San Pedro has a lot of nice areas and beautiful historic homes. It is kind of like a small community even though it is part of the city of Los Angeles. They have two very active Catholic Churches that many of the people send their kids to their schools. San Pedro is very nice in Averill Park, Upper Vista Del Oro, South Shores, White Point and Point Fermin. Taper Avenue area is also good. Many people do send their kids to private Catholic High School because the High School is L.A. Unified, but the elementary schools are good in the San Pedro areas mentioned. They are rated higher than the schools in Long Beach. Check out http:// http://www.GreatSchools.net. If you have kids and do not take the realtors word for it do your own homework, remember they are trying to sell something. Much of this depends upon your job. If you can afford it, Rancho Palos Verdes is right next door with great schools. Long Beach has crime that is just about the same as San Pedro, all of it is near a big city so it is not crime free, but you will find crime in Torrance as well. I wonder if some of the people who answered actually have been to San Pedro because it is just as "nice" as Long Beach, but it does get less publicity because it is smaller. People who have not lived in San Pedro do not know how nice it is. Torrance is a good option to look at in the area as well. I would recommend Susan Smeltzer, Gary Krill or Trutanich Realty for upper San Pedro, they are very active in the area and ask them the question based upon your budget. In South Torrance and Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach I would recommend Tashia Hinchliffe with Shorewood Realty to ask the same question. Most of these realtors would be glad to give you some time on the phone to ask your budget, job and neighborhood questions. I do not know any of the Long Beach realtors but ask them the same questions. I have so many friends in Palos Verdes who are realtors, and each have a particular "neighborhood they specialize in" who tend to know about houses coming up for sale before they hit the market. I do not know Mary Thomas as a friend, but she seems very honest with Remax in Palos Verdes. Make sure you specify if you are looking for investment, for proximity to job, to raise kids, etc. If you have over 950k go to Palos Verdes. If you are lucky enough to find a small house in Redondo Beach with a view, it will probably increase alot in value over the years. Have fun, but remember it is the big city in all these areas no matter what. If you have any kind of a club that you are in whether it is a sorority or a business group try to find a friend who is in the area and ask them.
In our price range, we could afford a smallish, 1,250-1,450 sq foot townhome in Redondo, no view, not terribly close to the beach. For the same price, we bought a huge, 4br/3ba home, with 200+ degree view, half of which is ocean and Catalina. We can see north to downtown, east to to orange county, and south to the ocean and twin harbors on catalina island. We have so enjoyed sitting in the sun on our deck, overlooking the ocean and watching the cruise ships go in and out of the harbor! We're three or four blocks from the water, have a huge backyard with mature palms and flowering bushes and a two car garage. We feel like we won the lottery!
I am more and more impressed with the rest of San Pedro. Frankly, I wasn't expecting much and sure, I probably wouldn't hang out downtown on Gaffey at night, but the areas around 25th and Western, and all the way up Western to Westmont are all nice with a PV-ish feel. A couple okay restaurants, a movie theater, and all the retail you'd need. Nothing extra-fancy, but all with a comfortable, homey feel. Nice, normal, people, too - always a plus.
It takes us about seven minutes to get to the freeway. If you're used to the South Bay and its twenty-minutes-to-the-freeway commutes, this is like Shangri-la.
Anyway, there you go. Try anything south of 25th or west of Western and you'll be good to go. The condo areas up on Westmont and Capitol seem really nice and comfortable (and talk about affordable and easy freeway access!). there are some nice "Vista Del Oro" areas between, say, 10th and 17th-ish up near Western that are quite nice (we almost bought up there, too). Good luck!
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I'd only go with San Pedro if you worked there and wanted to be next to work.
Try the following if you want to see current homes in that area.
The oceanview "South Shores" is the upscale area of San Pedro and incredibly popular with Buyers. The lower South Shores is just below 25th Street, and the Upper South Shores is above it. I don't know where else you can find an oceanview home anywhere along the California coastine in the $700,000+ range, but here.
Also, we're just a 1-mile stroll to the public Trump National Golf course with its great restaurants, parks, beaches and hiking trails, and we enjoy easy freeway access to the 110-freeway.
For your concerns regarding safety, go to http://www.lapdcrimemaps.org for the most accurate assessment of such issues. I love it here in the South Shores!
If I can be of help in your home search here, please feel free to contact me at (310) 544-8453 or online at http://www.CaliforniaMoves.com/Elaine.Mallon. I'd love to help you find a great home for a great price!
I spend a lot of time in the San Pedro area personally and work with a lot of professionals there. Ka had a lot of great feedback below. It really depends what you're looking for. South Shores is probably the most exclusive with Point Fermin coming shortly behind. Vista del Oro is probably in the middle. If you can afford it, then "yes", as Ka pointed, then Rancho Palos Verdes is the better choice because you will be sending your children (assuming you have any) to the top schools in not just Los Angeles, but rank very highly in the US. You can look above Western Avenue for some better valued homes. They will be a little older, but the value in that area will hold itself much better because of the school district. Freeway access is not as bad as some may have indicated below. Gaffey Street will take you to 110 Freeway (also called the Harbor Freeway), which will lead you to most of the main areas of Los Angeles. If you need any further questions or assistance, then please feel free to contact me any time.
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