AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.On Saturday, the 625 homes will be up for sale in a gated community where the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo sat until last year. The homes, called Threesixty at South Bay, have a confounding array of perks to choose from: 27 floor plans with features such as wood floors, brick walls, floor-to-ceiling corner windows, balcony patios, and iron and stucco accents. Other communitywide frills include a private wine room, a basketball court, two pools, a gym, a dog park and a lounge. The base was in danger of being relocated to Colorado before El Segundo swapped 42 acres with Hawthorne where the development now sits. Both cities were determined to save the base because it sustains about 50,000 jobs in the county and infuses billions of dollars into the economy through contracts with nearby aerospace companies. Kearny Real Estate paid for most of the base’s new facilities in exchange for the land. In addition, Hawthorne agreed to turn over future property tax revenues from the housing developments to help pay for the new base across El Segundo Boulevard. COMMUNITY: The homes going on sale Saturday sit on land that was a military base. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER Four years after a complicated land swap opened the door to new housing in Hawthorne, hundreds of swanky new condos, town homes, penthouses and lofts are finally hitting the market this week. Kearny then sold the land to two developers: William Lyon Homes built the Threesixty development, and Centex Homes built a 280-condo development called Fusion at South Bay, which has already begun selling. “You don’t often see a city give away nearly 50 acres of prime real estate,” said David Herbst, general manager of MWW Group, which handled community relations during negotiations. “I think that is an example of how important it was to save the base. “The economic impact to the South Bay and L.A. County as a whole would have been staggering.” The Air Force Base was relocated in a new, modern building last year. It houses mostly offices, where support is provided for the Air Force Space Command. The building is nestled among local aerospace companies, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Boeing. Many of the companies’ lucrative business contracts come from the base. After the cities hammered out the land-swap deal and the county approved it, they campaigned for new federal legislation that would allow the Air Force to legally take over a building paid for by Kearny Real Estate. “It required cooperation of so many different jurisdictions, from local to federal,” said El Segundo Mayor Kelly McDowell. “It was remarkable we got it done in such a short amount of time given the complexity and novelty of it. The bonus was the Air Force got a new home with no taxpayer cash being spent.” Parsons, who recently visited the new condos, said he was thrilled with the success of the project. “What makes me so excited is that back in 2001, I had this crazy idea, everybody told me it was crazy, but I knew it would work,” Parsons said. “I kept at it, was persistent, wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I stuck with my vision, my dream of saving the Air Force Base and building upscale housing for Hawthorne.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!