Andrew Simpson

A Landlord at 25 Unit Apartment Building in Long Beach

Andrew Simpson

25 Unit Apartment Building in Long Beach

A Landlord based in Long Beach, CA

 
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Restaurants

Restaurants

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Long Beach has an excellent restaurant scene that is only growing stronger as new places open up. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that one of the best cities worldwide for dining out, Los Angeles, is easily accessible from here. But there are still plenty of places to enjoy an excellent meal here in Long Beach. One of the specialties of the area is Mexican food; some of the local favorites are Los Campadres, La Concha, El Burrito Grill, and Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant. There are also great seafood places, such as Long Beach Fish Grill, The Pike Bar & Fish Grill, and the Sky Room. Of course, these are only a few examples -- if you live here you will love the dining options and the proximity to the restaurant scene in Los Angeles.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Of all the housing units in Long Beach, 57% of them are rented (nearly double the national average of 30%) and only 39% of them are owned. This shows that there are far more renters in Long Beach than there are homeowners, making it a very renter friendly community. If you’re looking to rent in the area, you’ll be happy to know that of all the housing units on the market right now, 51% are for rent, and just 20% are for sale, meaning that people looking to rent will have far more selection and more of a variety of homes to choose from than buyers.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Long Beach is extremely close to Los Angeles, so it would be easy to hop on the light rail or drive there to enjoy your night. But why bother when you can stay local and enjoy all Long Beach has to offer? The city is filled with art, whether at respected museums such as the Long Beach Museum of Art or the University Art Museum, or on the street, where the world’s largest mural can be found on the side of the Long Beach Sports Arena. The city is also known for its music scene, which caters to every taste. The Long Beach Symphony plays classical concerts, the Bob Marley Festival features reggae music, the Aloha Concert Jam is a Hawaiian musical event, the Brazilian Street Carnaval features Brazilian music, and this is just naming a few festivals. As you can see, there are very diverse musical tastes here. When you factor in the excellent theater companies here on top of everything else, you’ll see that Long Beach is a very fun and hip place.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Long Beach Transit provides public transportation for the area. They service bus lines throughout the city and the surrounding communities, as well as shuttles. In the summer they operate catamarans and water taxis that take residents to and from downtown Long Beach. LA Metro also serves the area with buses and light rail. Other companies who provide buses to the area are Torrance Transit, LADOT, Orange County Transportation Authority, and Greyhound Lines. 6.5% of residents here take public transit to work, which is 2% higher than both state and national averages.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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With an overall crime rate of 15% lower than the state average and 13% below the national average, Lakewood is a very safe city. This rate is continuing to decrease as Lakewood increases their community involvement in helping to reduce crime. The city has neighborhood and business watch programs that helped to reduce theft and fraud within the workplace. The Lakewood Auto Watch program is run through the police department and allows police officers to question any driver of a vehicle between 1-5am if the car is marked with an appropriate sticker. The California Highway Patrol also runs a free Smart Start driver program for teen drivers in the Lakewood area.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Lakewood is served by the Long Beach Transit buses, with several stops around the major hubs of Lakewood and providing connection to the surrounding cities and light rail service provided by the Los Angeles Metro. The green line runs east to west, accessing Redondo Beach, and the blue line runs north to south, providing access from Long Beach to Downtown Los Angeles. Lakewood’s DASH transit system provides free service to elderly and disabled residents to areas within the city. For longer trips and additional hours, Dial-A-Lift is available for a small fee that is subsidized by the city.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Seal Beach is a very safe city with both violent and property crime rates lower than state and national averages. The violent crime rate is 49% below the state average and 38% below the national average. The property crime rate is 26% below the state average and 25% below the national average. Overall, the crime rate in Seal Beach is 29% below the state average and 26% below the national average. Even with the low crime rate, the city is dedicated to further reducing crime and posts all crime statistics and extensive crime prevention plans on their website.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Seal Beach is home to the Arbor Dog Park, a 2.5 acre dog park with extensive open space and shaded areas. The gate is completely fenced and both the entrance and exit are double-gated to ensure that no dogs escape while people enter and exit. The park also includes drinking areas for dogs, waste bags, and covered trash cans for waste. The city also has a number of pet stores, a grooming facility, and a dog training facility. Currently, there are numerous apartments available for rent that are cat, small dog, and large dog friendly, making Seal Beach a perfect place for you and your pet to rent.