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Old 11-09-2007, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA (born in Chi-town, though!)
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Hi guys. I have been searching the 'Net for some rentals in my price range and Long Beach keeps popping up. Normally, my rule has been "If it's mentioned in a rap song, we probably don't want to live there" LOL, but how is Long Beach, really?

Thanks!
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Old 11-09-2007, 02:26 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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The following is a recent thread with extensive commentary on Long Beach.

Moving From NY To LA - Thinking Of Long Beach - Need Help

If you use the search tool, you'll find other threads about Long Beach too.
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Old 11-09-2007, 03:47 PM
 
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Long Beach has good and bad areas, hopefully another poster will tell you what they are, because I don't know. Long Beach is very diverse: asians, whites, blacks, latinos all in high numbers. muninetguide.com hope that helps!
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:35 PM
 
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Long Beach is a big city with 500,000 people though it feels smaller because it's neighborhoods are very distinct. There are very expensive, waterfront and estate neighborhoods. There are also middle class suburban neighborhoods. There are also crappy neighborhoods. If you can afford to live in one of the better neighborhoods I think it is the best place to live in southern california. There is something for everyone. And I heard someone describe Long Beach once as "LA style with OC convenience". I think that is fitting.
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Old 11-10-2007, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Louisville
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For what Jesus said, I know Long Beach. Belmont Shores and Naples Island are the best places. Belmont Heights is nice, but not as good. Downtown Long Beach is becoming a hip and lively area with tons of new condos going up. Bixby Knolls is more residential, but it's pretty good. Signal Hill isn't too bad. Stay away from North Long Beach. In rap songs, like "The Next Episode" by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, they name "Compton, Long Beach, Inglewooooodd...South Central!" When you hear LB named along with those cities, it seems like the ghetto, but it has made a very fast transformation from when that song was made and they were most likely talking about North Long Beach. A rule of thumb in Long Beach is to stay as close to the ocean as your budget can handle.

Research some places in your price range located in Belmont Shores, downtown, Naples, Belmont Heights, and Bixby Knolls. Then, return here and the regulars can tell you if that's a good area.

Check out craigslist.com

About Long Beach though. The areas that I told you check out are actually quite safe. They're definitely great areas to consider for anyone moving to LA.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA (born in Chi-town, though!)
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Thanks for the tips, all. Sorry I forgot the "Use the Search" rule of thumb!
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Old 11-13-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Normally, my rule has been "If it's mentioned in a rap song, we probably don't want to live there" LOL, but how is Long Beach, really?

Thanks!
LOL. Tiger Woods, Snoop Dog, Billie Jean King, Nicolas Cage are a few of Long Beach's finest sons/daughters........er.....sons.
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Old 11-13-2007, 04:13 PM
 
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Thumbs up Some Good, Some bad

Some parts of Long Beach are rough, like the portion that borders up near Compton, as well as a few pockets near downtown. I spent 6 months living near CSU Long Beach and found the area to be safe, affordable, and pretty decent overall. My only problem is I found it a bit too far from places such as Downtown LA, Hollywood, and the Valley. It's not extremely far, but far enough to spend an hour or more in the car driving to get to those places.
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Old 11-22-2007, 02:30 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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Some parts of Long Beach are rough, like the portion that borders up near Compton, as well as a few pockets near downtown. I spent 6 months living near CSU Long Beach and found the area to be safe, affordable, and pretty decent overall. My only problem is I found it a bit too far from places such as Downtown LA, Hollywood, and the Valley. It's not extremely far, but far enough to spend an hour or more in the car driving to get to those places.
I also live in Long Beach near CSU and I agree this area as well as some of the other posted are pretty good. In general you want to stay away from the north and western sides of town. Long Beach is weird in that one area is good but go a couple of blocks in the wrong direction and it gets pretty scary. I've lived in various parts of long beach my whole life. Overall if you want to stay So Cal this is a pretty good place. I'm personally looking to get out of LA too crowed, expensive and the traffic is driving my crazy. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Wilmington NC
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I live in long beach which borders lakewood. although my car has been broken into a few times and even stolen once its quite a good area...thats unfortuantly the LA way
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