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Best Neighborhoods in Long Beach for Singles & Young Professionals in 2024

Considering living in Long Beach? This SoCal city is home to popular restaurants, fun attractions, an exciting nightlife scene, and more. Here are the best neighborhoods in Long Beach for singles and young professionals!

Alamitos Heights

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  • Home Price: $673,967 median purchase price; $1,346 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 85% of Long Beach neighborhoods

Located along the southeastern edge of the city, Alamitos Heights is one of the safest places to live in Long Beach. This urban-suburban Long Beach neighborhood offers a variety of housing styles, including everything from gorgeous Italianate and Contemporary homes to Spanish-style ranches. Residents of Alamitos Heights don’t have to go far to find fun things to do in Long Beach, thanks to the area’s abundance of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and other hangouts. Alamitos Heights is also a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, since it’s surrounded by spacious parks and green spaces like Alamitos Heights Park, Colorado Lagoon, Recreation Park, and more. And with close proximity to CA-1, those working at Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center or pursuing a degree at California State University Long Beach have quick, convenient commutes.

Things to Do in Alamitos Heights

Hit the fairways and go for par on 18 holes or join the Men’s and Women’s Clubs at Recreation Park 18 Golf Course. Watch the Long Beach Dirtbags (NCAA D-1) hit the ball out of the park and run the bases at Blair Field. Go water skiing, try out rowing, or attend professional power boat races—a tradition started back in 1946—at Marine Stadium. Set out on a bike ride, play a game of tennis, or enjoy a picnic as the sun sets at Marina Vista Park. Start your morning with fresh juices like the Viva Chia Fresca, Beauty and the Beats, and Water Lily Tonic at Earthly Juices. Order the Burrito Campechana, Burrito Adobada, and Asada Tacos at Tacomasa for authentic Mexican food in Long Beach. Sink your teeth into fresh angus beef burgers like the Blue Bleu, Redneck, and Ortega with a side of Golden Tots at 49rs Tavern. Or make reservations for a candle-lit dinner and try dishes like the Bacon Wrapped Dates, Lobster Mac n Cheese, and Short Ribs Pappardelle at Ubuntu Cafe.

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Belmont Shore

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  • Home Price: $562,827 median purchase price; $1,490 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 19% of Long Beach neighborhoods

If you’re seeking beachside living, waterfront activities, and beautiful views of the California coastline, look no further than Belmont Shore! This neighborhood offers plenty of Long Beach housing options for residents to choose from, such as single-family homes, apartment complexes, and renovated condominiums. Perfect for singles and young professionals, this highly-walkable Long Beach neighborhood is home to a wide array of restaurants, coffee shops, and thriving businesses—plus a flourishing Long Beach nightlife scene on East Second Street. From the beach to the bars, this Long Beach neighborhood provides the perfect mix of relaxation and excitement to keep young adults satisfied!

Things to Do in Belmont Shore

Soak up the sun, spend the day fishing, or go for an afternoon stroll at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Let your dog run around and take a dip in the waves, or play fetch at Rosie’s Dog Beach. Cool off by swimming laps or join a swim club at Belmont Plaza Pool. Go kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and more at Bay Shore Beach. Kick off the day with fresh baked goods like the Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cakes, Chocolate Chip Croissants, and Raspberry Walnut Muffins at Sweet Jill’s Bakery. Order weekend brunch items like the Baja Breakfast Burrito, Papas Rajas Hash, and Birria Tacos Benedict at Panama Joe’s. Try some fresh Long Beach seafood with the Seared Miso Salmon, Seafood Salad, or Chirashi Bowl at Roe Seafood Restaurant. Or enjoy a night out with friends and grab a pint of Chocolate Blonde, Long Beach Crude, or Top Sail at Belmont Brewing Company.

Bixby Knolls

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  • Home Price: $695,625 median purchase price; $1,130 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 52% of Long Beach neighborhoods

While Bixby Knolls is a popular Long Beach neighborhood for families, it’s also perfect for singles and young professionals, due in part to its close proximity to Downtown Long Beach. Conveniently located near both I-705 and I-405, those living in Bixby Knolls have quick access to nearby job opportunities and fun Long Beach attractions in other parts of the city. However, Bixby Knolls itself draws residents in with its many boutiques, coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, flaunting enough green space to give the neighborhood a suburban feel. Plus, thanks to the active Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, there are plenty of community events year-round that provide great opportunities to meet your neighbors—like First Fridays, Walktoberfest Beer Bus, Knights of the Round (Turn)Table, and more!

