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Long Beach California Beach Communities – Area Information

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About the Beach Communities of Long Beach California

 

 

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.

 


Long Beach California Real Estate

 

 

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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Posted on March 1, 2008 by Laurie Manny
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Long Beach California History-Historic Homes and Districts

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History of Long Beach California


From the People of the Earth to the City of Long Beach
California

A Native American tribe known as the Tongva (which
means “the people of the earth”) were the city’s first known residents. The
Tongva disappeared in the 1800s as settlers began pouring into the area. Manuel
Nieto built a rancho on a huge parcel of land awarded him through the Spanish
Land Grant in 1784. Over time, his property was divided many times for business
and personal reasons. Long Beach grew out of two settlements that came from
Nieto’s tract: Los Cerritos and Los Alamitos.

Settling Long Beach California

In
1880, Englishman Erwin Willmore created the first township here by subdividing
parts of Los Cerritos. Even after the township failed, settlers were drawn to
the area’s easy access to the ocean, wide beaches and business opportunity. By
1888 the City of Long Beach had a name, 59 buildings and a school. Long Beach
incorporated in 1897. Do you like historic homes? Today, Historic Willmore
City has more Craftsman, Prairie, Victorian, Mission and Spanish Colonial Style
homes than any other Long Beach historic homes districts. Named for Mr.
Willmore, it was part of the city’s original 1881 plan.

In 1933 Long Beach was hit by a very large earthquake which caused
incredible damage to buildings for miles around the city. During the 30’s and
40’s the city slowly rebuilt itself and began to attract the motion picture
industry. Elizabeth Taylor spent her first honeymoon at the Hilton Hotel on
Ocean Boulevard, which is now the Breakers Hotel right here in Long
Beach. She married Nicky Hilton, son of Conrad Hilton. The Breakers Hotel
Penthouse has since been converted to the magnificent restaurant The Skyroom, my personal favorite
for a very special evening.

Long Beach was known as the motion
picture capital of the world until post World War I when Hollywood developed
around the glitz of the era. With its perfect Southern California climate, Long
Beach afforded the perfect setting for the industry. There were eight film
houses, two stock companies, roller-coasters and bath houses at the historic
Pike, along the shore of Downtown Long
Beach
. This was the home of the Balboa Amusement Production Company, the
world’s most prolific silent-film studio. W. C. Fields and other stars lived in
beautiful mansions in the Bluff Park neighborhood along Ocean Boulevard and
First Street, many of which remain in the families to this day.

In 1967
the Queen Mary (built in
1936) was withdrawn from service to the Cunard line and brought to rest in Long Beach Harbor. She was to
become a floating hotel, open to the public. She was outfitted with
restaurants, shops and tours open to the public. Did you know that the Queen
Mary transported troops during World War II and served as Winston Churchill’s
headquarters at sea? She was painted gray and nicknamed “The Gray Ghost”. The
Queen transported over 800,000 troops and traveled 660,000 miles. The Queen
Mary is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Landmarks

Long Beach is home to
many interesting and well preserved historic landmarks. One such historic
landmark is Fire Station #10, the oldest remaining fire station in Long Beach.
Today it is no longer in service for firefighters, but instead houses the Long Beach Firefighters
Museum
and contains a collection of antique fire engines, historical
photographs, and other firefighting memorabilia.

The Long Beach Museum of Art, in
historic Bluff Park
, is housed in the
historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson House,
a stunning Craftsman Mansion, built in 1929. The museum is perched on a
towering bluff overlooking Long Beach Harbor. With ocean front gardens and a
charming cafe, it is a wonderful place to escape to for a day of gazing out over
the ocean, watching the comings and goings of the cruise ships and viewing the
harbor.

If you love books, be sure to visit the historic landmark Acres of
Books
a family owned used books store that has been in Long Beach for
over 50 years. With more than 750,000 used books in stock, you’re sure to find
something to enjoy.

