Torrance

Welcome to Torrance

Community connection in a prime beachfront location.
 
Combining city living with beachside bliss, Torrance is one of the most sought-after beachfront towns south of Los Angeles. Families thrive in this acclaimed school district with proximity to sandy beaches and plenty of green space in which to spread out. A number of mini-neighborhoods give Torrance a small-town community feels — choose from Hollywood Riviera, North Torrance, Old Town, South East Torrance, Walteria, and West Torrance, each with its own personality, amenities, and architectural styles. Hollywood Riviera is known for its spectacular oceanfront estates, while Old Torrance boasts charming Craftsman homes. There are condos, townhomes, single-family houses, and everything in between.

This diverse community is a favorite of those seeking a close-knit, suburban neighborhood, including retirees, young professionals, and a thriving Japanese-American community. With Los Angeles to the north and the prestigious Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south, it’s the best of beachfront living — great public schools, less congestion, and an easy-living, laid-back ambiance. Plus, there’s that 1.5-mile stretch of beautiful, sandy Torrance Beach — the cherry on top!
 

What to Love

  • Suburban setting with urban amenities
  • Access to lesser-known Torrance Beach
  • Quiet, residential, family-friendly ambiance

Local Lifestyle

Life is good when you’re living near the beach, enjoying year-round mild, sunny weather, and connected to a diverse, family-friendly community. Such is life in Torrance, where growing families, young professionals, and retirees commingle and appreciate the quality and convenience of their life just south of Los Angeles. There’s something for everyone, from the soft stretch of sand along the Pacific to the parks, from the acclaimed schools to the shops and restaurants.

Within this hidden jewel of a coastal city, residents gravitate outside to picnic areas, the Madrona Marsh, the beach, the farmers market, the malls, and even the outdoor amphitheater for live music. There’s always something going on, but without that frenetic, congested pace of urban living.
 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Shopping and dining in Torrance centers around the Del Amo Fashion Center and South Bay Galleria. With countless well-known clothing stores and upscale chain restaurants, these are the go-to spots for family-friendly shopping, dining, and entertainment. Del Amo features more than 250 specialty stores, 10 restaurants, and ample parking, all designed to embrace the coastal chic lifestyle of the area (think living green walls and palm trees throughout the space).

For a night out, consider one of Torrance’s acclaimed independent restaurants. At Depot Restaurant, chef Michael Shafer brings his culinary skills from all over the world to the table—- classical cuisine, German, Austrian, Scandinavian, pan-Asia, Mexican and American from the southwest to California. Need a quick meal post-soccer practice with the family? Head to Lazy Dog, where everyone can order exactly what they want from the extensive menu, including retro TV trays with such delicious choices as roast turkey and gravy or chicken pot pie. (Save room for the pineapple-upside-down cake!)

Among Torrance’s best Japanese restaurants are Ko Ryu Ramen (one of Jesse’s favorites), known for their customizable, vegan-friendly menu, and Din Tai Fung in the Del Amo Fashion Center, perennially popular for their endless dumpling offerings. Make your own sushi or noodle dish? The Japanese markets in Torrance are top-notch owing to the vibrant Japanese-American community. Check out Nijiya Market, Tokyo Central & Main, and Saigon Market.
 

Things to Do

Grab the family and head out for a weekend of fun in Torrance, whether you’re shopping for vintage clothing and homewares at the monthly Torrance Antique Fair or the local produce at the biweekly Torrance Certified Farmers Market. Run the kids at the “Central Park of the South Bay,” Wilson Park, where you’ll find six ball fields, a roller hockey rink, an outdoor amphitheater, picnic areas, and more. Take a walk at Madrona Marsh or hit the playground at your neighborhood’s local park. And, of course, there’s the neighborhood’s namesake Torrance Beach, with 40 acres of soft sand at the foot of the cliffs that extend all the way to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Head to the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, home to the James R. Armstrong Theatre, which offers a number of performances and visual arts studios. Don’t overlook historic Downtown Torrance for its charming, hometown feel and shopping and dining experiences. There’s also the Western Museum of Flight, the impressive Chen Art Gallery, and the Torrance Art Museum. Come December, walk through the quaint Sleepy Hollow neighborhood to witness its annual transformation into Candy Cane Lane. Finally, for more lively entertainment, head into LA, a convenient drive away, for pro sports, from the Lakers to the Dodgers to the Chargers. With everything at their fingertips or just a short distance away, Torrance residents are living the dream.
 

Schools 

Torrance is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Anza Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
  • Seaside Elementary, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
  • Jefferson Middle, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
  • Bert M. Lynn Middle, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
  • South High, 9-12, highly rated public high school
  • West High, 9-12, highly rated public high school
 
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