East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

East Village: the Official Arts District

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East Village, also called the East Village Arts District, is located on the southeast end of Downtown Long Beach.

Established in 1922, this neighborhood is, as the name implies, the official Arts District of Long Beach, and is thus a thriving center for visual arts, music, and creativity.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

There are not official boundaries for East Village, but it is roughly encompassed by Alamitos Avenue to the east, Ocean Blvd on the south, Long Beach Blvd on the west, and 3rd Street to the north. Even without specific borders, it is obvious when you’ve entered East Village, because this little community has a vibrant personality that’s all its own.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

The most noticeable aspect of the East Village Arts District is, not surprisingly, the street art. There are dozens of murals covering the sides of various buildings in this neighborhood, ranging in size from a few inches to an entire multi-story wall. With the turn of every corner comes something new, exciting, and unexpected.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

This neighborhood is home to some of the best independent shopping in the city. Streets are full of coffee shops, independent record stores, restaurants, and boutiques within beautiful historic buildings. Because so many artists live in this area, many of these businesses along with various local galleries and non-profits support them. Some of the most well-known shops in East Village include District Wine, Fingerprints music, Berlin Bistro, and James Republic restaurant.

Fingerprints, East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

Unlike some of the other Long Beach neighborhoods that have a specific, dominant style, East Village is very diverse in its housing styles. Choices range everywhere from artist lofts and high-rise urban condos to historical apartment buildings and Craftsman cottages. There are also three large residential properties that are currently under construction, and once completed will offer even more luxury living options. East Village has a very diverse mix of residents – different cultures, income levels, and professions – and the various housing reflects just that.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

There is a strong sense of community within East Village, perhaps because of the multitude of artists that live here and support each other, and are many public events held throughout the year. The most popular include the Second Saturday Art Walk – held on the second Saturday of each month, and Soundwalk – an annual sound art festival. The Long Beach Transit also regularly sponsors a free Village Tour D’art which goes through East Village and other parts of downtown, stopping at locations like the Museum of Latin American Art, the Long Beach Arena (which features one of Wyland’s Whaling Walls on the whole exterior), and the Breakers Hotel known for its 1926 Art Deco style.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

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Although the East Village Arts District is technically part of Downtown Long Beach, it really has a character all its own. With the colorful, mural-painted walls, the unique shops, and cozy coffeehouses, this neighborhood is literally bursting at the seams with creative personality. It is a neighborhood that truly sets itself apart and perfect for those seeking a change of pace and a splash of color.

East Village Long Beach

East Village Arts District in Long Beach

 

Interested in calling East Village your new home? Check out all of these great listings available now!

Homes and Condos for Sale in East Village

  1. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 667 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,683 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Days on market: 2
  2. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 730 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,563 sqft
    Year built: 1958
    Days on market: 3
  3. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,528 sqft
    Year built: 1909
    Days on market: 5
  4. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,261 sq ft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 8
  5. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 702 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,570 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Days on market: 10
  6. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 952 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,752 sqft
    Year built: 1911
    Days on market: 25
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,286 sq ft
    Year built: 1982
    Days on market: 25
  8. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,216 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,405 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Days on market: 57
  9. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 960 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 63
  10. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 664 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,945 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Days on market: 66
  11. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 671 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 1910
    Days on market: 70
  12. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 615 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,051 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 125
  13. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 796 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Days on market: 132
  14. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 730 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,563 sqft
    Year built: 1958
    Days on market: 136
  15. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 432 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,810 sqft
    Year built: 1955
    Days on market: 228

See all Homes for Sale in East Village Long Beach CA.
(all data current as of 10/22/2017)

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