Dan Mullin
Phone: (310) 871-3058    Email: dan.mullin@verizon.net
Walteria, Victoria Knolls, Country Hills (area 125 on mls map)

Walteria

An old time Walterian once told me that Walteria has the best weather in the world. He could be right. The winters are typically southern Californian mild and the summers are cooled by the ocean breeze but the typical spring and summer ocean fueled low cloud bank aka May Gray - June gloom, is often held abay by the Peninsula so you get the cooling of the sea breeze along with beautiful sunshine. A great combination!

Walteria is area 129 the real estate MLS map and Victoria Knolls and Country Hills are part of the Walteria MLS area and are discussed in another section. Excluding these two areas Walteria is bordered roughly by Crenshaw to the East, PCH to the North and PV Peninsula to the South and a few blocks to the west of Hawthorne is the Western boundary.

The housing stock in Walteria consist of just about everything however the bulk of the properties are single family homes with much of those being in the 900-1500 sqft range, built in the early 1950’s, on slabs with low pitched roofs.  There are also some streets such as Blair Way, Courtney Way and Eleda that are very similar to Country Hills and there are some small planned unit developments (PUD’s) scattered throughout area with nice newer properties on small lots.

The biggest PUD is the 43 unit Begonia Village built in 2001 which was built on the old Begonia Farm nursery. Units in here are generally between 2000 and 3000 sqft with two car attached garages and all the modern amenities.   The Begonia Farm is on the far western end of the Walteria area close to Anza and bordered by PCH and Newton.

Some of the Walteria streets west of Hawthorne Blvd such as sections of Los Codona, Neece and Ocean have a very rural feel with no curb or walks on the tree lined streets and some lots over 6000 sqft. There are also lots and areas that in Walteria that feel similar to Golden Hills in Redondo with tall and skinny type houses on small lots. These streets are close to Walteria elementary and include Ward and Park.

Walteria also has many 2 or 3 unit income properties and several multi-unit apartment buildings, some condos and even some townhomes. Whatever you want Walteria has it.

Walteria has two park areas. There is a back entrance to Di Portola park (see Country Hill section) off Winlock road and there is Walteria Park off 242nd and Ocean and adjacent to the El Burrito Jr. parking lot. In fact you can order a burrito from El Burrito Jr.and eat it in your car while watching the night dog training classes at Walteria Park. The park on 4.5 acres and was opened in 1964. There is a softball field, tennis court, basketball court, fire pit, barbecues, picnic area, horseshoe pit and meeting room and it is adjacent to the Walteria Library.

Shopping is nearby. You can buy a Porsche at the Pacific Porsche in Walteria or can choose from a number of other dealerships along PCH. You also have easy access to Minuteman Press and assorted businesses on PCH and you are still close to Rolling Hills Plaza for shopping, restaurants and theaters plus there are great shops and restaurants on Hawthorne in Walteria.

For schools the elementary school is Walteria with the exception of the small area west of Hawthorne where the elementary school is Riviera. The Middle school is Richardson and high school is South.

 

Victoria Knolls

Victoria Knolls is a hidden gem that not many people know about. There are only two ways to enter the tract so there is very little traffic. Victoria Knolls area has 484* homes and was built in the mid fifties and most of the homes were originally 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths between 1100-1500 sqft with raised foundations and hardwood floors. The homes in the lower area closer to PCH often had just 1 bathroom and sometimes 2 bedrooms. Over the years many of the homes have been expanded and remodeled.

The area is surrounded by the Empty Saddle Club of Rolling Hills Estates on the South, Rolling Hills Country Club on the East, PCH on the North and Crenshaw Blvd to the West. The area is on a slope so some of the homes have views. The main access to the tract is off Crest about a half mile east of Crenshaw and off Dalemead just east of PCH. Once in the tract the roads meander and wind around. The homes are well kept single family homes and the area has a nice leave it to Beaver neighborhood feel to it.

A great feature of the tract is the Alta Loma Park, a 5.5 acre park that most people don’t know even exist. The entrance and parking lot are barley noticeable from the street but once you figure out where it is you will be surprised that such a great park exist that so few people even know about.  The park has a huge grass area with a walking path around it, built in barbecues, picnic area, children’s play area, ½ court basketball and a meeting room that can be reserved.  Be sure to walk over to the North side to check the killer views of the LA Basin/Santa Monica Bay and watch the plans land and take off at Torrance airport.

Victoria Knolls is very close to the shops, theaters, restaurants of Rolling Hills Plaza and close Ralphs in the Country Hills center and the weather is generally warmer than much of the South Bay as the Peninsula often blocks the marine layer that is so prevalent in South Torrance during the spring and summer. 

Schools are Walteria Elementary, Richardson Middle and South.
High.  Victoria Knolls: A great place to live.

 


Country Hills

Country Hills is a tract of 466* RayWatt built homes in the South Torrance area. The homes were built in and around 1975 with the original homes ranging from 1600-2500 sqft with single, two level and tri-level floorplans with 3 -5 bedrooms. The tract is on slope on the northern base of the Palos Verdes Peninsula is and is below the old PV landfill and above Pacific Coast Highway. The homes are newer by Torrance standards so they were built with bigger closets, some with vaulted ceilings, big master bedrooms and open floorplans.  Due to the hillside location some of the properties have great views also. The homes are getting close to 40 years old so there is a lot of upgrading going on with these home now keeping the area beautiful.


The tract feels a little more Orange Countyish than the South Bay with relatively large well kept conforming homes on quiet curvy residential streets. The area is divided by Rolling Hills Road with about half the homes being above Rolling Hills road and half below.  Crenshaw Blvd is the Eastern border and Hawthorne the Western border. Distance to the beach from the tract is about 3.1 miles and is just under 4 to the 110 freeway. This is a great central location.



The focus of the tract is Di Portola Park which is just below rolling Hills road. The park is 12.5 acres of mostly grass area. There is a softball diamond, barbecues, swing set area, basketball court, sand volleyball and running path. This is a very mellow park that is nice to
hang out in.

Country Hills also has its own shopping center with Ralphs being the big anchor tenant and Lamppost Pizza being a local gathering area.



 

 



 


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