Things to Do in Bixby Knolls

Take your furry friend for a morning walk or let them run and play fetch at Uptown Dog Park. Reserve an indoor court for singles or doubles badminton and pickleball games at Badminton Center Court. Go ice skating, practice your freestyle spins, or join an ice hockey league at The Rinks – Lakewood ICE. Meet up with friends to play a round of pool or join a weekly 9 Ball Tournament at Good Times Billiards. Try the Breakfast Carne Asada Burrito or Surf & Turf Taco, and wash it down with a Cucumber Pineapple Agua Fresca at Blue Burro. Order authentic Mediterranean food like Lamb Chops, Shrimp Kabab, or a Chicken Shawarma Wrap at Taboon Mediterranean. Chow down on traditional and modern German fare like the Mini Potato Pancakes, Goulash Soup, and Currywurst Platter at Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden. Or sample pints of handcrafted beer on tap like Ellie’s Brown Ale, Jerk Lessons IPA, and Runaway Cattigator Sour at Dutch’s Brewhouse.

East Village Arts District

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  • Home Price: $245,927 median purchase price; $1,071 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 0% of Long Beach neighborhoods

Singles and young professionals looking for places to live in Long Beach should be sure to check out East Village Arts District, which is part of Downtown Long Beach! This area is known for its art scene, from its mural-covered buildings to the many museums and galleries nearby—including Long Beach Museum of Art‘s LBMA Downtown, Hellada Gallery, Brushstrokes + Beverages, and more. Plus, residents are always surrounded by hip coffee shops, eclectic restaurants, and trendy bars, as well as community events like Long Beach Art Walk and the Downtown Long Beach Farmers Market. East Village is not only extremely walkable, but also offers convenient access to the rest of the city thanks to plenty of Long Beach Transit system stops. Those looking for a home in this area will primarily find apartments, condos, and small single-family homes.

Things to Do in East Village Arts District

Learn about modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino art, shop for souvenirs in La Tienda, or stroll through the sculpture garden at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA). Shop tens of thousands of new and used records or attend intimate live music performances and artist signings at Fingerprints Music. Take an introductory pottery class, attend a workshop to fine-tune your skills, or get a studio membership at Clay On First Pottery Studio. Relax, cuddle, and play with kittens in the cat lounge, or enroll in a Cats & Mats Yoga class at Feline Good Social Club. Get your caffeine fix with the Chagachinno, Banana Chai, or house-made Nitro Cold Brew at East Village Cafe. Enjoy Saturday and Sunday brunch items like the Bananas Foster Crepe, Sharable! Churro French Toast, and Chicken Tinga Empanadas at Chez Bacchus. Make dinner reservations and order the 12oz American Wagyu Ribeye or Grilled Chicken Penne Carbonara with a side of Sauteed Spinach at 555 East American Steakhouse. Or sip craft cocktails like the Tijuana Pharmacy, Freaky Tiki, and Oaxacan The Garden at a trendy local gastropub, Padre Long Beach.

Lakewood Village

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  • Home Price: $591,314 median purchase price; $1,036 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 74% of Long Beach neighborhoods

Often referred to as “The Village” by locals, Lakewood Village is a small community in Northeast Long Beach near Long Beach City College‘s Liberal Arts Campus and Long Beach Airport. Residents of this safe, affordable neighborhood in Long Beach are surrounded by plenty of green spaces, dining, and antique shopping at the monthly Long Beach Antique Market. Lakewood Village also provides a range of Long Beach real estate options—from Mid-Century Modern ranches and Mediterranean-style homes to cozy bungalows and Cape Cods—perfect for singles and young professionals looking to buy a home in this SoCal city.

Things to Do in Lakewood Village

Spend the day shopping at popular retailers like Charlotte Russe, Best Buy, JCPenney, and more at Lakewood Center. Get active on the fitness course, go for a bike ride, or play a game of baseball at Heartwell Park. Take improv, stand-up comedy, and acting classes at My Acting Studio. Watch the latest blockbuster action, romance, comedy, and horror films at Starlight Cinemas. Order a Lavender Latte, Cold Brew Palmer, or Hot Oat Latte and grab a vegan donut at Wolf’s Brew Coffee. Try dozens of tea flavors like the Coconut Lemon Zinger and Peppermint Lemongrass with a slice of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread at Hojas Tea House. Get your fix of Thai dishes like the Pad Thai Shrimp, Pineapple Fried Rice, and Yellow Curry at S.T. Noodle Bar. Or enjoy a dinner date night with Italian dishes like the Calamari Fritti, Tortellini Boscaiola, and Scoglio at Vino e Cucina.

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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.