Welcome to Downtown Long Beach
The vibrant pulse of one of the nation’s most iconic waterfront cities
As the irrefutable heart of Long Beach, the Downtown district of the city lies pressed against the lapping waves of the Pacific, directly south of Los Angeles. Vibrant and bustling, Downtown comprises several distinctive neighborhoods, each with a diverse population and eclectic assortment of artists and beach lovers.
The city of Long Beach itself was incorporated in 1897 and has been renowned for its innovative and welcoming spirit since its earliest inception. Downtown is a hub of local shopping and top-tier eats, replete with posh, sky-high hotels and endless entertainment. From the independent and creative vibes of the East Village Arts District to the core business sector, Downtown Long Beach is a mecca of amusement.
Residential real estate in Downtown Long Beach is as varied as its residents, and here buyers will encounter plenty of swanky retro lofts, charming bungalows, and 1920s Craftsmen abodes. Among some of the most coveted homes are upscale and contemporary condominiums, many of which offer sweeping ocean and city views.
What to Love
- Easy access to one of the world’s most recognizable beach areas
- Historic architecture melded harmoniously with new revitalization projects
- Under an hour from Downtown L.A. and next door to Orange County
Idyllic turn-of-the-century buildings blend with an effortlessly cool California personality in Downtown Long Beach, and on any given day locals can be found bicycling along the boardwalk, browsing chic indie stores, or sailing out on luxury yachts.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
In Downtown Long Beach, there’s no shortage of activities. Anyone in need of a little retail therapy can head to The Pike Outlets, one of Long Beach’s premier shopping destinations, home to more than 30 retailers. Those looking for quaint, locally-focused retail will find none better than browsing the colorful shops and restaurants of Shoreline Village.
Foodies will fall in love with “Restaurant Row,” placed along Pine Avenue, which boasts spots for global cuisine and dishes for every palate. Fine dining isn’t limited to the Avenue, though, and standout restaurants such as 555 Steakhouse are spread throughout the neighborhood.
Parker’s Lighthouse is a must-try for seafood fanatics, who’ll dine on exquisite catches while seated at harbor-view tables. The building’s three levels are able to provide every guest with an epic vista, while its two-story wine cellar has garnered awards for its excellent selections.
Downtown Long Beach shows off its unique personality through other dining venues, too, including Utopia Food and Fine Art. A rotation of fine art displays adds a visual boost to this romantic bistro, and the casual but elegant atmosphere is as expertly cultivated as the art.
Things to Do
Everyone can find their niche in Downtown Long Beach, which serves as the center of the city’s attractions and events. Content creators and film aficionados, die-hard sports enthusiasts and the intellectually curious — Downtown offers an entertaining array of options for them all.
Each year, the Grand Prix of Long Beach — an IndyCar Series — delights visitors with its racing seasons and family-fun packed expositions. A testament to the city’s dedication to inclusivity, the Annual Q Film Festival is the longest-running of its kind in Long Beach and showcases the best of the best in LGBTQ independent films.
Learning about the environment becomes an immersive experience at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Containing over 12,000 animals and 100 exhibits, the aquarium runs year-round events and special programs for education. Visitors can also choose to purchase a two-for-one ticket and add a one-in-a-lifetime whale watching excursion.
Downtown Long Beach is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Westerly School, K-8, highly accredited school
- California Academy of Mathematics and Science, 9-12, highly rated public high school ranked #4 in the state