6.4 out of 10


33.8895536365549 -118.354100857192
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"A great town for investors!"

Lawndale has, I believe, the highest percentage of residential investment property in the South Bay, with many, many duplexes, triplexes and quadriplexes at affordable prices. Low purchase prices and high rents make this an investors paradise, with a possibility of good positive cash flow with 25 percent down. Local tenants tend to move in, pay cash, and stay for years, too, so you won't have a huge problem with turnover. The area is nestled right next to big beach powerhouse cities like Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, so the area is close enough to the beach to probably see some huge appreciations once the recession issues have cleared. I have sold lots of these great little duplexes to investor clients -- let me show you what you can find there!
  • Terrific for investors
  • Schools not the best in the South Bay
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Yawn... Nod... Yawn... Snore..."

In the 70’s, just the name Lawndale was enough to put insomniacs to sleep. If ever there was a community devoted to mediocrity, this would seem to be it.

In terms of incomes—its middle class, a bit on the lower end. In terms of rents, its about $1000 on average, which is about average. Even the high school manages to be about average. Lawndale High’s 1200 students can look forward to a school with a API of 4, with about average SAT scores, where about one in five are proficient at math and half at English (according to the STAR test). Though much better than the abysmal rankings at nearby Leuzinger High, this is still nothing to write home about.

Lawndale even manages to be average in terms of crime. There has been a recent spike in crime in Lawndale (two murders in the last six months and a general rise in assaults). Generally, however, if you look back at the last decade you find that Lawndale’s 32,000 residents only experience a little over one murder per year. In terms of property crime, it is even better than average. Lawndale is actually in the above average category in terms of that when compared to LA as a whole. And the crime rate? Relative to the national average Lawndale just about hits it every year. Like I said—yawnnnnnn!

Here’s a couple of ways that Lawndale manages to be uninterestingly uncommon. First it is packed, completely and totally packed. Its two square miles have nearly 17,000 residents per mile and they largely manage it without apartments—though, of course there are lots of these boxy boarders as well. How? With itsy bitsy, teeny-weeny, tract homes, squished up against each other along narrow little streets with tiny little sidewalks and segmented with rectangular little lawns (or, in many cases foregoing grass for topless carports). Many of the streets are further chopped up by little alleys along which they pack even more tract homes rammed between the backyards of other homes. Some have little, plastic pools, barely larger than a couple of your average bathtubs—so refreshing in the blazing summers. (Though of course, they are wholly unnecessary with Manhattan Beach right next door.)

So if you want to live somewhere so boring you’ll need ten cups of coffee just to get going in the morning, you have found your home.
  • Average
  • Somewhat Affordable
  • Close to Beach and Freeway
  • Boring
  • Tiny Homes
  • Kind of Ugly
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers

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