Historic Treasures

Today
the Rancho Los
Alamitos Historic Ranch
and Gardens and Rancho Los Cerritos Historic sites are owned by the City of Long Beach. Be sure to
stop by these history-rich treasures! You’ll see agricultural buildings, acres
of gardens and adobe ranch homes dating from the 1800s. Long Beach is packed
with historic homes and significant older structures.

Long Beach California Historic Homes and
Districts

Historic Long Beach California Real
Estate

Long Beach is widely celebrated as one of the most
culturally diverse cities in the United States. But diversity is not just for
people! You’ll recognize the width and breadth of our uniqueness as you tour
homes in any of the city’s 17 historic neighborhoods:

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


A Community Working Together

Grab a sweater on a
cool coastal morning and smell the sweet fog as it melts into a crisp California
day. Relax on a bench on the wide open porch of your vintage Craftsman Bungalow
style home. The wide eaves reveal authentically exposed roof rafters that make
you feel uniquely peaceful. Across the street, a neighbor tends to her garden
as children play under ancient oaks and elms. You admire the intricate wrought
iron grillwork and heavy red tile roof of your neighbor’s Spanish Colonial
Revival style home. There is comfort in living among a community of people
working together to assure the vitality of your neighborhood.


Step Back in Time

Are you searching
for a well maintained, architecturally significant home in a neighborhood where
community is valued? As you drive along the tree lined streets you’ll feel as
if you’ve stepped back in time. You’ll see antique street lamps lighting
cobblestone paths and gardens bordered by authentic picket style fences. You’ll
see beautifully manicured lawns and flowering gardens. You’ll see neighbors
working together to assure that historic features of an area are maintained.
When you live in a historic district, you become part of a unified effort to
protect the area’s rich heritage.

Dedicated to Preservation

Long Beach is dedicated
to the preservation of its rich history. In 2003, the city received an A on the
Los Angeles Conservancy’s report card for overall preservation. Long Beach was
one of only five cities to receive high marks out of 45 Southern California
locations. And in 2004 the Willmore City historic area won the Neighborhoods
USA Best Neighborhoods contest for social revitalization.


Individual Long Beach
California Real Estate
qualifies for historic status when it:

  • is historically significant
  • is architecturally unique
  • has retained its original style
  • is built from original materials


A more
recently built structure may qualify for historic status when it is a well built
representation of a past architectural style. Want to know more about Long
Beach’s rich history? Visit the Long Beach Historical
Society
.


Preserving the Past

If you love strong,
structurally sound, beautiful old homes…Come Home to Long Beach CA! Historic
districts here maintain or re-create an atmosphere of old Long Beach. Is your
Long Beach California Real
Estate
in a potentially historic area?
If your community contains a high
concentration of intact and original vintage architectural styles, and property
owners want to protect the buildings as assets to the community…your
neighborhood may qualify for historic status.


Historic Status for Your Neighborhood

A
district may qualify for historic designation when:

  • two-thirds or more of the structures in the area are 50 years old — or
    older
  • buildings retain their original appearance
  • buildings are constructed of original building
    materials



An area may be designated historic when structures together preserve the
visual qualities and ambiance of the past. Sometimes individual homes are
already designated historic — sometimes it’s the area itself that’s
notable.

Meeting the City’s Criteria

To gain
historic status for your neighborhood, contact the Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC). You’ll provide specific information about your community
to the commission, who will conduct a cultural resources survey to determine if
the structures in your area meet the city’s criteria for historic designation.
The CHC makes a recommendation to the Planning Commission who drafts an
ordinance for City Council approval. This is the final step! Once the
ordinance is approved, your area is officially designated a historic
district.

A Valuable Asset

Your historic home is
more than a poignant reminder of a by-gone day. It is a glittering emblem of
community pride. It attracts tourists interested in viewing a piece of the
past. And historic neighborhoods enjoy increases in property values that exceed
similar non-designated neighborhoods. Whether you’re interested in revitalizing
a neighborhood, love vintage properties or are considering an investment in
Long Beach CA Real Estate…your historic home is a valuable
asset!

