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Old 01-24-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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I am moving to Long Beach from Arizona next month. However, I don't know which areas of Long Beach are family friendly/safe. Can you help?

Below are my options...
  • Alamitos Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Alamitos%20Beach - broken link)
  • Bellflower (City of) (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Bellflower%20%28City%20o f%29 - broken link)
  • Belmont Heights (Lower), Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Belmont%20Heights%20%28L ower%29%2C%20Long%20Beach - broken link)
  • Belmont Heights, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Belmont%20Heights%2C%20L ong%20Beach - broken link)
  • Belmont Shores, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Belmont%20Shores%2C%20Lo ng%20Beach - broken link)
  • Bixby Knolls Area, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Bixby%20Knolls%20Area%2C %20Long%20Beach - broken link)
  • Bluff Heights (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Bluff%20Heights - broken link)
  • Bluff Park (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Bluff%20Park - broken link)
  • Cal State University Area (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Cal%20State%20University %20Area - broken link)
  • City College Area, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#City%20College%20Area%2C %20Long%20Beach - broken link)
  • College Park, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#College%20Park%2C%20Long %20Beach - broken link)
  • Cudahy (City of) (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Cudahy%20%28City%20of%29 - broken link)
  • Downtown Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Downtown%20Long%20Beach - broken link)
  • Eastside Area, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Eastside%20Area%2C%20Lon g%20Beach - broken link)
  • Garden Grove (City of) (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Garden%20Grove%20%28City %20of%29 - broken link)
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  • Lakewood (City of) (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Lakewood%20%28City%20of% 29 - broken link)
  • Los Alamitos (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Los%20Alamitos - broken link)
  • Los Altos Area, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Los%20Altos%20Area%2C%20 Long%20Beach - broken link)
  • Lower Heights (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Lower%20Heights - broken link)
  • Marine Stadium (Long Beach) (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Marine%20Stadium%20%28Lo ng%20Beach%29 - broken link)
  • North Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#North%20Long%20Beach - broken link)
  • Plaza Area, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Plaza%20Area%2C%20Long%2 0Beach - broken link)
  • Santa Fe Springs (City of) (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Santa%20Fe%20Springs%20% 28City%20of%29 - broken link)
  • Traffic Circle Area, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Traffic%20Circle%20Area% 2C%20Long%20Beach - broken link)
  • West Heights (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#West%20Heights - broken link)
  • Westside Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Westside%20Long%20Beach - broken link)
  • Wilmore Historic District (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Wilmore%20Historic%20Dis trict - broken link)
  • Wrigley Area, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Wrigley%20Area%2C%20Long %20Beach - broken link)
  • Wrigley Heights Area, Long Beach (http://www.pabstkinney.com/rentals.cfm?rental_type=B#Wrigley%20Heights%20Area %2C%20Long%20Beach - broken link)
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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How much money do you have? I really like Downtown, Signal Hill (technically its own city) and the Belmont Shores/Naples area, but they're all ridiculously expensive. More suburban areas like Lakewood, Del Amo and western Cerritos along the 605 are cheaper and not too bad in terms of safety/good schools.
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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There are many very nice areas in LB but it's a big place and every neighborhood has a unique feel. You really need to visit to determine what is best for you. Below are some of my favorites.

coastal - belmont shore, naples, peninsula, belmont park, belmont heights

suburban - bixby knolls, virginia country club, el dorado, los altos, park estates
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:47 PM
 
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Cerritos is AWESOME! Great Civic Arts Plaza, wonderful public library, good shopping, BEST SCHOOLS in the area (ABC School District). Has a community college.

Some areas of Lakewood are nice; older area; very established.

My cousin is LBPD officer and she wouldn't go there if she didn't have to! She lives in Lakewood.

Rossmoor is really nice.

Cypress (Orange County; but really "doable" in terms of commute to Long Beach) is really nice, too.

Personally, I'd stay out of most parts of Long Beach. Quite a gang problem as well. Many other areas nearby are much nicer and safer.

Stay safe.
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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If I'm not mistaken, Gahr and Cerritos are two of the best public high schools in the area. Tons of diversity and great Indian and Chinese food in that area as well.

Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmor (high end suburb of Los Alamitos) and Seal Beach are all fairly nice areas in northwestern Orange County that are relatively close to Long Beach.
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: RSM
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Gahr less so, but Cerritos is good.

Technically, Whitney and Oxford are the two best in the area(but they are test in). Los Alamitos, Cerritos, Long Beach Poly, Pacifica, Kennedy, and some others in the local area are all good as well. Millikan, Lakewood, Gahr, Mayfair, and Wilson aren't bad either. The key is to stay out of the Paramount district schools and Norwalk Unified. The private high schools in the area are all pretty good as well(St John Bosco, Valley Christian, St Joseph)
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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From a historical/architectural standpoint, LB Poly is a gorgeous school. Apparently its used a lot for filming. Football team is usually one of the top programs in the state.
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Old 01-25-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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Cerritos is AWESOME! Great Civic Arts Plaza, wonderful public library, good shopping, BEST SCHOOLS in the area (ABC School District). Has a community college.

Some areas of Lakewood are nice; older area; very established.

My cousin is LBPD officer and she wouldn't go there if she didn't have to! She lives in Lakewood.

Rossmoor is really nice.

Cypress (Orange County; but really "doable" in terms of commute to Long Beach) is really nice, too.

Personally, I'd stay out of most parts of Long Beach. Quite a gang problem as well. Many other areas nearby are much nicer and safer.

Stay safe.
You don't know much about Long Beach
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Much of Long Beach is quite nice, actually. The gangs don't run the entire city. I lived there for a few years. The center of town should be avoided (around Orange and Anaheim up to PCH, as I recall), but we lived in Belmont Heights near Redondo as well as on Spring near Woodruff, which is a very suburban, safe area. Can't speak for the West side of town, but the area around CSULB is great, not to mention Bixby Knolls.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Northern Arizona
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West side is mostly industrial (what with the ports of LB and LA) and I wouldn't be surprised if most people confuse San Pedro's crime/gang problems with Long Beach.
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