Does anyone live in long beach, ca?

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    Jul 28, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    I spent a decent amount of time visiting friends in Long Beach in my early 20s but my memory of it is a bit fuzzy. I'm looking to move to California in about a year and thinking this is where I'll land, I'm pretty over moving and want to put down roots.

    I haven't lived near family for about 7 years and I'm realizing how much I miss it. I enjoy a lot of what the pnw has to offer but the weather is shite and affects me to greatly. I always said I wouldn't move to CA, but I'm willing to suck it up and be a car ride from my friends and family in AZ, as well as one of my brothers who lives in LA. He's trying to get me to move to Silverlake where he and his gf are but I can't hang with the LA traffic, and we'd probably kill each other. So Long Beach is my first choice, but I only have 1 remaining friend there. One fact I came across was that it has one of the biggest bike commuter populations in the states... is this true? I'm planning to stay in PDX for another year, work on my portfolio, and try and land a job out west before I move. If anyone has any insight into life in long beach that would be rad and helpful. I'm fairly easy to please, I just need: burritos, access to live music, a bikable terrain, sun, and solid folk, does this sound like LBC life?
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    Jul 28, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    I lived in Long Beach for over 20 years...and, for the most part, loved it.
    I moved to Palm Springs because I was sick of the commuting and traffic.
    Recently, I looked into moving back there....HAH!!! Guess what?? I can't afford to live there anymore!! Rent and real estate are through the rough!!
    I could NOT find one single 2 bedroom 1 bath apt in a decent neighborhood for less than $1200 per month. These were places that went for about $750 ten years ago. Cannot imagine why either... it just ain't THAT special.
    BTW, I now live in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath HOUSE in Palm Springs for less than $1,000 per month. Big fenced yard, nicely landscaped...and quiet as heck!!
    Think I'll be staying here for a bit longer.
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    Jul 28, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    Hmmm, rent has definitely gone up in most areas and california can be pricey. My aforementioned friend said I could get a studio for between 7-800, which sounded okay for Ca. I'm not averse to living in gnarly spaces as long as they're still safe enough to walk my pooch late at night. I guess it doesn't matter as long as I can start my sublime cover band! (Just kidding, folks)
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    Jul 28, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    Silverlake is nice to visit. But I couldn't live there. Once you wander out of your neighborhood, things can get a little stabby. Plus, it's like hipster central. So unless that's your scene, you're probably gonna get annoyed with people.

    LB has the title of the most bicycle friendly city. I think it's a load of shit. There are hardly any bike lanes. And the ones that do exist, don't really take you anywhere useful. And a lot of people like to run red lights. Pretty scary. Most people I see on bikes are CSULB students riding to/from campus. But you'll rarely see people use a bike as an alternate mode of transportation for going to work or running errands.

    LB is great because it's in between LA and OC. So you can get around pretty easy, and it opens your opportunities to find jobs outside of LA.

    Metro Rail station in downtown LB can take you to Downtown LA, Hollywood, Pasadena, NoHo, Airport. It's a really good system (if your destination happens to be near a Metro station). icon_lol.gif

    Laid back. Things are pretty chill for the most part. No pretentiousness. The gays are pretty friendly. Still kinda clique-ish, but not vicious like some of the gays in WeHo.

    Affordable living. It's very possible to get a decent size 1-BDR for under $1200 at the beach. Studio for less than $1000. If you want something bigger/cheaper, then you only have to look a few miles north. Really, there's a price point and safety comfort level for everyone.

    Any other questions, just ask here or message me.
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    Jul 28, 2011 7:13 AM GMT
    I grew up in Long Beach and I eventually found my way back to the LBC. I really like it here. I need to live near the beach.
    It may be a medical condition. I physically NEED to live near the ocean. It's dog friendly. I can always find things going on.
    I guess LB is fairly bike friendly. At least where I live, Belmont Shore, it is. I know around downtown there are plenty of places to lock up a bike and there's supposed to be a place to lock your bike near the blue line. I don't know if drivers will give you much respect as a bike rider, though.
    If you like good Mexican food, you have to check out Enrique's.

    And just because you brought up starting a Sublime cover band-- back when I was in Jr. High and High School, Sublime used to play house parties. It was pretty cool.
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    Sorry for the last response gang, thanks for the info, it's been helpful.

    xrichx: I agree about Silverlake - I like it well enough, but don't think I could live there. I sort of view Silverlake like I view much of the LA core, there's really nothing that distinguishes one neighborhood from another - just sort of blends. Silverlake does have intelligentsia coffee which plays to my coffee snobbery but aside from that, meh... I need a bit more open space than it offers - which is why I like Long Beach. Like you mentioned, it's a bit removed, yet still close enough to LA and the other areas to open up more job prospects. Once I get things a bit more planned out in my head, I may hit you up again, thanks for the offer.

    Ermine: Thanks for the info. I've never lived near the ocean but I think it'd be nice to be close by. I remember trying to sneak onto the queen mary when I was like 20 which is probably the closest I've come to the LBC ocean. Mexican food is probably my first love so when I visit, I'll be sure to check out the place you suggested. Honestly, I think I'm planning to move in part for good Mexican food. I'm okay with that.





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    Jul 29, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    i live there through memories of being there...icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    Long Beach is fine. So are the beach cities of Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo.
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    Jul 29, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    I spend a considerable amount of time there. Most of Long Beach is pretty ghetto. The closer to the beach you are the better. There are pockets of nice parts. I would not live there personally.
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    Jul 29, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    I love Long Beach! I lived there with my two bff's while attending CSULB. There's always something to do and Belmont Shores has late nite places to go to. I used to go running along Ocean Blvd and enjoy the view of the water and Queen Mary. I'll definitely be moving back to Long Beach again someday. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    Depending on what part in LB, and it can be quite nice and is much cheaper than LA. A friend of mine just bought a 2 bedrooms condo on Ocean and Jupinero with a fanstatic view of the ocean for only a bit over 500K. It makes me want to move to Long Beach though the commute to work will kill me icon_smile.gif