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Homes for sale in Downey, CA

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    • $487.66/sq. ft.

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  • Average Home Statistics in terms of:

    • 3.5

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    • 3.85

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    • 1,720 Sq. Ft.

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Downey, CA offers all the conveniences of a central location in Los Angeles County and the tranquility of a suburban community with great schools and an abundance of parks, shops, and restaurants. If you're looking for the perfect family-friendly community in Southern California to call home, Downey just might be the right place for you.

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Welcome to Downey, CA

Downey is a medium-sized city comprising 12.6 square miles and a population of over 111,000 (according to 2021 Census estimates). The birthplace of the Apollo space program, the city has a storied connection with aerospace and aviation.

During World War II, Downey's largest employer was Vultee Aircraft, which made 15% of all of America's military aircraft by 1941. Vultee Aircraft has the distinction of being a pioneer in employing women for manufacturing positions, as well as the first aircraft company to make airplanes on a powered assembly line.

Downey is also famous for being the location of the oldest-running McDonald’s across the globe.

The city was named after founder John Gately Downey, who served as the youngest-ever governor of California and is considered the father of the modern subdivision. He was also instrumental in introducing orange growing in the Southern California region.

While Downey was founded in 1873, it incorporated as a city only in 1956. It remained an agricultural community until after WWII when the aeronautic industry boomed in the city. Orange groves were replaced by residential plots, and the city came to be known as one of the earliest planned communities where high quality homes offer easy access to neighborhood parks, highly rated schools, and shopping centers.

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Homes for sale in Downey, CA

The Downey, CA real estate market is dominated by single-family properties, but you will also find condos, townhouses, and multifamily homes. Homes in the city were mostly built from the 1950s to the 1970s but many houses were also constructed from the 1980s to the 2000s.

You won't find the typical cookie cutter homes in Downey. Detached properties here come with distinctive architecture, with California ranch and mid-century California bungalows as the most popular home styles. You'll also find plenty of houses in the Craftsman, cottage, and Mediterranean styles.

Square footage is anywhere from just under 1,000 to over 6,000 with two to 5 or more bedrooms. Lot sizes range from around 1,700 square feet to over ⅓ acre, guaranteeing ample yard space. The most upscale homes feature patios, pools, and outdoor living areas, in addition to spacious driveways, attached garages, updated kitchens, and the

Home prices and appreciation rates

Home prices in the city range from just under $400,000 to $3 million and above. Property values have increased by around 227.24% since 2000 or an average of 5.23% annually.

Owners outnumber renters in the city, with homeowners staying an average of around 19 years in their property. This means homes in the city don't come on the market often, so it's best to work with a Realtor who can constantly keep an eye out for new properties for sale that can potentially match your needs and preferences.

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Popular neighborhoods

Downey, CA boasts established neighborhoods where homes with large landscaped yards line tranquil streets. The most popular neighborhoods include:

  • Northeast Downey

    Known as the Beverly Hills of southeast Los Angeles, Northeast Downey features stunning expansive homes and estates mostly in the mid-century Ranch style, sitting on lot areas of at least 10,000 square feet.

  • Cherokee Estates

    This venerable neighborhood has been around since the 1940s. It got its name from the Cherokee roses planted by Downey pioneer Albert Ball along a path leading to his estate, which has since been subdivided into smaller yet still sizable lot areas. Today, Cherokee Estates is still home to some of the most prestigious homes in Downey and is a treasure trove of classic mid-century California houses.

  • Yankee Circle

    If you’re looking for an intimate neighborhood with classic single-level mid-century homes, head to Yankee Circle. This three-block neighborhood features beautiful exquisitely preserved houses from the post WWII era sitting on large lots of at least 7,500 square feet.

  • Private Brookmill Road

    For quiet and privacy, you can’t beat Private Brookmill Road, which features homes set well away from each other on large tracts of land. Homes on Private Brookmill Road are also conveniently located only minutes away from nearby schools and retail and dining areas.

  • The Island

    One of the most desirable neighborhoods in Downey, The Island is known for its secluded location surrounded by riverbeds, with easy access to The Treasure Island park which borders the neighborhood to the east. With The Island's ideal location and surrounding amenities, homes here offer great value that continuously attracts homebuyers.


