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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Long Beach

Moving to Long Beach? This coastal California city provides affordable living in the LA metro, amazing schools, delicious seafood spots, and more. Check out these five safe, affordable neighborhoods in Long Beach!

California Heights

  • Home Price: $466,250 median purchase price; $1,499 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 59% of Long Beach neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

California Heights, sometimes called Cal Heights, is one of the largest historic districts in Long Beach, and it’s full of community pride. The neighborhood even hosts frequent community events and takes on restoration projects to preserve the area’s history. When living in California Heights, you’ll find affordable Spanish-style homes and charming bungalows nestled among vintage shops, local markets, and trendy eateries. Plus, if you need to travel outside of the city, Long Beach Airport is right next to this safe, affordable neighborhood!

Things to Do in California Heights

Have an outdoor barbecue or play on the playgrounds at Reservoir Park. Become a member and sign up for badminton lessons at Badminton Center Court. Play dress-up, do crafts, and get your face painted with the kids at Dream Come True Tea & Party Room. Go shopping for new and vintage clothing at Goods on Orange. Grab breakfast from Blackbird Cafe and order Breakfast Tacos, El Luchador Eggs Benedict, and Brownie Pancakes. Try Pastrami Fries and The Meatloaf Burger from The Pan, a Long Beach comfort food spot. Visit SteelCraft Long Beach, a food court-style restaurant where you can pick up tacos from La Taqueria Band. Or try some California craft beer like the Nothing But Time Brown Ale or Stomp & Holler IPA from Syncopated Brewing.

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El Dorado Park

  • Home Price: $458,325 median purchase price; $717 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 63% of Long Beach neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Want to live in a safe Long Beach neighborhood with access to green space and outdoor recreation? Consider El Dorado Park! This primarily residential area is located next to the expansive El Dorado East Regional Park, which provides everything from community gardens and playground spaces to golf courses and sports fields for local residents. In addition, El Dorado Park is just ten minutes from Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, so it’s a great neighborhood for military families looking to stay close to base!

Things to Do in El Dorado Park

Go fishing, test your archery skills, or work out at the outdoor gym at El Dorado East Regional Park. Schedule a tee time or take a golf lesson to sharpen your technique at El Dorado Park Golf Course. Spend a day shopping or go see a movie at Long Beach Towne Center. Reserve a time at Cinema Escape Room to test your problem-solving skills in one of their pop culture-themed escape rooms. Get the day started with a White Chocolate Mocha and an Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich from Sheldon’s Corner Cafe. Order a bowl of New England Clam Chowder or the Fresh Catch of the Day at long-standing Long Beach seafood restaurant Original Fish Co. Have date night at Shenandoah at the Arbor, where you can try the Raspberry-Chipotle Duck and Summer Pasta. Or go wine tasting at Seal Beach Winery and take home a bottle of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc.

Lakewood Village

1940 Ranch Bungalow in Lakewood Village, Long Beach. Photo by Instagram user @clarkliving

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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
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

If you’re searching for a quiet Long Beach neighborhood with a suburban feel, Lakewood Village is the place for you. Home to top-rated schools like Mark Twain Elementary School and Bancroft Middle School, as well as Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus, Lakewood Village is a popular spot for anyone seeking a family-friendly environment and education opportunities. This safe neighborhood is also ideal for those wanting to buy a home in Long Beach, as the area offers everything from Mid-Century Modern ranches to cozy bungalows.

Things to Do in Lakewood Village

Become a member at Lakewood Golf Course, where you can schedule an afternoon tea time or join a golf league. Go shopping at popular stores like Cotton On, Express, H&M, and more at Lakewood Center. Take the family to Kidz Town and slide down massive slides, climb the rock climbing wall, or jump in the ball pit. Pick up some new reads at Once Read Books, a secondhand bookstore with more than 35,000 titles. Order a Cold Brew, Turmeric Chai, or a seasonal drink at Wolf’s Brew Coffee. Visit El Burrito Grill—voted best Mexican food in Long Beach—to try the Verde Burrito, a Bean Tostada, or Shrimp Tacos. Order Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders and a side of Cluckin’ Mac at Cluck and Blaze. Or spend an evening at The Hangar for drinks and food from a variety of Long Beach small businesses.

Los Altos

Two Tone Ranch Style Home in Los Altos, Long Beach. Photo by Instagram user @acmestudiosla

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  • Home Price: $531,288 median purchase price; $1,323 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 67% of Long Beach neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Los Altos is a safe and affordable neighborhood in East Long Beach that offers Mid-Century Modern homes, bungalows, and ranch-style houses. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly suburban feel or want great shopping and dining spots to explore, Los Altos has something for everyone. Not only that, but this Long Beach neighborhood borders California State University Long Beach, making it a perfect location for students and university staff alike.

Things to Do in Los Altos

Head to Whaley Park to hang out on the playgrounds, play volleyball, or join a basketball game. Feed the Koi fish, walk through the pathways, and spend some time in the Zen Garden at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. Get tickets to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center to see jazz performances, ballet productions, comedy shows, and more. Pick up the newest comic book, a collectable toy, or pop culture apparel at Amazing Comics and Cards. Order Agave Wings, Taquitos, and Baja Fish Tacos at Taco Beach Cantina. Visit Deli News Pizza and try the Pastrami Pizza, Stromboli, or Italian Roast Beef Sandwich. Order an Umami Cheeseburger, Grilled Ham and Cheese, or Sauerkraut Dog from SideYard Cafe. Or grab dinner from Bai Plu Thai & Sushi and try the Veggie Tempura, Spicy Shrimp Coconut Soup, and the Red Dragon Specialty Roll.

Signal Hill

Two Story, Single-Family Home in Signal Hill, Long Beach. Photo by Instagram user @jessicapanzica

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  • Home Price: $295,029 median purchase price; $1,097 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 96% of Long Beach neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Sitting on top an actual hill, Signal Hill is a safe, affordable suburb of Long Beach that provides excellent outdoor recreation and panoramic views of the city! Here, you’ll find a great mix of housing options from modern apartments and spacious condos to Mediterranean-style homes. Additionally, Signal Hill is home to well-rated schools like Signal Hill Elementary and Westerly School of Long Beach, as well as universities like American University of Health Sciences and LBCC Pacific Campus.

Things to Do in Signal Hill

Join a pick up game of basketball or Discovery Well Park. Head to Signal Hill Trail for hiking, running, and Long Beach views. Take a rock climbing class, try bouldering, or relax with a yoga session at Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gym. Head to the Long Beach Antique Mall to shop for vintage furniture, clothing, collectables, and more. Grab a Cajun Chicken Panini and Green Detox Juice from Paninis. Head to Happy Little Teas for bubble tea and snacks like Banana Milk Tea and Popcorn Chicken. Go out for dinner and order Greek Chicken Strips, an Almost Reuben Melt, or Fish + Chips from Jimmy E’s Bar and Grill. Or grab some friends and head to Ten Mile Brewing for craft brews like the Bearskin American IPA or Bloody Well Right Saison.


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