If there’s one thing that makes it tough to live in California, it’s the property values. Home prices up and down the coast soar into the seven figures, for square footage that would be half the cost in other states. But Long Beach will be a great place to get your west-coast journey started. Even though there are neighborhoods like Belmont Shores where homes are over half a million dollars, there are also hip neighborhoods where smaller budgets can carve out a niche in this desirable coastal town.
Twenty-two miles south of Los Angeles, or a 45-minute drive—traffic permitting—Long Beach sits right on the beautiful Pacific coast. With Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Death Valley National Parks half a day’s driving distance, moving here will put you in proximity not only to urban beach life but to countless natural havens. Driving through town on your way home from a day on the beach, a hike, or from work, you’ll find any cuisine you can imagine: authentic Mexican, Thai, Mediterranean, and everything in between. The laid back SoCal beach lifestyle is what everyone wants—all you need to do is make the move.