The Imperial Estates neighborhood in Lakewood is hidden gem.
My new listing at 11314 213th Street in Lakewood is located in an area we Realtors define as Imperial North. At yesterday's Open House neighbors, who have lived in the tract as original owners since 1961, answered many of my questions concerning this somewhat oddly secluded area.
They bought their home for just $17,500 and at that time, this area was part of Artesia. It was advertised as Imperial Estates by the builders, hence the current MLS designation. Most interesting was the fact that this was the last tract built with raised foundations. As you move east and west, all the newer tracts are of slab construction. As you can see from the map below there is only two entrances. One off of Carson, directly across the street from The Long Beach Towne Center and at Gridley Road, off of the infrequently traveled Centralia Street. It was the building of the 605 Freeway in 1964 that dramatically changed its complexion. Prior to the 605 build, 214th and 215th Streets went straight through to Pioneer. Back in those days there were still plenty of dairy farms just up the street in both Artesia and Bellflower. If you look carefully you still can find the old dairy farm houses all along Studebaker and Pioneer.
Imperial North in Lakewood is a hidden gem.
What I truly found amazing was the quietness of the neighborhood. I would think that being so close to the 605 would make for loud freeway noises. To the contrary, it is an extremely quiet neighborhood. As you can see, it butts up against the San Gabriel River and Ryerson Park which may account for the lack of noise. This enclave holds approximately 500 single family homes, with apartment lining both side of 216th Street.
After dropping 200 flyers and talking to the neighbors I have came to realize this is a gem of a neighborhood. The neighbors are extremely cohesive and know each other well. It has excellent freeway access, but with close proximity to shopping and parks. Probably due to being part of Artesia at one time, the area is still served by the Award-winning ABC school district. Many of the homes still have the adorable gingerbread scalloped eaves which were also popular in the Rossmoor tract of Los Alamitos. A walk to each door showed there was plenty pride of ownership to be found.
The most recent change, and for the betterment of the neighborhood, was the demolition of the old Navy Hospital and the construction of the Long Beach Towne Center. Although many like to complain about the parking lot situation, the movie theater is one of the best in the area and there are plenty of dining and shopping options.
The housing prices are somewhat lower than the rest of the surrounding area, making this a great place buy today, but due to the stability of the neighborhood not much goes to the market. If you are looking to make a purchase in the Long Beach, Lakewood, Cerritos area, I strongly urge you to keep this neighborhood on your radar.
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