One of the most charming neighborhoods in all of the South Bay is the hillside community of the Hollywood Riviera. Part of both Redondo Beach and Torrance, Hollywood Riviera is a community primarily of one story original homes often offering incredible ocean views, the lush greenery and the Mediterranean atmosphere.
The area lies in a “hillside overlay” district meaning approval from the city and neighbors must be granted to build up and obstruct the views. It is this approval process that generally keeps the area from experiencing the “mansionization” often found in other parts of the South Bay. Much of the architecture in the community is Mediterranean in style, especially the original homes, which were built in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
The original developer of the Hollywood Riviera was entranced by the movie business and felt that the seaside properties would be a natural location for the Hollywood “set” to buy and build. A few movies were made in the thirties and few smart producers bought properties, but the Hollywood scene never materialized. What did materialize are delightful cluster of shops, restaurants, café bistros and galleries known as the “Riviera Village”.