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California Heights Historic District Homes 2008 Market Report – Long Beach Homes Sales

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California Heights Historic District Homes 2008 Market Report


Its like going back in time or Living in History. If you would like to live in a community with old-fashioned ambience, you have found it! Take a stroll down the tree-lined avenues lit by renovated antique street lamps. Along the way, you´ll see a wide variety of home styles including Ranch, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, lovely Victorians and the well-known Craftsman Bungalows.


From the massive front porch timbers of the Craftsman Bungalow to the intricately detailed Victorian woodwork…theres a historic home style here to suit every preference.


Founded in 1926 California Heights is comprised of approximately 1500 homes within a 50 block area, most lovingly restored, and was named the West’s Best Neighborhood by Sunset Magazine.


California Heights Historic District is bounded by:

  • Bixby Road on the North
  • Wardlow on the South
  • Gardenia on the East
  • Lime on the West

Saving Money with the Mills Act

Are you concerned about how you will afford to maintain your Historic Long Beach Home? The Mills Act makes preservation easy! This 10 year endlessly renewable contract with the city provides tax incentives to owners of Long Beach Historic Properties.


Average 2008 sale price in the Cal Heights neighborhood is currently $510,999; averaging 100 days on market. With 28 closed sales so far this year; sales in the Cal Heights community are doing quite well in this market.

Contact Laurie for an appointment to view any of the 22 homes for sale in the California Heights neighborhood of Long Beach (562) 212-5420:

City/ Area Bdrms Baths Gar Sq Ft
List Price
1 3647 Gardenia Ave 3 1/1 1 1,008 $389,000 21
2 3436 Myrtle Ave 2 1/1 1 1,008 $439,000 64
3 3447 Lewis Ave 3 1/1 1 1,320 $439,500 263
4 3506 Lime Ave 2 2/1 1 1,136 $440,000 160
5 3738 Walnut Ave 2 2/1 1 1,307 $447,900 64
6 3712 Orange Ave 2 1/1 1 900 $459,900 13
7 3565 Olive Ave 3 2/1 1 1,444 $499,900 51
8 3745 Gardenia Ave 3 2/2 1 1,623 $510,000 140
9 3725 Brayton Ave 3 3/ 2 1,406 $529,000 296
10 3400 Gardenia Ave 3 2/2 1 1,553 $535,000 63
11 3761 Lemon Ave 3 2/1 2 1,337 $549,900 23
12 3521 Orange Ave 2 1/1 1 987 $569,000 100
13 3421 Olive Ave 3 2/2 1 1,518 $579,900 7
14 3644 Gaviota Ave 3 2/2 1 1,502 $599,000 4
15 3720 Falcon Ave 3 1/1 1 1,569 $599,900 71
16 3505 N Gaviota St 3 2/1 1 1,315 $600,000 20
17 3454 Cerritos Ave 3 2/2 1 1,806 $629,000 100
18 3752 Falcon Ave 4 2/1 2 1,797 $654,000 52
19 3629 Myrtle Ave 3 2/1 1 1,882 $669,000 13
20 3513 Myrtle Ave 4 3/2 2 2,658 $714,000 52
21 3556 Lime Ave 4 3/2 1 2,200 $724,000 18
22 3749 N Elm Ave 4 6/3 2 6,002 $2,400,000 15
Average 3 1,694 $635,313 73


At this time I have a young
professional couple seeking a California Heights home. We have not been
able to locate quite what they are looking for. If you are thinking
about selling your California Heights home, please read this article
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1 California Heights Home is currently accepting back up offers:

Offered at: $635,000

Days on Market: 164

5 California Heights Homes are currently pending in escrow:

Average Price: $539,000

Average Days on Market: 53


1 California Heights home is currently on hold:

Listing Price: $635,000

Days on Market: 112


28 California Heights Homes have sold this year:

Average Price: $510,999

Average Days on Market: 100


2 California Heights homes for sale were leased:

Average Days on Market: 140

2 California Heights homeowners Withdrew their homes from the market:

Average Price: $442,000

Average Days on Market: 76

11 California Heights homeowners cancelled their listings:

Average Price: $539,618

Average Days on Market: 11

8 California Heights home listings expired:

Average Price: $647,606

Average Days on Market: 190


Contact Laurie to begin your search for your California Heights Home (562) 212-5420


Are you thinking about selling your California Heights home? Internet exposure and marketing has never been more important. Expansive internet exposure will drive many buyers to view your home. Hire an internet savvy Realtor. Contact Laurie (562)212-5420



Why Hire an Internet Savvy Realtor?


