Hollywood Riviera is part of the City of Torrance. The area is located between Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes Estates and extends the city boundaries to the ocean where the County owns and operates a lifeguard tower and a parking lot at the shoreline. A bike path along the sand and promenade for pedestrians connect the area to Marina del Rey.
The area offers hillside locations with magnificent coastline views as well as ocean-front homes, condominiums, and apartment buildings—some offering short-term summer rentals.
A nearby shopping area of Redondo Beach, known as Riviera Village, has charming shops, restaurants, grocery stores and medical and professional services that serve the area.
Homes in the area are located on the slopes of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and many have incomparable coastline views. Some 180-degree views include the ocean, sand, mountains and city lights! There are also townhomes, condominiums, and some apartments in the area, plus a gated area of larger homes on a former school site near the ocean. Hollywood area has postal service from Redondo Beach, even though the area is within the city of Torrance.
The Early Hollywood Riviera
The first inhabitants of the land that became the Hollywood Riviera were the 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. Wild grains, acorns, roots, native greenery, birds, fish, and, of course, water, weather and the seasons dictated their movements. During drought times water and food of the land would become scarce. Past experience would cause the Indians to travel to such areas as the seashore with available fish and shell-life for survival. 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.
The early travelers to the area did not understand the Indians’ way of life. They felt these Indians were inferior to the eastern tribes and called them “digger” Indians. These tribes actually had a highly moral and peaceful way of life. Some of the finest woven baskets were created by these native inhabitants.
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 ones that serve the children of Hollywood Riviera. However, you are encouraged to contact the individual school to be confirm the assignment as the 20 students per classroom limitation in the lower grades and other constraints can result in at least temporary assignment to another school.Library
The El Retiro Branch of the Torrance Library system located at 126 Vista del Parque. is in Hollywood Riviera at El Retiro Park. The main library is located in the Torrance Civic Center at Torrance Blvd. and Madrona. It features latest audio-visual and indexing technologies to assist residents in their research needs. Many branches are available.
In addition, the County Library has additional materials that are available for residents’ use. Reciprical agreements with other Libraries allow Torrance Library cardholders to use their facilities.
Parks and Recreation
Retiro Park and Rocketship Park are located within Hollywood Riviera. Many other parks are within the City of Torrance, with the largest being Wilson Park at Crenshaw Blvd. which is known for its Independence Day fireworks with day-long celebrations and picnics.
A Recreation Center with swimming pool is located in the Torrance Civic Center at Torrance Blvd. and Madrona.
Neighborhood Golf Course
Sea Aire Park Golf Course is located at 22730 Lupine Drive. A 9 hole, par 3 course it is perfect for the casual golfer and newer players. Clubs are available for rent or you can bring your own; a 9 iron and sand wedge may suffice.
The Sea Shore and Beach
A favorite summer passtime of residents and other neighbors is the lovely white-sand beach within Hollywood Riviera. Operated by the County of Los Angeles, the beach features County Lifeguards and a convenient parking lot (payment required). A snack bar and bike trail are additional features. You can ride or jog (on an upper pedestrian level) all the way to Marina del Rey and beyond.
Torrance has outstanding shopping areas including Del Amo Fashion Center with 350 stores and 18 AMC theatres. Other shopping centers include the Torrance Promenade at 19800 Hawthorne Blvd., the Downtown Historic Shopping District on Cabrillo Ave., Torrance Towne Center, Torrance Crossroads at Crenshaw and Lomita Blvds. where many big box and home improvement stores are located, and Rolling Hills Plaza with AMC Rolling Hills 20 theaters at 2591 Airport Dr.
Additional smaller strip centers provide for a wide variety of shops and services throughout the city.
The City of Torrance supports the Arts with dedication and provides assistance and direction. Within its plan is the active encouragement of youth development and artistic enterprises through available and reasonably priced City rental space. Under this city mandate, you will find a Torrance Art Museum that is free to the public. It is operated within the Torrance Cultural Arts Center along with several other community programs.
These include a Torrance Civic Chorale and the Torrance Theatre Company which perform for the community. A popular Speakers’ Series is offered annually by subscription.
Extensive Visual and Performing Arts classes are offered for children, teens and adults in a wide variety of art mediums, crafts, instrumental music, and dancing in locations throughout the community. The current summer program is shown here. In addition, a science and technology program is offered on Saturdays for elementary age children at a cost of $10. Sample program offerings are shown here.
The Parks and Recreation Department sponsors additional classes and programs such as cheerleading and bodyboarding. Others include swimming classes and ballet classes.