A few cities around LA can claim having charming, throwback town centers. Torrance definitely is included on the list. A few miles away from the more traveled Del Amo area is the Main St USA area with relatively old style, historic edifices. Crossing the center are old Red car rail lines and the old depot building still exists. Come here for a cup of coffee and nice American meal at Red Car restaurant, shop for antiques and walk to the John F. Kennedy fountain tribute.
At 2200 W. Carson St is Torrance High School, which has been the site for a number of famous TV shows and films including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Beverly Hills 90210." It's also a beautiful piece of early 1900s architecture from the outside, particuarly the facade which dates from 1917. Please be advised, though, that it is an active high school, so they will not let you roam around inside trying to see where Shannon Doherty and co. studied.
Torrance's Madrona Marsh is a rare treat that I have just discovered myself. It is one of few vernal marshes in southern California.
Who says that L.A. doesn't "keep it real?" Well, at least Torrance does!
See pics on the official website!!
Madrona Marsh Nature Center --
Off the 91 Fwy,
Open 10Am- 5 PM Tuesday thru Sat