Over 80% of all home searches start on the internet. Your Long Beach homes need to be online, and findable, when buyers begin their search. Have the Realtors you interview show you their ability to market your Long Beach properties on the internet. Step back; pick keywords that should bring that item to the front page of Google; keywords like Long Beach Real Estate. Are any of the sites that your Realtor is using to promote your property coming up at the top of the engines? No? Keep shopping. Better yet, call the Realtors on the front page of Google, they already know how to get there and you can cut right through the unlikely candidates.

Over 25% of all Home Buyers FIRST saw the home they purchased on the internet. If your Long Beach homes are not heavily marketed on the internet, you are missing thousands of potential buyers. Laurie believes in marketing your Long Beach home for all that it is worth!

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California Heights Historic District Homes 2008 Market Report – Long Beach Homes Sales
Posted on July 5, 2008 by Laurie Manny

Colorado Lagoon Park – Long Beach California

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Colorado Lagoon Park - Long Beach California


I remember when I first moved into Long Beach and drove past Colorado Lagoon.  In my own New York way I asked my friend ˜Whats with the swamp?.  It was looking pretty raggy way back then, but as they say, its come a long way baby! Yesterday I was driving by, it was such a pretty day and the park was so peaceful, I pulled over and took a few pictures. 

Colorado Lagoon Park - Long Beach California   Colorado Lagoon Park - Long Beach California

Colorado Lagoon is comprised of 41.63 acres of wetland and Marine Education Science Center and is located at 5119 E Colorado St.; they can be reached at (562) 570-1720. Colorado Lagoon Park is bounded on the West by Park Ave; on the South by E Appian Way and E Colorado St; on the North by E 6th St. and Recreation Park 9 Hole Golf Course; and on the East by Monrovia Ave, E 4th St, Haines Ave, E Vermont St., and Orlena Ave. 

Colorado Lagoon Park - Long Beach California

Drop in at the Education Center from 2 to 5 and discover the featured creature of the day. Then go out and see if you can find where it lives, what it eats, and who it eats it. The Education Center is located on Appian Way, between Park & Colorado 570-1749.

Colorado Lagoon Park - Long Beach California

If you are heading to the Lagoon, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the picnic area. Live in the area?  Push off your kayak for a nice tour of the local canals. 




Weekends the Lagoon is very busy.  Many people come to enjoy the park.  Unfortunately they dont have the love and leave a lot of litter behind.  Please dispose of your trash in the provided recepticals and help us keep our city clean for your next visit. 

No Littering

The park provides a designated swimming area. 

I wouldnt go in that water.  Nuff said?

Colorado Lagoon Park - Long Beach California

The City of Long Beach has put forth major Restoration Efforts and has made Colorado Lagoon a into a beautiful and inviting park area and beach once again.  Ok, so its still a bit of a work in progress, but it sure is getting prettier.  Maybe someday that water will be clean enough to actually swim in¦


Visit:  Friends of Colorado Lagoon




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Colorado Lagoon Park – Long Beach California
Posted on April 25, 2008 by Laurie Manny

Long Beach California Beach Communities – Area Information

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Beach Communities of Long Beach California



Beach Communities of Long Beach CA Business, Schools, the Arts, Marinas, Parks, or just easy beach living¦Long Beach has it all! If you work in Los Angeles or in Orange County commuting is easy from here, we are centrally located. Do you prefer waterfront living or an inland lifestyle? You can choose your dream home from our downtown urban condos, co-ops, lofts, etc. all the way to Alamitos Bay homes with a resort hideaway setting.


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Beach Communities of Long Beach



Resort Style Living at the Heart of Long Beach

Want to live in a luxurious resort community without giving up the conveniences of an urban lifestyle? Head to Belmont Shore and Naples Island along the Long Beach Peninsula. Youll find resort style living at the heart of Long Beach! Here, rows of sailboats bob at docks along the waterfront. Palm trees are massaged by cool ocean breezes. Look no further for top notch shopping, entertainment, beaches, water activities, and unsurpassed dining opportunities. And its all just minutes away from bustling, vital, Downtown Long Beach.



Waterfront Enchantment

Long Beach California Real Estate Do you like the beach? Theres plenty of it here! At the southern end of Long Beach land stretches and thins into a finger shaped wedge of waterfront enchantment. On one side of this peninsula graceful East Coast shingle style homes overlook the vast Pacific Ocean. On the other, lovely Alamitos Bay caresses the three luxurious water encircled bundles of earth that are Naples Island. At the tip of the Peninsula is the Long Beach Yacht Club.


