You can also change the setting to just show violent crime, which is probably more what you are looking for. Long Beach can be very affordable, as well as safe.
Contrary to popular belief Long Beach has many areas that are very nice. Naples, Belmont Shore, Belmont Heights, Alamitos Beach and parts of Downtown Long Beach are all beach close, near most of the better area restaurants and entertainment, are generally great 'walking' neighborhoods.
Coming up from the water Rose Park and Rose Park South, the circle area, Los Altos, College Park and the Wrigley area would all be great places to live. Heading north a bit the Virginia Country Club, Bixby Knolls, California Heights, Lakewood Plaza and the Ranchos are all great areas, just to mention a few.
I would say it would depend on the buyer, what their desires are and their chosen lifestyle. Long Beach communities vary greatly and each offer something different to the buyer both in price and lifestyle choices.
Long Beach has something to offer just about everybody.
Please call me. It is important when looking for a home to use a broker that is familiar with the area that you are interested in.
All the best,
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
I truly understand your concerns regarding your need to feel safe as a single woman, and I know that Long Beach, with it's many different and safe neighborhoods, has just the right home for you. However you haven't stated your price range. This is extremely important as home prices vary widely throughout this city. I would love to assist you in getting pre-approved so we can determine exactly how much you can afford so we can work together and find you your perfect "Dream Home". Please don't hesitate to call me with all your questions. I am happy to help.
I'm a single female 1st time buyer in long beach. Initially looked at condos from downtown to bixby (los cerritos) near Virginia Country Club. Looked at 90807, 90804, 90808. Decided against it for a several reasons:
1) most have subterranean parking. Scarry. If you're stuck on condo, consider townhouse with attached garage and indoor laundry.
2) Didn't want to deal with HOA dues. The older the building gets, the dues get more expensive to maintain and you have no control over the increase.
3) If the complex goes below 70% owner occupancy, you run the risk of not being able to refinance. If there's a pending lawsuit against the developer by the association, it will be difficult to refinance also.
4) By the time you tack in HOA dues, your monthly payment is close to a SFR.
I've lived in North Long Beach between Myrtle and Cherry, south of Artesia and couple blocks north of South St, with great mixed neighbors who take your garbage/recycle bins to your driveway when they know you're out of town. This area is probably the last few affordable "decent" neighborhoods in Long Beach. Many have lived there for years. Most homes are Spanish charmers and well maintained. Drive through those neighborhoods.
Avoid area west of Atlantic (90807 and 90805). Although there are really nice neighborhoods near DeForest Park (Lakewood type) you have to pay a "toll" (rough neighborhood) to get there.
I've looked through Wrigley. Too many apartments/rentals with section 8 tenants. Unless you're buying a house on pristine streets like Eucalyptus, Cedar or between north of Willow and south of Wardlow, you should be okay.
I've looked at Belmont. Too congested with tourist traffic and beach goers on weekends and not easy freeway access, unless your job is nearby and love the nightlife.
I'd avoid corner lot home and where the backyard backs into an alley or the garage entry is through an alley. Can be spooky for a single gal.
I would love to help you find your safe haven. Give me a call. Joe 562 225 3198. Or check out my website.
I have a woman that I am working with now, she is a single woman in her 50's and I am looking for a safe place for her. There is plenty around in Long Beach.
I live a few blocks from the location of the Halloween beatings. Believe me, this was an anomaly. Ours is a very safe neighborhood. Yes there are problems here, but there are also problems in Los Al & Seal Beach.
I also lived in Long Beach during the 1993 riots (as a single woman living alone). If you remember, there were riots in many parts of LA county. The rioting in Long Beach was confined to downtown, the west side, and north long beach. These are not areas that I would recommend to Veishali.
Anyone desiring information about specific properties in my fair city can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Long Beach is a very livable city.
The area with a rep for being tough is the north side. That's just what I heard. I have been there some, and it was uneventful. Then again, what do I know?
Long Beach is a great place for a single 1st time buyer!!! There are many great opportunities here. I need a few questions answered to give my best answer. When you say affordable to you mean a purchase prices of $200,000 or $400,000 or $600,000. Your first step is to meet with a qualified, reputable lender who will qualify you for a purchase price. If you haven't done this yet, I can refer someone very good to you. Do you prefer a house or a condo. Back when I was a single, first time buyer, I bought a lovely condo on the East Side of Long Beach. What type of architecture do you prefer? We have many styles in Long Beach. Do you prefer suburbia, an urban atmosphere, the beach? Do you need to be freeway close. Having these questions answered would help me to help you.
If you would like a condo there is much to choose from. I was recently in a beautiful two bedroom top floor condo in the Virgina Country Club, listed under $400,000. This morning I was in a lovely one bedroom in Bixby Knolls listed for $240,000. These are very safe areas. Other areas with nice condos include the east side near El Dorado Park & Signal Hill. Belmont Heights has some nice properties, yet it gets a little bit more expensive.
If you want to buy a house I would consider Cal Heights (an Historic District), Wrigley Heights, Wrigley (the upper area), Bixby Terrace, and on the East Side the Plaza and Rancho areas. These areas are all nice, safe, and have affordable homes.
Veishali, I wish you luck & hope to have you as a neighbor sometime in the future. If you would like to sit down and discuss your housing search with me, please give me a call at (562)756-4144.
I lived in Belmont Heights for a while. It's been a long time, now. So, Vesishali, I don't have any current info about the area to pass on. I really like it there when I lived there. I am now a Realtor in NJ. Someone from the area may chime in soon with direct help for you.