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Old 06-05-2018, 10:59 PM
Status: "Hurry up Spring..." (set 29 days ago)
Location: Los Angeles
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I grew up in West Torrance - hop-skip- and a jump to the beach :-) You don't want to get too close to Harbor Gateway. North Torrance is ok. I have friends who live over there. I still visit the old neighborhood in West Torrance too. Family home was bought for 14, 000.00 in 1955 and sold in 2016 for 750,000.00
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Old 06-05-2018, 11:17 PM
Location: Houston
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Originally Posted by AndyDwyer480 View Post
I was standing at the bus stop in front of the Rite Aid in Torrance at Sepulveda and Hawthorne on July 11th 2016 (Free Slurpee Day at 7/11) and was almost killed by a mentally deranged man that stopped his bicycle ride down the street to yell and curse at me for about five minutes, then picked up his bike, swung it at me and started to punch me. As I fought back he pushed me into traffic and I came very close to being hit by an oncoming car.

So theres that story.
My sister has a house near there - if you mean near Sepulveda and Hawthorne - and I walk thru that intersection every time I visit (I live in Houston). Honestly, I've never even seen a homeless guy or panhandler there. Torrance and the South Bay area seem (to me) to be relatively free of that, even compared to where I live in Houston.

I am sorry to hear about what you experienced, but based on my own experience, it seems unusual.

l guess where you mention is east of Crenshaw. I usually don't walk that far, but I know that Torrance gets a little less upscale when one is going east. My sister used to live on the east side, but it wasn't bad back then. OTOH, I have seen a homeless guy taking a dump right beside PCH a bit farther east. Pretty gross.
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:09 PM
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I grew up smack down in the middle of Torrance so I'm pretty familiar with the entire area.

West of Crenshaw, you're pretty much good all the way up to Manhattan Beach Blvd. Even with it being North Torrance, I'd still keep it relatively safe, but not as nice. No concerns whatsoever going west towards the water, it only gets more expensive.

East of Crenshaw, it's not as nice but I would say about up to Western ave you're good. Between Crenshaw and Western are basically all old Torrance houses. As a former Torrance High alumni a lot of those houses are occupied by residents who've been there 20+ years. Past Western, it's not as nice but I'd still classify it as a safe area.

If OP would like, I can screenshot a map of the Torrance/South Bay area and give you an idea of what each one is like if youre interested in certain houses.

So I grew up west of Crenshaw going to all TUSD schools. With all friends ranging from Redondo to Carson, so I have a fairly decent idea of what it's like. I currently live close to Harbor UCLA hospital, and really..it's not that bad. I used to think going past Western it was just straight bad. It's really not. You'll notice it's not as nice, but it's nowhere near what people would classify as "ghetto" or bad.
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