Long Beach, California is a pretty well-known part of Los Angeles County. It's home to celebrities, business moguls and billionaires yet it never loses its character as a city for common folks. Here is a quick look at three neighborhoods that really show how dynamic this city can be.
The Plaza is Long Beach Neighborhood that's just east of the airport and West of the El Dorado Park Neighborhood. Because it has great access to both I- 405 and I-605 it's a great place to live if you work anywhere in the greater Los Angeles area. On the corner of Spring St and Palo Verde, the northwest corner of the neighborhood, is a shopping center that has shops, restaurants, and many of the other amenities needed to make a cozy life. This area features quite a range in real estate prices making The Plaza a serious option for home hunting no matter what your income. There are mostly single family homes, and not many condominiums or apartments in this family friendly area. With a high school on one side and a golf course on the other, The Plaza in Long Island makes an excellent place to live.
Culture. The California beach lifestyle epitomized by surfing and sandy beaches is constantly on display in this island neighborhood. Diversity. Interlaced with waterfront condos and beachhouse cottages are Spanish mansions and contemporary modern homes. The mixture gives the neighborhood a sense of youthful vitality. Community. Interlaced through the residential streets are enough restaurants, shops and other small businesses that the area also has a local artisan feel. Though it's an island, there are three access roads to it so it's an easy commute to other parts of the city which provide all the shopping and amenities Los Angeles can provide. If you're lucky, you may even find mooring for your boat not far from your house. Alamitos Bay surrounds the neighborhood and provides access to the ocean for mariners. If the California beach lifestyle entices you, you may find your dream home in the Naples-Marina area of Long Beach.
Lakewood Village is a storied neighborhood that has a little bit of everything. Centered in Los Angeles County, it has many single family residences, townhomes, duplexes and condominiums. For those who are looking to work and live in the same city, Lakewood offers those opportunities. The southern end of Lakewood is still a business hub with shops and manufacturing. There is also several retail businesses and malls in the city as well. This robust local economy is home to many families as well as single adults. Homes of all price ranges can be found in the many diverse neighborhoods here. People whose activities extend to the whole Los Angeles area will find Lakewood to be well centered, making commuting a lot easier. Parks, gyms and community centers for physical fitness, libraries and colleges for mentally stimulus, this city as something for everyone. Lakewood should not be overlooked if you are planning to live in Long Beach.