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History of Long Beach California

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

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

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
. 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
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

If you love books, be sure to visit the historic landmark Acres of
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

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.

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Historic Long Beach California Real

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

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
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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

district may qualify for historic designation when:

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

Good for You…Good for the

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

Promising to Maintain and Preserve Your Historic

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!

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.

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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Inland Long Beach Communities – Long Beach California

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Inland Long Beach CA Communities : Find the perfect Long Beach Home for your family in one of the unique communities of Inland Long Beach CA. These communities are diverse and they have much to offer. Learn about the style of homes, local parks, golf courses, universities, shopping and much more. Come home to Inland Long Beach where you are still just a few short minutes from the beach! Compliments of Laurie Manny. Call Laurie today for further information or assistance in your next real estate transaction (562) 212-5420.

Long Beach California is a patchwork of unique communities.  Some are well-defined and others meld into nearby neighborhoods.  Whether youre looking for a home for a single professional or a family of five, youre sure to find your perfect fit within the diverse communities of Long Beach.

Bixby Knolls / Highland Terrace

Located only a few minutes from Downtown Long Beach, Bixby Knolls is one of Long Beachs oldest and most desirable neighborhoods.  This popular community offers a wide variety of home ownership opportunities.

Ready to move up to a larger home?  In Bixby Knolls youll find elegant homes with square footage of 2,000 and up.  If youre looking for a condo or townhome, youve come to the right place. There are plenty of multi-unit golf course views in this upscale neighborhood. properties along this communitys quiet, tree lined streets.

Uptown Long Beach

Located only four miles north of Downtown Long Beach, Bixby Knolls is historically known as ˜uptown.  As youd expect in any uptown area, there are great restaurants and shopping.  For great American Cuisine and ˜Live Jazz Thursdays, visit Four Olives Café located at 4276 Atlantic Avenue.   If you prefer a more European dining experience, make a reservation at the romantic Delius Restaurant where youll be served wine with a seven course prix fixe meal.

Love Antiques?

Put Thor Antiques on your list of must visit shops.  Located in a restored 1950s building in the beautiful Bixby Knolls neighborhood, Thor Antiques specializes in Edwardian, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro jewelry.  They also have vast art, silver and enamel collections.

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Bixby Knolls Park

Child Care Co-Op Program

The Bixby Knolls Park may be small, but it has a lot to offer.  Need child care?  Check out the Child Care Co-Op Program.  When youre ready for a game of hoops, check out the Bixby Knolls Park basketball courts.   Theres also a volleyball court and picnic area waiting just for you.

California Heights

Its like going back in time or Living in History.

If youd like to live in a community with old-fashion ambience, youve found it!  Take a stroll down the tree-lined avenues lit by the renovated antique street lamps.  Along the way, you´ll see a wide variety of home styles including 1938 Ranch, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and the well-known Craftsman Bungalow.

How It All Started

Until the discovery of oil in nearby Signal Hill in the early 1920s, California Heights was part of the Bixby Ranch and was primarily cattle land.  Once oil was discovered, there were those who thought California Heights might have oil reserves as well.  But by 1923, it became painfully evident that there was very little oil to be had and residential development began.

The Jothan Bixby Company built 25 Spanish style bungalows.  Then other homes were built one at a time creating a variety of home styles in the neighborhood.  The California Heights area grew rapidly attracting new families, and by 1939, most of the building was complete.

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Hilltop Neighborhood

Today, this neighborhood is a close community dedicated to protecting and preserving the character of each home and the integrity of the neighborhood as a whole.  Because of its high concentration of older original homes, California Heights is officially recognized by the city as one of 17 historic neighborhoods in Long Beach.

California Heights Historic District

A Ten-Year Perspective

It would be my pleasure to consult with you regarding available properties in the California Heights area.  Contact Laurie

Carson Park

Imagine walking down beautiful tree-lined streets in a family-friendly residential community.  Tha
ts what youll experience when you call Carson Park home.

Carson Park is conveniently located:

  • West of Palo Verde Ave & Woodruff
  • East of the Gabriel River
  • North of Wardlow and Los Coyotes Diagonal
  • South of Centralia

    This area has everything you could want in a community:

  • Larger homes nestled on large, park-like yards
  • Close to shopping
  • Easy commute to all areas of Long Beach and Los Angeles with quick access to 605, 405 and 91 freeways
  • Just minutes from CSULB, LBCC
  • 90808 Zip Code, statistically the safest in Long Beach
  • El Dorado Park is just minutes away
  • Close to the award winning Cerritos Library
  • Peaceful enjoyment abounds

Need room for your growing family?

