Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Playa Vista, Mar Vista, Westchester, Hawthorne, Palos Verdes, DTLA Arts District, and Points Beyond
If there’s a common theme to where I live, work, and play, it seems to be the places that the Strand runs through. The towns often referred to as the Beach Cities and Silicon Beach.
And with my love of modern, architectural, creative and urban you’ll also quite often find me in the DTLA Arts District. Yes, listing and selling loft properties.
Other than that, my business often takes me all over Southern CA. Basically I follow my clients and my heart and list and sell homes wherever I think I can add value and be of service.
But for the most part you’ll find me close to the coast and if there’s one place where all my passions come together it is Venice, CA. More on that later.
In this section I wand to share some of what I know and love about the neighborhoods from the South Bay to DTLA and beyond.
And along the way, we can look at homes for sale in each city on my IDX search website: socalistings.com.
The Beach Cities are comprised of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.
If you are thinking of buying a home in the Beach Cities it is very important to understand both the micro-markets i.e. neighborhoods smaller than the city they are in and the various property types in those neighborhoods. And don’t forget about the local jargon.
What you’ll find in the Beach Cities are great schools, proximity to the beach, freeways, LAX, fine restaurants, cooler weather than further inland and everything else you would expect in coastal SoCal living.
Playa Vista, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Playa Del Rey and Westchester
Silicon Beach is the Westside region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that is home to over 500 tech companies. Some are household names and others are startups.
While the definition is used quite loosely by Realtors these days, if you stick to the coastal strip north of LAX to Santa Monica and not too far inland, that’s what we’re talking about. Playa Vista is ground zero for the established companies such as Google, Yahoo! and YouTube. Startups can be found anywhere but Venice (think Snap) is very popular as is Santa Monica.
Depending on who you talk to, the region is considered the second or third hottest tech hub in the world.
Unlike the traditional definition of Silicon Valley (Menlo Park to Santa Clara) where the economy is overwhelmingly technology geared, Silicon Beach tends to have a more diversified economy whereby tourism, finance, or other industries also play a major role.
Workers trying to live close to their offices and avoid freeway commutes have pushed up housing prices and rentals even in Westchester and Playa Del Rey, further inland to mid city and to the South Bay.