My personal feeling is residential real estate (specifically single family homes) is unjustly inflated in price once you head west of Hawthorne Blvd, which I like to call the incorrectly perceived educational "divide". You're paying a premium to live in a house/neighborhood for elementary/middle/high schools that are rated a 9 (west of Hawthorne) versus an 8 (east of Hawthorne). Not really worth the extra expense for that extra point, IMHO. As it is, it's tough enough to find affordable housing in the South Bay for a typical family!
I suggest you check out the schools. You can ask for a tour and then do your reasearch.
I agree about the Torrance Unified School District versus LAUSD. There is a big difference.
I would be happy to help you find a home that puts you in the neighborhood that you want.
I agree with both Bruce and Katherine, which is why I chose to live in Torrance.
However, there are areas in East Torrance which have a Torrance address but are actually part of the City of Los Angeles and school kids attend LA Unified School District. They also do not have Torrance City Fire and Police but rather LA County Sheriff and Fire Departments.
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Torrance has a great track record in academics. Some of the best schools within our state are in Torrance. There are other great reasons to consider living in Torrance though. An economy that is doing better than other South Bay cities combined with the best Police and Fire departments make it a great place to plant your roots and raise your family.
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