Built predominantly in the 1950s, Carson Park homes range in size from 1,300 to 1,800 square feet and beyond.  Most homes have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, providing ample room for family life.  Many sit on lots in excess of 5,000 square feet.

It would be my pleasure to consult with you regarding available properties in the Carson Park area.  Contact Laurie

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Long Beach Towne Center

Shop, Dine and Play

At the expansive Long Beach Towne Center,  you can do all three.   If youre hungry, have lunch at Lucilles Smokehouse BBQ.  Just want a snack?  Wetzels Pretzels may be calling your name.  When you need a jolt of caffeine, Starbucks is ready and waiting.  Whether youre looking for a gift, home renovation materials or back-to-school clothes, youll find it here.  From hair cuts to movie theaters to bulk shopping, Long Beach Towne Center has it all.

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Hartwell Golf Course


Wouldnt it be great to drive just a few minutes from your Carson Park home and play 18 holes of golf?  At Heartwell Golf Course, you can do just that.  Named by Southland Golf Magazine as one of the 2 best par-3 golf courses in Southern California, Heartwell Golf Course is a 2,143 yard par-54 course with bunkers, water, fairways, plenty of undulation and grass tee boxes.

College Park Estates

Located close to Cal State Long Beach, this family oriented, residential, park-like community continues to grow in popularity.  Not only is it located conveniently to the university, it also provides easy access to shopping in nearby Los Altos.  The homes, built in the 40s, 50s and 60s, are larger than most Long Beach homes and are shaded by mature trees.

A College Town

Here in aptly named College Park Estates, youll find California State University Long Beach, also known as Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU or The Beach.   Whatever you choose to call it, youll be impressed with its credentials:

  • The largest campus in the California State University system
  • The second largest university in California
  • Ranked as one of the top three public masters universities in the west by U.S. News and World Reports ˜Americas Best Colleges Guide, for 2005 and 2006
  • The largest publicly funded art school in the west
  • Operates with one of the lowest student tuition fees of any university in the country

Walter Pyramid
Long Beach State University
Courtesy of Wikipedia

The Walter Pyramid is a collegiate athletic facility located at Long Beach State University in Long Beach, California. It officially opened on November 30, 1994, and cost approximately $22 million to construct. It rises 18 stories high and measures 345 feet along each side of the base.

The Walter Pyramid, formerly known as the Long Beach Pyramid, is the on-campus basketball and volleyball arena for the NCAA college basketball and college volleyball teams of Long Beach State University 49ers.

Los Altos

Located north of the CSULB campus, this suburban community of Long Beach consists primarily of single-family homes built during the 1950s and 60s.  From small starter homes to larger homes for growing families, Los Altos has them all.

Stores Galore

New shopping centers have sprung up as Los Altos popularity has increased.  At the recently rebuilt Los Altos Center you can shop at nationwide stores like Sears, Borders, CompUSA as well as smaller local shops.  With a $70 million renovation, the former Navy Hospital has been converted into the nearly 400,000 square foot Los Altos Gateway Center.  Composed of value-oriented retailers such as Big K and auto dealerships.

Earthquake Survivor

Located at the Los Altos United Methodist Church is a unique and historically-significant church organ.  Historians believe this organ to be the oldest Tracker-Type church instrument in existence west of the Mississippi.  Built in Boston the organ was shipped to San Francisco in a clipper ship.  It survived the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and is in excellent condition today.

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El Dorado East Regional Park

Lakewood Plaza and Rancho

If you are seeking a tree lined, quiet, well established neighborhood with a family atmosphere¦youll love Lakewood Plaza and the Rancho neighborhoods.

Its located close to Long Beachs El Dorado Park where your family can enjoy a day of golf or a picnic in the park.  Nearby freeways are easily accessible and make for an easy commute to work and shopping.  The Plaza area is home to Cubberley School, a K-8 California Distinguished School.

Ranch style homes are the specialty

Built up between 1950 and the late 1960s, this neighborhood is well known for its open floor plan Ranch style homes.  Whether you´re looking for a smaller starter home with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath or a spacious family home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, youll find it here.  There are homes from 850 square feet to over 1,700 square feet.

