Alamitos Heights is surrounded by the Pacific Coast Highway to the north, University Park Estates to the east, Belmont Heights to the west, and Alamitos Bay to the south. It’s considered “exceptionally livable” according to areavibes.com’s rankings based on local amenities, graduation rates and housing market stability. Its Magnolia tree lined streets and exemplary schools make it a perfect place for families.
Hugged by the Pacific Ocean and Belmont Shores, Belmont Heights is a quaint homage to the golden age of Los Angeles. Its famous Eliot Lane preserves the charm and history of bygone years with Craftsman Bungalows dating back to as early as 1905. Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier is a landmark dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces and provides a calm escape for fishing and strolling.
Located north of Belmont Shore and east of Belmont Heights, this community is set along the Alamitos Bay overlooking Naples and the marina across from it. The Pike, Shoreline Village and the Aquarium of the Pacific are just minutes away, and more shops and dining are walkable in distance. It also boasts great schools and provides bigger property lots than neighboring Naples.
Just west of Belmont Park and overlooking the Pacific Ocean is this tight knit community featuring Spanish-style homes from the 1920’s and 1930’s. In 1929 the Leeway Sailing and Aquatics Center opened here and claims to be one of the premiere instructional sailing programs in the country. It also boasts an impressive amount of shops, dining, and salons.
The 405 and the 710 freeways wrap around this small community with Lakewood Village neighboring to the east. This affluent area features many custom-built homes that were built between 1920 and 1940 lending to its charming and historic atmosphere. It also hosts reputable schools including Longfellow Elementary -- recognized as a California Distinguished School.
Bluff Heights is another neighborhood of Long Beach molded by the suburban affluence of the 1910’s through 1920’s. Its Craftsman Bungalow homes dot the landscape providing a quaint, yet upscale charm to a well-kept neighborhood. It’s just minutes from the water between Alamitos Beach and Carroll Park with Bluff Park to the north and Belmont Heights to the east.
This upscale neighborhood lies along a bluff overlooking Long Beach. It hosts the Long Beach Museum of Art on Ocean Boulevard which houses more than 3,000 permanently installed pieces of art. The park itself is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts who like to jog, stroll, or walk the dog. Bluff Park’s historical district is a collage of architectural styles dating back from the early 1900.
California Heights is bordered by Long Beach Boulevard to the west, Bixby Road to the north, Cherry Avenue to the east, and Wardlow Road to the south. Though it’s small in size, it is considered the largest historic district in Long Beach. Established in 1924, it has since become a rapidly growing neighborhood for families.
This one mile stretch along Anaheim Street between Atlantic and Junipero Avenues is known as the Cambodian Capital of the United States. It boasts an exciting collection of Cambodian restaurants and shops that were founded by immigrants who fled the Vietnam occupation in the mid 1970’s. Even the City of Long Beach gets involved with a Cambodian New Year celebration in honor of its residents.
Carroll Park became an established subdivision in 1907 and has since memorialized its history with original preserved Craftsman Bungalow homes dating back to as early as 1898. It’s known for little landscaped islands that dot the community and are exclusive only to Carroll Park. Because of its historic charm and beautifully landscaped boulevards, it attracts many walkers from neighboring communities.
Right on the edge of the sandy and expansive shores, Downtown Long Beach provides a playground for the relaxing beach goer, the active ocean sports enthusiast, and cosmopolitan city dweller. It’s host to a thriving arts culture with museums, theatres and music festivals. Long Beach is also home to the permanently docked, Queen Mary -- a historic ship turned hotel that harkens back to bygone years of early 19th century elegance.
Also known as the East Village Arts District, this tiny neighborhood is roughly eight blocks long north to south divided by Atlantic Avenue in the center and Ocean Boulevard to the south. From high rise condos to quaint cottages, this community provides a diverse and unique atmosphere and home to independent shops, restaurants and art galleries.
Located on the east side of Long Beach and next to Rancho Estates, families can take advantage of the close proximity to golf, outdoor archery, swimming, playgrounds, roller hockey, and an abundance of other outdoor activities. Even family pets have a place to run wild at the El Dorado Dog Park and Dog Beach.
El Dorado South is a quiet neighborhood hugged by the 405 freeway to the east and 605 freeway to the south. It lies just along the Orange County and Los Angeles County line making it a centrally located area, providing plenty of local shops and dining. Its neighborhood association provides a plethora of activities throughout the year, as well.
This small neighborhood is another area harkening back to the early days of Long Beach establishment. Craftsman, Spanish-style and Victorian style homes were built in the early 1900’s for working class families of the area and are still standing with impeccable quality today. Hellmann is bordered by Alamitos Avenue to the west, Anaheim Street to the north, Cherry Avenue to the east, and 7th Street to the south.
This picturesque and upscale community is built on five man-made islands named: Admiralty, Davenport, Gilbert, Humboldt, and Trinidad. To the north is the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and the Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach is to the south. Because the harbor is shallower than the ocean, the waters are slightly warmer -- which attracts swimmers and beachgoers alike.
Lakewood is Just outside of Long Beach to the west and south, Bellflower to the north, and Cerritos to the east. Its expansive landscaped boulevards stretch through this pre-developed community where post-war design ideologies paved the way to the modern map of Southern California -- making it Tree City, USA. Lakewood also has a remarkable enthusiasm for sports throughout the public schools and private programs.
Another area of Long Beach established just after WWII designed with suburban structure and a bevvy of architectural styles. It’s bordered by Lakewood to the north and west, and close proximity to a plethora of dining and shopping, especially along Viking Way and Norse Way. It’s also home to the Long Beach City Arts College’s Liberal Arts Campus.
This quiet and family oriented neighborhood is bounded by CSU Long Beach to the south, Clark Avenue on the west, Studebaker Road on the east, and close proximity to freeways that link you anywhere in Southern California -- including the nearby Long Beach airport. This community is great for bike riding, jogging and strolling under the tree-lined streets.
Los Cerritos is notable for its affluent homes that have been featured in movies such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, American Pie, and Donnie Darko -- along with many others. It’s located within Bixby Knolls but has an individual personality unto itself. It was established in 1906 and considered an “All-American”neighborhood because of its large estates that dot the manicured boulevards.
Because it’s built on three islands, Naples provides a more luxurious and exclusive lifestyle. It overlooks the boats calmly swaying in the marina along the Alamitos Bay and provides a hotspot for kayaking, paddleboarding and hydrobiking. Due to its particular location along the shore, its beaches are known for calmer waves than other parts of Long Beach.
Park Estates is an affluent neighborhood consisting of mostly custom-built homes. It’s rated #2 best place to live in Long Beach according to areavibes.com’s rankings based on area amenities, graduation rates, housing market stability and weather. It lies just west of California State University Long Beach, north of Alamitos Heights, and east of Recreation Park Golf Course.
