Conveniently located between Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach offers 5.5 miles of sandy beachfront for the city's 465,275 residents to enjoy - virtually year-round. Temperatures in Long Beach range between 74.2°F and 55.4°F on average, with the warmest months of July through September bringing average temperatures between 82° and 84°F. Nonetheless, cool autumn evenings and breezy springs are perfect for visiting Catalina island, which is only an hour boat ride from the Port of Long Beach. Nearby, visitors and residents can visit the Queen Mary, the 1936 ocean liner converted into a unique floating hotel with 346 staterooms and suites.
As is true with much of the Southern California coast, prime weather and beachfront properties drive real estate prices in Long Beach. In 2015, the average list price grew 13.1 percent from the year prior to $508,949. Meanwhile, number of homes for sale grew 6.7 percent year-over-year, from 597 to 637 listings. Although inventory picked up in Long Beach, the number of homes for sale in 2015 was much lower than the average for cities across the U.S. To compare, major cities with anywhere from 400,000 to 600,000 residents had an average of 2,579 homes for sale last year.