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Rancho Los Cerritos and Its New Cottage

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The end of 2016 saw a lot of beginnings and endings in Long Beach, with the prospect of a new development at Rancho Los Cerritos among them. Funded by a state matching grant, the historical rancho has submitted a proposal and been approved for an expansion of the property. The expansion will be in the form of a new 1930s style cottage to house some of their administrative needs and open more of the original building to display. While designs for the cottage have yet to be released and additional fundraising will be necessary to complete the project, the groundbreaking …

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Higher Education in Long Beach

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Higher education after K-12 isn’t just an afterthought in Long Beach, but an entire industry and lifestyle that has shaped the city in many ways. With two significant local programs and multiple decades of learning across the institutions, your next vocation is just a classroom away. California State University, Long Beach The largest and most well known of Long Beach’s higher education institutions is California State University, Long Beach. Accounting for a significant amount of the property and commerce on the northeast east side of the city, its landmark pyramid means that CSULB is easily seen from afar. CSULB is not only …

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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 …

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Biking in Long Beach

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Biking has become more than a hobbyist activity for many in Long Beach. While parts of Southern California have been slow to adopt biking in the city streets, Long Beach has embraced it and will do so again this weekend with the Beach Streets event in Midtown. Events like this combined with decades of incorporating bikes into the daily infrastructurehave helped make Long Beach one of the best cities in America for biking. Beach Streets This coming weekend bicyclists will be hitting the streets during the city’s Beach Streets event, an amazing opportunity for the community that occurs a couple times …

Long Beach Market Update October 2016

Long Beach Market Update October 2016

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This Long Beach real estate market update for October 2016 shows that even though we’re heading into the holidays, the fall has been the strong market that we’ve anticipated. Cooling temperatures (and a few heat waves!) haven’t deterred the locals here in California from buying and selling. Single family homes saw an appreciation of value in Long Beach, with the median sales price hitting its highest mark in a three year history. At $600,000, homes in Long Beach show all the positive growth that has been forecasted for coastal regions in California. The number of new listings in Long Beach …

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Touring Long Beach: Where to Take Guests

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How to be the Ultimate Long Beach Tour Guide They might just never want to leave when the tour ends! Do you have guests visiting from out of town and want to show them a good time? Long Beach is an amazing city with lots to do, but sometimes it can be hard to come up with the perfect itinerary to entertain out-of-towners. Here’s your guide to showing off the best of Long Beach. Go Boating It seems like the obvious thing to do in Long Beach and certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. Regardless of your visitors’ preference, there is likely a boating …

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2100 San Francisco Ave., Long Beach, CA

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Beautiful Home in the Wrigley Neighborhood of Long Beach, CA Just Sold! 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom 1,278 Sq. Ft. Lot size: 4,545 Sq. Ft. Offered at $490,000 With beautiful landscaping and a charming courtyard entrance, this corner lot home boasts lots of curb appeal. Step inside and you’ll enjoy hardwood floors throughout and lovely historic details. The expansive living room features lots of natural light, a bay window, a tray ceiling, and a fireplace. A quaint arched opening leads to the formal dining room, also with a tray ceiling.  The kitchen features saltillo tile, abundant cabinets, and a sunny corner perfect …

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Celebrating the 4th of July in Long Beach, CA

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What to Do: Firework shows and celebrations in Long Beach Big Bang on the Bay: Enjoy a family style celebration on July 3rd from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Boathouse on the Bay. There will be a full bbq dinner, dancing, a firework show and more! Get details and tickets here. Lakewood 4th of July Parade: The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Lakewood Blvd. and Cambria Ave. All American 4th of July on the Queen Mary: Beginning at 2:00, the Queen Mary will turn into a Coney Island style carnival and circus. There will also be a Nashville themed tailgate, …

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Free Things to do Outdoors in Long Beach

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Summer 2016: Roundup of Free (or Almost Free) Outdoor Activities and Events in Long Beach Long Beach is THE place to be this summer! From movies in the park to an amazing selection of outdoor festivals, there are so many fun things to do this summer in Long Beach! And the best part? Most of them are totally free! Festivals: 720 Pine – Enjoy live skateboard stunts, live music, and beer ‘n’ grub at this festival at 7th Street and Pine Ave. on Saturday, June 25 starting at 2:30 p.m. Get more details here. Pirate Invasion – Join 100’s of …