4th of July in Long Beach

4th of July in Long Beach

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Let’s Celebrate! Independence Day. America’s Birthday. 4th of July. Whatever you call it, the biggest national holiday of the summer is right around the corner! While you could settle for the same old BBQ in the backyard, there are many different fun and exciting ways to celebrate 4th of July in Long Beach and surrounding areas.  No matter what your celebration style is, there is something for everyone. July 3rd – Big Bang on the Bay: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Don’t want to stick to just one day to celebrate America’s Independence? Come to Boathouse on the Bay for an early celebration! This …

3524 E. 6th St., Long Beach 90814

3524 E. 6th Street

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Classic Spanish Belmont Heights Home 3524 E. 6th St., Belmont Heights Historic District, Long Beach Classic Spanish home in the Belmont Heights Historic District offers a great blend of charming original architectural details and thoughtful updates. The turreted entryway leads to a spacious living room with coved ceilings, quarter-sawn red oak floors, and a mock fireplace. A scalloped archway leads to the formal dining room, amply sized for dinner parties. The kitchen has been remodeled and features beautiful soapstone counters, a subway tile back splash, and a dishwasher with custom cabinetry front. Another scalloped archway leads to a bright, sunny …

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Pre-Approval Letter

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What is a Pre-Approval Letter? A pre-approval letter is a document that states the amount a lender thinks you will be able to borrow. It is based on your income, credit profile, and expenses. Lenders will take into consideration how much money you will put down on the house, job history, and debt to income ratio.     Example of a Conservative Debt to Income Ratio: Your housing payment portion of your income should be 31%. So, if you annual income is $60,000 your monthly gross (money before taxes) income is $5,000. This means your monthly mortgage payment should be …

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Public Transportation

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Reduse your carbon foortprint and explore Long Beach’s public transportation system. It is easy to forget that Long Beach is the 7th largest city in California and the 36th largest city in the United States. It feels like a small beach town, quaint California Bungalows, restaurants on the water, and a great pier for fishing. However, the minute you are without a car you quickly realize the benefits of living in a large sophisticated city. LB Transit Bus has 34 routes and almost 2,000 stops in Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill. It runs seven days a week, connects to …

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Long Beach Real Estate Update – June 2015

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Long Beach Real Estate Market Remains a “Seller’s Market” Potential home sellers take note: The real estate market in Long Beach is still a strong seller’s market. The inventory of homes for sale in May 2015 was down to a 2.2 month supply and the average sales price for a single family home was $588,640. The average price per square foot for homes sold in May 2015 was $399, up from $378 the previous month and from $362 a year ago. Condo prices have also been increasing, with the average sales price in May 2015 at $356,670. The average sales …

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Joe Jost’s

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A Long Beach Legend Founded in 1924, Joe Jost‘s is the oldest continually operated tavern west of the Mississippi River.  It is known for having the coldest beer in town, 29 degrees Fahrenheit, the “Joe’s Special” sandwich, pickled eggs, and fresh roasted peanuts. Along with the menu, the pool hall and beer bar has not changed much over the past 90 years. Walk in through the saloon style double doors to standing room only on most weekend days. During the week, other than lunch time, you might be lucky enough to get a bar stool or table. You instantly smell the …

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The Shannon Jones Team Says,”Thank You” at The Art Theatre Long Beach

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– Thank You Movie Night Scheduled for June 18th, 2015 – Please join us for a free screening of The Princess Bride! Gracias, Merci, Eskerrik Asko, Tack, Arigato, Abnida, and Gamsah, all share the same definition, thank you. The universal expression of thank you is with a nod and a friendly smile. It is also the first phrase at the beginning of every guide book because such a simple expression can bring people together. In today’s crazy busy electronic world, saying thank you sometimes does not get crossed off the do list. The beautifully crafted hand written thank you cards …

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Long Beach Brown Bag Lunch

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Pack A Brown Bag Lunch and Explore The City Gone are the days of the three-martini lunch. A time when you could leisurely dine on steak, oysters, and lobster all while slowly sipping a chilled gin martini. Today everyone is in such a hurry, and at times too busy to even take a lunch break. It is important to take a moment out of your day, and recharge your batteries. Long Beach has many healthy ways to spend your mid-day break. Just pack a Brown Bag Lunch, and explore the city. Balance your mind, body, and soul while breathing in …

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A Bixby Knolls Tradition Ends

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Luan’s Girls Dress Shop Says, “Goodbye” A treasured Bixby Knolls tradition comes to an end after 62 years. Luan’s, a boutique girls dress shop closes its doors. The store was found in 1952 by Luan’s mother, Marion, but Luan took it over in 1982. She said she was raised to run the store, and now she is ready to retire. The store was one of kind. Luan sold classic dresses for every special occasion, and they never went out of style. The dresses were beautiful, and the customer service was exceptional. Not only would Luan help little girls find the …

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Exterior Painting – Long Beach Historic District

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What Do You Need To Know About Exterior Painting in A Long Beach Historic District? There are some special rules regarding exterior painting and other exterior modifications in Long Beach Historic Districts. A historic district contains a group of older homes that by themselves cannot be designated a historic landmark, but collectively they are worthy of preservation status. A historic neighborhood works together as a community along with the help of the city to preserve the visual qualities, and feelings of the past. Not only do the houses reflect an older period in time, but in some neighborhoods, even the …