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Located just outside of Long Beach and with easy access to Los Angeles by the Harbor Freeway, rental rents in Wilmington are extremely affordable. The average rents for a studio apartment ($775), one bedroom apartment ($971), two bedroom apartment ($1345), and three bedroom apartment ($1870) are all very reasonable for the area. When comparing the average rent for a two bedroom apartment with seven nearby cities, Wilmington averages the second cheapest apartments and is $150 below the average rent.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Although Wilmington is only a small district of Los Angeles, there is a large number and variety of restaurants in the area. According to local reviews, the best place to get pizza and one of the best places to eat overall is Red West Pizza. For great Italian food and an excellent place to hold parties or business events, reviewers recommend Raffaello Ristorante. For Mexican food, Tacos y Mariscos Sahuayo and Los Tres Cochinitos are both known for their tacos and reasonable prices.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Cypress is served by the Anaheim Union High School District, the Cypress Elementary School District, and the Los Alamitos Unified School District. The students in Cypress attend one of the nine neighborhood elementary schools, which then feed into two middle schools and two high schools. Lexington Junior High School was given and eight by GreatSchools and McAullife Middle School has received a number of state awards and been recognized as Orange County’s best Middle School. Cypress High School received a rating of ten by GreatSchools and Los Alamitos High School has been recognized numerous times by national and state education organizations. The most distinguished school in the district is the Oxford Academy, an exclusive public school that was ranked number one in the state and seventh in the nation by US News & World Report.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Cypress has 26 small neighborhood parks that offer residents open green space and small playgrounds. What makes Cypress’ recreation department unique is the number and variety of community events and programs they run. The city runs a number of classes for all ages that including the arts, sports, technology, health, and a number of other categories. The city also has youth and adult sports leagues in softball, basketball, roller hockey, and kickball. The city also holds a number of dances for teens, a fashion show, dodgeball events, and an annual battle of the bands competition.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Traffic within Bellflower is fairly light, as only one freeway actually runs through the city. Between the freeway that runs through the city and the other two freeways that lie just outside the city boundary, access to nearby cities is easy. With nearly 20% of the city commuting each day, the traffic to work can be heavy, but the average travel time is only around 30 minutes. For those traveling to nearby cities, the average travel time is only about 20 minutes, given that three freeways are available. For those commuting to the Los Angeles area, the 18 mile drive usually take about 45 minutes, but can vary greatly due to traffic.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Bellflower is an extremely renter friendly city with 57% of all housing being renter occupied and having the cheapest rent amongst the surrounding cities. The average rent one a one bedroom apartment is $942 and $1762 for a three bedroom apartment. The average price of a two bedroom apartment of $1259 is over $200 cheaper than the average rent in seven surrounding cities for the same size apartment. Overall, the average rent of $1321 for a one, two, and three bedroom apartment is very reasonable for the area and in comparison to the greater Los Angeles area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Paramount offers a number of recreation facilities, parks, and programs for its residents. The city has eight parks featuring vast green space, picnic areas, playgrounds, fishing ponds, basketball courts, fields, nature trails, and an amphitheatre. The town also has three baseball parks, a skatepark, and two community pools that offer swimming lessons. The city also offers a nationally recognized anti-gang program, GRIP, that aims to keep children off of the streets through community programs and involvement in the local schools. The STAR program is offered in every Paramount School and aims to provide academic and recreation enrichment to students.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Due to Paramount’s proximity to some of the rougher suburbs of Los Angeles, the city’s crime rate is slightly higher than the state and national averages. The overall crime rate is 5% greater than the state average and 8% greater than the national average, however the property crime rate is below the state and national average. The violent crime rate in Paramount is slightly higher than the state and national rate, but this is continuing to decline as the police force improves. Paramount currently has a neighborhood watch system and a Good Neighbor Program, both of which have helped to reduce the city's crime rate. Based on the crime reports for the past five years, it is evident that Paramount is becoming a safer place to live each year.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The City of Cerritos owns the Cerritos On Wheels bus service, which has bus stops throughout the town and connects residents with the Long Beach Transit, the Orange County Transportation Authority lines, Norwalk Transit, and Los Angeles Metro Buses. The connection to these lines allow for an easy commute to the great Los Angeles and Long Beach area with an average commute time of around 40 minutes. There are also three major freeways, one of which cuts through the city and the others running along the border of the city. On the freeway the commute to Los Angeles takes about one hour with the average commute to the other cities near Cerritos taking about 30 minutes.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Andrew Simpson - Landlord

