About Long Beach
Long Beach is famed for its bustling international port and the permanently docked and iconic Queen Mary ocean liner. Long Beach is a major city in its own right and the second-largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Long Beach is situated in the southern corner of L.A., to the north of Orange County and west of Anaheim. The International City, as it’s affectionately known, is just 22 miles south of downtown Los Angeles and LAX.
Five Great Reasons to Live in Long Beach
Call It Central Beach
Location is key in southern California and few cities beat Long Beach for its central location. Living in Long Beach means a breezy day trip down to Laguna, family fun at Disneyland or a night of all-out clubbing in Hollywood.
Long Beach is a city of diverse neighborhoods, ranging from Belmont Shore with its boutiques to Bixby Knolls with its artsy, cultured community. Alamitos Beach offers terrific nightlife, whilst Naples charms with its canals. Diverse indeed!
Long Beach has many fun things to do. You can go whale watching in the bay. Or enjoy the Paranormal Ship Walk Tour on the famous Queen Mary or even ride a ‘glowing hydro bike’ in the city’s harbor on a weekend night!
Long Beach has long been a cultural and intellectual haven. The stunning Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is a must, whilst the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM) and the University Art Museum are also worth visits.
Unlike many California cities, Long Beach is pedestrian-friendly. Voted one of the Most Walkable Cities in the U.S., areas such as Downtown, Belmont
Shore, Bixby Knolls and the East Village Arts District can all be enjoyed on foot.
Apartment Stats in Long Beach:
The average apartment size in Long Beach is 795 sq. ft, with a median price per square foot of $461, which is slightly higher than the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Metro average (i.e. $432). The average apartment price is $1,875. 60% of residents rent a home in Long Beach, making it a significant renters’ market – and thus an interesting property investment prospect.
Long Beach is a large, diverse city, which means that there will be options aplenty to suit just about any homebuyer’s budget – and lifestyle choice.