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Living in Downey, CA

The Climate

Like most of Southern California, Downey has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with an average of 287 days of sunshine throughout the year. Temperatures in the summer range from the low 70s to the mid 80s, while temperatures in the winter are usually be

GETTING AROUND

There is an extensive public transportation system in Downey, CA, with 107 bus stops spread throughout the city. Driving is also a popular way of getting around Downey and beyond, particularly with several major highways traversing the area, including I-105, I-5, and I-710.

Schools

Most of Downey is served by the Downey Unified School District, which includes a total of 62 schools at Downey, including 21 preschools, 39 elementary schools, 17 middle schools, and 13 high schools. There are several highly rated schools in the district including:

  • Price Elementary School
  • Unsworth Elementary School
  • Old River Elementary School
  • Rio San Gabriel Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Doty Middle School
  • Griffiths Middle School
  • Downey High School
  • Columbus (Christopher) High

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TOP RESTAURANTS

Downey, CA has a thriving food scene, with a number of local restaurants that are guaranteed to whet your appetite. Your choices include Mexican, American, Argentinean, and Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a casual breakfast or brunch or an entertaining dinner with friends, you’re sure to find a restaurant that fits your needs.

These are some of our top picks:

  • Diosa

    Craving Mexican and Spanish cuisine? Drop by Diosa and dig into their Mar Y Tierra, Pollo Al Pastor, or Queso Fundido. Patrons also rave about the Tuna Tower and Enchiladas De Mar. Parking can be challenging here, so take an Uber if you can.

  • Toast Kitchen & Bar Downey

    For a sumptuous American breakfast and brunch, you can’t beat Toast Kitchen & Bar Downey. Dig into a Blast Chicken Sandwich or Salmon Avocado Toast. End your meal with a sumptuous strawberry cheesecake. Toast Kitchen & Bar Downey is open every day from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

  • The Olive Restobar

    Named the 2019 Best Small Business of the Year by the Downey Chamber of Commerce, The Olive Restobar features high-quality Mediterranean cuisine. Must-tries here are the Lamb Chops and Blackened Chicken Kabobs, with a side dish of Spicy Hummus. The Olive Restobar is also a halal restaurant that is proudly family-owned and operated. Customers can’t stop raving about their endless pita bread.

  • Lock & Key Social Drinkery and Kitchen

    For a night out with friends, head to Lock & Key Social Drinkery and Kitchen, where you can feast on hearty dishes like the Tomahawk Steak and Hot Cheeto Pie. Seafood lovers should definitely order the Honey Walnut Shrimp.

  • Gaucho Grill Argentine Steakhouse

    Meat lovers will love Gaucho Grill Argentine Steakhouse where you can dig into the Skirt Steak, FIlet Mignon, or Patricia. True to its name, Gaucho Grill Argentine Steakhouse celebrates contemporary Argentinean cuisine. This restaurant is also known for its friendly and accommodating staff.


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    WORLD CLASS SHOPPING

    Downey offers an assortment of shopping options that range from sprawling shopping malls to vibrant farmers markets. Here are the top places to go:

    These are some of our top picks:

  • The Stonewood Center

    This regional shopping center features over 100 of the most popular retail brands in the world, including JCPenney, Macy’s, Aeropostale, and American Eagle Outfitters, along with a host of well-known restaurants and food kiosks such as Charleys Philly Steaks, SBarro, Olive Garden, and more.

  • The Promenade at Downey

    For everyday amenities and services, head to The Promenade at Downey, a shopping center within a mixed use complex built on the former site of a Boeing/NASA industrial compex. The Promenade is home to a Walmart as well as mainstays like Floor&Decor and Oshkosh B’gosh. You can also find a gym, salons, a medspa, telecom stores, and a host of other services. Looking for a bite to eat? Head to Chipotle, California Fish Grill, Benihana, or any of the casual eateries in the complex.

  • The District @ Downey

    The District @ Downey is Downey’s very own downtown area. The vibrant and pedestrian-friendly town center features numerous shops, restaurants, bars, and services. It also hosts several community events throughout the year including the Downtown Downey Night Market, Oktoberfest, Fright Carnival, and more.

  • Downey Farmers Market

    For a night out with friends, head to Lock & Key Social Drinkery and Kitchen, where you can feast on hearty dishes like the Tomahawk Steak and Hot Cheeto Pie. Seafood lovers should definitely order the Honey Walnut Shrimp.


