55+ Communities

These are some links to help you “Surf the Web” for South Bay-Beach Cities 55+ housing options, General Information, California and Federal Government Web pages, Senior Interest sites, Legal, Medical, Computer and more. As I find new sites of interest I will add them. If you have any you would like to add let me know. If you have any questions, you can e-mail me by clicking on Kaye e-mail


What’s Your Age?

Remember you are as young as you feel! My mother is almost 92 and doing well. She still has a marvelous soprano voice and on a recent 3 week road trip of over 5000 miles, she entertained us by singing across West Texas to the best ’40’s tunes offered by satellite radio. Her husband is nearing 86 and still traveling around the world via Cruise ships and having a grand time.

However I am seeing real changes in her physical abilities and her memory. Mom believes that moving from her chair to the sink is enough exercise. She doesn’t understand the link between movement, being able to move better and memory. I keep trying to tell her that her arthritis will be less painful if she moves more but she isn’t buying it. Her husband, on the other hand, walks at least a mile each day is is in excellent shape for 86.

There is no one size that fits all when it comes to choosing a place to live as we get older. Some people want to stay in the homes they have lived in for many years. Others are willing to move across the country to be near children, grandchildren, other family or close friends. Many will opt to buy a new home in a 55+ community or a regular condominium complex. Others will choose to rent, while some may find assisted living to be the best choice. A number of people choose to live with their children. After reviewing many options my Mother and her husband moved in with me a few years ago when they made the move from Hawaii. Whatever option you choose I strongly recommend you discuss it with family, your doctor and your financial planner.

Health care will more and more determine our lifestyle options. We all need to know as much as possible about our about health coverage. Many companies are shifting the responsibility for health care to retirees. The links below are shortcuts to sites and information I hope is useful and informative.

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55+ Real Estate For Sale

Beginning this month I have added a section to my Newsletter on 55+ housing. You can find out the number of listings, pending sales and sold information on a monthly basis.

Take a quick Tour of some of the 55+ Communities in the South Bay then check out the details below.

This complex is located on Crenshaw Blvd. It is across from the Cross Roads Shopping Center. At least one resident must be 55 years old. These units are mostly 1 bedroom and are the least expensive of the three complexes. It has an indoor pool, shuffleboard area, putting green and other amenities. Current prices vary depending on location, bedrooms and floorplan…

This lovely complex is on Nadine Circle and is close to Del Amo Mall and the Civic Center. One resident must be 55+ to purchase in the complex. Units are mainly 1 and 2 bedrooms. There are a few 3 bedrooms. The complex has many amenities including a 9 hole executive golf course and two pools. Prices vary depending on location and floorplan… Take a quick tour…

Construction was completed on this 55+ complex in March 2003 . It is on Maple off Sepulveda and is close to the Del Amo Mall. The complex consists of 1 and 2 bedroom units. It features many amenities….

This complex was completed in late 2003-early 2004. The complex is on Sepulveda west of Crenshaw. The complex has a pool, library, community area with kitchen, exercise room and courtyard. One owner must be 55+ and other owner at least 45..

Built in 2006 for those who are 55+ featuring studio and one bedroom units. The complex is on Torrance Blvd just east of Hawthorne Blvd. This is a great location close to shopping and restaurants and Little Company Of Mary Hospital….

Completed in 2006 for 55+ with many amenities including a gym, pool and community room. There are seven floorplans ranging from one bedroom one bath units to three bedroom two bath units. The units are located on Hawthorne Blvd between Torrance Blvd and Carson Blvd. This complex is also close to shopping and Little Company Of Mary Hospital…Take a quick tour

These are mainly 1 and 2 bedroom units. As the location is on a very busy street prices are very dependent on the location within the complex.

These were completed in 2007. They are nice units with a lot of detail. They feature large rooms are have more of the feeling of a home.

I would love to see more of these around the area. These were completed in 2007 and have 2 bedroom 2 bath units with an attached private garage. They also have small patio areas with grass. These feel like small townhouses.

