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Bixby Knolls is an affluent neighborhood of Long Beach, California.

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Location

Bixby Knolls is an affluent area of Long Beach adjoining North Long Beach to the north, California Heights on the east, Wrigley on the south. Its approximate boundaries are the 405 Freeway to the south (or Wardlow Avenue), Del Amo Blvd to the north (or the Southern Pacific railroad tracks), the Los Angeles River to the west and Atlantic Avenue to the east (although some real estate agents attempt to push this boundary). In its 90807 Zip Code, smaller family homes sell for around $600,000 while the larger, higher end homes, a few of which are on gated streets, sell for as much as $4,000,000. It is the priciest and most affluent area of the city that is not on the oceanfront. Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard are the main north-south arteries through the neighborhood. The neighborhood includes the Virginia Country Club and the original Los Cerritos Ranch House historic site.

Description

The Bixby Knolls Shopping Center has a large concentration of retail, restaurants, and small businesses, especially along Atlantic Avenue. The neighborhood contains a large established orthodox Jewish population, a significant number of gays and lesbians, African-Americans, Latinos, among many other diverse groups. The Richard Goad Theater, home to the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, and the Historical Society of Long Beach is on Atlantic Boulevard, just north of Carson Street. On the west side of the neighborhood, adjacent to the Los Angeles River, is the large Virginia Country Club, which is also the location of the Rancho Los Cerritos historic site.

Midget Town

An urban legend holds that with the success of the 1939 American musical fantasy film The Wizard of Oz, many of the little people who had acquired their wealth by playing the roles of the munchkins purchased lots in the La Linda development of Los Cerritos Neighborhood and built homes sized to suit their needs.

La Linda Drive looking North West from the entrance.

In fact, La Linda,one of Long Beach's oldest gated communities and originally the home of George H. Bixby, was subdivided in 1922 and most of the homes were built before 1938. [1]

Schools

Long Beach Unified School District serves Bixby Knolls.

Bixby Knolls area public schools include Longfellow Elementary School [2], Los Cerritos Elementary School and Hughes Middle School. Longfellow is recognized as a CA Distinguished School. For high school, residents are zoned to Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

Parks

The Bixby Knolls Park is in the area. Other parks include Cerritos Park in the Los Cerritos neighborhood and Somerset Park in the Bixby Terrace neighborhood.

Historical Places

Long Beach's Virginia Country Club golf course and Los Cerritos Ranch House, a city owned historical site, are located in the adjacent Los Cerritos and Virginia Country Club neighborhoods, which are typically considered a part of Bixby Knolls.

References

  1. ^ HISTORY OF LA LINDA DRIVE “[1]"

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