Redondo Beach, the city is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles area and is one of the three Beach Cities located in Los Angeles, California, United States. It was originally part of the 1785 Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant that later became the South Redondo area. It has an unusual shape including an area along the beach (South Redondo Beach) and another strip inland from Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach (North Redondo Beach). The basic attractions include Municipal Pier and the sandy beach popularly known with tourists and a variety of sports enthusiasts. The western terminus of the Metro Rail Green Line is in North Redondo Beach.
In early 1900’s, the developing community attracted immigrants, mostly fishermen and maritime workers of Dutch, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish descent who used to have neighborhoods on the city’s southern end known as “Clifton” This area was incorporated into Redondo Beach in 1976.
A major focus of those who wants to be in the sun and near the ocean is Redondo Beach because it is a vibrant community and their lifestyle is a blend of the neighborhoods, activities and the three Beach Cities of Southern California’s South Bay. It was once described as “The Gem of The Continent” in the Los Angeles Daily Herald.
On a normal day, thousands of people are seen walking on foot, bicycle, skateboard, roller-blade, wheelchair and stroller in a bid to enjoying the sun and surf. Surfing is a key element of the South Bay lifestyle as it is common to see locals catching waves on both Christmas and New Year’s Day. Most times, Powerful winter storms in the Pacific ocean turns typical placid and rolling South Bay waves into large and occasionally dangerous monsters which is a natural draw for the local surfing population.
Beach Volleyball is another important aspect of Redondo Beach’s lifestyle as the wide and flat sand beaches provides a perfect venue for the sports, a permanent poles and nets are placed and maintained by the city on which professional tournaments takes place.
Presently, Redondo Beach is growing in popularity to film production as all nooks and crannies are used for shooting film. Redondo Beach has a distinct division between the north and south sections of the city with a lot of streets forming itseast-west boundary line. South Redondo is along the beachfront with the pier and marina/harbor complex. South Redondo has wide streets, wide sand beaches and laid-back feel which make it a prime destination for those seeking a “bike to the grocery store” community. Several close-knit neighborhoods exist and South Broadway hosts street parties in the summer where children play on jumping gyms of which the local Fire Department judges the best dessert contest while kids climb their pumper truck. The Main Library is located in the Civic Center.
Redondo is the home of the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center which is one of the South Bay’s premier cultural facilities and home to the Los Angeles Ballet. Most of the small Arts and Crafts style homes have been demolished and replaced with a new modern house.