Of particular interest are the Cliff May ranch-style homes, built in the early 50s, for which The Ranchos are famous.  Considered by many to be the father of the California ranch-style house, Cliff May was a builder with extraordinary vision of what the ideal California home should encompass.  He believed homes should be designed for livability rather than facade and designed about 18,000 of these beautiful homes as well as more than 1000 custom homes across the United States.  His additional goal of bringing the outdoors in was achieved in his designs by incorporating large expanses of glass creating a home that was filled with natural light bringing the outside gardens in, vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, clean lines with little decoration, attached garages, large patios with sliding glass doors, and rooms that flow into each other.

As you can imagine, the classic, mid-century Cliff May style homes are highly desirable and as a result rarely come on the market.  If youre interested in finding out more about the availability of these fabulous homes, give Laurie Manny, your Ranchos real estate expert, a call at (562) 212-5420.

Enjoy the Outdoors

At nearby El Dorado Park, youll find activities for the whole family.  Theres a 12-station fitness course, an archery range, bicycle trails and even radio controlled model aircraft and sailboat areas.         Read More>>>

Rancho Los Cerritos (Virginia Country Club area)

Do you dream of living in a golf community?  Then discover Rancho Los Cerritos, the almost hidden jewel of Long Beach.

This exclusive neighborhood, filled with beautiful estates and mansions, is situated around the Virginia Country Club golf course.  That´s why its lovingly known as the Virginia Country Club area.

In the Virginia Country Club area, you wont find the typical Long Beach size lots that average 4 to 6 thousand square feet.  Instead, youll find huge, lush, estate size lots of 10 to 20 thousand square feet.

This is the neighborhood people dream of living in.  Elegant historic mansions set well back from the wide tree-lined streets.  Plenty of open space between estate-size homes that back to the Virginia Country Club golf course.

Located just a short 10 minute drive from Long Beach Boulevard, the Virginia Country Club area is easily accessible.

Interwoven Communities

Confused about where one community ends and another begins?  It is a bit confusing.  All you really need to know is that the Long Beach communities of California Heights, Bixby Knolls, Ranchos Los Cerittos and Highland Terrace meld together to form an incredible enclave of beautiful homes with an historical feel.  A place youll love to call home!

Virginia Country Club Golf Course

The prestigious 18-hole Virginia Country Club Golf Course, which opened in 1909, features 6,505 yards of golf for a par of 71.  The courses slope rating is 128 and 70.9 is its course rating.

Golfers love this course, as you can tell from these rave reviews:

  • Great classic architecture
  • State of the art greens
  • Lots of mature trees


Experience the old-world charm of this historic neighborhood.  The Rancho consists of 27,000 rambling acres.  It was once part of an 18th Century Spanish-American land grant given to a soldier by the name of Manuel Nieto.  Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is one of only two ranchos in Long Beach that are still visited today by tourists.

Historic Rancho Los Cerritos was originally built in 1844 and is now a public museum.  The Rancho is a significant state archaeological site due to the many artifacts and treasures unearthed there.  Take a tour of the adobe style home and ranch built originally for Spanish, Mexican and American families.  Meander through the two story adobe and experience how life might have been in the late 1800s.

The Rancho includes an archive of 3,000 + books in the California History Research Library.  Some of the highlights include the Sarah Bixby Smith Manuscript Collection and the Llewellyn Bixby, Jr. Manuscript collection.  View antique furniture, over 1,100 historic photographs, manuscripts, legal papers, blueprints, video, maps, deeds and letters from the early occupants.  See the original architectural blueprints of the adobe during the 1930 remodeling phase.  Sit beside the beautiful gardens and get a glimpse of an earlier time in history or visit the local gift shop.

Hollywood loves the Virginia Country Club Community.

Want to Know More About Buying or Selling in the Rancho Los Cerittos/Virginia Country Club area?  Call Laurie Manny today at (562) 212-5420.

Signal Hill

Are you looking for a community that has it all¦beauty, shopping, entertainment and fabulous homes¦look no further than Signal Hill.

Here you will find a mix of many residential options and commercial areas.  Property values in Signal Hill grew an astounding 13.961% over last year¦only 9 cities experienced growths above 10%.

