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Two of my three kids were born when we lived in El Segundo. I have fond memories of living there and still are in contact with my old neighbors. I was able to walk to the grocery store, the library and the little shops on Main Street. I still have a picture of walking my daughter to her first day of school. Good memories.
I have lived here for over 35 years and wouldn't think of living any place else. Great schools, great police department, great fire department and great people. Better than Mayberry!
I love it here. Great small town atmosphere and neighborhood feel to El Segundo. We have just enough diversity for my liking.
Too much noise sometimes from the airport and Chevron.
In many ways, living here is like taking a step back in time - little league baseball is revered and the high school is like a movie version of what a high school should be. You are much less likely to see rage and craziness here so it is less stressful. The diversity changes during the day because so many people commute here to work in Aerospace - and the Thursday Farmer's market can get almost funky.
They've made progress at the sewage treatment plant but there are still smelly days - maybe one every other month. The noise from the airport is still awful on the North side of town where I live - you need 3 pane windows; central heat and air; and solid wood doors if you have a sensitive ear. I still need to get air - which makes the Summers noisy.
El Segundo is a great place to raise kids because everything is walkable, there are great parks, a great Parks and Rec department with affordable classes for kids of all ages, and the proximity to the beach. I agree with Tina, however, about the diversity issue. This is why I don't want to stay here long term. It's totally red state here, which is fine and good if you happen to fit into certain boxes. During Prop 8 the city was awash in "yes on 8" signs and it is commonplace to hear racially inappropriate comments. We're having a garage sale tomorrow and it seems like everyone takes the opportunity to make a comment about watching out for the Mexicans who come early and try to buy everything early and then re-sell it for higher. Like there's something wrong with that concept!
The small size of El Segundo is a huge plus. We're within walking distance of everything...the beach, shops, restaurants, and schools. We love the bigger yards, older homes, tree-lined streets and sidewalks. You can also get way more house for your money here than in other South Bay beach communities. Our schools are some of the best in L.A., but you don't have to pay the prices for real estate like in Manhattan Beach. Some people would say that being by the airport is a negative, but we travel a lot so it's very convenient, plus being on the southern side of town we rarely hear any airplane noise. The main downside for us is the lack of diversity in the community. Many of the families have been here for generations because of the refinery so it's a little harder to make friends because so many people have been friends since high school. There is also an older, more close-minded, conservative vibe here...I believe El Segundo was the only South Bay city that a majority voted Republican in the last presidential election.
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