Part of the Greater East Long Beach area, Plaza is conveniently located west of El Dorado Park West, south of Carson Park, and just north of the 405 freeway. It was originally built as part of Lakewood, but was annexed to Long Beach in the early 1950’s. According to areavibes.com -- its amenities, graduation rates, and housing market stability rank it as “exceptionally livable.
A historic district located south of Carroll Park and Bluff Heights, and west of Belmont Heights. The park, named after the small circular area on Orizaba Avenue, was donated to the city in 1910 by the Alamitos Land Company. Like most homes in the historic districts of Long Beach, they were built in the early 1900’s in the Craftsman Bungalow architectural style.
Rose Park South is located just south of Rose Park and also a historic district of Long Beach. It lies north of Carroll Park and Bluff Heights, and west of Belmont Heights. It gets its name from the circular intersection on Orizaba Avenue and was donated to the city in 1910 by the Alamitos Land Company.
Signal Hill lies just south of the 405 freeway and conveniently located southwest of the Long Beach Airport. Nestled atop a hill overlooking southern Long Beach, it was originally established after the discovery of oil in the 1920’s. To add to its already progressive ideologies, Signal Hill elected California’s first female mayor in 1924.
University Park Estates is hugged by 7th Street to the north, Studebaker Road to the east, Loynes Drive to the south, and Margo Avenue to the west. It’s home to Charles F. Kettering Elementary School and lies along the west bank of the Los Cerritos Channel. This neighborhood consists of mostly middle to upper middle class homes with a family atmosphere.
Named after famed William Wrigley, Jr. of Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, the small area of Wrigley was one of the first neighborhoods established in Long Beach in 1905. It’s bordered by the 405 freeway to the north, Pacific Coast Highway to the south, the Los Angeles River on the west, and Long Beach Boulevard to the east. This neighborhood contains a community park, Veteran’s Park, and a light rail that runs directly to local shops and dining.
This neighborhood was named after the Pacific Electric Railway’s Huntington Beach station stop of the same name. It’s located in the eastern part of Long Beach bordering south of the Pacific Coast Highway, north of 10th Street, to the east of Junipero Avenue and west of Loma Avenue. The East Anaheim Business Association is on track to make this neighborhood the next up-and-coming area of Long Beach.
Angelino Heights sets itself apart from the youthful and trendy Echo Park by eliciting a bygone era before the golden years of Hollywood with its high concentration of Victorian era homes. Founded in 1886, it is the second oldest district in Los Angeles. With its steep hills and picturesque background, Angelino Heights has served as filming locations for countless TV shows and films.
This tiny and diverse unincorporated community south of Los Angeles sits just northwest of a park with the same name. It’s south of Westmont, east of Hawthorne, north of Gardena, and west of Broadway-Manchester. The park adjacent to it features two baseball diamonds, a gymnasium, swimming pool, and computer lab.
Baldwin Hills is a diverse and affluent neighborhood just east of Culver City in the Los Angeles region. It was named after the 19th century horse racer and land developer, Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin. Its nearby the very first site of “Olympic Village” which was built for the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Some notable residents include renowned film composer, Danny Elfman; Tina Turner, and the late Ray Charles.
Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Beachwood Canyon is an affluent and exclusive community just north of Hollywood. Small pockets of neighborhood shops and restaurants promise a unique, yet elegant atmosphere. In what used to be the 1920’s advertised Hollywoodland community, is now home to the Hollywood sign and has a more relaxed vibe than other canyons in the hills.
The venerable home to many TV shows and movie stars, Bel Air is a six square-mile affluent oasis. it has become known as one-third of the Platinum Triangle in Los Angeles - along with the Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills - for it’s high property values and large estates. It’s also home to four private and two public pre-collegiate schools, as well as the American Jewish University.
The two and a half square-mile, Bell Gardens, is one of the only cities to permit casino gambling -- bringing in adventurous residents from all over Los Angeles. It’s also host to the oldest remaining house in all of the city, the Avila Adobe on Olivera Street which was built in 1818. Its residents are served by the Montebello School District.
Bellflower is nestled between major freeways, making the rest of Los Angeles a convenient drive away. It lies south of the 105 freeway, west of the 605 freeway, north of the 91 freeway, and east of Paramount. Because of the bellefleur apples which grew in orchards in the area, it was changed from Somerset to Bellflower in 1909.
This small community is tucked away in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the westside of Los Angeles north of Sunset Boulevard. It’s bordered to the north by Sherman Oaks, Bel Air to the southwest, Beverly Hills to the southeast, and the famous Mulholland Drive running along the north end. Its windy streets are lined with beautifully designed estates, providing a more elegant backdrop to the lush landscape.
Home to the eight-story Beverly Center shopping center, Beverly Grove is a small neighborhood bordering Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. This 1.65-square-mile neighborhood has one private elementary school and one of the highest rates of college graduates in the county. Beverly Grove boasts fine dining, outdoor activities and is a prime location for families.
Home to the most famous zip code in the entire country, Beverly Hills is the quintessential definition of ultra luxury. It’s also known for its extravagant shops that align historic Rodeo Drive. Given the size of many homes in the area, the population density is one of the lowest in the county. Beverly Hills has both standout public and private schools.
This quaint and beautiful area of 6,500+ residents is surrounded by Beverly Hills and Mid-City. It’s highly educated population is reflected in its highly regarded public schools. Citizens in Beverlywood tend to be older, and more family orientated. It’s also home to the prestigious Hillcrest Country Club, where Groucho Marx was once a member.
A picture of affluence and beauty, Brentwood is situated at the foot of the Santa Monica mountains, bordered by the San Diego Freeway to the east and Santa Monica to the south. The Brentwood Country Club has been open since the golden age of Hollywood and hosted parts of the 1932 Summer Olympics. The coral trees that line San Vicente Blvd are considered a historical-cultural monument.
Though it’s located downtown, Bunker Hill is a district unlike most in the area as it’s the oldest district in all of Los Angeles. The land was purchased in 1867 and was one of the fastest growing districts in LA. Since WWII, growth slowed, but recent developers have rejuvenated the area renovating historic buildings into thriving businesses and beautiful living spaces.
Incorporated in 1968, Carson is the youngest municipality in the South Bay region of Los Angeles. Compared to other areas, Carson is quite large at 19 square miles. It’s bordered by Torrance to the west, West Rancho Dominguez to the north, Lakewood to the east, and Wilmington to the south. It’s home to the StubHub Center which hosts the LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Sol, and the training headquarters for the men’s national soccer team.
Carthay is a half-square mile neighborhood surrounded by Beverly Grove to the north, Mid-Wilshire to the east, Mid-City to the south, and Beverly Hills to the northwest. It’s played a legendary role in Hollywood hosting the premieres for Snow White and Gone with the Wind in Carthay Circle. It’s also one of the first neighborhoods in Los Angeles to have all utility wires buried underground to maintain its picturesque cityscape.
