El Dorado Park South Neighborhood

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By Kym Livesay

I believe it is interesting to know that our neighborhood was built in 1953 and the residents were predominately service men, returning from war, and their families.  I also think it is interesting to know that the average home price was $11,000 at that time for a four bedroom, two bath home with a two car garage.  Although, I believe anyone can live in a neighborhood with great architecture and historical value. But not everyone gets the privilege of living in a neighborhood with outstanding character.

My name is Kym Livesay and I live in El Dorado Park South Neighborhood.  We are located East of Studebaker in between Atherton and Stearns (contained on each side by the 405 and 605 freeways).   It is the most amazing neighborhood I know.  My husband and I moved into El Dorado Park South Neighborhood in June of 2000 and remarkable things have been happening from the beginning.  When we first moved in, I was 9 months pregnant and many different neighbors welcomed us with food, household items, lawn care and grocery store runs.  It was obviously a community oriented street where people paid attention to the needs of its residents.   Then in 2005 the Katrina hurricane devastated parts of our nation.  Within weeks, neighbors came together to host a “Hot Dog Stand” on Studebaker to raise awareness and funds for Katrina Relief.  So many residents participated by donating food (baked goods, a popcorn machine and fresh smoothies) in addition to the hot dogs in order to draw attention and donors to our stand.  At the end of 4 hours we had raised   $8214.62.  Two years later a group of kids sold lemonade to assist someone with cancer.  The result was $1500.00!

But I was most astounded recently.  On March 20-22, 2009 the neighbors of El Dorado Park South Neighborhood, most specifically Fairbrook Street, organized a “Good Neighbor Work Weekend”.  We collected over $4000.00 from over 50 different neighbors in order to renovate a neighbor’s home. Our neighbor, Sharon, lost her husband suddenly 10 weeks prior and she is bound to a wheelchair (since birth). My neighbors came together and worked three 12 hour days to help get her home in working order so she could stay and live in her home by herself rather than be forced into a care facility. Everyone contributed their talents to assist her. Some painted, some cleaned. Some repaired cabinets and some built a new fence. There were even 10-15 children washing dishes and planting roses.  EVERYONE participated; EVERYONE served their fellow neighbor in need!  These neighbors were kind, selfless and hard working.  They contributed not only their money, but their time. They were committed to help someone less fortunate then them.  They were a testament of love and service in a time when everyone is struggling to make ends meet.

I believe that El Dorado Park South Neighborhood is the BEST neighborhood in Long Beach because it is made up of residents with outstanding character!


10 Responses to “El Dorado Park South Neighborhood”
  1. Jocelyn Stuart says:

    What an amazing story Kym has shared. A heartfelt and optimistic essay.

  2. Sharon says:

    Good job and good luck Kym!

  3. Karen Kaighan says:

    What an amazing neighborhood! We need more “grass-roots” efforts of neighbors helping and supporting each other in their communities!!

  4. I couldn’t agree more. This is a wonderful neighborhood. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! Thanks for putting it into words Kym.

  5. Katie Kimbell Larson says:

    Nice work, Kym – as always! Long Beach IS a great place, isn’t it?!

  6. chris jackson says:

    yay for Eldo South!!!

  7. Amy Brockel says:

    This was inspiring and very moving. Make me long for that community spirit.

  8. Jennifer Hardaway says:


    What a heartwarming story.
    I also know that a neighborhood is only as good a the people in it. This is a testament to you and your family as well.
    Thank you for sharing your story.

  9. Very heartwarming! A truly spirited neighborhood.

  10. Carol Brubaker says:

    Sure makes me want to live there! Thanks Kym for sharing your experience that neighborhoods like yours exist, your strength in helping to make it the neighborhood it is, and your hope to others that community spirit can prevail!