Imagine living in a city packed
with so many shopping options that you’d never have to leave to buy
just about anything. The city of Lakewood home of the Lakewood Center
, one of
Southern California’s largest regional malls and other retail
outlets affords its residents that opportunity. Check out
this shot of the Lakewood Center from 1950!!!
A restaurant row on Candlewood
Avenue and numerous movie theaters create options for owners of
. The city also hosts one of the largest ice rink
facilities in the Western United States and has superb public parks
for family fun as well as organized activities. Public pools
offer classes, diving and water aerobics. It’s not that Lakewood
merely sounds all-American; it actually stands out as a national
example of a planned community. Developed to house returning World
War II veterans, Homes in
are studied by city planners as a ground-breaking
tradition in American history.
The city has 80,000 residents.
is bordered by Long Beach to the West and South,
Bellflower to the north, Cerritos to the northeast, Cypress to the
east and Hawaiian Gardens on the southeast. On the average,
Lakewood homes cost between $300000 and $400,000. The city of
Lakewood is served by the Long Beach Unified School District,
Paramount Unified School District, Bellflower Unified School
District and the ABC Unified School District.
Lakewood was declared California's "Sportstown"
of the magazine's 50th anniversary in 2004. Lakewood was the
only city in the state of California to garner such an honor.