Saving Money with the Mills Act

Are you
concerned about how you’ll afford to maintain your historic Long Beach
California Real Estate
? 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
.

The Mills Act

Since 1972, The Mills Act has provided deep tax discounts to owners
of historic Long Beach California Real Estate. This legally
binding 10 year “endlessly renewable” contract helps homeowners afford
maintenance and restoration of historically and architecturally significant
properties.


All
Qualified Historic Structures Benefit

In 1972, historian, writer
and statesman, Jim Mills, introduced this little known bill. It grants tax
discounts ranging from 24 to 60 percent to owners of qualified historic
structures. All designated historic buildings may apply! Whether you live in
your historic single family residence or use it as an income producing
commercial enterprise…you may qualify for tax benefits under the Mills
Act.

Good for You…Good for the
Community

Returning tax money to you benefits everyone. It
creates incentive to purchase and restore beautiful homes and neighborhoods
within the community. When you purchase restoration materials, local businesses
thrive. Property values go up! Neighborhoods are strengthened as standards of
living increase. And neighborhood enhancements stimulate community
pride.

Promising to Maintain and Preserve Your Historic
Property

When you sign a Mills Act contract, you are promising
to maintain and preserve your historic property following predetermined
standards. This is to protect the value of your investment while assuring the
community’s overall historic integrity. Modifications to your home or building
should respect the structure’s original historic and architectural
character…while changing it as little as possible!

Everyday
maintenance and General Repairs

Zoning requirements, building
codes, development and owner entitlements remain the same for all
neighborhoods. Everyday maintenance and general repairs that don’t affect your
home’s overall construction or design are not regulated.

Buying
or Selling a Mills Act Home

Are you buying or selling a home
that comes with an existing Mills Act contract? Lucky you! As a buyer, you’ll
assume the Mills Act contract along with purchase of your home — and benefit
from tax savings already in place. Selling a Mills Act home means increased
marketability of an already desirable property


Come Home to Long Beach

Are you buying or
selling historic Long Beach California Real Estate? Call
Laurie Manny, your Historic Homes Specialist, today at (562) 212-5420. Laurie is
a Top Long Beach Realtor.

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Long Beach California History-Historic Homes and Districts
Posted on January 31, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Jan
28


Long Beach Income Property Market Report-January-December 2007-Including Signal Hill

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Long Beach Real Estate

Long Beach & Signal Hill Income Property Report

January – December 2007

 

 

 

Duplexes 

Closed Sale – 187 Long Beach & Signal Hill Duplex Properties
Units

Bldg SqFt

GSI

List Price LP/SqFt SP/SqFt SP/LP SP/OLP DOM
Min 2

776

$

0

$

25,000

$

0

$

0

60% 60% 0
Avg 2

1,744

$

15,349

$

686,997

$

375

$

347

98% 95% 74
Max 2

3,728

$

435,000

$

2,750,000

$

718

$

718

126% 141% 360

 

 

Triplexes 

Closed Sale – 41 Long Beach & Signal Hill Triplex Properties
Units

Bldg SqFt

GSI

List Price LP/SqFt SP/SqFt SP/LP SP/OLP DOM
Min 3

1,176

$

0

$

444,000

$

122

$

0

88% 75% 7
Avg 3

2,306

$

25,933

$

733,839

$

317

$

271

98% 96% 117
Max 3

3,228

$

75,000

$

1,795,000

$

791

$

420

104% 251% 375

 

 

4-Plexes

 

Closed Sale – 84 Long Beach & Signal Hill Triplex Properties
Units

Bldg SqFt

GSI

List Price LP/SqFt SP/SqFt SP/LP SP/OLP DOM
Min 4

1,668

$

0

$

510,000

$

129

$

0

79% 69% 0
Avg 4

3,297

$

46,948

$

860,372

$

272

$

268

98% 95% 93
Max 4

5,273

$

99,780

$

1,850,000

$

571

$

571

105% 105% 360

 

