The Long Beach area known as Lakewood Village began in 1941, in an area near the old Douglas Aircraft Plant whose workers need nearby homes during World War II. Post-war real estate development turned into the City of Lakewood, next to Lakewood Village.
If you're looking for tree-lined streets and homes sitting on large lots, you may want to consider this area. Near Long Beach City College and a local charming commercial area along Viking Way and Norse Way, it has a great neighborhood identity. The area is also adjacent to the Lakewood Mall, home to major stores and franchises, including Costco, Sears and Macy's. Recreational facilities at Heartwell Park are very close by, and it only takes minutes to drive to the Long Beach Municipal Airport.
Lots are either 60 feet wide (7000 sq ft total), some are as much as 120' wide (considered a double lot), making this an area of larger homes. Originally homes were built as two or three bedroom homes, but in recent years many homes have been remodeled or rebuilt into much larger and more spacious contemporary homes. The area is now one of very mixed architecture, featuring Spanish, 1940's traditional, and large California Mediterranean styles. The area north of Harvey Way has somewhat smaller homes and lots than the area south of Harvey Way.
The schools are Bancroft Middle School and Mark Twain Elementary School. Many children in the area are able to enjoy their walk to classes every day.
This is an ideal Long Beach neighborhood for the buyer wanting a larger home with three or four bedrooms and two or three baths.