There are lots of great areas in Long Beach, but what a "scary" or "bad" area is depends on how you define it. I have some clients who think that neighborhoods filled with "cookie-cutter homes" are kind of scary, and others who think they're great because everything's consistent. Certainly you can check crime stats, drive through the neighborhoods or do a virtual drive-through using Google Maps Street View (excellent for exploring areas without wasting gas!). The important thing is to identify what's most important to YOU about a neighborhood and then, based on your price range and preferences, select a few that may be worth exploring more fully. I have a big map showing all the areas of Long Beach and would be happy to spend some time reviewing it with you if you're interested.
The areas the others have mentioned are all nice. A couple of other areas they didn't mention is College Park West, University Park Estates, areas around 7th & Bellflower. One thing to identify first is how far do you want it to take you to get on certain freeways to commute to work and lot size.
As you get closer to the beach, the lot sizes get a lot smaller. You can search the MLS just like I do, by area or by zip code by going to my website link below. I think you'll like it, you can see photos, maps and more.
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From a technical perspective one must obtain raw data from the local police department in order to determine which areas are considered safe or safer. The responses submitted are correct that the personality of a neighborhood can change by just one block. A good REALTOR will identify your needs based on shared information.
The city of Long Beach offers alot to those who wish to live here.
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Hope this helps.
I am a long-time Long Beach resident (and getting my real estate license shortly!). I agree with many of the other responses that Long Beach changes block by block.
If you want to be in a very walkable neighborhood, Bluff Heights and Belmont Heights are great (I'm biased because I live in Bluff Heights). Of course there is Belmont Shore too, if you want to be close to the center of it all and you don't mind a small lot with a bigger price tag.
I have friends that live in Los Altos and California Heights. Those neighborhoods are great for young families.
If a bargain in a safe neighborhood is important you can check out Rose Park South and maybe Wrigley.
Be aware that historic neighborhoods (which most of the above are) have restrictions on exterior improvements (no converting houses to McMansions), however they hold their property values well. One downside with many historic neighborhoods is that they are parking impacted, so if you do a lot of entertaining it may be difficult for guests to find parking. I don't know if schools are important to you. They weren't when I bought my home, but now with a 6-month-old daughter, I kind of wish I would have thought ahead!
Feel free to contact me if you want any more info or opinions. This is a big decision!
When my husband and I were first time buyers years ago, we were a young couple with a four year old son. Our agent showed us homes in many different parts of Long Beach.
We were very concerned about safety since our son would be going to the local school in the fall. We would drive around the areas of the homes our realtor showed us at night. If we saw people out walking, and if the area was quiet, we determined it to be nice. We would even drive by the areas on the weekend. Many areas have a whole different mood on the weekends. If we saw children riding their bikes or playing outside that was a good sign. We also judged the areas by how many homes were for sale. If people seemed to be leaving in large numbers we took that has an indication the the area was declining.
For a young family on a budget the Los Altos area was our first choice. It had well maintained homes and a sense of community. We made a offer, got out bidded and ended up buying a small home in Orange county .
Moral of the story ? Do not get your heart set on any one city...you never know where you may end up.
Good luck in your home search.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
You can always tell the better parts of a town by the price, if it is more desirable then it will be more valuable.
Now that you have had some time to explore Long Beach where did you find to be the most comfortable place to live in your price range?
Long Beach is a diverse city. In general, crime statistics are down all over the city, so I do not think there are any scary/bad areas, unless you are living next door to a gang banger or a corporate polluter. The general consensus is that the farther south (toward the beach), and the farther east you go, the nicer the neighborhood and the pricier the homes. But there are plenty of exceptions such as California Heights.
Frankly, the best way to look is the old fashioned way - find some homes in your price range, and go look, really look, at the neighborhoods in terms of schools, businesses and pride of ownership of the local residents.
PS - If you are thinking of buying, getting preapproved for a loan is your first step. Depending on your income level, you may be able to qualify for a 1% down package. Most of my clients are going with FHA loans, which require 3.5% down.
Best of luck to you,
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What makes a city walkable?
Walkable neighborhoods are a key component of sustainability in Long Beach, offering several health, environmental and community benefits. Walkable neighborhoods locate housing near grocery and retail stores, schools, libraries, parks and other local amenities within an easy and safe walk. The City of Long Beach is ranked the 8th most walkable city in the United States.
What makes a neighborhood walkable?
â€¢A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
â€¢People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
â€¢Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
â€¢Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
â€¢Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
â€¢Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
â€¢Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.
Los Angeles have developed this project for Seniors follow this link:
Boye Hieghts is a area that is using a grant program for communities to be more walkable.
Fred Sweezer Sr.
Certified Property Inspector
Looking in the "marginal areas" areas that are next to the good areas can be a good investment if you are in a lower price range.
Get a good realtor, get qualified and learn the neighborhoods as you are doing. There are lots of opportunities in Long Beach.
Brad Cummings/Keller Williams Coastal Properties
If you look at zip codes I would suggest staying in 90803, 90815, 90814, 90808, 90802. I recommend Belmont shore/Heights, Los Altos, Park Estates, Carson Park, El Dorado Park. I would avoid North Long Beach, Westside, Eastside Circle, and some areas downtown. You can visit my website and search all MLS listings by zip code, price range, and size. I hope that helps. Good Luck!!!!
Long Beach is change from block to block I'm sure you've noticed.
90803,90802,90808,90807 are a few good zip codes but the MLS listings are separated by areas so it can be a little confusing but you want to look in bixby knolls, california height, lakewood village (which is technically still lb), naples, belmont shores, south of conant, el dorado park and park estates are the better areas.
Furthermore aside from looking for the area. Have you been pre-approved yet? A lot of clients have better luck looking for property at your max price and then canceling out the higher end areas like naples or park estates.
If you have more questions pls feel free to contact me I can help you. I was born and raised in Long Beach and I'm a full time Realtor.
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