 

5 + Units

 

Closed Sale – 87 Long Beach & Signal Hill Properties
Units

Bldg SqFt

GSI

List Price LP/SqFt SP/SqFt SP/LP SP/OLP DOM
Min 5

2,628

$

0

$

588,800

$

118

$

0

76% 65% 1
Avg 10

7,097

$

109,558

$

1,430,670

$

205

$

168

95% 93% 106
Max 38

35,668

$

600,720

$

7,500,000

$

493

$

462

108% 121% 331

 

 

 1031 Exchange information available on request. 

 

 

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Posted on January 28, 2008 by Laurie Manny
Jan
26


THE MILLS ACT

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HISTORIC HOME TAX INCENTIVES – The Mills Act

 

Saving Money with the Mills Act

Are you concerned about how youll afford to maintain your Historic Long Beach CA Real EstateThe Mills Act makes preservation easy!  This 10 year ˜endlessly renewable contract with the city provides tax incentives to owners of Long Beach Historic Properties.

 

The Mills Act

Since 1972, The Mills Act has provided deep tax discounts to owners of historic Long Beach CA Real Estate.  This legally binding 10 year ˜endlessly renewable contract helps homeowners afford maintenance and restoration of historically and architecturally significant properties.

 

 

 

All Qualified Historic Structures Benefit

In 1972, historian, writer and statesman, Jim Mills, introduced this little known bill.  It grants tax discounts ranging from 24 to 60 percent to owners of qualified historic structures.  All designated historic buildings may apply!  Whether you live in your historic single family residence or use it as an income producing commercial enterprise¦you may qualify for tax benefits under The Mills Act.


Good for You¦Good for the Community

Returning tax money to you benefits everyone.  It creates incentive to purchase and restore beautiful homes and neighborhoods within the community.  When you purchase restoration materials, local businesses thrive.  Property values go up!  Neighborhoods are strengthened as standards of living increase.  And neighborhood enhancements stimulate community pride.

 

Long Beach California Real Estate The Willmo House

Promising to Maintain and Preserve Your Historic Property

When you sign a Mills Act contract, you are promising to maintain and preserve your historic property following predetermined standards.  This is to protect the value of your investment while assuring the communitys overall historic integrity.  Modifications to your home or building should respect the structures original historic and architectural character¦while changing it as little as possible!



Everyday maintenance and General Repairs

Zoning requirements, building codes, development and owner entitlements remain the same for all neighborhoods.  Everyday maintenance and general repairs that dont affect your homes overall construction or design are not regulated.

 

Buying or Selling a Mills Act Home

Are you buying or selling a home that comes with an existing Mills Act contract?  Lucky you!  As a buyer, youll assume the Mills Act contract along with purchase of your home ‘ and benefit from tax savings already in place.  Selling a Mills Act home means increased marketability of an already desirable property. 

 

The Long Beach Office of Historic Preservation has temporarily suspended granting Mills Act status until sometime in late 2009 while they re-organinze; at which time a small non-refundable fee will be implemented to assist in covering costs.  For further information contact:  Jan Ostashay at the Long Beach Historic Preservation Services (562) 570-6864

 

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Long Beach CA Historic Homes and Districts

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Historic Long Beach California Real Estate


Long Beach is widely celebrated as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States.  But diversity is not just for people!  Youll recognize the width and breadth of our uniqueness as you tour homes in any of the citys 17 historic neighborhoods:

  • Belmont Heights
  • Bluff Heights
  • Bluff Park
  • Brenner Place
  • California Heights
  • Carroll Park
  • Craftsman Bungalow Historic Village
  • Eliot Lane
  • Linden Avenue
  • Minerva Park Place
  • Rose Park
  • Rose Park South
  • Sunrise Boulevard
  • Willmore City/Drake Park
  • Wilton Street
  • Wrigley
  • Citywide Historical Districts Map

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.

