Festivals in Long Beach and surrounding areas

September Festivals & Fun

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Just because summer is almost over doesn’t mean the fun is done. There are lots of local events and festivals coming up in September! ART DECO FESTIVAL ON THE QUEEN MARY – Friday, Sept. 4th – Monday, Sept. 7th Cruise back in time to the Gold Age for a weekend of drink, dance and opulence. The Queen Mary boasts some of the grandest and intricate interior designs on an ocean liner, influenced by the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and 30s. The weekend includes a look at the elaborate murals, paintings, sculptures and carvings onboard plus vintage inspired fun. Pack …

651 Orizaba Ave, Rose Park South, Long Beach, CA

651 Orizaba Avenue

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Historic Bungalow 651 Orizaba Ave., Long Beach, CA Rose Park South Neighborhood OPEN HOUSE! This Sat. (8/29) and Sun. (8/30) from 1-4 pm both days Nestled on a corner lot under one of the neighborhood’s largest trees, this 1911 bungalow has an open floor plan with ample living and dining room space and a charming built-in china cabinet. In addition to two bedrooms, there is a bonus room that’s perfect for a library or home office. The roomy kitchen has tiled counters. The home has a side deck area for lounging, plus a grassy side yard that could be fenced …

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History of Your Home

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  Not everybody has a famous address like 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. However, with a little detective work you can uncover the history of your house. Who knows? Maybe you will discover a famous person once owned your home. Where to Start? This can be a bit overwhelming, but start with the structure of your house. What era is your home from? What is its architectural style? Examine the materials used to construct the exterior and interior of your home. This will help give you a starting point for your research. Do not forget, you can also learn a lot from …

Bluff Park, Long Beach, CA

Bluff Park: Upscale Historic Charm

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Bluff Park An upscale Long Beach neighborhood full of charm and vintage personality. The Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, CA is one of the city’s most charming upscale neighborhoods, with a touch of vintage flair. It was made one of Long Beach’s Historic Districts in 1982 and celebrates its 33rd anniversary this summer. Where is the Bluff Park neighborhood? If you are familiar with Long Beach at all, the name “Bluff Park” will make you think of that long, skinny park that runs along Ocean Blvd overlooking the beach and the ocean beyond. It is from this park that the …

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Buying An Investment Property

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Investment Properties 101: What You Need to Know Before Buying An Investment Property Real estate investment property can do wonders for your financial future and help you build wealth and passive income. But what are the secrets to success? Are you ready? First, assess your overall financial picture and how real estate will fit into your overall investment portfolio. Determine what type of initial financial investment you’ll make, what type of financing you’ll utilize and what your short- and long-term goals are. Consider what the current market rents are for the property type you have in ind in your desired …

3010 E. 5th St., Long Beach, CA

3010 E. 5th Street

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Classic Craftsman Bungalow 3010 E. 5th Street, Long Beach Rose Park South Neighborhood Envision yourself in a classic Craftsman bungalow situated a short walk from shops, restaurants and coffee houses and an easy, breezy bike ride away from the beach. Now picture a rental unit in the back to help pay your mortgage and you’ve pictured yourself at 3010 E. 5th Street! Located on a large lot in the Rose Park South Historic District, the front house features original hardwood floors, built-in cabinetry, an open floor plan and lots of natural light. The kitchen has been remodeled with light wood cabinets …

California Heights, Long Beach, CA

California Heights – A Little Piece of History

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What do the neighborhoods of Rose Park, Wrigley, Bluff Park, and California Heights all have in common? It’s not just that they are all Long Beach neighborhoods, they are all Historic Districts! California Heights is the largest Historic District in Long Beach and bursting with charm and character. Great shopping, beautiful homes, and community pride are just several reasons why people chose to make Cal Heights their home. Where is California Heights? California Heights is located north of the 405 Freeway, near Bixby Knolls area. California Heights is bordered by Bixby Road on the north, Cherry Avenue on the east, Wardlow to the …

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Reasons to Buy A Home

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We often talk about the financial reasons to buy a home. But often, the emotional reasons are the more powerful, or compelling reasons. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s feel are most important in regards to homeownership. The top 4 reasons to buy a home cited by respondents were not financial. 1. It means having a good place to raise children & provide them with a good education From the best neighborhoods to the best school districts, even those without children at the time of purchasing their home, may have this in …

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Free Little Library

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Take A Book Leave A Book If you’ve lived in Belmont Shore very long, you may have run across Riley’s Red Wagon Book Swap, which local resident Justin Rudd runs. It’s a great neighborhood fixture, allowing residents to swap books. Every day, except when Justin’s on vacation or the weather is bad, visitors stop by Corona and Toledo to choose books or leave books. Yet the red wagon is just one of the local spots where Long Beach residents can swap books at “little libraries.” Earlier this year, the city held a class for residents who wanted to start up their own …

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Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

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The mortgage interest rate you pay on your home mortgage has a direct impact on your monthly payment. The higher the rate the greater the payment will be. That is why it is important to look at where rates are headed when deciding to buy now or wait until next year. Below is a chart created using Freddie Mac’s July 2015 U.S. Economic & Housing Marketing Outlook. As you can see mortgage rates are projected to increase steadily over the course of the next 12 months. How Will This Impact Your Mortgage Payment? Depending on the amount of the loan that …