Los Angeles is a sprawling city. A 30 minute drive could place you in the San Fernando Valley, multitudes of inland cities or a wide variety of areas to the South, including Long Beach. Many of these areas have great family homes, some even have exceptional school districts. A typical family starter home can still be found in the $500k range on the low side and anywhere upwards of that based on the families income. The Long Beach and Lakewood area's do provide fine family housing and great schools. I would recommend the Lakewood Plaza area of Long Beach where a growing family would be comfortable in a nice sized home, possibly with a pool, in an award winning school district. The Cubberley School is K-8 and is highly desirable. Lakewood Plaza is a 5 minute drive to the beach, is convenient to all area freeways and shopping. The average price of a home in this area is $605k. Here you will find tree lined streets and lovely ranch homes on good sized lots all within close proximity of the fabulous El Dorado Regional Park, 815 acres of sheer enjoyment and one of the largest parks in Southern California. The park has a really nice Nature Center, Tennis Center, 18 hole golf course, archery, playgrounds, picnic areas, model airflying area, model sailboat area and more. Get your team together and head to either the baseball, softball or soccer, basketball, volleyball or tennis courts. There is even a roller hockey court and a skate park. The park provides train rides, pony rides, hay rides and a petting zoo. A great place for a family to have many memorable moments. I am including a link with information on this great family area.