Downey is a great location for those looking to take day trips in Southern California. Whether you want to take your kids or guests to see the grandeur of Hollywood a few miles north or to Disneyland in Orange County to the south, you have access to it all. The Pacific Ocean is only 10 miles to the west, where cool waters can ease any workday worry. In the city, residents have access to arts and park areas. Downey Theatre, a 750-seat art center, puts on performances throughout the year. Those interested in fishing or golf bide their time at Wilderness Park and Rio Hondo Golf Course. Tennis players and other athletes should head to the Independence Park Tennis Center, Furman Park and Apollo Parks to play or train.

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Rated by California Business Magazine as one of the top 25 "100 Best Cities To Do Business in California," Downey provides residents with a small town feel. Situated just 15 miles south of Los Angeles, Downey boasts quality housing. Small family homes make up most of the housing available throughout Downey, as well as a few condominiums and townhouses. Green yards and palm trees can be found in nearly every neighborhood. Home values are on the high end when compared to the U.S. average.

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