We have moved into our new home, in the Plaza del Amo area of Torrance. My mother-in-law, Eriko, purchased the home new in 1987 and lived here for a few years before moving back to Japan. It’s been a rental ever since, but now Eriko is back with us in the home, and very happy to be here.
It’s a 3 bedroom/3 bath home, in a gated community of standalone houses in close proximity to each other. Quiet, much more of a suburban feeling than the beach cities. Many Asian families here, some military folks, too. It’s a few miles inland, so we get sun when it’s foggy at the beach; but we still have strong ocean breezes to keep the house cool in summer. Great afternoon light. We did some work on it before we moved in, so it’s in good shape; but needs updating.
Unlike Hermosa Beach, there is not very much within walking distance. The best thing we can walk to is the large, twice a week farmer’s market in Wilson Park. We’ve been twice so far and it’s always jammed with people.
This is a transitional home for us: we’re living here so we can fix/sell our Hermosa Beach home and setup a residence in Japan. We will use this as a USA base for the next several years; as will my sister-in-law Christine, who just purchased a home in Lisbon, Portugal and will move there once it’s completed in 18 months.
Moving here solves many problems for us, the biggest of which is, “what do we do with all our stuff?” A typical 3 bedroom home in Japan is less than 1000 sq feet, so we’re not moving much, if any, of our existing furniture over there.
The Torrance home gives us a place for our stuff, maintains a California residence, driver’s license, voting, Covered California, Medicare, etc.; and saves money (the monthly obligation is less than half of what it was in Hermosa Beach).