Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Quick neighborhood tour to pass the time...

We went for a neighborhood walk tonight, the first dogless one in ages. I took my camera to record any interesting developments.

It's amazing how the character of this neighborhood has changed since we moved here in 1995. These pictures on Warfield Avenue are typical recent construction. And the construction is still going on strong:

The thing that struck me was the For Lease and For Rent signs. There isn't a lack of them. There are probably more properties for rent and for lease than a few years ago when sales were booming, when people were leaving their rentals to buy the dot condos.

Which got me to thinking. In previous years, abandoning the apartment/rental life to buy a bubbleminium was the rage. But sales volume has slowed quite a bit. So where are the former apartment dwellers who left vacancies in their old places going? And are non-apartment rentals there because the owners are unable to sell their properties?

Every single unit in this 3-on-a-lot is for sale. The red Keller-Williams sign is sharing a yardarm with another realtor, whose sign is in the back.

While I'm at it, I'll post a few photos I took in Hermosa Beach a few Friday nights ago.

This is typical Hermosa Beach, about a block off The Strand.

This house is just about the nicest looking house on The Strand. We call it the "library house." A lot of properties on The Strand look like junk, but this really stands out.

And here are some views from on the pier. This is looking northeast toward Manhattan Beach.

This is looking toward south Redondo. Toward the hills lies Torrance 90505 (Walteria), and in the hills is Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Estates.

Yes, we live with great weather here by the ocean. That's why people pay millions of bucks to live here.

I'll end this with a picture of sunset.


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