The first inhabitants of the land where Hollywood Riviera homes now exist, were native Indian tribes composed of small bands. These were probably of the Shoshone and/or Chumash tribes that travelled nomadically. They had to follow the food sources.The Hollywood Riviera had a unique advantage with two year-round springs that flowed out of the bluffs at the beach. The Indians lived on the sand dunes at the top of the cliffs. Fish, crabs, clams, abalone, birds, squirrels, gophers, native edible seeds plants and roots assured them of a ready food source.Several “digs” were done by the Southwest Museum, Highland Park, California, to study the sites. They found three levels of occupation. Shell middens, arrowheads, grinding bowls and tools were found. An exhibit is on display at the museum.
How did Hollywood Riviera Homes get their name?
The Clifford Reid Corporation developed the Hollywood Riviera homes and lots. The land was owned by the Huntington Land Company, part of the land given to railroad companies or creating rail transportation to an area. The mile square property was similar to the French Riviera which Clifford Reid had visited on a European vacation.Hollywood Riviera Homes. The exciting growth all over Southern California and especially in the Los Angeles basin was too tempting. South they came.Clifford Reid was entranced by the motion picture industry, and upon finding the open land south of Redondo, felt it would be a natural location for the Hollywood Set to buy and build luxury Hollywood Riviera homes.Original plans were for a major thoroughfare connecting the tract and Los Angeles, to be called the Hollywood Palos Verdes Parkway. Part of this is in existence today as Torrance Boulevard. The initial developed area had curbs, paved streets, planted parkways and underground utilities, telephone, and electrical service.
Hollywood Riviera Beach Club
The Hollywood Riviera Beach Club was built and opened in 1930. It was dedicated to the residents and owners of Hollywood Riviera homes.The Club was an outstanding structure with plenty of space for large parties. Roy C. Stewart managed the Club, from shortly after it’s opening until 1942, and kept the facility open through the depression thirties.Banquets, dances, wedding receptions and casual drop-ins enjoyed the amenities. Several South Bay organizations met at the Club. The Sandpipers, a local women’s group, the Redondo Rotary, 20-30 Club, sororities, fraternities and high school proms met or held parties there. One of the largest and wildest day and night parties was held by North American Aircraft for all employees and families in 1940.
Hollywood Riviera Today
Today Hollywood Riviera real estate possesses some of the highest prices in the South Bay. Hollywood Riviera homes are surrounded by some of the classy chic restaurants and high end stores. Since the 1950’s Hollywood Riviera real estate and the existing Hollywood Riviera luxury homes have been a sought after commodity with housing construction creating an ongoing demand and market. The easy beach lifestyle in the Hollywood Riviera district offers a lot more for the family. Cliffside sidewalks, bicycle access to riding pathways that will take you miles to the north including Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Venice. Fitness centers, AVP Volleyball tournaments, yacht harbors, boat rentals, fishing piers and a nighttime fun life that’s endless.
As an example, here is a Gorgeous Cape Cod 3 bedroom style home at the very highest point in the “Riviera”. Ocean, coast & city lights views from upstairs family room, master suite and large balcony. Custom family kitchen with marble counters and formal dining room. Living room and casual breakfast area nook, look out to entertainer’s back yard with pool, spa, gas fire pit and built-in Bar-B-Que. It’s like a special cottage in the forest.
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“Meet me in the village” … nestled next to the beautiful coves of the Palos Verdes cliffs you will find Riviera Village–a charming collection of over 300 eclectic shops, restaurants and services, just 20 miles south of Los Angeles. The gem of Redondo Beach, it is the South Bay destination for exceptional fashion, food, and gifts; relax in a magical open environment where Redondo Beach sea breezes carry your cares away. Run into friends, have a bite, laugh and play, and “Meet me in the village!” “It’s just plain a “way of life” and … “
Being a part of Torrance, homeowners are within the Torrance Unified School District—a highly regarded system with top-performing schools of which those serving Hollywood Riviera are at the top. Riviera Elementary, Richardson Middle School and South High School are the schools that serve the children of Hollywood Riviera. However, you are encouraged to contact the individual school to confirm the 20 students per classroom limitation in the lower grades and other constraints can easily result in a temporary assignment to another school.
Based on information from California Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. as of January 28, 2020 23:30 and/or other sources. All data, including all measurements and calculations of area, is obtained from various sources and has not been, and will not be, verified by broker or MLS. All information should be independently reviewed and verified for accuracy. Properties may or may not be listed by the office/agent presenting the information.