I have lived around West Carson for a number of years and I know this region of California extremely well. West Carson rests twenty minutes from the ocean, and is a great small city of approximately twenty thousand people.
The neighborhood is safe, but at times crime rates seem to spike, and the school districts in the central regions of West Carson are questionable at times. For the most part, it's a pretty nice place to live with a pretty interesting nightlife for people who are interested in that.
Some of the neighboring cities have great restaurants and shopping centers. The beach is always a fun place to relax on a nice warm day in California. I personally would recommend taking a bike ride down the beach in the late afternoon on a clear and sunny day to observe the beautiful sunset.
In general, West Carson is a solid place to live for most types of people. Crime can be an issue, as well as general traffic congestion in the denser regions of southern California.