The unincorporated community of El Camino Village is sandwiched between the cities of Gardena and Lawndale in Los Angeles County’s South Bay region. Depending on where their home is located, residents have a mailing address of either Gardena or Lawndale.
Also known as Alondra Park, the community has a population of approximately 8,600. To the south, it is bordered by the Alondra Community Regional Park and El Camino College.
Manhattan Beach is less than 4 miles away, and downtown Los Angeles is just around 16 miles away. With El Camino’s great location, residents enjoy plenty of recreational, economic, and education options.
In the early to mid-1800s, El Camino Village was part of the Mexican land grants, Rancho Sausal-Redondo and Rancho San Pedro. The ranchos were eventually sold to new owners and were subdivided into smaller communities.
The area remained largely agricultural in the early part of the 1900s. In the 1950s, at the same time as the construction of El Camino College, El Camino Village was developed as El Camino Manor and Southchester Gardens by builder Milton Kaufmann, Inc. Homes in the subdivisions sold fast as the population in the South Bay region soared.
As of 2018, El Camino Village has chosen to remain unincorporated, but residents are also exploring the possibility of incorporating.
Real estate and property types
If you’re looking for relatively affordable real estate in the Los Angeles metro, you’ll find excellent options in El Camino Village.
The housing stock is predominantly made up of single-family homes built in the 1950s, but there are plenty of properties representing other time periods, as well. As envisioned by developer Martin Kauffman, no two homes in the community are alike – the original homeowners were given the chance to customize their properties from pre-developed floor plans.
Most homes were built in the traditional mid-20th century bungalow style. The most desirable location in the community is close to the southern border, which is adjacent to Alondra Park and El Camino College.
In addition to single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and apartment buildings are also found here, particularly in the northern section of the village.
Living in El Camino Village
El Camino Village is highly walkable. The community features restaurants, coffee shops, and services within walking or biking distance of residential areas.
The 2.7-mile Laguna-Dominguez Trail that connects the cities of Lawndale and Hawthorne starts at Alondra Park and runs through the eastern border of El Camino Village. This paved path is open to hikers, bikers, and skaters.
The 53-acre Alondra Community Regional Park is the largest of the parks closest to the beaches of Southern California. It’s home to woodlands and lakes that serve as habitat for many species of birds and butterflies. It also features facilities like a volleyball court, sports fields, and a playground.
El Camino College is a public community college offering over 850 undergraduate, honors, and vocational programs to students in various South Bay communities. In addition to its academic contributions, the college is also instrumental in enhancing the lives of South Bay residents, featuring live performances, a free planetarium, art galleries, a public library, a museum, and more.
Elementary school students in El Camino Village are served by the Lawndale Elementary School District, and high school students by the Centinela Valley Union High School.
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