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.