Lovely Belmont Shore

Travel just around the bend at the Second Street/Livingston/Ocean Boulevard stoplight in Long Beach and youll find yourself in friendly.   Belmont Shore. Youll be in good company! Youll enjoy meeting neighbors as you stroll by the boutiques, businesses and shops of the popular Second Street shopping area. Grab a cappuccino at Starbucks and enjoy the day. The fun doesnt stop just because the sun goes down! People travel from all over the country to visit this lovely four mile area. 




Graceful Yachts and Elegant Mansions

Long Beach California Real Estate Follow Second Street across sparkling Alamitos Bay and youll be at the center of quaint Naples Island. Here, graceful yachts float before elegant waterfront mansions. Flower-lined walkways, five Venetian inspired bridges and a city full of palm trees line a mile of tranquil canals. Youll view spectacular ocean vistas from patios in some of the most sought after places to live.

Be sure to meander along the waterfront where sidewalks are shaded by tall palms and garnished with colorful flowers. Here, children play in the sand and paddle about in brightly hued kayaks. In the summer, one bay front street is closed so children can safely travel to and from the beach.


Romantic Naples Island

Youll love the canals, bay and beaches that surround Naples Island! Naples consists of three individual islands¦and all have canals that pour into Alamitos Bay. Just like its European namesake, streets in this popular seaside community have Italian names. And since 1971, La Bella Fontana di Napoli, a large fountain at the center of Naples, has been a popular meeting place. Looking for a romantic getaway? Take your sweetheart on an Italian style
Gondola Cruise along picturesque canals.



Never Far from Long Beach Amenities

Youll think youve stepped into another dimension as you stand on the deck of your boat breathing in the tangy salt air. Amid luxury homes, palm trees and bright flowers¦youll feel far away from the rest of the world. But, in truth, youre not far from Long Beach amenities! Its a short ride to all Long Beach freeways when you travel west on Second Street toward nearby Pacific Coast Highway. (¦Read More About Long Beach>)


One of Southern Californias most Coveted Luxury Communities

Long Beach California Real Estate Originally, the land that is Belmont Shore and Naples was a vast expanse of Pacific Ocean wetlands. Later it became a part of historic Rancho Los Alamitos. In the early 1920s, Rancho Los Alamitos was subdivided to form what would become Long Beach.

Even though much of Belmont Shore and Naples was still underwater¦a few forward thinking developers bought it and began construction of one of Southern Californias most coveted luxury communities, creating a picture perfect coastline.

More than 2 million cubic yards of sand and mud were dredged from Alamitos Bay to elevate the land. The Bay was widened and deepened and channels created. Sand imported from Mexico and the Pacific Northwest created idyllic lagoons along the postcard perfect coastline.


A Charming Italian Styled Community

Originally, the entire area was intended to be a charming Italian styled community with luxury homes and red tiled roofs on picturesque canals. Gondoliers, a promenade with a large fountain and plenty of beachfront were part of the plan! Due to the high cost and complex task, only Naples Island met that goal. The first residential lots here were sold for less than $2,000.

Bold Contemporary to Spanish Revival

Cruise Naples in a gondola or stroll the walkways by foot or bicycle. Youll see elegant Mediterranean style and stately New England shingle homes, condominiums and more. Dont miss the outstanding collection of period revival commercial buildings along Second Street in Belmont Shore.

Are you searching for a luxury sized residence? Visit NaplesTreasure Island community. Hunting for beachfront condominium? Step out of your Marina Pacifica home and into the warm Alamitos Bay sand. For awe-inspiring sunsets, take an evening stroll down to the beach just blocks away from your lovely Belmont Shore home. From bold contemporary to Spanish Revival, theres a home style here to suit every preference!

Theres Plenty to Do in Belmont Shore, Naples and the Peninsula

Like to shop? Belmont Shores Second Street Shopping district has what you need! Dine indoors or out where youll enjoy the ever-present Long Beach sunshine as it sparkles on peaceful Alamitos Bay. Take in the Belmont Car Show, the largest one day car show on the West Coast. Feel like a day at the beach? Your four footed friend will enjoy entertaining Dog Beach. Swim, sun or sail the Pacific from Belmont Shores tidy beach or the sandy waters along Naples Island. Catch the Long Beach Yacht Club sailboat races every Wednesday! Want to spend the day fishing? Angling is free from the
Belmont Pier.  Whether youre up for a day of skiing or prefer to watch the boats go by¦youll find something to do here.

Second Street Shops

Stroll popular Second Street in this cozy community. Small local businesses mingle with established stores and local eateries to make for some of the best shopping around. Youll enjoy 15 blocks of the best restaurants, specialty shops, boutiques, and entertainment right here!