When choosing a home, you can choose from single family homes, townhouses, condominiums, multi-family dwellings, upscale two and three story single family homes and historical houses.  (Read More about Signal Hill Neighborhoods>)

  • Single family homes

    • Crescent Heights Historic District
    • Eastbluff
    • Hathaway Ridge
    • Westbluff Estates
  • Townhouses
    • Cherry Avenue Townhouses
    • Skyline Estates
    • Skyline Villas
  • Multi-family dwellings
    • City View Condominiums
    • Las Brisas Phase I and II

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Signal Hill North-End Neighborhood

No Utility Tax and one of the lowest Business License Taxes in the country make Signal Hill a desirable home for businesses.  Its convenient location, close to the Long Beach Municipal Airport and not too far from the Port of Long Beach, is another attractive feature for businesses.

A few of the companies making their home in Signal Hill are DHL, oil-related companies such as Signal Hill Petroleum and Schlumberger, and the HMO Universal Care which is headquartered here

Concerned about education, property values or neighborhood crime?

No need to worry in Signal Hill¦you will enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in Southern California.

Signal Hill Elementary School has earned the California Achieving Schools Award and the National Achieving Schools Award.  The acclaimed Long Beach Unified School District serves Signal Hill.

Parks in Signal Hill

There are 10 beautiful and diverse parks in Signal Hill.  Whether you are looking for an entertaining day with your family and friends, exercising outdoors, or just learning about and enjoying nature, Signal Hill has the park for you.  Are you getting married?  Several parks even allow weddings¦but dont forget to get your permit.

Many wonderful activities are available for you to choose from.   You could play basketball, have a picnic and barbeque, bring the children to the playground or get a game of football together in the open fields.  Enjoy nature by walking the trails and take in the lush plants and wildlife in the area.  You can even roller skate, bike or ride your scooter.

There are other opportunities such as community buildings where you could hold a meeting or class.  You can even catch a small play or see other entertainment at the amphitheater.  Below are the parks located in Signal Hill.

  • Calbrisas Park
  • Discovery Well Park
  • Hillbrook Park
  • Hilltop Park
  • Panorama Promenade
  • Raymond Arbor Park
  • Reservoir Park
  • Signal Hill Park
  • Sunset View Park
  • Temple View Park

Make Signal Hill Your New Home

Come experience Signal Hill´s beauty, shopping, entertainment, parks and fabulous homes.

For an agent who is knowledgeable about this area and market values, call Laurie Manny, today at (562) 212-5420 for all of your Signal Hill Real Estate needs.

Wrigley Heights

Want to live in a quiet, tree lined, neighborhood with a small town atmosphere, but still have the amenities of the big city¦come home to Wrigley Heights.

Wrigley was one of the first communities to be established in Long Beach.  The neighborhood was first developed in 1905.  The town received its name from William Wrigley, the owner and founder of the well-known Wrigley Spearmint Gum Corporation in Chicago.

Located north of Downtown Long Beach, Wrigley Heights is a terrific community with diverse home styles and prices.  Choose from traditional, Craftsman, or Spanish distinctive style homes that range in size from 1,300 square feet and up.  Looking for space to spread out?  There are some lots that are over 10,000 square feet.  Thinking of buying a duplex?  Youll find one here.

The average list price in Wrigley in January of 2007 is approximately $540,000.  Wrigley is in the Long Beach Unified School District.

Wrigley Metro Station

Easy Access to Freeways

If you like living close to Long Beach and easy access to freeways, youll love Wrigley Heights.  These local freeways are just a short drive away.  The area is bounded on the north by the 405 Freeway, on the west by the 710 Freeway and the LA River, on the south by Pacific Coast Highway and on the east by Long Beach Boulevard.  From Wrigley it is easy to jump on the Metro Blue Line light rail for easy commuting into Downtown Long Beach or into Los Angeles.  The Metro Blue Line is one of the most successful light rail lines in the country with an average of 63,000 riders daily.

The residents of Daisy Avenue in Wrigley host the Daisy Avenue Christmas Parade every December.  The parade begins at Pacific Coast Highway and proceeds to the greenbelt at Hill Street.  The large fir trees that line the Daisy Avenue center medians are lit for the Christmas holiday season.  Many of the Daisy Avenue residents participate by lavishly decorating their homes and have contributed to the area being dubbed ˜Christmas Tree Lane.  The parade is a wonderful event which the locals look forward to every year and for which motorists line up for the holiday drive up the avenue.  It has been an annual tradition since 1953.