Most notably home to one of the biggest movie and tv production studios in the world, 20th Century Fox Studios, Century City was originally part of its backlot and is only 176 acres in size. It’s bordered by Beverly Hills to the north and northeast, Cheviot Hills to the south, and Westwood to the northwest. Its main economy comes from Fox Studios and a substantial upscale shopping and dining center.
Part of the Gateway Cities, Cerritos is a melting pot for culture and a true foodie’s paradise. A myriad of restaurants, offering all types of cuisine, align nearly every street. Along with its great central location, top-notch school system and wholesome family feel, it’s a great place for commuting and raising a family.
Though you may not realize it, you’ve probably seen a lot of Cheviot Hills homes on tv and in the movies due to its proximity between Fox Studios and Sony Studios. In 2014, Redfin named it the hottest neighborhood in the country for real estate, making it an ideal place for those who like a suburban atmosphere in the middle of it all.
Chinatown lies northeast of downtown Los Angeles encircled by the 110 freeway to the northwest, the 101 freeway to the southwest, and the 5 freeway to the east. It was developed in the late 19th century with two schools, a library, a city and state park, medical center and hospital. It’s been featured in many films throughout Hollywood history and continues to host restaurants, shops and nightlife inspired by the vibrant Chinese culture.
City Terrace is in the eastern region of Los Angeles and is situated atop the San Rafael Hills overlooking the city to the west and north, Monterey Park to the east, and Lincoln Heights to the northwest. Due to the East Los Streetscapers that resided in the area in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, the city became a blank canvas on which they painted stunning murals that provide a tapestry of vibrant color throughout the city.
This neighborhood is part of the Gateway Cities in the South Bay region and the second smallest city in the LA area. It’s bordered by Bell to the north, Bell Gardens to the east, South Gate on the south, and Huntington Park on the west. In the 1910’s, the horse stables and fruit trees attracted southerners and midwesterners alike -- which lent the feel of rural charm that is still remains today.
Culver City has played a legendary role in the television and movie industry. It’is home to the famous Sony Pictures Studios, Culver Studios and the once venerated producer of classic films, MGM Studios. This historic area boasts landmarks, influential businesses, a myriad of parks, and has been the backdrop to more films than any other area of Los Angeles. Technically its own city not incorporated with Los Angeles, it provides its own Police and Fire Departments.
Surrounded by Glassel Park to the north, Mt. Washington to the east, the Los Angeles River to the west, and the 110 Freeway bordering the south, Cypress Park is in the northeast region of Los Angeles. This neighborhood is amongst a blossoming revitalization program which is in the beginning stages of creating more economic growth to the area.
These communities are near the 405 and 105 freeway interchange in the South Bay region of Los Angeles. They elicit an old-fashioned, small town, yet well-kept atmosphere even though it’s part of the big city of Hawthorne. Its schools are now served by the brand new Wiseburn School District which is already quickly gaining a highly regarded reputation.
Del Rey is a tiny neighborhood just north of Ballona Creek surrounded by Culver City with Venice and Marina Del Rey to the west and southwest respectively. Del Rey boasts a substantial amount of public and private schools and a local police department serves the area, as well. Its proximity to the quieter beaches of Los Angeles make it a centrally located area for families and young residents alike.
Downey, located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles and part of the Gateway Cities, is a town inspired by most of the hit-records from The Carpenters. It’s the birthplace of the Apollo Space program and the Space Shuttle. It’s also home to the world-renowned Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center which specializes in spinal cord injuries. At 13 square miles, its a sweeping landscape of Los Angeles suburbia.
Most parts of downtown are becoming increasingly hip and affluent neighborhoods. The prospects of the future may soon equal the past. During its heyday in the 1920’s it was known as the “Wall Street of the West.” More recently the area has been revitalized by the construction of the Staples Center, Nokia Theater, and an additional $1.8 billion dollars in real estate development.
Echo Park is known as one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods in Central Los Angeles, nestled between Elysian Valley to the north and northeast, Elysian Park to the east, Chinatown and Downtown to the southeast, Westlake to the southwest and west, and Silver Lake to the north. Some notable residents of the area include actors Steve McQueen, Shia LaBeouf, Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as artist Carlos Almaraz.
Unsurprisingly, yet completely fittingly -- it’s named after a large rock resembling a soaring eagle. A bit of a secluded valley of waving hills and windy roads, it’s nestled between Glendale, Highland Park and Glassell Park in northeastern Los Angeles. Eagle Rock still preserves the charm of historic architecture with Craftsmen, Georgian, Streamline Moderne, Art Deco, and Mission Revival homes that capture the beauty and history of bygone years
Spanish for “The Second,” El Segundo is a beach city part of the South Bay region of Los Angeles. In 2006, the city won an Eddy Award for “Most Business Friendly City in LA.” Manhattan Beach borders it to the south, Hawthorne to the east, and Playa Del Rey to the north. It’s the gateway to the South Bay region -- and with the airport in its borders -- the gateway to the rest of the world.
Also known as Alondra Park, El Camino Village is a 1.1 square-mile neighborhood east of Lawndale, south of Hawthorne, west of Gardena and north of Torrance. It hosts the El Camino College which has a national award winning forensics program. With a splash pad at the local park, it’s a great place for the family to cool off in the summer.
This youthful community is located on the eastside of Los Angeles bordered by South Pasadena to the north, Alhambra to the east, City Terrace to the south, and Lincoln Heights to the west. El Sereno is home to an array of public schools in the area with Cal State Los Angeles nearby. Still a hidden gem, The Berkshire Craftsman and Revival Bungalow district resides where historic homes maintain the charm of yesteryear.
Home to the venerable Los Angeles Police Academy and just around the corner from Dodgers Stadium, Elysian Park is at the intersection of culture and history. Just north of downtown, it’s surrounded by the 5 freeway to the east, the 110 freeway to the southeast, Echo Park to the west and Silverlake to the northwest. A new park is currently in the works which will feature an array of amenities including beautiful views of the city, game courts and picnic areas.
For an adventure in education and culture, Exposition Park is the place. It’s home to the California Science Center -- where the shuttle Endeavor is displayed -- the African American Museum, The Natural History Museum and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It’s bordered by Exposition Boulevard to the north, Figueroa Street to the east, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the south and Menlo Avenue to the west.
This lively community is surrounded by West Hollywood to the northeast, Hancock Park to the east, Mid-Wilshire to the south, and Beverly Grove to the west. With the famous CBS Television City, The Grove outdoor mall, the famous Farmer’s Market. and Fairfax Avenue strip of dining and shopping -- it’s a hotspot of entertainment for all.
