Tuesday, August 22, 2006

From the South Bay bubble scrapbook

I just recently got a new camera and we've been playing with it. I've been wanting to post more bubble photos here and now I've finally got a decent camera for the job.

My significant other has even managed to stitch together two movies (OK, movie is stretching it a bit) of the Centex Fusion at South Bay construction site. They're actually made from very long JPG files but you can view them as panoramas in QuickTime, if you just move your computer mouse to the left or right.

If you want to view these movies, I recommend you right click on the links below and save them, then open them up with your QuickTime. If you try viewing it in the browser, it takes longer to download and you don't get as big a picture.

The first movie (right click for .mov file) starts with a view of Bruce's bike, but beyond it, looking north on Aviation Blvd, you can see the big Fusion sign. Start scrolling to the right and you can see some flags and a little of the construction. Keep scrolling and you'll be looking east at the Federal Building, then you'll be sort of looking east along Marine toward the north end of the Northrop Grumman facility, which is just across the street from the end of the Metro Green Line. Continue scrolling and you are looking south along Aviation Blvd toward the interection at Marine Ave. Continue scrolling, and you're now looking west, towards the gas station, ball field, and another Northrop Grumman facility. Then it wraps around looking north again.

The second movie (right click for .mov file) starts a bit closer to the Fusion construction site, sort of looking northwest. The site is immediately south of the MTA Green Line car barn. Due north, you can see a Marriott hotel. Keep scrolling and you'll pan across the construction site. Oh boy, lots of sardine can housing!

OK, on to some photos.

The Westwood sign twirlers are busy, as you can see. I think they are out there every Friday. My supervisor did in fact confirm for me that UCLA is trying to sell these former student housing condos quickly, before some other big condo project nearby hits the local market.

And now for Playa Vista. Blog readers know that up to now the Playa Vista market has been on steroids and still doing very well relative to the rest of the westside and south bay. I took these pictures off the express 3 Santa Monica bus last Friday evening, coming home from work. The area is starting to look like one loooong stretch of condos interspersed with business parks - nothing but construction as far as the eye can see....

On to Torrance. Every Saturday we religiously haul our Red Ryder wagon to the Torrance Farmer's Market at Crenshaw and Jefferson, at the north end of Charles Wilson Park. Standard Pacific Homes is building an enormous project on Oak Street just north of the park. As best as I can tell, this megaproject consists of: the Village on Oak - Laurel, the Village on Oak - Acacia, and the Village on Oak - Bayberry. I just can't wait for all that to be built so I can fight my way in to the Farmer's Market every Saturday morning.

These shots are from driving south on Oak Street toward the park. The construction site is on the east side of the street.

These photos are from Jefferson Street, which runs east-west along the north side of the park. In the second picture we're actually standing in the Farmer's Market parking at the north end of the park.

That's all for the moment. I really need to quit now since I get up at 4 AM.


Blogger Wannabuy said...

Wow, I've missed that farmers market for a bit... so I didn't realize *that* much construction was going on in the area.

Since LA has been underbuilt for a decade, I'm actually happy to see a lot of new construction going on. Mind you, much of it isn't the type I'd like to see... :( But 3 story townhomes are *needed* in the south bay (in my opinion).

But how many units are going up in Torrance? Playa Del rey?

Unfortunately, its too late for jobs. We just cannot get experience 30 to 50 somethings to relocate to southern California. :( Thus... we have had not choice but to export jobs to our Pheonix division. :( Why? Its cheaper for us to pay their air fare and hotel to commute Pheonix to South bay when we need them than to offer salaries.

10:32 AM, August 23, 2006  
Blogger bearmaster said...

What determines whether a market is underbuilt or not? If there is demand for it. And demand is what seems to be disappearing at the moment. Our notion of what is valuable can change very dramatically in a short time.

10:41 AM, August 23, 2006  
Blogger LARenter said...

OT - I found this on the piggington site. Thought you might find this interesting

Manhattan Beach Auction Sunday 8/27

User Forum Topic
Submitted by LABen on August 24, 2006 - 4:38pm.
For those of you unfamiliar with Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach is one of the most affluent cities in LA. It's one of those coastal cities where prices are never supposed to go down...
2323 N Herrin, Manhattan Beach, 90266
*** The seller has decided to use the auction method to sell the property. Please note the listing agent has no further information in regards to the auction. The seller requested this language be put in the MLS***: "HOME FOR AUCTION -- Inspection Saturday 8/26 and Sunday 8/27, 12 pm - 5pm. Home will be sold Sunday night the 27th to HIGHEST AND BEST BIDDER. CALL FOR FREE 24HR RECORDED INFO AT 310-341-3453. Built 1970, Remodeled 2001 with Copper Piping, Kitchen upgrade, including all new Appliances, new flooring, upgraded Electrical. In 2006 new Lighting throughout, Bathrooms refinished, New landscape front and back. Valued at $1,348,450 starting Bid is $967,975 or best Reasonable Offer".

4:57 PM, August 24, 2006  

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