If you live an active lifestyle or just enjoy taking leisurely strolls, the City of Long Beach offers plenty of opportunities for you. The beautiful weather combined with the city’s charm and accessibility are just a few reasons why Long Beach has a 73 walk score. We don’t mean to brag but a walk score of 73 is considered very walkable and it means that most errands can be accomplished by foot.
Though, if you’re looking for your next home, choosing a walkable neighborhood to live in can be difficult because there are so many options! Each area has its own character and offers unique experiences. So, if walkability is an important factor in your home search, here are some of the most walkable neighborhoods in Long Beach.
Downtown Long Beach is a vibrant area that includes the East Village Arts District, the Waterfront District, Pine Avenue & Promenade, North Pine, and the Drake Park/Willmore City Historic District. Some of the city’s most popular attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific, The Queen Mary, and Lion’s Lighthouse, are all in Downtown LB. The close proximity to restaurants, shops, waterfront entertainment, and the beach makes Downtown Long Beach a top contender for the most walkable neighborhood.
For those of you who are familiar with Long Beach, it may come as no surprise to you that Rose Park is on this list. This charming neighborhood was named one of the country’s best “Old House Neighborhoods” by “This Old House” magazine. Walks are never boring here, the historic homes and architecture make for great eye candy on morning or evening strolls. The primary architectural styles you’ll see are Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival. The Rose Park area is within walking distance to 4th Street’s Retro Row, which features many popular eateries along with coffee houses, wine bars, and a restored art theater.
Belmont Shore is one of the most desirable places to live in Long Beach. It has the laid-back beach vibe that many come to Southern California for. Here, it’s super easy to walk and grab a bite to eat or go shopping along 2nd Street – there are over 250 shops, restaurants, and other businesses to explore. Are you looking for a convenient place to enjoy water sports activities? There are numerous beach activities that can be enjoyed here, such as sailing, kitesurfing, and kayaking, which provide endless opportunities for entertainment. If you don’t have your own gear, don’t worry, they offer a plethora of rentals at Horny Corner.
A couple of miles inland of Belmont Shore, you’ll find a quaint neighborhood called Belmont Heights. This area consists of many lovely Spanish, Mediterranean, and Craftsman homes built from 1900 to the 1930s. If you’re looking for something to do, check out the local restaurants, shops, and bars along Broadway between Redondo Ave and Termino Ave. Belmont Heights is also close to the Colorado Lagoon and Recreation Park, which offers golf, lawn bowling, tennis, and more!
Naples Island was originally built to replicate an Italian village and is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the area. Many Long Beach residents make a trip to Naples just to walk around the beautiful canals and admire the one-of-a-kind homes. You can sit and watch the boats go by or rent a Gondola for a more authentic Naples experience. It also features some wonderful restaurants along Second Street, including Naples Rib Company, Nico’s, and Michael’s. If you’re up for walking a little farther, you can explore Belmont Shore as well as Marina Pacifica from Naples.
Who doesn’t love a coastal neighborhood? Bluff Park gets its name from a long narrow park that stretches along most of the beach in Long Beach. Here, you’ll find beautiful, stately homes that range widely in architectural style. Many people walk through the neighborhood just to browse the Colonial Revival, Mediterranean, Craftsman, Tudor, and Prairie Style homes that date back to the early 1900s. It’s also close to some of the best Italian food in Long Beach, La Parolaccia Osteria.
If you’re an old home lover, you’ll appreciate the beauty of the Bluff Heights neighborhood. The area is a city-designated historic district and predominantly features Craftsman homes built between 1910 and 1923. The Bluff “Heights” area includes most of the Broadway corridor running east west from approximately Redondo Avenue down to Alamitos Avenue. This neighborhood is within walking distance of unique restaurants, coffee joints, and shops along Broadway.
Carroll Park is one of the most charming and tucked-away neighborhoods in Long Beach, CA! It lies between 3rd Street and 4th Street, making it one of the most walkable areas in the city. You can visit the theater, wine bars, and restaurants on 4th Street, or hop over to the Broadway Corridor and browse shops or lounge at Bixby Park!
We feel lucky to call Long Beach our home, and not just for its walkability! If you’re trying to decide on which neighborhood to purchase a home in, let’s connect. Or, if you’re ready to start shopping for homes by neighborhood, keep scrolling down.
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