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The small inland community of Harbor City sits 20 miles south of downtown L.A., placing residents just minutes from the sandy shores of Redondo Beach as well as the cliff-side parks and nature reserves of Palos Verdes. Business professionals and younger renters flock here to enjoy easy access to upscale shopping and nightlife, and housing prices remain some of South Bay's lowest. Whether you're working at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center or commuting to downtown L.A., Harbor City's vibrant and highly diverse community is sure to create a one-of-a-kind living experience.


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As of October 2017, the average apartment rent in Harbor City, CA is $653 for a studio, $1,116 for one bedroom, $1,250 for two bedrooms, and $1,661 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Harbor City has increased by 8.2% in the past year.

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71 Walk Score® Very Walkable
36 Transit Score® Some Transit
61 Bike Score® Bikeable



Harbor City delivers an eclectic dining scene as diverse as the local community, with a spread of hole-in-the-wall Mexican, Thai and seafood restaurants serving up authentic cuisine at rock-bottom prices. Most establishments perch along Pacific Coast Highway with a cluster situated in front of Kaiser Permanente.

Although not your typical Mexican cuisine, Maricela’s Bionicos y Antojitos attracts hospital workers and neighborhood locals with fresh-made tostadas, sandwiches and juices prepared by a local family. Try every one of the refreshing drinks, such as the pina colada smoothie, during your visits, and order the Tex Mex chicken wrap for a satisfying meal. Don't forget to use the selection of hot sauces sitting on the table. For a sweet treat, ask for a bionoco to receive a plastic container piled high with yogurt, granola, fresh fruit and raisins.

For authentic Thai cuisine and cheap lunch specials, head to Smile Thai. The green papaya salad and lightly flavored honey lemon chicken keep locals coming back for more. Be sure to order a young coconut for a refreshing beverage to complement your plate of Pad Thai.

Hidden in a quiet strip mall, Baja Fish Grill 's casual dining room might not be much to look at, but locals know that piles of high-quality seafood trump ambiance any day. If you have any doubts, just try the grilled catfish with garlic butter, white roughy or grilled shrimp. Prices hover in the mid range, but the cooks never skimp on portions.

Harbor City has a slim selection when it comes to nightlife, so most locals head to nearby Redondo Beach for a lively party scene. For in-town entertainment, stop by Muse Karaoke, a Korean-style joint where you can belt out your favorite songs with a group of buddies in your own private room. Bring your own beer and food, and remember to make a reservation for a weekend visit.


Originally home to the Tongva people, the area now known as Harbor City was given as part of the Rancho San Pedro Spanish land grant to Juan Jose Dominguez in 1784, along with the Palos Verdes Peninsula. American settlers later acquired the land and began building Harbor City as a land-locked gateway between the L.A. metropolis and the harbors.

Due to Harbor City's largely residential makeup, most cultural attractions are located in neighboring cities. Check out the nearby Lomita Railroad Museum for a taste of local history, or ask about private dance lessons at the South Bay Dance Center.


This centrally located South Bay city provides ample public transportation and easy access to major freeways for a fast commute. The Pacific Coast Highway near the south end of the neighborhood brings you to the beach cities, and the 110 freeway provides direct access to central L.A. Enjoy free parking along most streets, but keep in mind that busier retail areas along the major roads fill up fast.

Explore the surrounding neighborhoods via the Torrance Transit bus system, or hop on the Metro bus for a ride to downtown L.A. For a quick ride to the airport, give Uber or South Bay Taxi a call. Harbor City doesn't create the best environment for pedestrians, but bikers enjoy open residential streets and a bike lane along Normandie Avenue.


Move to this inland community to enjoy cheap housing and an overall cost of living that falls well below average for the L.A. metro area. More than half of all residents rent, and the average one-bedroom apartment costs $970 a month.

Taking the bus to work in central L.A. costs $1.75 with free transfers for a one-way trip, and gas prices are close to 11 percent above the national average. If you go out to a local bar, expect to pay around $4 to $5 for a pint of your favorite ale.


Harbor City residents find themselves just minutes from some of the best shopping in South Bay, with upscale malls like the Peninsula Shopping Center in Palos Verdes and Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance just a short drive away. However, shopping in Harbor City covers your basic amenities, with grocery stores along with a few motorcycle stores, pawn shops and drug stores scattered throughout the city. You also find hidden treasures, such as Emerson Knives and Antique Stove Heaven, that attract visitors from all over South Bay. The high-end folding knives and rapid-deploy knives made at Emerson Knives may cost more than your standard blade, but these top-quality pieces have no rival when it comes to survival gear. Stop by to meet the Emerson family and their staff while you browse a wide selection of blades with innovative locking mechanisms, or order a knife with a custom finish for a unique gift. If you're in the market for a restored vintage stove from the 1940s, head to Antique Stove Heaven, the sister store of the flagship located in central L.A. This shop sells favorite brands such as Magic Chef and Wedgewood at reasonable prices for the work put into them, and you can also browse hard-to-find replacement parts. Grab some quick snacks and other convenience items at 7-Eleven. For local produce and fresh-baked goods, check out the MNP Farmers Market outside of Kaiser Permanente every Wednesday.


Take a short drive to the beach or the South Coast Botanic Garden for a relaxing getaway, or head to Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, a neighborhood gem with plenty of green space. Have a picnic by Machado Lake while you spot frogs, ducks and other wildlife, or let your kids climb on the playground. Feel free to walk your canine friend along the nature trails as long as you keep him leashed. Locals also head to nearby Lomita Park when they want to play a game of tennis on the lighted court or shoot a few hoops on the basketball court.


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