This area is just under three square miles and located in the southern Los Angeles area. It’s bordered by East Slauson Avenue to the north, Central Avenue to the east, Firestone Boulevard to the south, and the Interstate 10 freeway to the west. Florence is served by three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
Franklin Hills is a small, affluent area of homes nested on the hill just east of Los Feliz Village. Boasting stunning homes and scenic views, Franklin Hills offer modern day luxury at its finest, with a touch of old world charm. Three public, as well as three highly rated private schools serve the neighborhood.
Gardena is located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, bordered by Athens to the north, Harbor Gateway to the east and south, Hawthorn to the northwest and Torrance to the southwest. With it’s proximity to the South Bay Galleria Mall, and minutes from Del Amo Fashion Center - one of the biggest malls in the US -- Gardena is a shopper’s paradise and a great place to raise a family.
This neighborhood is hugged by the 5 freeway to the west and the Glendale freeway to the north. In 1907, Andrew Glassell received a part of Rancho San Rafael that would later become Glassell Park. It’s a diverse neighborhood bordered by Atwater Village, Eagle Rock and Glendale. Lately it’s taken on community characteristics of Los Feliz and Echo Park -- a more gentrified and diverse community burgeoning into a unique, up-and-coming neighborhood.
Nestled above Griffith Park, the third largest city in Los Angeles, Glendale lies at the east end of the San Fernando Valley. Known for its safety, Glendale maintains its own police department, employing more officers than any other city in Los Angeles. The newer Americana Mall provides a spectacular addition to the already plentiful shopping options in the city.
This neighborhood is in the southern Los Angeles region and bounded by Manchester Boulevard to the north, Normandie Avenue to the east, and the Los Angeles city border on the south and west. Gramercy Park is served by two public and one private elementary school. It hosts the Saint Andrews Recreation Center and the Jesse Owens Community Regional Park.
Built around the grounds of Wilshire Country Club, Hancock Park is a historic and affluent residential neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles. Originally developed in the 1920s, this neighborhood features architecturally distinctive residences with four private and two public schools in the area. The British Consulate is located in Hancock Park where Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed when they visited in 2011.
Bordered by Lomita to the west, Wilmington to the east, West Carson to the north, and Rolling Hills to the south, Harbor City is a diverse neighborhood in close proximity to the ports of Long Beach. The city hosts a plethora of public and private schools, parks and a branch of the Los Angeles Public library. It has the largest percentage of high school graduates than the rest of Los Angeles.
Harbor Gateway is a long and narrow neighborhood stretching across the 110 freeway -- also known as the Harbor Freeway - north to south. It’s bordered by the intersections of the 105 freeway to the north and the 405 freeway to the south. Though it’s a small area, it is served by a number of local public and private schools notable to the region.
Harvard Heights lies just east of Arlington Heights, South of Koreatown, north of Jefferson Park and west of Pico-Union in the Mid-City community. It’s another taste of a historic era of Los Angeles with its Craftsman Victorian style homes and contains the only Greene and Greene house in Los Angeles -- a larger version of a Craftsman style bungalow. Its other large historic homes have been a mainstay through the years attracting new residents every year.
This city was founded by B.L Harding in 1905 and named after the New England author, Nathaniel Hawthorne- who shared a July 4th birthday with Harding’s daughter. Hawthorne boasts a number of great public and private schools that are part of the Los Angeles County District. Part of Hollywood history, Marilyn Monroe was born and spent her early childhood here.
As one of three beach cities located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach extends only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south, with the Pacific Coast Highway running down the middle. A paved path, called The Strand, connects to Hermosa Beach pier, one of the beach community's main shopping, eating and partying areas..
The historic Highland Park is a hilly neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, located along the Arroyo Seco Parkway. It’s one of the oldest settled areas of Los Angeles, and known for its stunning architecture. Recently, it’s built a reputation as a mecca for artists, with trendy shops, galleries, bars and restaurants throughout the neighborhood.
As one of the most iconic places in the entire world, Hollywood is the home to the movie industry, fame, and fortune. Beyond film, it’s also known for its unique vibrant shops, restaurants, and legendary nightlife. Hollywood’s diverse collection of homes and inviting atmosphere make it a great place to live for everyone from young singles to families.
As part of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Hollywood Hills are a hillside neighborhood located in the central region of Los Angeles with breathtaking views and lavish homes. Its population density is among the lowest in the county, averaging little more than 3,000 people per square-mile. The area is served by two public schools, as well as three private schools; all of which are highly regarded.
Part of the Westwood District, Holmby Hills is another beautiful and exclusive community that is home to many famous residents. It forms the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles with Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Holmby Hills is divided north and south by Sunset Boulevard and consists of mostly residential areas. It was purchased at the turn of the 1900’s by Arthur Letts who named it after a small hamlet in the English countryside, Holdenby.
Not to be confused with the much older neighborhood of the same name in London, England -- this neighborhood is one of the oldest in Los Angeles, founded in 1887 and finally incorporated as a city in 1922. It’s bordered by Leimert Park to the north, Inglewood to the south and west, and Vermont Square to the east. There are fourteen public and private schools that serve the area.
This longstanding community is a 1.28-square-mile neighborhood within the South Los Angeles area. Jefferson Park began as one of the city's wealthiest areas when development began in the early 20th century. The new football stadium for the Rams is in the works which is already creating a burgeoning real estate boom.
A diverse and culturally rich community located in Central Los Angeles, thriving with shopping and newly built boutique hotels and dining. Only three square miles, tree-lined boulevards filled with art-deco architecture, bustling coffee shops, and some of the most delicious food in Los Angeles makes it feel like a city unto itself. Koreatown boasts a lively nightlife, abundance of karaoke bars, and endless Korean BBQ.
This diverse neighborhood was once featured on CNN Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live.” Part of the Gateway Cities of southeastern Los Angeles, it was purchased in 1888 by Edwin Neff and his father-in-law, Andrew McNally -- the famous mapmaker who founded Rand McNally.. The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is a local treasure and nearby is the La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center.
Ladera Heights was created in the 1940’s and became a burgeoning town of custom-built homes. It’s located just east of Culver City, south of Baldwin Hills, and north and northwest of Westchester. Many sports celebrities have lived here and enjoyed the Golf Course located in the nearby Culver City community, Fox Hills. It’s served by two K-8 schools and Inglewood High School.
Named after George Lafayette Crenshaw, this small, semi-gated neighborhood in Los Angeles is made up of just 236 homes. It consists of eight blocks, centered around St. Charles Place, and situated between Venice Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. The neighborhood was founded in 1913, however, the gates surrounding the district were added in 1989.
A diverse and unique half square-mile center of culture and old-town shopping, Larchmont is a quaint and well-maintained historic neighborhood that provides a breath of refinement and charm compared to the surrounding Hollywood industry bustle. It’s bordered by Koreatown to the south, Hancock Park to the west, Hollywood to the north and East Hollywood to the east.
