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. Established in 1906, the Los Cerritos neighborhood has been often used by the film industry 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 surrounding Rancho Los Cerritos were designated as the Los Cerritos subdivision. Once streets were cut out into the designed
In 1920, Thomas Gilchrist, an oilman from Oklahoma, purchased 10 acres along La Linda Drive and subdivided them into a development called La Linda - Spanish for "the pretty". La Linda is now one of Long Beach's oldest gated communities.
In 1929, 20th-century architect, Kirtland Cutter, designed three award-winning homes in the Los Cerritos Neighborhood.
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A home on Country Club Drive, in the Los Cerritos neighborhood, was used as the Bueller family home in the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This same home was subsequently used in the 2001 comedy, Not Another Teen Movie and the 2002 thriller, Red Dragon.
In 1998, two homes on Cedar Avenue in the Los Cerritos neighborhood were used in the 1999 comedy American Pie. In August 2000, another home on Country Club Drive was used as the fictional home for the teenager, Donnie Darko, in the 2001 psychological thriller/science fiction film, Donnie Darko.