From Long Beach to the South Bay to Malibu, these L.A. coastal towns are coveted and highly desirable locales. The South Bay cities (San Pedro, Palos Verdes, Torrance, El Segundo, Manhattan and Redondo Beach) remain well-established and exclusive, and are known for having a relaxed and laid back energy, and for their family friendly beaches, neighborhoods and schools.
Working up the coast from Marina Del Rey to Malibu, with Venice and Santa Monica in between, these cities are hubs for art, music, food, shopping, theater and industry. The quaint canals of Venice, the charming cottages in Santa Monica, the upscale waterfront Condos in Marina Del Rey and the eclectic Venice boardwalk appeal to those who work in and around Los Angeles County. Excellent colleges are centered in this area. UCLA is just a short drive from Santa Monica, further establishing its appeal. Pepperdine University in Malibu and Loyola Marymount University in Westchester/Marina Del Rey are within miles of the coast.
In the southern part of LA County, discover Long Beach; a town with a rich history. Settlements started there in the late 1890’s and the town has been bustling ever since. Long Beach is known for its progressive and diverse vibe, creating a thriving artistic community.
The charming streets of Belmont Heights, Bixby Knolls and the surrounding areas near the Virginia Country Club are becoming highly sought after for families. The neighborhoods offer tree-lined streets and traditional homes from Ranch Style to Mediterranean to Craftsman to Mid-Century Modern. Local spots like restaurants, museums, book stores, and boutiques are within walking distance from these neighborhoods.
Naples is the hidden gem of Long Beach. Beautifully designed and unique homes line the channels and canals of this upscale neighborhood that is walking distance to the shops and restaurants of Belmont Shores famous 2nd Street.
Long Beach State University is an excellent learning institution and is centrally located off the 405 FWY in the heart of town. You can’t miss the giant Pyramid! It’s home to many incredible programs and thousands of successful graduates annually.
The Pike on PCH and Pine Ave. was THE premiere place in Long Beach until around 1969. Fast forward to current times and The Pike is once again a hot spot for consumers and visitors to enjoy a variety of activities, shops and restaurants, including the Aquarium of the Pacific! Tours of the harbor, whale watching cruises and ferries to Catalina leave right out of this area daily.
Outdoor activities like Yoga in the Park, biking, paddle boarding, tennis, golf and more are readily available to residents.
The Convention Center hosts events and conferences year round, including art, ballet, music concerts, conferences, trade shows, and more. The famous artist Wyland’s work is displayed via a huge ocean themed mural outside the arena, and many upscale hotels surround the area.
Long Beach offers many attractions and events and is home to the world famous Long Beach Grand Prix, the Queen Mary, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Pride Parade, and the 2nd busiest port in the USA, The Port of Long Beach where industry thrives.
Long Beach offers easy access to neighboring freeways making commuting less of a hassle, and the Long Beach Airport is conveniently located directly off the 405 FWY.