As you can see from the answers below, you can indeed get what you're looking for in Long Beach. In fact, you'll have your choice!
As a local REALTOR, I can also show you your choices of schools, parks and recreation areas that may also influence your search.
We have a great lifestyle here in Long Beach -" the last affordable beach city!" I'm sure you'll love it too!
I know relocations often take much longer than originally planned. If you have not yet found a REALTOR, let me know and I'd be happy to show you some properties that meet your family's needs!
Good luck to you,
The answer is absolutely yes. At present there are 117 three bed two bath homes for sale in the broad area of Long Beach. Of course defining safe areas is somewhat a judgement call, and you would need to work with your Realtor to develop appropriate understanding before selection.
I am happy to lend a 'Hand' on this matter!
With so many homes being sold as distressed sales (REO) or (short sales) there are opportunities for buyers today that did not exist a few years ago.
For a young family I am partial to the Los Altos area of Long Beach.
You should also consider North Orange County.
Best of luck to you and your family.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
Near the beach in Belmont Shore and Alamitos Bay are nice. Other safe neighborhoods include all of zip code 90808, Bixby Knolls, Los Altos, South of Conant, El Dorado Park, the entire area near Cal State Long Beach, and Naples.
STAY AWAY from North Long Beach, the Eastside, Westside, and downtown areas. I wish you luck in your endeavors.
I live in Long Beach now and was also shopping for a home here before I gave up and decided to switch my home search focus to Vegas (more house for the buck). But...I was looking at homes under 200K as was always wishing that I had that extra 100-200K. For 400K, you should definitely be able to find a 3/2 home. Some safe areas that don't cost as much as some as say, Belmont Shore, Craftsman Village and Naples Island. For safety, with that budget, you could try the areas just northeast and southeast of Long Beach City College campus on Carson Street (generally bigger houses than further south). Also, try California Heights but make sure you are north of Wardlow Street. When you Google or street view addresses, basically anything you see east of Redondo Ave. and south of 7th Street is a great area as well as the area off of Alamitos Ave. and south of 4th Street. FYI. I did notice quite a few auction, foreclosure and notice of default properties near Broadway and in the Belmont Shore and Colorado Lagoon areas as well, if you're not scared off by additional paperwork and possible waiting for a home (these are a deal because they are generally "worth" 600K and up). The other areas that others have listed are good areas as well (not sure about South of Conant suggestion though) but, just wanted to give you some alternatives that are more around the action of the city. Good Luck with your search and welcome to LB!
looks like you recieved a lot of responses from realtors and yest they are experts- but i know Long Beach so well and as a person who is starting a family the neighborhoods that are safe and have good schools(Elem & Jr) at the size that you are looking in ... i am not finind un 400k. you may consider getting a property that is going to need upgrading and some work. My budget is 520k and that is what i have resorted to because even at that price i'm finding it difficult. Finding a property that with a large lot- to allow room for expansion and with decent bathrooms which i can live with for a while. I have budget to upgrade kitchen and living space.
Neighborhoods to consider in LB:
S. of Conant
Bixby Heights/Bixby Terrace
Check out LIfe in Los Altos area at http://www.facebook.com/LifeinLosAltos before you arrive and best of luck.
Fred Sweezer Sr.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Re/Max Real Estate Specialists
CA DRE LIC # 01052025
feel free to call me 562-673-1138
Now is a great time of year to get a good selection.
Call me if I can be of assistance.
(562) 856-9300 xt.33
*********** I just wanted to add, that you should also consider 2 neighboring cities, Los Alamitos or Cypress, where if you have children they could go to the Blue Ribbon schools. Every school in the Los Alamitos district is an award winning school. I live in this area & went to all of the schools myself growing up.
I'd be happy to show you both areas & talk to you about the differences. Shoot me an email directly, I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine. You can also click on my web link & start looking around in these cities.
Realtor Since 1996
Main Street Realtors
Main Street Realtors
Yes, there are homes on the market that may work for you in Long Beach as well as in some surrounding communities. Long Beach is a big city with very diverse neighborhoods and that can mean that looking online can be confusing if you're not familiar with the various neighborhoods. If you'd like to chat about exactly what you're looking for in a neighborhood and what your specific criteria are, feel free to call or email me. If you're planning to be in the Long Beach area, I'd be happy to meet with you and help you with your search.
Best of luck with your move!
Keller Williams Realty
I can definitely search for properties in long beach that meet your criteria. Please feel free to give me a call / email and we can talk more about property, locations and security.
Keller Williams Realty
As a 16 year resident, it would be my pleasure to show you around the fine City of Long Beach and help you choose a neighborhood that works for you. Let me know if I can help in any way. Dare to Dream.
Shel-lee Davis, QSCÂ®
Certified Distressed Property Expert â€“ CDPEÂ®
Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource â€“ SFRÂ®
Certified HAFA Specialist â€“ CHSÂ®
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RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty
Also, if you have not been pre-qualified for a loan yet, I have several very good lenders I can recommend to you.
Peter Solomon / Realtor
T.N.G. Real Estate Consultants
In my experience, this is often the best way to go for folks that wish to purchase an more affordable house, but still want the benefits of a higher-performing, freshly updated home. You end up with a home that is healthier, more efficient, and worth more than when you bought it!
Feel free to get in touch if you would like more information regarding these great loan products, or would like info about available homes in Long Beach. Thanks!