This small neighborhood is considered the center of black culture in Los Angeles. It upholds that reputation through its flourishing blues and jazz clubs, as well as venues for hip hop, dramatic performances, and poetry readings. Notable residents have included Ray Charles, John Singleton, and Ella Fitzgerald. This tight-knit community has six schools, a surprisingly high number considering Leimert Park’s 1.19 square-mile footprint.
Conveniently located near Los Angeles International Airport, Lennox is a square-mile community in western Los Angeles. It’s bordered by Century Boulevard to the north, the 405 freeway to the west, the 105 freeway to the south, and Hawthorne Boulevard and Prairie Avenue to the east. Lennox is served by its very own Lennox School district comprising of five elementary schools, one middle school and several high schools.
With its array of notable historical landmarks, Lincoln Heights is considered to be one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles dating back to the 1830’s. Just outside of downtown, the Los Angeles River borders it to the west, the 110 freeway to the north, the 10 freeway to the south, and El Sereno to the east. Its historic Victorian mansions are set aloft the surrounding city overlooking the river.
Nicknamed “The Friendly City”, this 1.9 square-mile area of Los Angeles rests between Torrance and Rolling Hills Estates. Its robust history extends all the way back to the late 1700’s, when it was controlled by King Carlos III of Spain, as part of Rancho San Pedro. Its quaint neighborhoods, small town feel, and Lomita Railroad Museum are hallmarks of the area great for families.
Just next to Griffith Park, Los Feliz is an affluent community surrounded by Atwater Village and Silver Lake. Los Feliz village is home or in proximity to numerous restaurants and bars. Some were classic dives in their hey-day, frequented by the likes of Charles Bukowski and Lawrence Tierney. Mickey Mouse was even born in Los Feliz, as Walt Disney drew his first image of the famous character in his uncle’s garage.
Named after a 1920’s dairyman’s wife -- Lynn Wood Sessions, Lynwood is located in the southern region of Los Angeles. From the intersection of the 105 and 710 freeways, it expands towards the northwest with Alameda Street along the border and served by the Lynwood School District. Some notable residents have included Kevin Costner and Weird Al Yankovic.
This upscale shoreside community resides amongst the bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. It’s tucked away along the Santa Monica mountains, and most of the residents take advantage of its exclusive, yet serene atmosphere. Malibu is home to many famous beaches including Zuma, Topanga, Point Dume, Surfrider, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach. Pepperdine University resides just off the Pacific Coast Highway and overlooks Malibu Bluffs Park.
This coastal city, located in southwestern Los Angeles County, resides south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. A hotspot for beach volleyball and surfing, the city hosts the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament and the International Surf Festival annually in August. It’s also home to some of the top performing schools in the district, ranking third in the state of California.
Nestled between Santa Monica, Venice, and Culver City is Mar Vista, a highly diverse neighborhood in West Los Angeles. Even though it has a small footprint at just 2.9 square miles, it encompasses 12 schools. It central location makes for an easy commute to the beach or the office. Great real estate opportunities have grown immensely over the past decade and are expected to continue.
A beautiful seaside community with the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor. A bit quieter than Venice to the North and with grander beaches than its southern neighbor, Playa Del Rey, it’s an easy escape from the neighboring Venice and Santa Monica. Beautiful seaside homes dot the beaches, and quaint surf shops and dining terraces line the streets giving Marina Del Rey a breezy and laid back atmosphere.
These communities are bounded by the Los Angeles river to the east and north, Cudahy to the south, and Huntington Park to the west. In conjunction with South Gate, Cudahy, and Vernon -- these neighborhoods created the Southeast Cities School coalition to improve education for the area and to provide scholarships to students planning on going to colleges and universities. They’re served by fiive elementary schools, two middle schools and three high schools.
Another diverse neighborhood of Los Angeles that hosts an array of historic homes. With the 10 freeway running along its southern border, it’s considered a centrally located community of Los Angeles. It hosts 11 public and private schools making it a great place for families. Ray Charles had a recording studio in Mid-City where his namesake has been memorialized on local restaurants and post offices.
With a population that is highly diverse and well-educated, Mid-Wilshire is in the central region of LA and home to world class museums, research centers, and widely known restaurants. To add to it’s centrally located charm, a new rail system was built to take passengers down Wilshire which runs through Santa Monica and ends at the Los Angeles International Airport.
This area resides just west of Mid-Wilshire district surrounded by La Brea to the north and Pico-Robertson and Carthay to the west. The district is actually one and a half miles long and boasts high-end retail, restaurants, and nightlife. The nearby Beverly Center, located in Beverly Grove, offers eight stories of the finest shopping in the city.
For an escape from the bustle of the city, yet still in the middle of it all, Montecito Heights provides a more rugged terrain set aloft the Monterey Hills with breathtaking views of the city. Bordered by the 110 freeway to the north, the 5 freeway to the west, Mission Road to the south, and Monterey Road to the northeast, Montecito Heights is a “Wilderness in the City” according to its residents.
With its windy roads weaving through the tree covered hills, Mount Washington is a historic community nestled amongst the San Rafael Hills that overlooks downtown Los Angeles in the distance to the south. It’s one of the most affluent areas in the eastern region of Los Angeles and boasts one of the top scoring schools in the city.
This neighborhood is part of the Greater Los Angeles area starting at the end of the 105 freeway and situated between the 5 freeway to the east and southeast, the 605 freeway to the west, and continuing almost all the way to the 91 freeway to the south. Norwalk has played a role as filming locations to several movies and tv shows including Speed, Karate Kid, and Grease 2.
If you drive up the coast from Santa Monica, you’ll be greeted by the mostly residential, but completely scenic Pacific Palisades. Because of its special geography, it has cooler temperatures than inland Los Angeles, but still avoids the fog that rolls into Santa Monica. A small shopping district lines a strip of Sunset Boulevard that runs through the town called, The Village. It’s also home to Will Rogers State Beach and Topanga Canyon Park.
Palms is bordered by the San Diego Freeway to the west, the 10 freeway to the north and Venice Boulevard to the south. It’s a diverse city founded in 1886 and the oldest city to be annexed by Los Angeles in 1915. It’s primarily residential, but still dotted by charming shops and international restaurants. It also hosts the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Tim Robbins led theatre, The Ivy Substation.
Located within southwestern Los Angeles County, Palos Verdes Estates is an affluent community known for its dramatic ocean and city views, distinguished schools, and extensive horse trails. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has one of the highest rated API scores in the nation. The area is home to several golf courses and country clubs, including Trump National Golf Club.
Part of the Greater Los Angeles area, Paramount is bordered by Lynwood to the west, South Gate and Downey to the north, Bellflower to the east and Long Beach to the south. Because of it’s large culture of immigrants from Sinaloa, Mexico, many of the restaurants and shops are heavily influenced by its delicious cuisine and vibrant culture. It’s colloquially referred to as “Second Sinaloa.”
