A quintessential post-WWII Southern California suburb, Lakewood offers a wide inventory of single-family homes, along with townhouses and condos providing many housing options for homebuyers. While historic houses are available, many of the city's homes were built in the 1950s through the '70s. Located in southern Los Angeles County, the average price of a home in Lakewood is significantly lower than that of houses in the county overall, but higher than the average price for California as a whole.
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Just 20 miles from downtown L.A., 15 miles from Orange County and less than 13 miles from Long Beach, Lakewood is in a great location for commuters. Bus and rail service are available, and the nearby Long Beach Airport offers hassle-free service to destinations throughout the United States. Depending on where they live, students in Lakewood attend public schools administered by one of four school districts that serve the city. There also are many private and religious school options in Lakewood and throughout the region. For higher education, there are more than 100 colleges and universities located within 50 miles of the city, including California State University Long Beach, Chapman University and Long Beach City College
Lakewood, a city of just 9.5 square miles, boasts more than 36,000 trees and more than 195 acres dedicated to parks and open space. After school programs, league sports and recreation classes are available at the city's 10 major parks. There are miles of fitness trails that are accessible by foot from most of Lakewood's neighborhoods. And the city is less than a half-hour drive to the beach. Lakewood Center is a 2.1 million-square-foot shopping center located in the city. Also, the city of more than 81,000 residents has plenty of grocery and big box stores. An area dubbed restaurant row features several well-known restaurant chains. Throughout the year, Lakewood hosts several community events, including summer concerts, a July Fourth block party and fireworks display and the Pan American Fiesta - a 70-year-old event that aims to bridge the gap between North and South America with crafts, food, rides and entertainment. With lower housing costs and it's close proximity to L.A., Long Beach and Orange County - not to mention the Pacific Ocean - Lakewood is an ideal city for people who want easy access to all that Southern California has to offer. Check out our Lakewood listings and find the property that is a fit for you.