Belmont Shore Shadow Art -Long Beach California Grab an early morning latte at Starbucks¦by dusk youll be ready for an authentic Greek meal at Mykonos or pizza at B.J.s Pizzeria. Then head for a movie or watch the lights blink in the bay. The fun is just beginning!

Shadow Art

Remember to look down as you meander along Second Streets walkways. You dont want to miss the ’shadow art’ that adorns the sidewalks! Youll enjoy artistic crystal blue waters and shimmering skies decorating Second Street buildings.



A Dining Opportunity to Suit Every Palate

From an easygoing cantina meal to the southern finery of the Shenandoah Café¦theres a dining opportunity here to suit every palate. Delights will melt in your mouth at the Naples Rib Company. Nicos was owned by Sonny Bonos daughter, Christi, but has recently changed hands. And dont miss weekly wine and beer tasting at Moreys Liquor.

Looking for a casual experience¦with a bayside view which is perfect for sunset dining or viewing the fabulous Long Beach fireworks displays? The Belmont Brewing Company is right next to the Belmont Pier and offers a delectable assortment of salads, soups and entrees. Whether youre up for a quiet dinner inside or a romantic sunset interlude¦youll find it here!



Alamitos Bay

Alamitos Bay - Long Beach California If you like waterskiing, swimming, sailing and boating, youll like Alamitos Bay. Its the heart of the Peninsula! Here, youll find the most active public marina and the busiest seaport in the nation. The Alamitos Bay Marina is more than 50 years old and boasts 1,991 slips.

Need to buy supplies? Youll find what you need at a convenient marine store. Looking for a yacht club? There are plenty along the bay including the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Pack a lunch for a peaceful day at a bayside beach, enjoy a romantic gondola cruise, rent a boat or take your own transport onto the water.

Its up to you!






Shopping and Food in Alamitos Bay

Long Beach California Real Estate You´ll have your pick of fabulous restaurants at Alamitos Bay. At The Crab Pot, enjoy a view of the yachts docked just outside its walls while feasting on fresh seafood. Looking for a restaurant to entertain your kids? You´ll find it at Joe´s Crab Shack, where the waiters dance, sing and encourage customers to join in. For a postcard like view of the sunset, dine at McKennas on the Bay or Busters Beach House.

Go shopping at The Marketplace on Pacific Coast Highway, just across from Alamitos Bay, or the Marina Pacifica shopping area, just down the block, with great restaurants, shops and even a movie theater. You will not want to miss the fabulous Tantalum Restaurant with its incredible decor and unique menu, the best martinis in town and incredible Long Beach Sunsets on one of our famous canals.

You´ll find unique merchandise at the many boutique shops and affordably priced gourmet foods at Trader Joe´s. When you´re hungry, stop in for a delicious slice at California Pizza Kitchen, or any one of the many restaurants just steps away. Tired of walking? Designed to look like an English Village, the peaceful ponds and beautiful grounds of The Marketplace will quickly rejuvenate you.



Marine Stadium

Marine Stadium is a popular stretch of water near Alamitos Bay that is just right for waterskiing! Sip a cold one as you await your turn along Marine Stadiums pristine sand beach. The 1993 Olympic Rowing competition and 1968 Olympic Rowing trials were held here. Throughout the year   outstanding events like the California Outboard Motor Racing Association races, rowing regattas, ski slaloms and water ski club activities are regularly held here and can all be viewed from lovely Mothers Beach.

Belmont Pier

Do you like to fish? Bring your bait and set out your chair on the Belmont Pier. You can fish here for free ” no license required (as long as you stay on the pier)! Built in 1966, the current concrete pier is 1,620 feet long and replaced a 50 year old wooden pier. When youve caught your limit, lay out a towel and enjoy the sandy beaches surrounding the pier. Whether you want to fish, sail, snorkel, or just sit¦Belmont Shore and Pier is the place!

Naples Boat Parade

Dont miss the Naples Boat Parade held the second Saturday of each December. Youll see gaily decorated sailboats, yachts and gondolas as they glide through the canals. Do you own a seaworthy vessel? Trim your boat and head for the water. You might win a prize! About 60,000 people attend this popular and fun event.

Romantic Gondola Cruise

A visit to Naples isnt complete until youve taken a gondola cruise through its mile of canals. A gondolier dressed in stripes and wearing an Italian cap will be your guide! Your hour long adventure includes a basket of French bread, cheese and salami. Bring your sweetheart or pack up the family¦some gondolas seat up to 14 passengers. And dont forget: its customary to kiss your partner under each bridge. Youll glide under five arched passageways as you sail through the Naples canals.

Belmont Heights

This primarily residential area sits in the south-east section of Long Beach and borders the ocean and the more commercial community of Belmont Shore. For the bigger homes and quieter neighborhoods, residents of Belmont Shore often move to Belmont Heights after they have children.