The City of Cerritos owns the Cerritos On Wheels bus service, which has bus stops throughout the town and connects residents with the Long Beach Transit, the Orange County Transportation Authority lines, Norwalk Transit, and Los Angeles Metro Buses. The connection to these lines allow for an easy commute to the great Los Angeles and Long Beach area with an average commute time of around 40 minutes. There are also three major freeways, one of which cuts through the city and the others running along the border of the city. On the freeway the commute to Los Angeles takes about one hour with the average commute to the other cities near Cerritos taking about 30 minutes.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Cerritos is served by the ABC Unified School District which consists of neighborhood elementary schools that feed into several middle and high schools. The Whitney High School is located in Cerritos and serves grades 7-12 and admits students from the public elementary schools based on state exam scores. According to US News & Report, Whitney High Schools is the top school in the state and third in the country. Cerritos is also home to the Valley Christian High School, one of the largest protestant schools in the area and the highest academic achievements in the area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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As the major port district of the greater Los Angeles Area, San Pedro provides a number of unique maritime activities. San Pedro is home to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and the SS Lane Victory, a World War II victory ship that is now a full functioning museum. The Ports O’ Call is a waterfront shopping district that features a number of unique boutiques, connection to daily fishing trips, and incredible waterside restaurants. Other major attractions are the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the San Pedro Waterfront Red Car Trolley Line, both of which are free for public use.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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San Pedro is served by District 7 of the Los Angeles Unified School District and consists of 15 elementary, two middle, and two high schools. Of the elementary schools, there is one visual and performing arts magnet school and one technology magnet school. The San Pedro High School also offers a Marine Science Magnet School and a Police Academy Magnet School. The Marine Science Magnet allows students to focus on oceanic sciences, aiming to prepare students for ocean related areas of study in a four year university. The Port of Los Angeles High School is a charter school that integrates International Business, Maritime Studies, and college preparatory coursework. San Pedro also has two private Roman Catholic 1-8 Schools, a private Roman Catholic High School, and a non-denominational Prep School for grades 6-12. Most notably, the Mary Star of the Sea High School was named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in America in 2006 by The Catholic High School honor Roll.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Although Norwalk does not have any off-leash dog parks, the city is still very pet friendly, providing a number of affordable services for your animal. The Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) provides low cost spay/neuter clinics for cats and dogs, veterinary services, and vaccination clinics. Many residents bring their dogs to the Huntington Beach Dog Park which is an off-leash beach specifically for dogs and their owners. Currently, many residents of Norwalk are pushing for the creation of an off-leash dog park.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Norwalk provides transportation via the Norwalk Transit, the Long Beach Transit, the Los Angeles Metro, and the Metrolink. The Norwalk transit provides bus service to surrounding communities and the various stations around the city to make connections with the other transportation services. The Norwalk Transit also provides Dial-a-Ride service for disabled and elderly residents, issuing vouchers for taxicab rides when the service is unavailable. The Long Beach Transit provides service from Norwalk to Long Beach, surrounding communities, and the Metro Green Line Station. The Los Angeles Metro Green Line gives residents access to LAX and Redonda Beach and the bus routes provide service to Disneyland, Downtown Los Angeles, and a variety of other popular destinations. The Metrolink Orange County Line provides service to the greater Orange County area and Downtown Los Angeles.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Andrew Simpson - Landlord

