What South Bay community is best to raise a 7 year old?

Asked by Qbol, Madison, WI Sat Jun 23, 2012

Would also like to be in walking distance to coffee shops etc.

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C796224, Home Buyer, Manhattan Beach, CA
Sun Feb 10, 2013
A 7 year old should live in Manhattan Beach -- plus plenty of cofee shops; once he reaches 10, quickly move to torrance becuase of the drugs in MB -- but less coffee; then at 14 go to PV for the best schools; however, getting your coffee is difficult in PV because of the hills. Lots of buying/selling is recommended to ensure we, Realtor community, continue to get comissions and provide helpful answers.
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Colin Campbe…, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Mon Feb 25, 2013
No question...Manhattan Beach http://manhattanbeachre.com/
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Michael Magaw, Agent, Torrance, CA
Sat Jun 23, 2012
You have received a lot of good answers. If price is not an option, then Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach are good choices. They are small communties with great schools. If price is a consideration, then I think the best bang for your buck is South Torrance. The schools are excellent and the home prices (both sale and lease) are much more affordable. Live near Riviera Village and you have a great assortment of restaurants and coffee shops to choose from.

I am a broker and my office is in South Torrance. Call or email if you want more information.

Michael Magaw
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Stan Botello…, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Sat Jun 23, 2012
My business partner and I specialize in the beach cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. Here's a video I made about the Sand Section of Manhattan Beach. Hopefully, this will provide you more information as you reach out to learn more about one the best places to live in the world! http://youtu.be/LRPFWxe5OwA
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Maureen Mego…, Agent, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Sat Jun 23, 2012
The other answers to this question have some great suggestions , but none of them mention the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Palos Verdes Peninsula is just south of Redondo Beach. This area is wonderful for raising children. It is much more rural in nature than the other beach communities, and the homes tend to have bigger yards. The Palos Verdes school system is also one of the highest rated in the state. The natural beauty of Palos Verdes with its hills and incredible ocean views make this a wonderful place to raise a family.

For information about Palos Verdes , check out my web site at http://www.maureenmegowan.com .
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Ray Joseph, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Sat Jun 23, 2012
As the father of a 7 year old boy I can be a little biased. When I walk my 1st grade son to school I noticed 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders high-5ing him and hugging him and my heart melted. When we walk around town I hear kids from cars yelling his name.

People love living close to downtown Manhattan Beach so they can walk to the restaurants and shops. It's common to run into your friends and classmates. Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo also have great areas to walk to as well. Many cities in the south bay have farmers markets that the kids enjoy going to.

Each city has great community and are wonderful places to raise children. It mostly depends on what's important to you and the lifestyle you want. Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes have the highest ranking schools followed by Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach then Torrance.

Feel free to call or email me.

Ray Joseph
Shorewood Realtors, Manhattan Beach
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Barry and Se…, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Sat Jun 23, 2012
That's s a great question and a lot depends on your lifestyle since South Bay schools are rated about the best in the country. Forbes magazine, for example, in their May 5, 2011 issue reported that Manhattan Beach Schools District are rated 6th in the nation. You can find this article in the "Best Schools For Your Real Estate Buck," in the magazine's April 26, 2011 online issue. So, no doubt, schools are uppermost on your mind. Most homeowners would also say that their respective communities, whether it be El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, or Redondo Beach are fortunate to have neighbors with a deep sense of giving and community involvement. What about home values? Generally, homes in Manhattan Beach have the highest real estate values followed by Hermosa Beach in a close second. But, all of the South Bay offers lovely communities to raise a family and the best way is to simply have your local agent [and I would emphasize "local agent"] take you around for a weekend or two and show you the different homes and neighborhoods that might best fit your needs. My spouse and I are long-time South Bay homeowners and real estate agents and we would love to answer any other questions you may have before you relocate. Check out our website http://www.sulporhomes.com or contact me anytime. We're here to help.
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Pamela Todd, , Manhattan Beach, CA
Sat Jun 23, 2012
Good Morning Qbol,

In order to accurately assist you with your needs it would be helpful to have a brief confidential
conversation to get an idea of your requirements. I myself moved into the South Bay with a small
child and completely understand your concerns regarding the school districts.

Please fell free to either call or e-mail me at the following details; pamela.todd@engelvoelkers.com
or 310 341 3145.
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Walt Spadone, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Sat Jun 23, 2012

Each local community has a lot to offer when it comes to schools, coffee shops, beaches and community. Depending upon price, I would begin with South redondo near the Riviera Village, next is Hermosa Beach- perhaps the Hermosa Valley area (great proximity to downtown and schools) and last and most expensive- Manhattan Beach- some of the top rated schools in the country. You can find some great values in East MB, still walk to coffee shops and be near great schools like Meadows. It all depends upon your price range and what area you prefer. Let me know if I can be of help.

All the Best,




Walter Spadone
NW Real Estate Brokers
DRE# 01343434
1215 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach CA 90266
310-345-7350 Direct
310-545-4223 Fax
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Lauren Perre…, Agent, Portland, OR
Sat Jun 23, 2012
That depends on your price range. If budget isn't a problem, the the Sand Section, Tree Section or the Hill Section of Manhattan Beach would be great. If you are a little more price sensitive, then Redondo Beach down near the Hollywood Riviera or parts of North Redondo would work for you. And finally, if you are on a budget, then I highly recommend Hollyglen area of Hawthorne, with its excellent Wiseburn school district (don't let Hawthorne address make you not take a second look.) You can see more about all the areas at my website at http://www.fabuloussouthbay.com/page/cities-neighborhoods-pe… We'd love to help you and your 7 year old find the perfect place to live!
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