 

 

Community Working Together


Grab a sweater on a cool coastal morning and smell the sweet fog as it melts into a crisp California day.  Relax on a bench on the wide open porch of your vintage Craftsman Bungalow style home.  The wide eaves reveal authentically exposed roof rafters that make you feel uniquely peaceful.  Across the street, a neighbor tends to her garden as children play under ancient oaks and elms.  You admire the intricate wrought iron grillwork and heavy red tile roof of your neighbors Spanish Colonial Revival style home.  There is comfort in living among a community of people working together to assure the vitality of your neighborhood.

 

Step Back in Time


Are you searching for a well maintained, architecturally significant home in a neighborhood where community is valued?  As you drive along the tree lined streets youll feel as if youve stepped back in time.  Youll see antique street lamps lighting cobblestone paths and gardens bordered by authentic picket style fences.  Youll see beautifully manicured lawns and flowering gardens.  Youll see neighbors working together to assure that historic features of an area are maintained.  When you live in a historic district, you become part of a unified effort to protect the areas rich heritage.
 

Historic Homes of Long Beach-Diane House
The Diane House 

Historic Homes of Long Beach-Perry House
The Perry House


Dedicated to Preservation


Long Beach is dedicated to the preservation of its rich history.  In 2003, the city received an A on the Los Angeles Conservancys report card for overall preservation.  Long Beach was one of only five cities to receive high marks out of 45 Southern California locations.  And in 2004 the Willmore City historic area won the Neighborhoods USA Best Neighborhoods contest for social revitalization.


Individual Long Beach California Real Estate qualifies for historic status when it:

  • is historically significant
  • is architecturally unique
  • has retained its original style
  • is built from original materials

A more recently built structure may qualify for historic status when it is a well built representation of a past architectural style.  Want to know more about Long Beachs rich history?  Visit the Long Beach Historical Society.

Historic Homes of Long Beach-The Robert House
The Robert House 

Historic Homes of Long Beach-The Tina House 
The Tina House


Preserving the Past


If you love strong, structurally sound, beautiful old homes¦Come Home to Long Beach CA!  Historic districts here maintain or re-create an atmosphere of old Long Beach.  Is your Long Beach California Real Estate in a potentially historic area? 


If your community contains a high concentration of intact and original vintage architectural styles, and property owners want to protect the buildings as assets to the community¦your neighborhood may qualify for historic status.

 

Historic Landmarks of Long Beach-Lafayette Lobby
Historic Lafayette Lobby

   

Historic Status for Your Neighborhood


A district may qualify for historic designation when:

  • two-thirds or more of the structures in the area are 50 years old or older
  • buildings retain their original appearance
  • buildings are constructed of original building materials

An area may be designated historic when structures together preserve the visual qualities and ambiance of the past.  Sometimes individual homes are already designated historic sometimes its the area itself thats notable.

 

Meeting the Citys Criteria


To gain historic status for your neighborhood, contact the
Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC).  Youll provide specific information about your community to the commission, who will conduct a cultural resources survey to determine if the structures in your area meet the citys criteria for historic designation.  The CHC makes a recommendation to the Planning Commission who drafts an ordinance for City Council approval.  This is the final step!  Once the ordinance is approved, your area is officially designated a historic district.

A Valuable Asset


Your historic home is more than a poignant reminder of a by-gone day.  It is a glittering emblem of community pride.  It attracts tourists interested in viewing a piece of the past.  And historic neighborhoods enjoy increases in property values that exceed similar non-designated neighborhoods.  Whether youre interested in revitalizing a neighborhood, love vintage properties or are considering an investment in Long Beach Real Estate¦your historic home is a valuable asset!

 

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Posted on January 24, 2008 by Laurie Manny

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