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If Hermosa is inhabited by the so-called young professionals, and life there is just a game of Russian roulette volleyball – and a search for parking, then Redondo Beach is more impressive.  There’s a much more familial atmosphere, but this of course depends on which part of Redondo we’re talking about.

The north is mostly condos and apartments.  There are less people with Lasik, and more with artificial lens implants.

Generally speaking, there are things to see and do, although parking is only marginally better than in Hermosa.

If nothing else, you can check out the area around the airport, which I reference because of its significance in the immortal Point Break.  I actually associate all three “beach” towns – Hermosa, Redondo, and Manhattan – with this old good film.

I’m not sure this is the place to take your uncle from Oklahoma, because it’ll probably all seem the same to him; California is California.

But in southern Redondo, we have… yes,  the ocean.  If you are in the mood to just wander around and contemplate eternity (debt, for example), it’s better to do all of that in the Riviera Village.

The fact remains, though, that both Hermosa and Redondo are not cheap places to live.  There are people who have had a chance to live there for a while, or even a moment, but they cannot afford the more-expensive Manhattan Beach.

Of all the attractions in Manhattan Beach, lawyers, Mercedes, and seagulls are perhaps the most common, although you’ll still find bicycles for sale in Redondo for upwards of $3000.

Economists are saying that the middle class is disappearing, so hurry up and see it for yourself, before it becomes extinct!

BTW, it’s not too far from Benjamin Eye Institute.

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As you can see, there are happy people in Redondo.

Photographs by local historians Tatiana Minchenko and Dima Malanichev (“Seagulls”)
Text: Sebastian Varo
Translation: Richard Grenvelge