bars and grocery stores, including a Trader Joe’s. And while there isn’t a neighborhood pool, the beach is just a quick bike ride, roller blade or walk from most homes, and it’s an award-winning stretch of sand. In 2016, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association named Redondo Beach as the Best Restored Beach in the nation.
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