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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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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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Historical Properties: Living In History

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You’ve probably heard of the Waldorf Astoria. Everything from Art Deco glamour to music to cuisine have been impacted by it at some point. You might have also heard recently of the plans to turn this historical property into housing, and regardless if you’re for or against it, the decision is part of an increasing desire for real estate with historical value to meet local housing demands as well as prestige. Modern Conversions to Classics The Waldorf Astoria doesn’t mark the first historical property to become a residence, but it has caused a stir in the media. Built in the …

Long Beach October Arts Month

October is Long Beach Arts Month

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It’s Arts Month here in Long Beach! Murals. Photography. Dance. Music. Architecture. We’re celebrating it all. “During October, we celebrate the art that happens every day all over Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “Murals, music, arts education, and dance programs are all part of the diverse, vibrant fabric that is woven throughout our City.” Mayor Garcia is right. Those who live in Long Beach know that there is a vibrant art scene thriving within the city (and not just within the East Village Arts District!), however it’s not every day that we get to celebrate all …

Condos on Ocean Boulevard Long Beach CA

Condos on Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach CA

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  Living on the beach. Sounds like paradise, and can be your everyday life if you consider some of the great condos on Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. Long Beach is the most affordable coastal community in Southern California. Ocean Boulevard  connects Downtown Long Beach to the Los Alamitos Bay Yacht Club at the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula. It is home to many mid to high rise condos. All these beautiful buildings take pride in their breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Downtown Long Beach has a sophisticated urban feel. Walk down any street and you are guaranteed to find …

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Buying an Old Home in Long Beach

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Old Homes in Long Beach Bring Rewards And Risks Any home buyer who is searching for homes in Belmont Heights, Bluff Heights, Bluff Park, Rose Park, California Heights and other Long Beach neighborhoods is thinking of buying an old home since these neighborhoods consist primarily of older homes. Old homes can offer vintage charm and architectural appeal. But are there any special issues you should be aware of? Considering that many of these homes are located in historic districts and that most of a home’s components deteriorate with age, the answer is yes. Here’s a quick look at some things …


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 …


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 …

3533 e Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA

3533 e Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA

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SOLD! $1.6 Million Rare Spanish style fourplex with gorgeous ocean views, situated in the sought-after Bluff Park Historical District. The two spacious front units offer vintage 1920s charm, hardwood floors and custom cabinetry. The back units are a great source of additional income and sit atop four single-car garages, providing premium parking. Each of the units has its own outdoor entertaining area, allowing residents to enjoy the area’s plentiful sunshine and coastal breezes. The front units are each two bedrooms with about 1,500 sq. ft. In the rear, you’ll find a one-bedroom with newer laminate wood flooring and a studio …