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    Attractions and entertainment

    Downey isn’t just a dining and shopping mecca. There are also many fun things to do here for people of all ages. Take the kids out for a day of fun and educational experience, or immerse yourself in culture and the arts. No matter your interests, you’ll find something in Downey to catch your fancy.

  • Columbia Memorial Space Center

    A visit to Downey wouldn’t be complete without including the Columbia Memorial Space Center in the itinerary. Kids and adults alike will be enthralled by the engaging exhibits in the center. Opened in 2009, this science learning center details Downey’s long aerospace history and features exhibits that inspire children to explore and engage with the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • Downey Theatre

    For an intimate theater experience, head to Downey Theatre, which hosts a wide variety of performances, from live dance and comedy performances to concerts and musical acts. The theater also stages the annual Dia De Los Muertos Arts Festival featuring an art and photo gallery and traditional dances. Check their website to see what’s on.

  • Stay Gallery

    Located in the heart of downtown Downey, Stay Gallery has been a haven for local artists since 2012. It hosts local group shows, family paint days, and a popular graffiti arts program. Stay Gallery has shown over 160 art exhibitions and hosted over a hundred events, community workshops, and performances.

  • Downey City Library

    The Downey City Library offers reading and literacy programs as well as a library play date. It also hosts a regular Book Lover’s CLub and STEM: Tinkering Club. As part of its community outreach, the Downey City Library has also organized a Teen Advisory Board.

  • Casa de Parley Johnson

    For a sense of Downey’s history, visit Casa de Parley Johnson, a two-story Monterey-style residence designed by prominent architect Roland E. Coate. This house was built in 1927 for Parley Johnson, a prominent local citrus farmer, and his wife, Geline “Gypsy” Johnson. The home and its gardens used to lie in the middle of the Johnsons’ fifty acres of orange groves, and embodies the Southern California lifestyle of the era.

  • Downey Symphony Orchestra

    Music lovers mustn’t miss the Downey Symphony Orchestra, which has an annual season of live concerts featuring thrilling performances by world-class soloists. The Downey Symphony Orchestra is proud to be named as one of the best metropolitan orchestras in Southern California. It also hosts the annual Pops in the Park concert at Furman Park, a free event where concertgoers are encouraged to bring food and drinks.


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    Outdoor recreation

    Downey boasts of over 13 beautiful parks and facilities that cater to sports enthusiasts, dog owners, families with young children, skaters, and just about everyone. If you crave wide open spaces during the weekends, or have a regular outdoor fitness routine, here are the top places to go:

  • Apollo Park & McCaughan Gymnasium

    At Apollo Park & McCaughan Gymnasium, you’ll find athletic fields, activity rooms, bocce ball courts, and even ball diamonds. Volleyball enthusiasts will be happy to know that this park has outdoor sand volleyball courts. It also has a shuffleboard court, a walking trail, and a playground.

  • Dennis the Menace Park

    For family picnics and birthday parties, there’s no better venue than the aptly named Dennis the Menace Park. The park has open green space where barbeque grills and picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis . The playground is perfect for children between 5 and 12 years old.

  • Furman Park

    Serious walkers can do laps at Furman Park. Each lap is about half a mile long so you can cover over one mile if you do two laps. Aside from its well-known walking trail, Furman Park also features tennis courts, a playground, picnic shelters, and outdoor fitness equipment.

  • Independence Park

    Skaters can practice their tricks at the Meredith H. Perkins Skate Park at Independence Park. It’s open year-round from 8 AM to 9 PM on weekdays and 9 AM to 7 PM on weekends. Just make sure to bring your helmet, knee, and elbow pads.

  • Rio San Gabriel Park

    Dog owners will love the David R. Gafin Dog Park, which can be found at the Rio San Gabriel Park’s southeast section. It is a 200-foot by 200-foot fenced dog run with separate sections for big dogs and small dogs. Dogs must be off leash at the dog park, and owners must pick up after their pets.

  • Rio Hondo Golf Club

    Owned by the city of Downey, the Rio Hondo Golf Club is a par-71 golf course with 18 holes that spans 6,370 yards. It offers golf lessons and holds regular golf tournaments. Golf groups are encouraged to keep up with the group ahead of time, although pace is not defined by a specific time.

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