Los Cerritos, Long Beach, California

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Los Cerritos, California
Neighborhood of Long Beach
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Long Beach

Los Cerritos (sometimes called Los Cerritos/Virginia Country Club) is a neighborhood with approximately 700 homes and 2,000 residents located within the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, California. Established in 1906, the Los Cerritos neighborhood has been used by the film industry of Hollywood with its historic, estate-sized homes. It was one of three finalists in the 2007 Neighborhood of the Year national competition.


On October 7, 1906, 330 acres (130 ha) surrounding Rancho Los Cerritos were designated as the Los Cerritos subdivision.[1] Once streets were cut out into the designed tract, the lots began to sell.

La Linda Drive looking North East from the entrance.

In 1920, Thomas Gilchrist, an Oklahoma oilman, purchased 10 acres (4.0 ha) along La Linda Drive[2] and subdivided them into a development called La Linda, Spanish for "the pretty." In 1929, 20th century architect Kirtland Cutter designed three award-winning homes in the Los Cerritos Neighborhood.[3]

La Linda Drive looking North West from the entrance.

Now one of Long Beach's oldest gated communities, the residential make-up of La Linda has changed. Many of the newer homes are larger.[4]

In 1985, a home on Country Club Drive[5] in the Los Cerritos neighborhood was used as the Bueller family home in the 1986 comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off[6][7] and subsequently used in the 2001 comedy film Not Another Teen Movie, the 2002 thriller film Red Dragon, and in a Cheerios commercial. In 1998, two homes on Cedar Avenue in the Los Cerritos neighborhood were used in the 1999 teen comedy film American Pie.[8][9][10] In August 2000, another home on Country Club Drive was used as the fictional home for the teenager Donnie Darko in the 2001 drama/psychological thriller/science fiction film Donnie Darko.

In 2007, Los Cerritos Neighborhood was one of three finalists in Neighborhood USA's Neighborhood of the Year national competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[11]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Then & Now, Los Cerritos Neighborhood Centennial October 7, 2006. Archived February 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Accessed March 16, 2008.
  2. ^ La Linda Dr, Long Beach, CA
  3. ^ Lachnit, Carroll. (May 2, 1999) Long Beach Press-Telegram Spotlighting Cutter's California Style Architecture. Section: Lifestyle; Page J3.
  4. ^ Gonzaga, Samantha. (August 10, 2007) Long Beach Press-Telegram Are our houses getting too big? Section: News; page 4A.
  5. ^ Country Club Dr, Long Beach
  6. ^ Grobary, Tim. (November 27, 2001) Long Beach Press-Telegram What's up: A month to remember. Section: Local News. Page A1.
  7. ^ Grobaty, Tim. (February 21, 2003) Long Beach Press-Telegram What's Up:Filmers stay for the Pie. Section: Locan news. Page A2.
  8. ^ Grobaty, Tim. (March 6, 2001) Long Beach Press-Telegram What's Up: L.B. Gets a Big Slab of Pie. Section: Locan news, page A2.
  9. ^ Grobaty, Tim. (March 8, 2004) Long Beach Press-Telegram What's Up: Is your pad a movie house? Section: News, page A2.
  10. ^ Grobaty, Tim. (May 9, 2006) Long Beach Press-Telegram What's Hot! Showtime for your house? Section News, Page A2.
  11. ^ City of Long Beach press release.[permanent dead link]


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Coordinates: 33°49′51″N 118°11′48″W / 33.8307°N 118.1967°W / 33.8307; -118.1967