As a resident of the Heights, you´re conveniently located within walking distance of local businesses and entertainment. Built primarily between the turn of the century and the 1930s, this neighborhood is comprised of Mediterranean, Spanish and Craftsman Bungalow style homes with some Victorian homes remaining.

A few hotspots dot Belmont Heights including restaurants such as Cafe Piccolo, E.J. Malloys, Coco Renos and Lashers; a great coffee house called The Library; and the boutique shops Babcock & Cooke and Iguana. Rub elbows with the famous, or almost famous, when you dine at Christy´s, an upscale restaurant owned by Christy Bono, daughter of Sonny Bono. When you wake up hungry, visit The Potholder for a world-famous breakfast.

Bluff Heights

Located along the ocean bluffs, this community consists of large, stately, single-family and multi-family homes constructed between 1903 and 1949. Bluff Heights boasts a wide range of interesting restaurants including Cafe Piccolo, The Original Park Pantry, Porch Café and The Two Umbrellas Café. You´ll also find unique boutique shops and coffee joints such as The Library and Hot Java.

If you´re looking for retro clothing or an unusual gift, don´t miss Long Beach´s famed ‘Funky District’. Just north of Bluff Heights, this area is worth the trip for shoppers tired of chain stores and malls. Need a caffeine fix? Dive into Portfolio the local hang-out and coffee house. 


Bluff Park

Long Beach California Real Estate Bluff Park is a small, upscale neighborhood in Long Beach. If you enjoy turn-of-the-century estate homes, you´ll appreciate the areas variety of architecturally interesting homes including Green & Green, Mediterranean and Spanish Revival, to name a few.

On one stretch of the bluff that runs along much of the beach in Long Beach, there is the narrow Bluff Park from which the neighborhood gets its name.

The Long Beach Museum of Art built in 1912 calls the Bluff Park community home. Located on a bluff-top overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Museum not only has world-class art exhibits, but also a magnificent view.




Alamitos Beach - Long Beach California Real EstateAlamitos Beach


The Alamitos Beach community was planned by John W. Bixby after the Rancho Los Alamitos was acquired by he and his cousins who where partners in the Bixby Land Company. When describing the area in 1988, Mr. Bixby said, ‘Alamitos Beach is not Long Beachs rival but her Crowning Jewel.’ It was the intention of Mr. Bixby and the original residences that Alamitos Beach would be a separate city. It remained as a separate townsite until annexed by the City of Long Beach on November 30, 1909.

Ocean Boulevard is the Jewel of the Area now as it was in 1988 with its high rise deluxe condominiums, magnificent homes, and access to the beach.

Considered by many as Long Beach´s most diverse neighborhood, the desirability of Alamitos Beach continues to grow. It is within walking distance of Downtown Long Beach and is conveniently close to freeways, without the feeling of being near the traffic. But more importantly it remains affordable. You can still purchase a $250,000 condo, or if you prefer, a multi-million dollar condo with endless ocean views.


This very residential area is dotted with funky quaint shops and restaurants. Experience a genuine old-fashioned diner when you eat at the Park Pantry. Ready to enjoy the area´s perfect weather? Visit Bixby Park located on Cherry Avenue and named after the founder of Alamitos Beach. This 12 acre urban park has a playground, mobile skate park, community center and volleyball courts.

Come Home to the Beach Communities of Long Beach

Want to be near the water wherever you go? Close to outstanding shopping, entertainment and more¦without giving up the convenience of being close to a large city? Youll like it here!

Want to Know More?

Are you buying or selling Belmont Shore or Naples Long Beach California Real Estate? I can help you find your luxury dream home. Call Laurie Manny today at (562) 212-5420.


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Long Beach California Beach Communities – Area Information
Posted on March 1, 2008 by Laurie Manny

About Long Beach California

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Long Beach California

Downtown Long Beach CaliforniaEverything You Need is Right Here

Theres a reason that people who live in Long Beach CA tend to stay here. Everything you’ll ever need is right here! In Long Beach, you’ll enjoy 5 ½ miles of wide sandy beach, trendy nightclubs, fine dining and cultural events. Visit the Waterfront District in Downtown where you’ll find world class entertainment like the Aquarium of the Pacific. Stroll the shops of Shoreline Village. Sip a cocktail at a waterfront café as you slip into the comforting sights and sounds of Long Beach Harbor. Listen as a calming foghorn blows in the distance and watch as an inimitable California sunset cast its pinks and blues over the glittering Pacific Ocean.


Long Beach has an amazingly mild year round average temperature of 64 degrees. You can count on almost every day being sun filled with 345 sunny days annually. Climate doesn´t get much more perfect than that!