A picture of suburban affluence, Pasadena is situated amongst the San Rafael Hills and the San Gabriel Mountains. It’s home to the Rose Bowl, an array of museums, a symphony orchestra, and many historical sights. Because of its picturesque suburban design and elegant estates that cover architectural styles from all over America, Pasadena’s neighborhoods have been the setting to countless movies and tv shows including Father of the Bride, Back to the Future, and Gone with the Wind.
This community is named after the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue where the famous Picfair Theatre once stood. It’s bounded by Miracle Mile to the north, Crestview to the west, and Mid-Wilshire to the east. In 2004 Los Angeles Magazine named Picfair Village one of the “Ten Most Overlooked Neighborhoods in Los Angeles.”
This community resides at the bottom of the “V” shape made by the intersections of the 5 freeway to the west and runs along the 605 freeway to the east. It was founded in 1958 and population grew exponentially due to the desirable terrain and job opportunities from the Ford Motor Company that thrived in the mid 20th century. It has nine parks and recreational areas and a burgeoning redevelopment initiative..
Surrounded by Century City to the west, Beverlywood to the south, Little Ethiopia to the east, and Beverly Hills to the North, Pico-Robertson is named after the streets that run through it and at the center of it all. Because of its dense Jewish Population, many private Jewish schools and Kosher restaurants serve the residents of this affluent area.
Pico-Union is bordered by Koreatown and Westlake to the north, downtown to the east, Exposition Park to the south and Harvard Heights to the west. It’s a densely populated, yet youthful neighborhood of Los Angeles that was developed in the early 1900’s bringing in immigrants from Latin America that have since added a wonderful cultural flavor to the already diverse landscape of Los Angeles.
Spanish for “King’s Beach,” Playa Del Rey is situated between Marina Del Rey to the north, El Segundo to the south, Westchester to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It’s mainly a residential community and served by three public elementary schools, one middle school, two high schools and three private schools.
Colloquially known as “Silicon Beach,” Playa Vista is a burgeoning home for technology, media and entertainment. Just minutes from the ocean, and surrounded by Culver City to the north, Marina Del Rey to the west and LAX to the south -- it’s a convenient escape from the bustle of Los Angeles, yet still in the center of it all.
Located atop the bluffs overlooking the expansiveness of the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes is a picturesque community of affluence and luxury. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is the perfect place for dramatic and wondrous views of passing Grey Whales. For more scenic outlooks, The Point Vicente Lighthouse is a historical landmark that also provides spectacular views of the ocean that outstretches below.
Developed in the 1920’s, Rancho Park is a residential neighborhood consisting of mostly Spanish Colonial bungalows and refurbished homes of a more modern persuasion. Because of its deciduous tree-lined streets, it’s one of the few places in the region you can experience the autumn foliage. It also hosts notable private schools such as Notre Dame Academy and Lycee Francais de Los Angeles -- an international and bilingual institution.
Beautiful Redondo Beach is located in the South Bay region in greater Los Angeles and is the focus of many who want to be in the sun and near the ocean. A revitalized downtown area provides locals an opportunity to eat, shop and commune in a quiet atmosphere. The Marina, Harbor and Pier complexes are large, planned centers of activity that host Korean seafood restaurants, bars and plenty of entertainment.
Like Rolling Hills Estates, this upscale community recalls a simpler time requiring no traffic lights with expansive space between homes, lined with picket fences and wide equestrian paths that snake through the neighborhood. Due to its exclusive location on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it provides a calming escape from the bustle of Los Angeles.
This affluent neighborhood on the northern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula has sought to keep a quieter atmosphere more reminiscent of a countryside than a suburb of Los Angeles. It was incorporated in 1957 and dates back to the first Spanish rancho land grant in California. Just west of Torrance, it overlooks the neighboring Rolling Hills while enjoying views of the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Located amongst the San Rafael Hills in the San Gabriel Valley, San Marino is an affluent and historic neighborhood of Los Angeles. Like Pasadena, countless movies and tv shows were filmed here due to it’s variety of housing architecture that reflect styles from all over the country. San Marino School District consistently ranks in the Top 10 performing schools in California.
San Pedro was originally a separate city until it consolidated with Los Angeles in 1909. It’s located west of Terminal Island and surrounded by Rolling Hills Estates. It’s home to the Vincent Thomas Bridge -- the third longest suspension bridge in California, and is home to both the Marine Science and Police Academy Magnet programs.
Once a booming town gushing with oil in the 1920’s, Santa Fe Springs has since blossomed into a magnet for industrial businesses including Cadillac, Lockheed Martin and Boeing to name a few. It’s also the birthplace of the famed muscle car, the Shelby Cobra. It’s bordered by Cerritos to the south, Downey to the west, and Whittier to the north and west.
This lively and exciting city is comprised of a diverse mixture of Hollywood celebrities, executives, families, surfers, and students. It’s robust beaches and revitalized downtown area, featuring the stunning 3rd Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier only reveal just a small part of its charm. It’s no coincidence why Santa Monica has become a popular resort destination.
This small community is a 1.82 square-mile district on the westside of Los Angeles just between Mar Vista and Culver City, with the 405 freeway running alongside it to the east. This area is served by a significant number of notable private and public schools and hosts the Sawtelle Veterans Home. Throughout its history, it’s been unofficially known as “Little Osaka” due to the heavy influence of the Japanese community in the area.
Silver Lake is a trendy residential and commercial neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, located next to Atwater Village and East Hollywood, and on the northwest, bordered by Los Feliz. It’s known for its restaurant, clubs, and weekly art walks. Walt Disney’s first studio was actually built here. It has a diverse and hip atmosphere that attracts residents of a youthful and fashionable persuasion.
Located in the southern region of Los Angeles, South Gate is bordered by Huntington Park to the north, Lynwood to the south, Downey to the east, and Florence to the west with the Los Angeles River running through the eastern part of the city. A more religious and family-oriented city, South Gate has about 40 churches of various denominations within its borders.
Torrance is a quieter and less well known, but still vibrant beach community in the South Bay area. Originally founded in October 1912, the early civic and residential buildings were designed to be renowned and innovative. This coastal community is also home to the Del Amo Fashion Center -- one of the five largest malls in the United States, featuring many upscale clothiers and restaurants.
Outstretching from the University of Southern California campus into the intersection of the 10 freeway and 110 freeway, University Park is a youthful and diverse community. It lies just south of Pico-Union, west of Downtown Los Angeles, and north and east of Exposition Park. It’s also home to the Shrine Auditorium -- the famed venue that has held the Academy Awards, Grammy’s and American Music Awards, among other popular events.
A vibrant and unique town, Venice is a quintessential picture of Los Angeles beach city living. As part of developer, Abbot Kinney’s plan to make this city the “Venice of America,” he recreated the canals of Venice, Italy in 1905 and many residents and tourists today take advantage of its peaceful charm. Its boardwalk is a collage of bike riders, skateboarders, gym rats, tourists, and everyone in between.
