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Old 08-11-2009, 01:41 AM
 
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Moving to LB. Don't want the sterile LA scene with big box retail. Wondering if there are any pockets (outside downtown, 2nd street, beach) with some artsy flair, small shops, cafes, bakeries, "walkable". Think grungy Seattle.

I have 3 little kids, so it needs to be relatively safe. A clean park helps of course.

Not looking for dominating hoods, even just a hidden block that only locals would know about.

I'm generally looking in the carson park, lakewood, el dorado, and csulb areas. Am I asking for too much?!
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:32 AM
 
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Moving to LB. Don't want the sterile LA scene with big box retail. Wondering if there are any pockets (outside downtown, 2nd street, beach) with some artsy flair, small shops, cafes, bakeries, "walkable". Think grungy Seattle.

I have 3 little kids, so it needs to be relatively safe. A clean park helps of course.

Not looking for dominating hoods, even just a hidden block that only locals would know about.

I'm generally looking in the carson park, lakewood, el dorado, and csulb areas. Am I asking for too much?!
The El Dorado, CSULB areas are very nice but they are pretty suburban. If you want the artsy stuff you need to be closer to the water. Why not Belmont Heights? Great schools, bigger houses/lots, walkable to the stuff you're looking for, safe, etc.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: RSM
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Probably going to have to look in the neighborhoods west of the Recreation Park/Colorado Lagoon area(Belmont Heights, Alamitos Heights). You could also look around Long Beach City College (east long beach campus). Close to Heartwell Park and there are a few areas with some shops and such you can walk(like around Dale's Diner).

Lakewood itself is 100% suburban and doesn't have anything "artsy"
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Long Beach CA, the sewer by the sea.
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Bixby Knolls is sure trying. Try this link

I live on this street in California Heights. We're pretty artsy.

http://bixbyknollsinfo.com/images/Neighborhood%20images/Olive_Ave.jpg (broken link)
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