You’ll Love Long Beach CA

If you like clean air, sunshine, ocean breezes, spectacular vistas, exotic food and cultural diversity you’ll Love Long Beach. Dine on a wide variety of mouthwatering delights in a city where there are great restaurants of every type. Here, quaint Craftsman bungalows line peaceful tree lined streets. Spanish duplexes and fourplexes with classic clay tiled roofs dot the landscape. Are you seeking an estate sized home? Tour the million dollar mansions that run along Bluff Park or enjoy the luxury of a golf course view from your Virginia Country Club Estate. For location, climate, beauty and lifestyle Long Beach is 50 square miles of perfection.

From Here to Anywhere

Do you travel for business? The Long Beach Airport is right in town and offers convenient flights to wherever you want to go. The Long Beach Municipal Airport is the west coast hub for Jet Blue Airways. Need more? The city is 25 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. And John Wayne Airport is just 20 miles south of Long Beach in Irvine. Prefer to drive? Sitting at the edge of Los Angeles County, Long Beach is a handshake away from most Southern California cities. Its easy to get from here to anywhere with major freeways like the 405, 605 and 710 running through town.

Beat Freeway Traffic

Commuting is easy when you live and work in Long Beach. Heading into Los Angeles? Sip a cappuccino and enjoy your newspaper as you ride the Metro Blue Line into Downtown Los Angeles. Is your destination farther out? Amtrak or Greyhound will take you there! Its easy to beat freeway traffic using Long Beachs public transportation system.

Unique Culture

From business suits to bikinis, you´ll see it all in Long Beach. Street murals, trendy and ethnic restaurants, period architecture and the Pacific Ocean all promote the Bohemian feel and allure of Long Beach. Youll find art in our architecture and on our buildings too. Since 1985, local buildings have featured exquisite mural displays. All are created by local artists through the Long Beach Mural and Cultural Arts Program. These exhibits promote cultural understanding and unity within the community. And theyre beautiful! View a Gallery of Street Murals

Cultural Diversity

If you enjoy the flair, food and fun of a culturally diverse city, you´ll love Long Beach. Nearly every culture and nationality is represented here! Next to Paris (and excluding Asia), Long Beach boasts the second largest population of Cambodians in the world. There are Central American communities, a small population of Pacific Islanders, especially Samoans, and Long Beach is home to one of the nations largest gay communities. Almost every month of the year, there´s a celebration including a Grecian Festival, Gay Pride Parade, Bayou Festival, Martin Luther King celebration, Scottish Festival and Games, Cambodian New Year and Brazilian Street Carnaval, just to name a few.

Downtown Long Beach

Theres plenty to do in bustling, busy, colorful Downtown Long Beach. Access the internet from anywhere in the city it’s a Wireless Hot Zone! Do you like art? Tour galleries in the East Village Arts District. Enjoy a late night, European style dinner at one of many fine Pine Avenue restaurants. Take in some waterfront shopping and nationally acclaimed entertainment at the Shoreline Village and Marina. Dont miss the Wyland Whaling Wall, a 116,000 square foot mural painted on the cylindrical shaped Long Beach Convention Center!
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Easy Living Long Beach Style

Are you looking for an estate sized home or luxury condominium with beachfront access? Maybe you prefer a single family residence in a cozy community. Whether youre seeking a history rich neighborhood in an urban setting, a condo, coop, Manhattan Style Loft, OYO or resort hideaway you’ll find it in Long Beach! Whether you prefer waterfront living to an inland lifestyle, your dream home is waiting for you here. From Downtown Long Beach to Alamitos Bay from coastline to inland there’s Long Beach Real Estate here to suit every lifestyle.


If you’re looking for business opportunity, you’ve come to the right place. As California´s fifth largest city, Long Beach is a convention hot spot and center for business and industry. It is proud of it´s focus on the three T´s: technology, tourism and trade. Many well known national businesses are headquartered here. Computer giant Epson America, Molina Health Care, Inc., and SCAN Health Plan all call Long Beach home. To meet the growing need, Downtown Long Beach is undergoing a $1 Billion residential and business redevelopment.

Based on the number of employees, the largest commercial businesses in Long Beach are: Boeing, Verizon, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and The Bragg Companies. Even after greatly reducing the number of employees over the last few years, Boeing is still the largest employer in the city. Another world renown Long Beach business is the Port of Long Beach. As the second busiest seaport in the nation and the tenth busiest in the world, port-related activities support 320,000 jobs and nearly $15 billion in wages in Southern California.