Peaceful, tree lined avenues shade this upscale neighborhood between Downtown and the Westside, and only a few minutes south of the 10 freeway. This community is one of the wealthiest African-American neighborhood in the entire country and showcases an impressive collection of Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean style homes. Notable residents have included Ray Charles, Regina King, and Tina Turner to name a few.
Also known as Historic West Adams, this area is a large district located southwest of Downtown and west of USC. It is known for its historic architecture and named after Adams Boulevard, the major east-west surface thoroughfare in the district. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with most of its buildings dating back over a century.
Colloquially referred to as WeHo, West Hollywood is an incorporated city in Los Angeles. It is famous for its unique vibrant shops, restaurants, and large gay population. It’s also considered the most walkable city in all of LA, and It’s diverse homes and inviting atmosphere make it a great place to live for everyone from young singles to families.
Situated at the foot of the hills and overlooked by Loyola Marymount University, Westchester is a more secluded neighborhood. It’s located just south of Playa Vista and Culver City, north of El Segundo, east of Playa Del Rey, and west of Inglewood. Due to the influx of technology companies to the area, it’s recovered a lot quicker from the economic recession than other areas of Los Angeles.
Westwood was developed in 1919 and became home to the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1920’s. Westwood Village is a shopping district north of Wilshire Boulevard that surrounds the historical theatre in the center. Winding roads are dotted by local restaurants including the famous Diddy Riese ice cream parlor. It’s also home to the Hammer Museum and Geffen Playhouse.
Just north of La Mirada, southwest of Hacienda Heights, southeast of Pico-Rivera and northwest of La Habra, Whittier is in the northeastern region of Los Angeles. It’s steeped in history with some of its first residents establishing a Quaker presence that shaped the city for decades to come. It also has it’s own redevelopment agency dedicated to revitalizing the community, including the restoration of the historic Hoover Hotel.
Bordered by the 105 freeway to the north, the 110 freeway to the south, parts of Rosecrans on the south, and Alameda to the east, Willowbrook is located in the south Los Angeles area. The city is aptly named after a solitary willow tree whose leaves once cascaded the streaming brook nearby. The George Washington Carver Park contains a baseball field, basketball court, picnic area, and swimming pool amongst other amenities.
Just north of Long Beach and northeast of San Pedro, Wilmington contains the third largest oil field in the United States and with San Pedro, forms one of the world’s largest import and export centers. Wilmington also boasts several public and private schools, and an array of parks and recreation centers. The Los Angeles Port in Wilmington played a significant role in history as point of embarkation for soldiers heading to the battlefields of WWII.
A young city, being incorporated in 2001, Aliso Viejo is located in the San Joaquin Hills of Orange County. It’s bordered by Laguna Beach to the west and southwest, Laguna Hills to the east, Laguna Niguel to the southeast, and Laguna Woods to the north. The city provides a stunning golf course, library, performing arts center and ample shopping, dining and entertainment at the Aliso Viejo Town Center.
Home to the world famous Disneyland Parks, Anaheim is the center of family entertainment and tourist destination from across the globe. Founded by fifty German families in the mid 1800’s, it’s name comes from “Ana” meaning near to the Santa Ana River and “heim” - the German word for “home”. Its expansive size has lead to the blossoming of diverse neighborhoods throughout the city. It is also served by seven public school districts.
Because of its substantial public arts program, with artworks installed throughout the city, Brea has since become a model for for many other art programs across the nation. It’s bordered by Los Angeles county to the north, La Habra to the west, Fullerton to the southwest, and Yorba Linda to the southeast. It’s served by an award winning school district comprised of six elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
Just a short jump from Los Angeles -- right down the 5 freeway -- this up-and-coming city is known as the Center of the Southland. Buena Park is home to beautiful views and lush landscaping, not to mention countless tourist attractions. For several years it’s been in the midst of a complete communal revitalization program where it’s residential desirability will only increase in the future.
Bordered by Newport Beach to the south, Huntington Beach to the north, Santa Ana to the northwest, and Irvine to the northeast, Costa Mesa originated as a rural farm town and blossomed into a center for retail, commerce and manufacturing. It hosts the Pacific Amphitheatre where the likes of Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, and Boston have performed. It’s also home to Vanguard University, Orange Coast College, Whittier Law School, and National University.
Cypress is a small city located in the northern region of Orange County. With its area just over six square miles, this suburban oasis is close to the 405 freeway, Long Beach, and centrally located to a plethora of other Los Angeles and Orange County cities. Cypress is a great commuting city with a lot of beautiful two-story homes, and served by several great schools.
Beginning at the Pacific Coast Highway just south of Capistrano Beach and expanding northward, Dana Point is a peaceful and picturesque community in Orange County. It has a rich surf culture, and during low tides -- attracts an array of interesting marine life. The city is served by Dana Hills High School within the Capistrano School District where their Cross Country Program has won state titles three years in a row.
Named after the artesian wells in the area, Fountain Valley is a community in Orange County lying just northwest of the Santa Ana river. It’s bordered by Huntington Beach to the south and west, Westminster and Garden Grove to the north, and Costa Mesa on the southeast. Lying within Fountain Valley is the expansive Mile Square Regional Park and every year they hold the annual Summerfest in June with rides, a car show, music, and booths.
Fullerton is bounded by La Habra to the north, Yorba Linda to the east, Anaheim to the south, and Buena Park to the west. It has a rich and lively music scene producing national and world renowned artists like Gwen Stefani from No Doubt and it’s also birthplace of the Fender Music Company. Its vibrant culture of the arts is also served by an impressive amount of colleges and universities including California State University, Fullerton; Hope International University, and Marshall B. Ketchum University among others.
Garden Grove saw its boom in the post WWII era and was officially incorporated in 1956. Being centrally located in Orange County, it’s served by the Garden Grove school district as well as Westminster School District and Huntington Beach Union High School District. Every year in May, the city holds the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival featuring carnival rides, booths, games and food.
Right on the edge of the sandy shores in Orange County just north of Newport Beach and south of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach is a magnet for tourists and locals alike, famously known as “Surf City, USA.” This beach community provides a playground for the relaxing beach goer, the active ocean sports enthusiast, and the vivacious bar crawler.
Chosen as the fourth best place to live in the United States by CNNMoney.com in 2008, this affluent suburban city is known for its attractive aesthetics and highly rated public schools. As one of the most well educated populations in all of LA, Irvine is home to a number of influential technological corporations including, Gateway and Western Digital. It’s array of public parks amongst a friendly community make it a great place for families.
La Habra is bordered by Hacienda Heights to the north, La Mirada to the west, Fullerton to the south, and Brea to the east. Meaning “Pass through the Hills,” it served as a gateway to the north by Spanish explorers. For almost a century, La Habra Heights has grown the Hass avocado and has since become one of the most popular avocado planters around the world.
