El Segundo is a weird town. I’ve been in Los Angeles for 20 years and have lived all over LA and have to say there is no place that closely resembles El Segundo.
El Segundo is often referred to by the locals as Mayberry. The fictional, awe-shucks town in North Carolina that was the setting for the Andy Griffith show. Where everyone knows one another and it’s just a grand, safe and lovely place to live. El Segundo is a lot of that. A nice, safe, small community where, for the most part, neighbors really do know each other. People want to live and grow up there. But our little version of Mayberry has a couple of fucked up qualities as well as some REALLY, REALLY, REALLY bad issues:
LAX – It’s probably been there longer than El Segundo, but the level of airplane noise is ever-present. Occasionally you get the whiff of airplane exhaust and there’s also a pipeline that jet fuel directly under El Segundo to LAX.
Chevron. Although our particular Chevron refinery is a great community member with a great safety record how much do we really know? There’s oil and chemicals in the air, weird smells, oil and fuel being transported though and under the town. Like I mentioned, we have the jet fuel pipeline and we also have a pipeline that carries oil out to the little stretch of ocean we can call El Segundo Beach.
Scattergood Generating Station. We don’t hear a lot about Scattergood but a quick google search shares some info on it’s current upgrade and the move to change it from a steam station to a natural gas powered station. Great.
My favorite horrific issue is the Hyperion Waste Treatment plant. Outside of El Segundo, our sweet little town is often referred to as Smell Segundo because of our neighbor to the west. Le’s let LA Sanitation describe Hyperion:
The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant is the City’s oldest and largest wastewater treatment facility.
Great, I love the words old and the largest being associated with the shit treatment plant located nextdoor. I bring this up because of a comical conversation on the El Segundo Parents Network.
For those of you that aren’t local and don’t know what the ESPN is; it’s a private facebook group comprised of members that live in or have business dealings in El Segundo. It’s a great resource for local info and referrals. It’s also a giant sewing circle full of gossip, innuendo and lessons on how NOT to act on social media.
There was a recent post was from a local (you have to be a local to be in the group) asking about smells on the west side of town that they encountered when looking at a home for sale. One of the first responses was from Alex Abad with a soft “I’m a local real estate agent with 30 years of local knowledge” sales pitch. Dick. Then there were responses that were on the complete opposite side of the spectrum:
A. I’ve lived in El Segundo forever and there is little to no smell near Hyperion anymore.
B. The smells in that are of town are horrible and you should never buy a house in that part of town.
Which is it? It’s can’t be both. That’s where the kool-aid comes in. There’s a lot of justification and excuses people give for El Segundo’s many industrial and pollution issues. We are talking about spending one million + american dollars on a home. Does poo smell and airplane noise provide any discount when compared to surrounding areas? Nope. Any honest real estate agent should honestly point out the issues with pollution and resale because of these issues, but instead it’s the fantasy, kool-aid drinking mayberry sales pitch.
I would guess the home in question is 633 West Acacia.
I was looking at a home to buy in El Segundo on Acacia close to Dune and we smelled a strong sewage smell outside. We found out Hyperion is located at the end of the street. I am wondering how often people living in this area smell that sewage smell as the owners mentioned “only occasionally.” Is it worth it to buy a home in that area? Would be even be able to enjoy the backyard?
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- We live right near there. Sewage smell is only occasionally.
- You ask about enjoying the backyard we have lived here 24 years and the planes still bother me. Especially outside you have to stop talking when they talked off.
- My girlfriend use to live over that side of town. It would smell when it would rain and maybe once or twice month. The airport noise was definitely the reason why she moved .
- My brother & sister in law live on that side of town & the planes are brutal. Especially if you like to be outside. We are on the other end of town and rarely hear the airplanes.
- I am so used to it now it’s only the odd wild take off that attracts my attention.
- I’ve lived next to the dunes for 25 years and read more complaints about Chevron and gas smells in other parts of town than I do Hyperion. I notice it less than once a month and I telecommute.
- I have lived here my entire 50+ years and would not consider a home purchase in that quadrant of the citY, but this is my personal opinion.
- Lived in that area almost 5 years. Can count on one hand the times I noticed any smell. Guess we get used to the airplane noise.
- I’ve only been on the opposite side of town now for about nine months…, but having been a REALTOR for more that thirty years, the resale value will be impacted and if you can afford a house or conversion over in Smokey Hollow area, or anywhere more south…, it would be my suggestion you seriously consider that. Both the LAX and Hyperian are a double whammy. There’s a reason homes are more affordable there. [editors note: WTF? Affordable? Live in Smokey Hollow DIRECTLY NEXT DOOR TO CHEVRON?…Dickhead]
- Hyperion smell, not so bad. You should have been here in the eighties and early 90s.
- My sister lived on Dune Street years ago. She had to keep her doors closed most of the time due to thesmell.