History of Long Beach CA

This area was established by William E. Willmore in 1882 as Willmore City. When Mr. Willmore´s plan to develop the city into a farming community failed, the land was purchased by the Long Beach Land and Water Company. They changed the name to Long Beach and it was incorporated as a city in 1888. The city grew as a seaside resort, but its main growth occurred after oil was discovered in 1921. It was once known as ˜Iowa by the Sea” because of the large number of Midwesterners from Iowa and other states who relocated here. Read More About the Citys Historic Homes and Districts>>>

A Visitor Friendly World Class Destination Resort

Theres plenty to do in Long Beach, California. This visitor-friendly world class destination resort is home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. 5.5 million people visit superior beaches and enjoy top notch entertainment here each year. Whether youre looking for family fun at
Shoreline Village, a honeymoon condo at Catalina Island, excellent golfing or the wild fun of a Grand Prix race come to Long Beach! Guests are drawn to the city for its location, recreation, beauty, fine restaurants and great hotels. Long Beach offers the finest resort style amenities. But remember residents can take in the sights too!

The Golf courses of Long Beach CA

Bixby Village Golf Course, Bixby Village Course

The 9-hole ˜Bixby Village course at the Bixby Village Golf Course facility in Long Beach, California features 1,567 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 29. The course rating is 57.5 and it has a slope rating of 86. Designed by Ron Fream, the Bixby Village golf course opened in 1980.

6180 Bixby Village Dr

Long Beach, CA 90803-2001

(562) 498-7003

Recreation Park South Golf Course 18-Hole

This Municipal 18 hole Golf Course with over 6,317 yards with a par of 72. Billy Bell-designed layout is one of the oldest courses in Southern California.

Located among beautiful rolling hills, Recreation Park was constructed in 1917 and was originally known as Virginia Country Club. This very private club was opened to the public in 1931 and has since been known by its current name. Recreation Park, designated as one of the busiest golf courses in the nation, provides a night lighted driving range, practice greens, pro shop, full service restaurant and banquet facilities for up to 150 people.

5000 E. Anaheim

Long Beach, CA

(562) 494-5000

Click here to map it.

Recreation Park Golf Course 9-Hole

Located directly across 7th Street from the majestic 18-hole course, this nine-hole, par 29, executive facility affords guests a selection of shots and settings, which range from rolling hills to views of the Colorado Lagoon. This course also offers practice greens, a pro shop and food service.

5000 E 7th St

Long Beach, CA 90804-4340

(562) 438-4012

El Dorado Park Golf Course, El Dorado Park Course

The previous venue of the Queen Mary Open, this facility has now been selected as the site of the prestigious Long Beach Open. A magnificent 18-hole layout, El Dorado can truly be called a ˜players course, due to its expansive layout and numerous water hazards. Extensive practice facilities and full service restaurant are available at El Dorado.

2400 Studebaker Rd

Long Beach, CA 90815-2428

(562) 430-5411

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Skylinks At Long Beach Golf Course, Skylinks Course

Directly across Lakewood Blvd., from the Long Beach Airport, this course provides an interesting blend of playing characteristics. Several water hazards and numerous bunkers await your errant shots, while excellent fairways and greens rewards your good play. This 18-hole course is a very enjoyable experience for all skill levels. Skylinks also offers a night lighted driving range, practice greens, a full service restaurant, bar and banquet facilities that can hold up to 150 people.

18 holes over 6,372 yards with a par of 72 (Municipal)

Skylinks Flyover Tour Video

4800 E Wardlow Rd

Long Beach, CA 90808-1737

(562) 421-3388

Heartwell Golf Course, Heartwell Course

18 holes over 2,143 yards with a par of 54 (Municipal)

For those seeking this alternative, this facility offers an extremely enjoyable 18-hole round of par 3 golf. With holes ranging from 85 to 140 yards, two water hazards and numerous sand traps, this course will test the skills of the most seasoned player, as well as remain exceptionally enjoyable for the beginner. This fully lighted course also boasts of its excellent practice range, full size chipping and putting greens, full service restaurant and a professionally staffed pro shop.

6700 E Carson St.

Long Beach, CA 90808-2297

(562) 421-8855

Virginia Country Club, Virginia Course

The 18-hole ˜Virginia course at the Virginia Country Club facility in Long Beach, California features 6,505 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 70.9 and it has a slope rating of 128 on . Designed by William P. Bell, ASGCA/(R) Robert Muir Graves, ASGCA/Edward B. Dearie, Jr., the Virginia golf course opened in 1909. (Private Equity)

4602 N Virginia Road

Long Beach, CA 90807-1916

(562) 427-0924


Sail, ski, Jet Ski, windsurf, fish, boat or sunbathe it’s up to you. Long Beach has 92 parks scattered across 3,100 acres. There are 69 tennis courts, four public swimming pools and miles of pedestrian and bicycle friendly beach.
The El Dorado Regional Park is 800 acres of lakes, an archery range, bike trails, and campground and picnic areas. The parks Nature Center is 102.5 acres and features trails, meadows, lakes and forests. Recreation Park is a popular 210.9 acre park and recreation center. Let your pet run at the dog park while you meet with friends and community groups.

