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The City of Hawthorne in Los Angeles County boasts an ideal location just less than five miles to the Los Angeles International Airport and around 14 miles to downtown Los Angeles.

It is only 5 to 7 miles to the best beaches in LA County, including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. Major interstate highways I-405, I-110, and I-105 surround the city, giving residents great access to everything Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California have to offer.

Home to almost 87,000 residents, Hawthorne has a long-time affinity with aviation. Additionally, some of the largest companies in the United States have a presence here, and along with the aviation industry, provide residents with great employment and economic opportunities.


Hawthorne was founded in 1905 by investors Benjamin Harding and Harry Dana Lombard, and was incorporated in 1922 as a city of Los Angeles County. It was named after Nathaniel Hawthorne by Harding’s daughter, who shared the same birthday with the author. In 1939, the city was chosen as the site of Northrop Corporation, a major aircraft supplier during WWII and developer of the B-2 stealth bomber.

The most famous personalities to have lived in Hawthorne include legendary athlete and local hero Jim Thorpe, the Beach Boys (the Wilson brothers), Marilyn Monroe, sculptor Felix Peano, and Northrop Corporation founder, Jack Northrop.

Real Estate and Property Types

Real estate in Hawthorne is in high demand, with home values rising significantly from 2016 to 2019. The majority of the housing stock in the city are single-family homes, coming in a wide range of sizes and prices. Whether you’re looking for a starter home or have a taste for luxury, you’ll find a property that matches your preferences here.

Residential development in Hawthorne was fairly consistent from the 1950s to the 1980s, so properties in the city are a good mix of established homes and newer construction. Architectural styles also vary from traditional mid-20th century bungalows to contemporary homes.

There are plenty of condo and apartment complexes as well, ranging from simple studios to luxurious units with three or more bedrooms. Around 70% of Hawthorne residents are renters, making rental properties viable investments in the city.

Living in Hawthorne

Hawthorne is just minutes away from the fantastic dining, shopping, and cultural destinations of Los Angeles, as well as the famous beaches of Southern California. With the plethora of activities and world-class attractions in the area, residents never have to go far for recreation and entertainment.

Commuting in and around the city is easy and convenient, with 15 bus lines plying the area.

Art lovers in the city and its neighboring communities enjoy Hawthorne Arts Complex. Located at Cerise Avenue, just around 15 minutes from Venice, Redondo Beach, and Culver City, the complex houses 90 studios for rent at very reasonable rates. It regularly holds exhibits of its resident artists’ works.

Hawthorne Museum, operated by the Hawthorne Historical Society, showcases photos, relics, and memorabilia from Hawthorne’s early days, as well as exhibits on the city’s notable residents.

Hawthorne is served by several school districts, but the majority of students attend Hawthorne School District and Wiseburn School District, both of which include a number of top-rated schools.

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