Cerritos Real Estate and Community Information

About Cerritos

Cerritos is located in the heart of the Los Angeles/Orange County metro-center, midway between Downtown Los Angeles and the business centers of Irvine, Santa Ana and Anaheim. Because Cerritos is virtually the geographic center of the Los Angeles Basin, it has become one of Southern California’s premier commercial crossroads, which is served directly by three major freeways and is close to two others.

The city of Cerritos is located in what used to be known as Dairy Valley, as the area was once littered with Dairy Farms. Prior to its popularity as an agricultural area, this was part of the “Rancho Los Nietos,” a large plot of land, or rancho, that included many cities that currently neighbor Cerritos and was given by the Spanish king to soldier Jose Manuel Nieto. When the rancho was later divided among Nieto’s heirs, Juan Jose Nieto received a section of the land where modern-day Cerritos sits called “Rancho Los Coyotes” which he referred to as “cerritos” or “little hills”, though there are no natural hills remaining in the city today. In 1956 the area became incorporated as the City of Dairy Valley, and years later in 1963, after undergoing significant suburban development, formally changed its name to “Cerritos."

While Cerritos’ central location has spurred its growth, innovation and leadership have sustained it. The City has pioneered in many areas, including building America’s first solar heated city hall, undergrounding all utility lines and constructing a recycled water system to irrigate parks and street medians, which saves approximately 815 million gallons of potable water per year.

Parks and Recreation

The Cerritos home buyer not only has a lovely suburban community setting to look forward to, but pristine parks and recreational areas as well. As a planned development, Cerritos did not overlook building public park spaces into its design. The area features numerous parks and open space areas where residents and visitors can picnic and enjoy the foliage along with wonderful weather.

Attractions and Activities

Cerritos has many attractions and fun things to do, so that residents don’t even have to worry about being bored in the area because there is always something to do or see. Some of the most popular attractions here include Liberty Park, the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts, the Cerritos Olympic Swim and Fitness Center, the Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course, the Los Cerritos Center and many others. Take a tour of the many art sculptures located throughout the city with Artwork in Public Places.


Cerritos also has no lack of community events for residents to get involved in. There is always something going on here, from holiday tree lighting to summer movies in the park and so much more. Visit the city's Community Events Page for an up-to-date listing of all events.

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