Area Beaches

Love the beach?
With over 5 ½ miles of beach front, it´s no surprise that this area is known world wide as Surf City. Huntington Beach and Huntington Harbor are popular early morning surfing destinations. Dont miss Seal Beach and the beach at Belmont Shore. Rent a Kayak and enjoy the day in the Naples Island Canals or the Canals of Huntington Harbor at Sunset Beach. Pack up a bottle of wine, some cheese and bread for a romantic, sunset gondola ride through Naples Island canals. Do you have small children? Head to Naples Islands Mothers Beach. Theres no surf, so your children can enjoy splashing in a calm ocean, as you lay out a picnic lunch.

Local Beaches of Long Beach California:

Alamitos Beach from Alamitos to 15th Place. You can glide, ride or stride along the waters edge on the main beach from Alamitos Avenue on the west to 54th Place on the east on the 3.1-mile, 17-foot-wide Shoreline Pedestrian Bike Path. Two six foot lanes are for bicycle traffic and one five foot lane is for pedestrians. You can rent skates, bikes, umbrellas and beach chairs at Alfredos.

Bayshore Beach at 5415 E. Ocean Blvd. offers access to Alamitos Bay and other diversions such as:

  • basketball,
  • volleyball
  • handball courts
  • play equipment for the kids

Belmont Plaza Beach at 4000 Olympic Plaza is close to the bike path and Belmont Pier. Be sure to get a front row seat (bring your own chair!) for exciting California Beach Volleyball Association events during the upcoming International Sea Festival.

Belmont Shore Beach from 39th Place to 54th Place, and Peninsula Beach from 54th to 72nd Place offer long stretches of white sand, volleyball courts and beautiful scenery.

Colorado Lagoon at 5119 E. Colorado St. offers calm waters, picnic areas and a nautical themed playground.

Junipero Beach from 15th to 39th Place can be conveniently accessed from Ocean Blvd. on Junipero Avenue which ends at a beach parking lot.

Marine Park at 5839 Appian Way is known as ˜Mothers Beach because of its popularity among families with small children. All ages can relax and enjoy the day with shallow, calm waters, a lifeguard station, restrooms and play equipment.

The next chance you have to spend a day at the beach, remember that some of the best ones are right here in Long Beach.

Long Beach Marina

Like to angle your fishing rod from the side of your own boat? Or, spend the day lazing on deck or entertaining on board? Youll like Shoreline Marina and Alamitos Bay Marina. The location is irresistible because it´s just a short walk from your boat to
Shoreline Village. As the largest city owned Marina in the country, it has an amazing 3,400 slips. A south-facing bay and breakwaters offshore protect boats moored here.

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Alamitos Beach

 Long Beach, California


Alamitos Beach High Rise Luxury CondosThe Alamitos Beach community was planned by John W. Bixby after the Rancho Los Alamitos was acquired by he and his cousins who where partners in the Bixby Land Company.  When describing the area in 1988, Mr. Bixby said, ‘Alamitos Beach is not Long Beachs rival but her Crowning Jewel.’  It was the intention of Mr. Bixby and the original residences that Alamitos Beach would be a separate city.  It remained as a separate townsite until annexed by the City of Long Beach on November 30, 1909.  Ocean Boulevard is the Jewel of the Area now, as it was in 1988 with its high rise deluxe condominiums, magnificent homes, and access to the beach.

Long Beach´s Alamitos Beach continues to grow.  It is within walking distance of Downtown Long Beach and is conveniently close to freeways, without the feeling of being near the traffic.  But more importantly it remains affordable.  You can still purchase a $300,000 condo, or if you prefer, a multi-million dollar condo with endless ocean views.

This very residential area is dotted with funky quaint shops and restaurants.  Experience a genuine old-fashioned diner when you eat at the Park Pantry.  Ready to enjoy this diverse area´s perfect weather?  Visit Bixby Park located on Cherry Avenue and named after the founder of Alamitos Beach.  This 12 acre urban park has a playground, mobile skate park, community center and volleyball courts.

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Want to be near the water wherever you go?  Close to outstanding shopping, entertainment and more¦without giving up the convenience of being close to a large city?  Youll like it here!

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