Breakwater Village is in Redondo Beach. Scott Anastasi .. who also built Village Court is the developer. There are 1 bedroom, 1 + den, 2 bedroom and 3 bedrooms. The complex also features a courtyard and a large rec room…Take a quick tour..

This is located on Jefferson off Crenshaw across from Wilson Park in Torrance. The units are 1 bedroom 1 bath, 1 bedroom with a den and 2 bedrooms with 2 baths. The units are very nice , The complex has a gym and a small courtyard but no pool or spa. The garage is subterranean and gated. Take a quick tour

Local Areas

This is the newest community. It is located on Artesia Blvd which can be noisy. The units are very niice and feature 1 bedroom + a den adn 2 bedroom units.

Orange County:
Leisure World ( 2 locations): Seal Beach off the 405 Freeway and Seal Beach Blvd. Prices start at $130,000 for a small 1 bdrm 1 bath. Larger units are over $550,000. Most transactions are on a “cash” basis for these properties.

Laguna Woods
also off the 405 at El Torro Rd. exit. By far this complex is the largest Senior complex in the area and has the most available units for sale. Prices vary as there are a number of choices. Most transactions are on a “cash” basis with few available options other then owner financing for co-op units.

Huntington Beach Landmark:
This is a larger version of New Horizons. There are apartments for rent and condos for sale. Very nice complex with lots of activities. There are rarely units for sale. Prices vary depending on location and size..

More 55+ Housing/Real Estate Links and Articles:

Manhattan Village: A Tale of 2 Townhomes

South Bay/Beach Cities: Market Snapshot.. June 2007

South Bay/Beach Cities: Market Snapshot July 2007

South Bay/Beach Cities: Market Snapshot September 2007

South Bay/Beach Cities: Market Snapshot October-November 2007

Reverse Mortages:
Many homeowners find themselves with a home that has hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity but no way to tap the money short of selling. A reverse mortgage may be one answer. There have been a number of changes to the Reverse Mortgage program over the years. Most are now backed by FHA and must follow clear guidelines but not all so be careful. If you have lots of equity but need more cash this may be a good resource. However you need to consult with your family, financial advisor or an attorney to be sure you are doing the best thing for your situation.

A reverse mortgage is not the answer for everyone so it may be a good idea to run it by an attorney or CPA to see if this may work for you. For more information go to Fannie Mae Web Site On left side go to Homeowner/Buyer section and click on Mortgages. Then click on Senior Reverse Mortgages. This should answer many questions including how to find a Reverse Mortgage Counselor in your area. There are new laws concerning Reverse mortgages so be sure you get all updates.

Web Links

Be sure to check out the Medicare link about questions concerning your medical and drug coverage if you are over 65.

@LA: The Guide to Greater Los Angeles and Southern California
University of Californnia Health Resources

State of California Resources
Property Tax Information
Senator Feinstein
Senator Boxer
Senior Information

Administration on Aging
Housing Information from HUD
Social Security Administration
Medicare Coverage

Many residents of our South Bay community will choose to move to another location to be near family, friends or new lifestyle opportunities(close to fishing or golf course living). Others would like to stay in their “neighborhood” but perhaps not in the same house. The South Bay offers a number of different options for 55+ Living. Not all will be restricted to 55+ occupants but may offer many amenities that appeal to those who want a smaller home or less upkeep.

Manhattan Village while not a “55+” community has many senior occupants. It is a gated complex within walking distance of Manhattan Village Center. It is close to the restaurants and theatres on Rosecrans. There are two executive golf courses one at The Radisson and the other at The Lakes. It is minutes away from LAX and the 405 and 105 Freeways. The Torrance Medical Community is ten minutes with two major hospitals, world class doctors and major diagnostic centers.

Manhattan Beach also has Senior apartments that are a good bargain and close to Manhattan Village Center:

Manhattan Villas
1300 Park View Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Ross Manhattan Terrace
3400 Valley Drive
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Hermosa has one of the nicest Senior assisted living complexes in the area. The Sunrise Assisted Living Complex is located on Pacific Coast Highway south of Artesia. They have a variety of options available to seniors who require minor or major help to live comfortably.

