El Segundo is a fantastic community oriented city in the South Bay. It offers a great small town feel, charming downtown and Main Street areas, award winning schools and proximity to the beach. From a real estate perspective, however, parts of El Segundo do have their challenges….and it’s all about the location. The challenge El Segundo has is that it happens to have some less than appealing neighbors. Directly to the north lies LAX, or Los Angeles International Airport. To the west lies the Hyperion Waste Water Treatment Plant. To the south lies the Chevron Oil Refinery (although the areas nearest to the refinery of primarily commercial) and to the east is a relatively busy, but nice commercial and retail corridor with high rise buildings, hotels and strip malls. Although each area may require some compromise on the part of buyers, each does offer lower prices than the neighborhoods in the center of town. If you’re working with a realtor, make sure that they are familiar with El Segundo and can offer insight into just what the various neighborhoods are like.