Couched along the northern border of real estate in Long Beach CA is the quiet and livable city of Lakewood. Originally constructed in the early 1950s as the archetypal post-WWII planned development, Lakewood's unique design and layout quickly drew the attention and praise of urban planners from across the globe. In less than ten years, the city transformed from a small village of lima bean and sugar beet farmers into a thriving suburban bedroom community with a population of more than 70,000.
While the city retains much of its mid-century charms, many of the properties for sale in Lakewood CA have been renovated and remodeled to meet the demands of a contemporary lifestyle. Newer construction has brought architectural diversity to the neighborhood including luxury condos in the city center and spacious golf course properties in Lakewood CA closer to the beautifully manicured grounds of the Lakewood Country Club. The 36,000 trees planted along the streets and 150 acres of city parks helps anchor the community to the area's more laidback pastoral roots. Nearly three-quarters of Lakewood CA homes are owner-occupied, providing a sense of safety and security similar to many gated communities in Long Beach CA.
In the early 1950s, most of the people working with a Lakewood CA real estate agent or buying homes in Long Beach CA were employed in the booming naval industry. To make the manufacturing area more liveable, developers built the 154-acre Lakewood Center. At the time, it was the nation's largest shopping complex. The nearly blank canvas of the new city made it attractive to prospective young entrepreneurs like Harold Butler and Richard Jezak who founded a small drive-thru coffee shop named Danny’s Donuts in 1953. Within a few years, the operation expanded into what would become the Denny's Restaurant chain. Today, Lakewood's vibrant commercial thoroughfares are lined with a full assortment of amenities, top-notch eateries, hair salons, boutique pet stores, and health clubs helping to keep the city's unemployment rate well below the national average.
Lakewood's convenient location also provides easy access to a number of family-friendly activities. Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and the Santa Ana Zoo are all less than 30 minutes away. Closer to home, residents enjoy the annual Pan American Festival in Mayfair Park, the well-attended summer concert series in Del Valle Park, and the festive Lakeland Civic Center Block Party.
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