Ready to Buy or Sell in Long Beach?

Call Laurie Manny, the Long Beach expert, at (562) 212-5420.

Want to Know More?

Are you thinking of buying or selling in any of the Beach or Inland Long Beach Communities or Long Beach California Real Estate?  I can help you find your luxury dream home.  Call Laurie Manny today.

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

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Long Beach & Signal Hill Income Property Report

January – December 2007





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Downtown Long Beach Stock Co-operatives

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 Downtown Long Beach Stock Co-op

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Long Beach Stock Co-operatives

What the heck is a co-op?

Why would I want to own one?


Downtown Long Beach is home to several stock co-operatives referred to more commonly as co-ops.  When you purchase a stock co-op you receive a stock certificate instead of a traditional deed. 


Purchasing a stock co-op means that you become a stock holding member, sharing in a common interest in the corporation, with an exclusive right to occupy a particular unit.  This is accomplished in the form of a long term lease from the corporation.  The common areas in a co-op are owned by the corporation.  Unlike a condo where you would own the actual unit and a joint interest in the common areas.  An introduction to and history of co-operatives can be found here


Traditionally stock co-operatives have been more affordable than the more common condominium purchase, one of the reasons being the difficulty in acquiring financing.  Banks are not overly fond of funding co-operative loans and usually require a substantial down payment of 10%, sometimes 20% before they will consider the loan.  Even then only a very limited of banks are willing to make this kind of investment.  


100 Atlantic Avenue - Downtown Long Beach Stock Co-opDowntown Long Beach is home to the 100 Atlantic Avenue Tower.  Set in the East Village Arts District and just one block from Ocean Blvd. this 11 story tower sits in one of the best locations in Downtown, a literal urban paradise.  


A short walk to area galleries, restaurants, novelty stores and coffee shops, to Pine Avenue, The Pike, Shoreline Village or browse on over to Hamburger Marys for a great lunch.



100 Atlantic boasts incredible views from most of its upper level units; while the units in the building do not have balconies, every exterior room has walls of glass to enjoy the spectacular views.  Built in 1958 in the shape of an X, the building has 4 wings.  The design provides 8 distinctly different views, a rooftop patio with fabulous 360 views of the coastline, the port and the city, on a clear day you can see the San Bernardino Mountain Range; a great place to view the traditional fireworks show at the Queen Mary every 4th of July.  There is a small community pool & spa on the lobby level.

 Spa at 100 Alantic Avenue - Downtown Long BeachPool at 100 Alantic Avenue - Downtown Long Beach

This building does not come without its own challenges.  There is limited parking available and parking spaces are assigned based on availability, the waiting list is quite long.  There is monthly parking available at the many hotels and parking lots in the area.  If parking is not a major challenge for you, this may just be the perfect place for you.


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Downtown Long Beach Stock Co-operatives
Posted on January 26, 2008 by Laurie Manny

Downtown Long Beach CA – Incredible




Imagine, Sunshine 345 days of the year.


Walking to the office.


Gazing at the ocean, from your office or condo windows.


World Trade Center Downtown Long Beach California

Downtown Long Beach, World Trade Center


Going to the beach after work.



The most amazing sunsets God has created, every day.

Downtown Long Beach Sunset

View from Downtown Long Beach, over San Pedro & Palos Verdes


The Downtown Long Beach California area has gone through a vibrant revitalization which still continues. New hi and low-rise condos, Manhattan style loft developments, condo conversions, new malls and entertainment complexes all either at the beach or within a several blocks walk continue to sprout. A total urbanization of the area is under way. It really is quite spectacular. 


Downtown Ocean Blvd. Corridor 



 New Entertainment Complex at The Pike

Rainbow Harbor, Downtown Long Beach CA



Imagine, affordable beach front condos, and affordable beach close properties.


Downtown Long Beach is growing and improving daily.  Just 10 years ago the crime rate in the Downtown Long Beach area was staggering.  While parts of the area are still a bit gritty, it has come a very long way.  The many new condos and conversions on and off of East Ocean Blvd. have contributed to the substantial rise in equity in the area. 



