The majority of the homes in the Bixby Knolls were custom-built between 1920 and 1940, providing a variety of home architecture. Small shops and restaurants dot Atlantic Avenue south of San Antonio and north of the 405 Freeway, as well as on the streets surrounding this main thoroughfare. The neighborhood is also served by several nearby grocery stores, including Trader Joes, and shopping centers.
Bixby Knolls has an active local community. The Richard Goad Theater, home to the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, and the Historical Society of Long Beach are housed on Atlantic Avenue, just north of Carson Street. On the west side of the neighborhood, adjacent to the Los Angeles River, is the large Virginia Country Club, which is also the location of the Rancho Los Cerritos historic site.
Bixby Knolls is an area of Long Beach adjoining North Long Beach to the north, California Heights on the southeast, and Wrigley on the southwest. Its approximate boundaries are the 405 Freeway to the south (or Wardlow Avenue), Del Amo Blvd to the north (or the Southern Pacific railroad tracks), the Los Angeles River and the Lakewood city boundary to the west of Atlantic Avenue, south of Bixby Road. Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard are the main north-south arteries through the neighborhood. The neighborhood includes the Los Cerritos-Virginia Country Club and the original Los Cerritos Ranch House historic site.
Bixby Knolls is within the Long Beach Unified School District. Public schools in the area include Longfellow Elementary School, Burroughs Elementary School, and Hughes Middle School. Longfellow has been recognized as a California Distinguished School. For high school, Long Beach Polytechnic High School is in the area.
The Bixby Knolls Park is in the area. Other parks include Los Cerritos Park in the Los Cerritos neighborhood and Somerset Park in the Bixby Terrace neighborhood.
Long Beach's Virginia Country Club golf course and Los Cerritos Ranch House, a city-owned historical site, are located in the adjacent Los Cerritos and Virginia Country Club neighborhoods, which are typically considered a part of Bixby Knolls.