Lomita is a family-friendly city located in the Southern part of Los Angeles County, just north of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It sits halfway between Redondo Beach and Long Beach… just 6 miles to the coast in either direction which makes surfing and other water sports easily accessible. This suburban community has a very active City Council that strives to enrich the quality of life for its residents and business owners. The population from the 2010 Census was 20,256 and continues to grow as more and more families strive to find more affordable housing options within the coveted South Bay area. Lomita real estate owners enjoy a much lower cost of living and house prices than the surrounding communities. When you start house-hunting here, you’ll find many meticulously maintained single-family homes which were built in the 60s & 70s have been upgraded with hardwood, open concept floor plans, and stone countertops. A fun fact is Lomita established a ‘sister city’ relationship with Takaishi, Osaka, Japan in 1981.
People living in Lomita have many city parks, gardens, and events to enjoy. City hall is the location of the Takaishi Garden, a tranquil spot that pays homage to Lomita’s sister city of Takaishi in Japan. There is also the Demonstration Garden, which showcases drought-resistant plants and irrigation techniques. The city’s parks provide lots of outdoor recreation opportunities for residents to play tennis, walk the paths or work out on the outdoor fitness equipment. There is also plenty of space for kids to run wild and climb on playground equipment. Tom Rico Center includes a gym and rooms to rent for events. The city comes together for events throughout the year, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Founder’s Day in June, Summer Movies in the Park, and the Holiday City Christmas Tree Lighting.
Being only 1.9 square miles, there aren’t any major malls or shopping centers within the city limits. However, with its close proximity to Torrance and Carson, you have access to anything you need including the Del Amo Mall, IKEA, Home Depot, Macy’s, Nordstrom, AMC Theaters, JC Penny’s, Dave & Buster’s along with many national chain restaurants and grocery stores.
The Pan is one of the most popular places to dine in Lomita with breakfast served all day, pizza, burgers, and other American favorites… plus beers on tap and a full bar specializing in “Tiki” rum cocktails.
There are a few local favorites within Lomita and include a large amount of Japanese and Mexican restaurants to cater to its ethnic diversity. The Lomita Chamber of Commerce was re-established in 2019 to bring together local businesses and philanthropy organizations.
There is a weekly Farmer’s Market held every Sunday at City Hall. Additionally, the city hosts activities throughout the year to coincide with holidays such as Veteran’s Day, Halloween and Christmas… and more!
Lomita Railroad Museum opened in 1966 and is devoted to the steam-engine period of railroading. It even doubles as Santa’s Polar Express during December. The Lomita Railroad Museum is another favorite spot. There are several trains, boxcars, cabooses, a velocipede, and a water tower from the age of steam engines. Visitors have good time learning about this important period of history while soaking up the sun. The museum also hosts several community activities here including a Halloween event and Santa’s Polar Express in December.
Lomita is part of the LAUSD which funds the following public schools in the area:
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