or Lakewood and, instead of a 10 minute walk to the beach,
it's a 10 minute drive. The homes, however, are on
generally larger lots for a lower price than
neighborhoods nearer the ocean.
Think of Los Altos and Lakewood as
"Homes of the Future -- 1940s Style". Starting at
Atherton and Bellflower Streets and extending north as far
as the eye can see are modest 2 and 3 bedroom homes built
for returning G.I.s after World War II. Home sizes in
these neighborhoods range from about 900 to 1100 sq. ft.
Some have been updated and enlarged over the years, some
||The lots in Lakewood and Los
Altos are considerably larger than in neighborhoods
closer to the beach. There is definitely a more open
and spacious feeling in these areas.
There are some pockets of custom homes, in particular
around Lakewood Village. These homes, however, are
from a later era.
For architectural aficionados, there is
a small neighborhood of
modern homes designed by Cliff May in the Rancho area near
Some are in beautiful original condition, some need attention,
and some--unfortunately--have been "remodeled" almost beyond
which is actually in Long Beach is also full of custom
mid-century modern residences on large lots. These are
large and expensive homes.