Welcome to Redondo Beach
Family-friendly seaside bliss.
Known for its endless pier, surf scene, and competitive home prices, Redondo Beach is a hidden gem bursting with sun and sand. This vibrant beach town with adorable homes and fantastic views draws in families, retirees, and anyone seeking a sun-splashed resort-town feel. From modest condos to luxury homes, Redondo Beach brings together its friendly residents to create a small-town atmosphere, but it still offers the amenities of cosmopolitan city living. It’s prized for its convenient proximity to Los Angeles and Orange County, its top-ranked schools, and its plethora of outdoor activities, all of which give Redondo Beach its sought-after blend of urban and suburban.
What to Love
- Convenience to Los Angeles
- Small-town feel with big-city perks
- Countless outdoor activities
- Fantastic schools
Expect to see a lot of families in Redondo Beach. Health-conscious, outdoor-loving families gravitate to the area for its surfing, beach volleyball, swimming, biking, and other active pursuits — all in that glorious SoCal sunshine. Within this eclectic community, residents mingle at South Redondo’s Riviera Village for shopping and dining, head to the pier for its funky shops and boat tours, and walk to the old-fashioned eateries in North Redondo.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
For shopping, brunch, or happy hour with friends, Redondo Beach residents meet at Riviera Village. It’s a hub for fashion, art galleries, boutiques, home decor, salons and spas, and a great restaurant scene. Plus, it’s just steps from the beach and The Strand. Over at the South Bay Galleria, find department stores, nationally recognized shops, restaurants, and movie theaters.
With so many dining opportunities throughout Redondo Beach, it can be difficult to narrow down the choices. Stick with Jesse’s favorites, including Samba by the Sea, known for its all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ feast, including picanha, filet mignon, top sirloin, leg of lamb, pork loin, bacon-wrapped turkey, Brazilian sausage, marinated fish filet, and more. Feeling like something a bit lighter? Head to Japonica for the area’s best Japanese cuisine, sushi, and sake. Try the famous crispy rice roll, the koji cauliflower soup, and the seared A-5 Japanese wagyu sushi. Another Jesse fave, Dominique’s Kitchen treats every guest like family. The reasonably priced Euro-French offerings in a casual neighborhood hangout make even a routine Tuesday night feel extra-special. Try the orzo shrimp, the grass-fed New Zealand pork chops, and the gluten-free butternut squash ravioli.
Things to Do
While Riviera Village is a perennial favorite for dining out, shopping, and meeting up with friends, the Redondo Pier is a close second. Originally built in 1888, the famous horseshoe-shaped pier juts 25 feet above the water and spans 70,000 square feet of open space. Grab lunch or dinner at a variety of restaurants, from fast food to fine dining and from Cajun to Thai (be sure to save room for a funnel cake or ice cream cone!). Shop for tchotchkes and beachy items, including artwork, T-shirts, glassware, sunglasses, and more — plus all the beach toys you could want, from Frisbees to boogie boards. Get active with kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, and sportfishing, all available at the Pier between the Esplanade and the Redondo Beach Marina. Later, order take-out and savor the sunset with a picnic on the beach.
Every year, the Beachlife Music Festival takes over the Redondo Beach waterfront with live music by classic rock, reggae, and Americana artists. It’s an annual tradition that attracts not only the locals but festival lovers from all over Southern California.
Love a community gathering? On a smaller scale, you can join your neighbors at the weekly farmers market, held every Sunday at Riviera Village. Shop for locally grown, organic, and certified goods and produce, skin and hair products, original art notecards, decorative succulents, coastal home decor, and more. On the first Friday of the month, you can typically stop by Riviera Village for live music.
Get cultured at the Performing Arts Center, home to the Los Angeles Ballet and a Distinguished Speaker Series that has showcased such luminaries as Condoleeza Rice and Bob Woodward for the past 14 years.
Redondo Beach is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Alta Vista Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
- Birney Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
- Tulita Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
- Adams Middle, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
- Parras Middle, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
- Redondo Union High, 9-12, highly rated public high school
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