Ranked one of America’s Best Places to Live, by CNN’s Money magazine in 2007, 2011, and 2013, this affluent neighborhood is known for its quaint, friendly vibe and high-ranking schools. Located in Northern Orange County, La Palma is named after the region's Spanish heritage and its main thoroughfare. Here, gorgeous homes cover every inch of this suburban enclave.
Known for its scenic beaches, coves, and artist community, Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County. As an avid tourist destination, Laguna Beach boasts endless activities and events throughout the year, while its natural landscape of beaches, rocky bluffs and craggy canyons have inspired many from around the world to relax on its shores.
This beautiful community owes its name to the proximity of Laguna Canyon and neighboring Laguna Beach. It sits at the intersection of the 5 freeway and 73 freeway expanding northward from there. Mission Viejo lies to the northeast, Aliso Viejo to the southeast and Laguna Woods to the northwest, and it’s just one town away from the serene shores of the Pacific Ocean.
One of the first master-planned cities in California, Laguna Niguel saw a population boom after the construction of the 5 freeway in the area. To the north lies Aliso Viejo, and separated from the ocean by the smaller Dana Point. It holds the million-square-foot ziggurat building owned by the United States Government where the Western Regional Department of Homeland Security is held. Laguna Niguel is served by the award winning, Capistrano Unified School District.
This scenic city is set between the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to the west, Laguna Hills to the north and east, Aliso Viejo to the south, and Irvine to the northwest. The land that is now the de-commissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro is being developed for the Orange County Great Park -- an expansive land that will feature botanical gardens, a cultural terrace, performing arts venues, sports parks, and so much more.
Named after two lakes nearby, Lake Forest is an affluent town in Orange County. It’s bordered by Irvine to the west, Laguna Hills to the southwest, Mission Viejo to the southeast, and Trabuco Canyon on the east. It’s home to a wide array of notable businesses’ manufacturing plants including Oakley, Panasonic Avionics and Kaiser Aluminum amongst others. Every Thursday, the town hosts a farmer’s market at the local town center where consumers can purchase products from local vendors.
Known as “The Little Cottonwoods” in Spanish, Los Alamitos is a sort of gateway to Los Angeles County with Long Beach as a close neighbor. Its history is steeped in the aircraft industry that served WWII, and one of the first military posts in Orange County. Rossmoor, though unincorporated, uses the Los Alamitos mailing address and also takes advantage of the great youth programs it has to offer.
Situated in the Saddleback Valley of Orange County, Mission Viejo is the perfect picture of pre-planned suburban culture. It is one of the largest master-planned communities ever built in the United States. It’s passion for youth sports is reflected in the array of public parks in the town, and it’s served by two highly regarded school districts.
While most of Orange County consists of homes built in the 1950’s and especially later on, Orange has residences that date back to the 1920’s. Its dedication to history is shown through the preservation of the second largest concentration of historical buildings in the state. It’s also home to Orange County’s oldest operating soda fountain and bank located within in the Orange Historic District. It also hosts the esteemed, Chapman University.
This upscale coastal community, where homes consistently rank as some of the highest property values in the entire nation, is a picturesque and serene town full of attractions like the Orange County Museum of Art, The Boardwalk, and Balboa Pier to name a few. Home to Newport Harbor -- one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the U.S. west coast -- Newport is a popular destination for all types of outdoor and ocean activities.
Located in the northwestern region of Orange County, Placentia -- derived from the Spanish word for pleasant -- is just that. It’s a quiet and notably safe neighborhood bounded by Fullerton to the west,Yorba Linda to the east, Anaheim and Orange to the southwest and south respectively. Placentia is served by ten public elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools
This beautiful and upscale community is situated amongst the rolling hills of southeastern Orange County. It’s another example of master planned desirable suburban living. It’s nestled between Mission Viejo to the west and Cleveland National Forest to the north and east. It’s served by the highly regarded Capistrano Unified School District and Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
Known as the “Spanish Village by the Sea” for its Spanish Colonial style architecture, San Clemente has breathtaking views of the ocean, the hills and the mountains. It’s the Surfing Media capital of the world and a surfer’s paradise because of its year-round swells. San Clemente is bordered by Dana Point to the north and San Diego county to the south. It’s also served by the award winning Capistrano Unified School District.
Home to the widest-variety of homes in Orange County, San Juan Capistrano is a picturesque town steeped in history. It’s home to the oldest residential neighborhood, building, and first vineyard and winery in California. It’s bordered by Laguna Niguel to the north, Dana Point to the southwest, and San Clemente to the south. It’s served by the Capistrano Unified School District as well as four private and college-prep schools in the area.
Santa Ana is the second largest metropolitan city in the nation and fourth safest city with a population over 250,000 according to Forbes Magazine. The Santa Ana River runs through the western portion of the city while Tustin and Irvine lie to the east and southeast respectively. Perfect for families, Santa Ana has an array of museums, attractions and it’s only minutes away from Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
A tranquil escape just on the edge of Los Angeles County near Long Beach, Seal Beach is a quiet town along the San Pedro Bay. Though it’s 13 square miles, it provides a smaller town atmosphere due to most of its acreage being devoted to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Along with the many museums and attractions, Seal Beach has the second longest wooden pier in California.
Hosting some of the widest array of public parks that have been redeveloped in recent years, Stanton is a family oriented picture of Southern California suburbia located in western Orange County. With Cypress to the west, Anaheim to the north and east, and Garden Grove to the south -- it’s relatively centrally located and in close proximity to Disneyland and hosts Orange County’s third amusement park, Adventure City.
Chosen by Forbes Magazine as one of the 25 top places to live well in America due to its high ranking in start-ups and sole proprietors, Tustin also has one of the shortest commutes in Southern California. Its Unified School District is home to two of California’s Distinguished schools, Tustin High School and Foothills high School. Most high school graduates in the area attend University of California, Irvine -- a highly accredited public Ivy university.
The smallest city in Orange County, Villa Park is a quiet residential community located in northern part of the county surrounded by the city of Orange and Santiago Oaks Regional Park nearby to the east. Its windy roads bordered by manicured landscapes provide a backdrop of peaceful and welcoming suburbia. Villa Park is served by two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
This large city in Orange County is bordered by Seal Beach to the west, Garden Grove to the north and east, and Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley to the south. It was founded by a reverend of a Presbyterian temperance colony and named after the Westminster Assembly of 1643, where the tenants of the faith originated. It’s served by four different school districts that overlap the area.
Ranked as CNN’s 21st best place to live in the United States, Yorba Linda is an affluent and expansive city in northeast Orange County. It’s been identified by the U.S Census Department as one of the richest cities in the nation. It’s bordered by Anaheim to the south, Placentia on the west and southwest, Brea to the northwest, and Chino HIlls State Park to the north.