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Old 01-30-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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This is a re-post from the OC board as I was made aware that Cerritos is in LA county (i.e not trying to spam the boards!).

I'm coming up next month to interview at my company's Cerritos office and I wanted to get some suggestions on nearby neighborhoods to apartment hunt in. I'm 29, single, no kids and like going to concerts, microbreweries, eating ethnic food, etc. Really enjoy nature as well.

Any suggestions on cool places to look that are convenient to commute to Cerritos for work?? I'm looking to spend about $1300 on a 1br, ideally - but can definitely be flexible for a great location.

So far I am targeting Long Beach but wanted other suggestions on easily commutable locations to and from Cerritos. Uptown Whittier, Seal Beach and Hungington Beach have been recommended as well. These are all large areas so if there are any more specific suggestions then even better.

Thanks!



Read more: Job transfer to Cerritos - Where to live for late 20s, single male??
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Long Beach is really great. One of the most diverse places in the world. I like Whittier too, but if I had a choice I would do Long Beach for sure.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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I'd live in Long Beach or Huntington Beach. $1300/mo is more than enough for a 1 bd. For Long Beach, anywhere south of Lakewood Bl is fine. Downtown LB is nice, but I'm not sure that the commute would be fun. Belmont shores is outstanding.

For HB, you can get within 4-6 blocks of the water on your budget and the area by main st and PCH is really nice.

Both HB and Belmont Shores feature lots of restaurants, bars and shops. Very walkable
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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Thanks for the info; this all sounds consistent with everything else I have heard.

Do you any of you know much about Lakewood? I've found some listings there that seem like you get more for your dollar and it's near Cerritos. I imagine it's maybe a bit less active.
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:39 PM
 
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I have a few friends in Lakewood. They like it but its not really a "happening" place.
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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coastal long beach is a hidden gem in the LA area. because it's not close to LA, many people up here are unaware of the nicer areas and only associate LB with the "LBC" and Snoop Dogg. what's funny though is that although LBC is a pejorative term, many people use it, even for the nicer areas. and since it's in LA county, many people from OC avoid it like the plague. because of this, the LBC :-P is a very distinct city, with great neighborhoods that are almost disconnected from the rest of the region,which is a good thing IMHO. plus other cool places aren't too far away. i personally love it there and would live there in a heartbeat should work take me that direction.
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Right on, I really appreciate you guys taking the time to post. I feel pretty zeroed in on Long Beach as my friend out there recommended it as well as nearly everyone on city-data. I've been browsing around yelp and it looks like LB has a lot going on.

I've been googling around Belmont Shores apartments and have one other question: outside of craigslist and the usual suspects for corporate apartment chains (apartmentfinder.com, etc), any websites you guys recommend for apartment hunting? I'd prefer a private owner more than a corporate chain.
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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you could pay for westsiderentals.com, but your best bet would be to take a drive through the neighborhood and look for 'for rent' signs. my wife lived in belmont shore 5 or 6 years ago and she found her place by driving through the area, there wasn't much online. if you can, i would make a trip down and bring your bicycle and cruise around the area looking for vacancies. that way you'd get a really good feel for the neighborhood and you'd look like a local at the same time
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:27 PM
 
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Westside Rentals is not free, but I must say, it is really good.
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