21 Aug Redfin: The 10 Most Walkable SoCal Neighborhoods That Aren’t Downtown L.A.
By Jeffery Marino
Southern California, and Los Angeles in particular, is known for its sprawling geography and infamous car culture. In fact, SoCal didn’t rank on Walk Score’s annual list of the most walkable cities in the nation in 2014 or 2015, but finally earned a spot this year with Long Beach breaking back into the top 10.
As it turns out, there are many highly walkable areas in SoCal—but most of them are better known as tourist destinations, like Central Hollywood where you can stroll the Walk of Fame, and the Gaslamp district in San Diego. We wanted to find out the most walkable neighborhoods in SoCal that aren’t just great places to visit, but also great places to live. So, we scoured SoCal from San Diego to Santa Barbara and limited our list to neighborhoods in cities with a population under 300,000 people, and neighborhoods with a population of at least 1,000.
There are some real surprises here that many veteran SoCal residents might be shocked by. Looks like it’s time to check out Downtown Lancaster!
City Center, Glendale — Walk Score 91
Just northeast of Downtown L.A., many SoCal residents aren’t aware of the bustling little city of Glendale. Living in Glendale’s City Center neighborhood is a great option for people who want amazing walkability and proximity to jobs in the Valley or Downtown L.A. “City Center in Glendale is probably best known for the upscale shopping center, The Americana at Brand,” said Redfin real estate agent in L.A. Seta Chorbajian. “The Americana has it all, from a state of the art movie theater, big box chain stores and high-end boutiques. But I think the best part of living in this neighborhood is that you can walk to In-N-Out—it doesn’t get any more SoCal than that!”