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Old 03-02-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I am conserdering living in downtown/central (Poly High area) downtown Long beach in a gated condo community. I am married and have two small children. We are caucasian, and younger (25) but we both work in downtown lb and our children will be attending a school in the area. I am not super familiar with the area, and was wondering what others thought about us moving there. Thanks

~Me in LB
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: RSM
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It's not a traditional family area, but there are tons of activities for kids with the arcade, Queen Mary, movie theater, Shoreline Village, etc all close by. In my experience, families that want the urban living like Downtown provides tend to move to the east in Belmont Shore/Heights
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:19 PM
 
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It's not a traditional family area, but there are tons of activities for kids with the arcade, Queen Mary, movie theater, Shoreline Village, etc all close by. In my experience, families that want the urban living like Downtown provides tend to move to the east in Belmont Shore/Heights
In other words, areas where they're less likely to get mugged than where the thread starter plans to live.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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you'd probably be better off closer to the water. however, i'm sure you'd be fine, but it would definitely be an adventure.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I am conserdering living in downtown/central (Poly High area) downtown Long beach in a gated condo community. I am married and have two small children. We are caucasian, and younger (25) but we both work in downtown lb and our children will be attending a school in the area. I am not super familiar with the area, and was wondering what others thought about us moving there. Thanks

~Me in LB
You could comfortably live downtown though it tends to be hipsters and young people without children. I would draw a distinction between downtown and the poly area. The area around Poly is not so great. If you don't want to go as far east as Belmont Heights/Shore, etc. then I think you may want to look at Bluff Park, Bluff Heights, etc.

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Old 03-08-2010, 02:57 PM
 
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Thank you all. We would love to live in the Belmont area, but we cannot afford. We are first time home buyers and found a brand new condo in this area in our price range. It would put us closer to our work (zero commute) and the children's schools (walking distance). I just was not too sure about really living in this area. I was totally laughing about the adventure, because I know we will definatly stick out in the neighborhood. But again, our home would be gated and secured... I just wanted to know how bad it is here... Thanks again.
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:05 AM
 
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Rent.

Real estate in Long Beach in any halfway decent area is sick overpriced at the moment. The cheap stuff is bottomed, but its in bombed out neighborhoods.

Real Estate in the LBC
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: L.B.
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Thank you all. We would love to live in the Belmont area, but we cannot afford. We are first time home buyers and found a brand new condo in this area in our price range. It would put us closer to our work (zero commute) and the children's schools (walking distance). I just was not too sure about really living in this area. I was totally laughing about the adventure, because I know we will definatly stick out in the neighborhood. But again, our home would be gated and secured... I just wanted to know how bad it is here... Thanks again.

Although small i believe signal hill, hawaiian gardens, and bixby knolls might be decent areas to begin your search...
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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Although small i believe signal hill, hawaiian gardens, and bixby knolls might be decent areas to begin your search...
Hawaiin Gardens?
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: L.B.
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Hawaiin Gardens?
Yep, haha....it is a very tiny city right near LB. Probably better suited for renting but hey....
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