Welcome to Gardena
Welcome to Gardena, a Los Angeles suburb located in the Northeast corner of the South Bay. It has an ethnically mixed population of almost 62,000 residents with 45% being 18 to 44 and 25% school-aged children. Gardena is known for its rich cultural diversity and is a family-oriented city that offers many programs to meet the needs of the community. Only 10% of the residential real estate has been built here in the last 25 years. This means the majority of housing exists in established neighborhoods with mature, lush landscaping and large yards. The median price of homes in this area is $545,000. The city is centrally located and near freeways which makes it easy to commute to Long Beach, Downtown Los Angeles, or LAX, and there are several public transport options. Early on, many Japanese and Korean immigrants settled here and it is now home to several large Japanese companies.
What to Love
- Convenient Location
- Ethnic Diversity
- The Roadium Open Air Market is Nearby in Torrance
- Affordable Housing
People & Lifestyle
Gardena has the distinction of being located centrally located. It has easy access to every major LA County Freeway, a Metrolink station, and a large local/regional bus terminal. This means you have easy access to Downtown LA, South Bay Beaches, Long Beach, and the Aquarium of the Pacific or San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles. You can even catch the bus to Dodger’s Stadium! There are 2 local public libraries to serve the city and several after-school programs for K-7th grades. Not only will they assist your children with their homework, but they offer other activities including cooking, art, sports tournaments, and outings for a small fee.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Gardena offers a variety of casual dining options with influences from Japan, Hawaii, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. In fact, Gardena is home to one of the top-rated, most authentic Vietnamese Restaurants in the South Bay, Saigon Dish.
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Casino
is a card games casino located within Gardena. In 2007 they expanded to open The Crystal Room which is used to hold conferences, special events, and poker tournaments.
Lucky Lady Casino
is also nearby.
The Roadium Open Air Market
in nearby Torrance is the South Bay’s premier swap meet and flea market and is open 7 days a week! This 15-acre outdoor facility offers a variety of new and used items including furniture, clothing, jewelry, small appliances, and more. And during the summer weekends, this space is transformed into a throwback Drive-In Movie Theater! If you prefer shopping indoors, head to the South Bay Galleria. This 3 story shopping center features Kohll’s, Macy’s, a Dine-In AMC Movie Theater along with many local and national chain stores and restaurants.
Things to Do
There are 6 parks in Gardena plus a community Gym and Pool complex. Alondra Community Regional Park features 53-acres of grass, woods, and a beautiful urban lake that contains a California native garden that attracts butterflies and wild birds. Adjacent to the park is the well-kept Par 3 and 18-hole Alondra Golf Course.
Gardena is home to one of the largest Animal Shelters in LA County and they are always looking for volunteers to assist them with the animals…or you can just go for a visit! With its close proximity to the Los Angeles Freeways, you are never far from all that Southern California has to offer: Surfing, Skiing, Entertainment, Historical Landmarks, Culture, and Professional Sporting Events.
Gardena is served by LAUSD. There are 9 Elementary School (K-5th) options depending on where you live
Peary Middle School (6-8th)
Gardena High School (9-12th)
A variety of Catholic and Christian Private schools are also options for all grade levels.
El Camino College
is an accredited Community/Junior College that provides higher education to recent graduates and local adults in the South Bay.