In South Redondo there are many condominium units near the beach that while not “55+” have features which are desirable. Many are gated with elevator service from the parking garage. Some have ocean views and are one level. They are close to the Esplanade, shopping and restaurants. The Torrance Medical Community is minutes away.

Redondo Beach has many 55+ housing options. More detailed information can be found on the city web site. If you go to my Community and School site you will find the city web link.

Recreation and Community Services Department
320 Knob Hill Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
310-316-5699 TTY

Casa de Los Amigos
123 South Catalina
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Heritage Pointe
1801 Aviation Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Roland R. Mindeman Senior Residence
Redondo Beach Salvation Army Corps
125 West Beryl
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Seaside Villa
319 North Broadway Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Seasons Senior Apartments
109 S. Francisca Avenue
Redondo Beach CA 90277

Additional housing programs offered through the City of Redondo Beach Fair Housing. Landlords and tenants who need more information on fair housing laws may also find it by calling the Housing Office.


City of Redondo Beach Handy Person Program For homeowners
310-318-0610 x 3454

Help for Redondo Beach homeowners with incomes from $29,200 for one person, $33,350 for two, to $55,000 for a family of eight. Eligible homeowners can receive exterior improvements and limited interior repairs for home and property. All work is completed by City’s Handyperson Program crew at no cost to homeowner.

City of Redondo Beach Mobility Access Program/Emergency Repair For homeowners 310-318-0641

City of Redondo Beach Section 8
310-318-0640 (recording)
Website: Redondo Housing

Deferred Payment Loan Program
City of Redondo Beach
320 Knob Hill Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Torrance is currently the only city in the South Bay with a number of choices for those who are looking to downsize and try the 55+ lifestyle. The City of Torrance has more Senior Condominium Complexes than any other city in the South Bay.

The City of Torrance also has a number of Senior apartments and retirement homes. The following is a list of some of them. For further information go to the City of Torrance web site. You can find a link on my web page under Community and School Information.


Coleman Court Apartments
1421 Cravens
Torrance, CA 90501
Privately owned. Tenants must be age 62 or older.

Golden West Towers
3510 Maricopa Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Subsidized senior housing with a long waiting list.

Harmony Courts
4502 186th Street
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Both people in family must be 62 years of age or older.

Huntington Retirement Hotel
20920 Earl Street
Torrance, CA 90503
This is a retirement home that includes meals. There is waiting list.

Spring Retirement Center
20900 Earl Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Retirement and assisted living.

Vermont Retirement Center
22711 Vermont
Torrance, CA 90502

Villa Sorrento Retirement Home
23450 Madison Street

General Information

Alliance for Retired Americans
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
California Senior Job Bank
Congress of California Seniors
ElderWeb, The oldest and largest aging and eldercare sourcebook on the Web.
Elder net
Assisted Living Directory

BRAIN GAMES: Looking for ways to stimulate your brain? AARP has a number of free games that will challenging you.


Looking to find places to take some fun and challenging classes? Check out these sites that are part of the 60 Plus Program offered to California residents that are 60 and older.

Cal State Dominguez Hills (310) 243-3654 or Cal State Dominguez
Cal State Long Beach (562)985-5471 or Cal State Long Beach
Cal State Los Angeles (323)343-3000 or Cal State LA
Santa Monica College (310)434-4306 or Santa Monica College
UCLA (310) 794-0676 or UCLA


Books, Videos, Audio Tapes
California Newspapers
Senior Citizens Magazine
Senior Journal


Beach Cities Health District
California Association of Health Facilities
California Citizens for Health Freedom
Health and Retirement Study by University of Michigan
Red Cross News/Health Updates
My Senior Health Care

General Senior Services:

Eldercare Locator Service or Call 1-800-677-1116 to find services about care for a senior.

Specialized Clothing

Apparrell sites for people with mobility problems:

Buck & Buck
Clothing Solutions
Comfort Clothing
MJ Designs Adaptive Clothing
Silvert’s Easy-Wear Clothing
Wardrobe Wagon

Computers / Technology


For Fun

Amtrack Discounts
Returning to School
Library of Congress
Southern California Golf Association
United States Tennis Association

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