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Tudor, The Old World Classic Home

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As we begin cozying up for the winter, watching holiday classics and thinking of the spaces that make us feel the most festive, the Tudor home begins to creep into the foreground. This architectural style is famously seen in multiple films and TV shows, ranging from Harry Potter to Beverly Hills 90210. Long Beach is home to many of these classically elegant homes, reaching back to the city’s early history. History of Tudor Style Tudor originally gets its roots in England, during the rule of the House of Tudor. This earliest era of Tudor falls between 1485 and 1603. It has …

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Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project

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The lagoon is getting a facelift, but that’s not all… The Colorado Lagoon was once a flourishing part of the historic Los Cerritos Wetlands and remains a habitat for various animals and plants. Today, it’s surrounded by beautiful homes and parks and is a special haven for families and Long Beach locals. But you’ve probably noticed… something’s afoot at the lagoon. Despite so many drastic environmental changes over the years, the saltwater lagoon is still an important retreat to many fish and jellyfish and it’s a rest stop for all kinds of migrating birds year after year. Lately though, that natural scene has  been …

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Shop Small in Long Beach

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Move Over Black Friday, Long Beach Loves Small Business Saturday Tightly wedged between the door-busting deals of Black Friday and the internet insanity of Cyber Monday is the most feel good shopping event of the year — Small Business Saturday. And Long Beach does it better than anywhere else. Turns out, you can support local businesses and meet all your holiday shopping needs without fighting the crowds or encountering technical difficulties. The following neighborhoods offer several opportunities to meet, stroll, shop and eat this Thanksgiving weekend. 4th Street Retro Row Every day is Throwback Thursday at Retro Row. Whether you’re …

90803 Market Update

90803 Market Update: October 2016

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October 2016 Real Estate Market Update for the 90803 Area of Long Beach The 90803 market update includes the neighborhoods of Belmont Shore, Belmont Park, Belmont Heights, Naples, the Peninsula, Bluff Park, Bluff Heights, Spinnaker Bay and Spinnaker Cove, University Park Estate, and Bixby Village The median sale price of single family homes in 90803 has fluctuated greatly in recent years, but continues to trend upwards despite the highs and lows over the months. September 2016 saw a sharp upswing in value for this area, going from $992,500 in August to $1,217,500 as the median sales price for single family homes in 90803. …

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Long Beach Specialty Coffee Goes Beyond Pumpkin

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Specialty coffee is something of a favorite drink in the US, and Starbucks’ rise to fame making iced, blended, flavored, and everything in between coffee drinks just serves as evidence of its popularity. Everyone who has been in a Starbucks has probably at least heard rumors of it: the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. Considered the quintessential fall drink, this beverage is hyped from September to Christmas almost every year, with countdowns to when you can buy one for yourself. Specialty coffee can go way beyond seasonal availability, with smaller coffee shops in every town having their fair share of unique …

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90803 Market Update: September 2016

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September 2016 Real Estate Market Update for the 90803 Area of Long Beach The 90803 market update includes the neighborhoods of Belmont Shore, Belmont Park, Belmont Heights, Naples, the Peninsula, Bluff Park, Bluff Heights, Spinnaker Bay and Spinnaker Cove, University Park Estate, and Bixby Village The median sale price of single family homes in 90803 has fluctuated greatly in recent years, but continues to trend upwards despite the highs and lows over the months. Fluctuations in price are not unusual in 90803 and home prices in the area are still substantially higher than for Long Beach overall. After a brief but harsh drop …

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90803 Market Update: August 2016

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August 2016 Real Estate Market Update for the 90803 Area of Long Beach The 90803 market update includes the neighborhoods of Belmont Shore, Belmont Park, Belmont Heights, Naples, the Peninsula, Bluff Park, Bluff Heights, Spinnaker Bay and Spinnaker Cove, University Park Estate, and Bixby Village After a peak at $1,179,000 in June, the median July 2016 home price was $955,000, 15.8% lower than it was last July. The median sale price of single family homes in 90803 has fluctuated greatly in recent years, but continues to trend upwards despite the highs and lows over the months. Fluctuations in price are not unusual in …

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Craftsman Bungalow Love

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Californians Love Craftsman Bungalows! According to a recent market update from the California Association of Realtors, 1/3 of buyers say the Craftsman bungalow is their dream home. Some of our local communities, including Long Beach, San Pedro, Pasadena, and Orange, have beautiful examples of Craftsman architecture and are sought out by those who love the homes. So what is it about the Craftsman bungalow that has people swooning? First, lets discuss what makes a bungalow a bungalow: The dictionary  defines a bungalow in very vague, simple terms: A one or one-and-a- half story dwelling. However, the vast majority of bungalows …

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Life in Belmont Heights

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Did You Know: Belmont Heights was its own city for an entire year before it was annexed to Long Beach? Now, this little city-turned-neighborhood still boasts a small-town charm and a close-knit community to this day. The old City of Belmont Heights was first developed in the first few years of the 1900s and became incorporated as a city in 1908. At the time, Long Beach was a dry town (meaning there was no alcohol sold anywhere), so Long Beach residents looking for a drink would head down to the taverns in Belmont Heights. Yet even with this type of business, the …

90803 Real Estate Market Update

90803 Real Estate Market Update

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90803 Real Estate Market Update October 2015 Long Beach real estate information for Belmont Shore, the Peninsula, Naples, Belmont Park, Belmont Heights, Spinnaker Bay and Cove, and Bay Harbour   The number of closed sales for single family homes in 90803 has skyrocketed over the past month jumping to a record high (and tying with June 2015) of 26 closed sales.   Most likely due to the high number of closed sales, the months supply of inventory for 90803 single family homes dropped this past month, landing at 3.9. This is 29.1% lower than the inventory levels last year.   …