The City of Stanton provides a number of recreational programs for children, adults, and seniors, providing affordable activities for all residents. From sports, arts, and senior excursion there is an activity for any resident. Stanton also has seven parks, a sports complex, and a tennis center. The majority of the parks have playground equipment and picnic areas, with a few parks solely providing acres of beautiful green space. The sports complex features a soccer field and three softball fields and the tennis complex houses six full size tennis courts.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Although Stanton does not have Section 8 Housing, the city is dedicated to providing qualified residents with affordable housing. Currently, there are four developments in the city that provide affordable housing, providing over 700 units. About half of these units are part of the Park Station Senior Apartment Complex, but the rest are available to anyone. The developments are all privately owned and are rented as any other normal apartment, therefore there is no application process or waitlist. For apartments that are not part of the affordable housing program, the average rent is about $100 less than that of surrounding cities. With over 50% of properties occupied by renters, finding an apartment in Stanton should not be a problem.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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With easy access to several major freeways, commuting from Westminster to a number of nearby cities is fairly easy. The 10-15 mile drive to Anaheim usually takes around 30 minutes but varies due to traffic and route. The 30 mile drive to Los Angeles takes about 40-60 minutes, depending on the traffic. The Orange County Transportation Authority also serves the greater Westminster area, allowing residents to reach a number of residential, business, and recreational areas.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Andrew Simpson - Landlord

With easy access to several major freeways, commuting from Westminster to a number of nearby cities is fairly easy. The 10-15 mile drive to Anaheim usually takes around 30 minutes but varies due to traffic and route. The 30 mile drive to Los Angeles takes about 40-60 minutes, depending on the traffic. The Orange County Transportation Authority also serves the greater Westminster area, allowing residents to reach a number of residential, business, and recreational areas.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Overall, Westminster is a safe place to live compared to both state and national crime rates. The violent crime rate in Westminster is 24% below the state average and 8% below the national average. The property crime rate is only 3% below the state average and 2% below the national average, pushing the overall crime rate to only 5% below the state average and 2% below the national average. When compared to other large cities in the area, Westminster has a similar crime rate. In order to reduce crime rates, the city offers a number of programs including a neighborhood watch, citizen’s academy, and a ride-along program.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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According to ratings from intuit.com, the top three restaurants in Lomita are Ilchianti, Gala Japanese, and Soho Thai. Ilchianti is a unique Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant that is known for their ambiance and excellent food, including the crab rolls and masago pasta. Gaja Japanese offers a huge menu with excellent soup and desserts. Soho Thai features the best Thai food in town accompanied with impeccable service.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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With affordable prices and 54% of housing occupied by renters, Lomita is a very renter friendly area. The average rent in Lomita is 19% less than the California average, making for very affordable living. The average rent for a one bedroom apartment is a little over $1000 and the average rent for a two bedroom apartment is a little over $1300, the cheapest average when compared to seven nearby cities. Also, many of the apartments in the Lomita area are cat, small dog, and large dog friendly, making the area excellent for you and your pets.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Compared to surrounding Long Beach suburbs, Buena Park has reasonably priced apartments. The average price for a one bedroom apartment is $1097, $1347 for a two bedroom apartment, and $1870 for a three bedroom apartment. When looking at the average price for two bedroom apartments for seven nearby cities of $1475, the average price for a two bedroom apartment in Buena Park of $1347 seems very reasonable. With 44% of property (homes and apartments) in Buena Park being occupied by renters and the reasonable price for the area, Buena Park is a very renter friendly area.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Buena Park falls under the Orange County Housing Authority's Section 8 rental assistance program. Those interested in applying for section 8 housing in Buena Park must apply directly to the Orange County Housing Authority and will receive a spot on the waitlist if they are qualified. Once on the waitlist, the applicant must wait until a listing becomes available within one of the 34 cities that are served by the Orange County Housing Authority. To learn more information, visit the Buena Park’s webpage.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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La Mirada Transit is run through MV Transportation, Inc. and offers residents rides to work, medical appointments, shopping center, Metrolink stations and Metro Green Line stations. The fare for a one way trip is $1.00 and discounted rates are given to disabled and elderly residents. The La Mirada Area is also served by the Norwalk Transit and the Montebello Transit, giving residents access to the greater Long Beach area and the Greater Los Angeles area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Ranked as number 34 on CNN Money Magazine’s “Best Place to Live” list, it is no surprise that La Mirada offers a number of places to visit and things to do. The Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center offers a family-fun experience and is equipped with several pools, a lazy river, and a number of waterslide and other rides. The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts a number of musicals, plays, concerts, and special events. The city also offers a unique opportunity for its residents by providing nearly 600 quarterly classes in order to promote health and education to the residents of La Mirada.

 

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