The close proximity of the Long Beach Airport, its ease of use and its future planned expansion, have aided Downtown Long Beach in becoming highly desirable places for todays urban minded professionals to live, work and play. Arrive at the airport 30 minutes before your flight, park your car, walk across the street, check in your bags, go to your gate (short walk) and take off, with time to spare, this just could not be any easier.  Which is probably why the city saw the merit in making Downtown Long Beach a Long Beach Wireless Hot Zone.

The development of Downtown Long Beach is extremely exciting because it will energize the community through the real growth and diversification of retailers while also providing aesthetic improvements, enhanced infrastructure, and upscale housing, said Barbara Kaiser, Manager of the City of Long Beachs Redevelopment Agency. ˜At the center of the Southern California coastline with easy access and an inviting atmosphere, its easy to see why more developers are choosing to invest in Downtown Long Beach.


Downtown is home to many large hotels, necessary to handle the busy traffic created by The Long Beach Area Convention Center. Featuring a 224,000 square foot exhibit hall with 83,000 feet of space for meetings. 

A new development is currently in the works which will encompass 1 million square feet of new entertainment and retail space.  Curved like a wind-filled sail, this group of buildings will be shaped like a sailboat Read More About Downtown Development Plans




Housing Options to Suit Every Lifestyle

Are you searching for an upscale apartment or funky downtown loft?  Or do you prefer a quaint bungalow in a Historic District?  Yes Downtown has it all, even its own Historic District, with Craftsman and Victorian beauties, and many lovely Craftsman style cottages.  There are housing options here to suit every lifestyle.

Did you know that Long Beach has 17 Historic Districts and a rich history?


  • 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 Ma



This rarely on the market, beautiful Mills Act home recently changed hands in the Downtown Historic District of Willmore City.

Stunning Historic Edwardian Manse



Downtown has much to offer.  Take a stroll along the waterfront, watch the cruise ships come and go from the Downtown Port of Long Beach terminals. 

Whether you like to shop, dine, tour a museum, catch a professional sporting event or see the sights¦theres something for you in Downtown Long Beach.  Here, water taxis take visitors to the Queen Mary, and the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific.  Or you can hop a ferry to Catalina Island.  Like to shop?  Youll love the wide variety of shops and exotic restaurants at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor and Shoreline Village.  Searching for conventional discount stores?  Head for the open air shopping opportunities at City Place.  And for great sports, check out the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and Long Beach Arena.  You might catch the hometown professional hockey team, The Ice Dogs, in action. 


Aquarium of the Pacific Video


Is there a nicer sound in the world than children laughing? 

A Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacfic
Aquarium of the Pacific

Each year thousands of people head to Long Beach for one of the biggest car race events in the world.  Dont miss the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.  Cars race along a 1,968-mile temporary course around the Downtown Convention Center & high rise hotels and condos¦so its easy to find a front row seat!



Toyota Grand Prix Long Beach California


Shoreline Drive (the race track) loops down from Ocean Blvd and provides access to the Convention Center, The Long Beach Arena, The Pike, Rainbow Harbor Marina and Shoreline Village. From the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company to The California Pizza Kitchen, theres always something wonderful cooking at The Pike at Rainbow Harbor. Here you will find great dining at PF Changs, Gladstones, Outback Steakhouse¦and more!  Youll love this vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment destination!  Enjoy delightful ocean breezes as you dine along the waterfront. 






Celebrated in Long Beach, CA

˜Celebrating the Year of the World Cup Championship and Saluting New Orleans Mardi Gras

The largest Carnival Party in Southern California!

Get ready for the party of the year¦ Dig out your costumes! Come join us and dance to the high energy rhythms of the worlds most famous Carnival celebration coming up!





A trip Downtown isnt complete without a visit to Pine Avenue.  Here, youll find one-of-a-kind specialty shops housed in quaint historic buildings.  Enjoy your morning coffee and check your email under a blue Long Beach sky as you sit on a café patio.  And when the sun goes down¦the fun continues!  Enjoy a delicious European style dinner at one of the many upscale restaurants, and then dance the night away!  The Blue Café on the Promenade is a popular nightspot.

You wont want to miss the East Village Arts District, where the Art Deco style abounds.  You will find it chock full of small galleries, eclectic shops, coffee shops and wonderful little restaurants.


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Laurie Manny
Long Beach Realtor (562) 212-5420


Main Street Realtors Belmont Heights 244 Redondo Avenue Long Beach California 90803


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Downtown Long Beach CA – Incredible
Posted on January 26, 2008 by Laurie Manny

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