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Top Five Upcoming Towns in LA County

By Tabitha Naylor

In this article we look at towns and cities in LA county that are being revitalized and attracting new families and young professionals. From revitalized housing markets to new business, improving schools and infrastructure, these communities are working to bring new vitality to their town centers and suburbs to provide a better quality of life for community residents.

Montecito Heights

Montecito heights is "The neighborhood that keeps getting better." Montecito Heights has many revitalization projects including housing, completed or underway and the areas are indeed beginning to take off. For those looking to pick up a bargain and build equity this is a good neighborhood to check out. Located between Los Angeles and Pasadena, Montecito Heights has attracted artists, visionaries and intelligentsia for over a century. It is also a haven for wildlife with many songbirds, red tail hawks, great white owls, and even coyotes. It has the appeal of a more rural setting with the convenience of being only a 10-minute drive from downtown LA.

Culver City

Culver City has gone through somewhat of a renaissance during the last decade with a successful renovation of the downtown area and the arrival of many art galleries and restaurants to the eastern part of the city. When Sony moved into the former MGM studios it brought more jobs into the area and consequently more residents. The city continues to grow in popularity, especially with the addition of the light rail line into downtown LA that opened in 2012. Another benefit are the still relatively affordable housing prices in the area but these are also seeing large price increases although not as severe as in some other LA neighborhoods.

Baldwin Park

Baldwin Park is a stable area composed of immigrant families, frugal middle income couples with children and double income couples. An attraction of this area is the focus on education. There are 23 schools with a budget of over $100 million dollars. The district is building new school structures to accommodate continuing growth and adopting data driven strategies to help students achieve better scores on the PI tests as well as a push to hire new teachers and provide incentives to teachers who want to retire. The city is also pushing to revitalize its economic base. There are currently 6 active redevelopment areas. With affordable housing prices this is an up and coming area.

Compton

In the early 1990's Compton was the U. S. murder capital, but two decades later it has its groove back and continues to grow in popularity as a great place to live, work and raise a family. It is emerging as a large industrial center in Los Angeles County for transit and distribution, high technology, business services and many other commercial markets. With a strong relationship between police and residents, crime is at an all time low. Easy accessibility to and from five freeways and affordable housing is drawing more residents and sparking the interest of developers.

Rosemead

Rosemead brands itself as a new kind of small town in the heart of an urban environment. Ethnically diverse with a growing Asian influence, the city focus on improving city infrastructure, public areas, and safety along with an emphasis on providing affordable housing, programs, services, education and recreational opportunities for its residents is making it a popular area for middle class home buyers.

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