|Subject: Re: Lawndale, California Information Needed|
The community of Lawndale is a working-class suburb of L.A. located
in what is referred to as the South Bay. This area includes other suburbs
such as Torrance (to the south), Gardena (to the east), and the beach
communities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach (all to the
west). The 405 freeway (the major north-south artery for west L.A. passes
right through Lawndale. Downtown L.A is about 14 mi. to the northeast; UCLA,
Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, &Hollywood are about 12 mi. to the north on
Torrance &Lawndale have a large aerospace industry with TRW being
the major employer that comes to mind. You may recall the book &movie The
Falcon &the Snowman regarding the true spy activity of an American
employee of an aerospace company doing contract work for the U.S.
government. This took place at TRW in Torrance. I believe Toyota's American
headquarters are also located here.
As far as housing is concerned your son would probably prefer to
live in one of the beach communities. Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and
Redondo Beach are all representative of the quintessential SoCal beach town.
Surfing, volleyball, rollerblading, etc. It's Baywatch in real life. Rents
will be high. Especially in comparison to rural Pennsylvania.
I lived for a year in the very southern part of Redondo Beach, an
area known as Hollywood-Riviera. I really enjoyed it there. It had a
village-type atmosphere in the midst of this great megalopolis.
As your son looks for housing he'll find that rents go down the
further one gets from the beach. I would suggest that he stay to the west of
the 405 freeway. If the beach area rentals are too high I'd suggest
Torrance. The nice thing about living in this area is no need to commute on
the freeway to and from work. A plus for you is the relatively close
proximity of LAX just about ten minutes north on the 405. This should
facilitate your many visits ;-)
John Rule San Diego, CA