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Naples: California’s Little Italy on the Bay

The perfect place to enjoy life’s simple pleasures

Naples is one of the most beautiful coastal neighborhoods of Long Beach, California. Sailboats and Duffy boats line the picturesque canals that divide Naples Island, gondoliers can be seen paddling passengers along the waterways, and gorgeous waterfront homes make for a truly resort-like atmosphere. The neighborhood itself is tucked away in a quiet area, but offers easy access to Long Beach shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

Originally built to replicate a village in Italy, most of the streets have Italian names, and a charming three tiered fountain sits at the center. The result is a serene, beachfront community that is rich with history. As you stroll along the enchanting canal-lined walkways, you may just feel like you’ve been transported to the coast of Italy!

Naples is the perfect place for a romantic date but can also easily keep the whole family entertained for the day. This neighborhood is definitely worth becoming familiar with for both tourists and Long Beach locals alike. Whether you are thinking about moving to Naples or just want to explore the area, this guide will help get you started!

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Where is Naples?

Located between Belmont Shore and the Long Beach Marina are the lovely islands that make up Naples. The neighborhood consists of three islands along Alamitos Bay, which are divided by enticing canals that lead to the open bay.

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History of Naples

Though Naples is now a highly sought after place to live, it once took a lot of convincing to get people to move to the islands. In 1903, A.M. Parson and his son began plotting a path to build Naples into a resort village reminiscent of an Italian village. However, the area was considered a swampland, known for flooding, and was therefore difficult to build on.

In an effort to showcase the beauty of the islands,  Naples was one of the stops on the Triangle Trolley Trip excursion that began in Los Angeles. Passengers were transported by the Pacific Electric Red Trolley Cars to this small community of romantic canals. Eventually, enough people became mesmerized by the area and started investing in the land, despite the fact that it was considered a risky investment. At that time, people may have paid $900 bucks for land that’s now worth millions.

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Naples, CA in 1919 before it was built up. Photo courtesy of www.gondolagetawayinc.com/history.asp

What to do in Naples

Go Boating

If you want to truly experience Naples, you may want to hit the water. There are lots of options. Gondola Getaway offers gondola cruises. Duffy boat rentals are another option. If you prefer something more athletic, rent a kayak, stand up paddle board, or a hydro bike! You can rent kayaks for just $10.00 an hour at Naples gondola cruiseKayakRentals.net.

 

Hit the Beach

Mother’s Beach at Marine Park offers plenty to do for the whole family. There’s a playground, beach volleyball courts, and a lovely area for picnicking!

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Visit La Bella Fontana di Napoli

This is the small park where the fountain sits. There are benches to sit on but you may want to pack a blanket in case they fill up. The park is a great place to meet up with a friend and enjoy a picnic.

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Enjoy the Views from Overlook Park

Also known as Naples Plaza, this park on the bay is another beautiful place to enjoy a picnic.

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Eat!

While you’re in Naples, you may as well pretend you’re in Italy and enjoy some true Italian cuisine at Michael’s on Naples Ristorante or Naples Pizzeria. If you’re in the mood for barbeque, though, head to Naples Rib Company. For many more dining options, 2nd Street in Belmont Shores is just a short stroll away.

Photo: Michael's on Naples Ristorante/Facebook

Photo: Michael’s on Naples Ristorante/Facebook

Indulge in Happy Hour

Nico’s Restaurant & Bar serves up a wonderful happy hour 7 days a week . Enjoy a martini, cocktail, or glass of wine with specials on their bar food menu every day from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30.

Photo: Nico's Restaurant & Bar/Facebook

Photo: Nico’s Restaurant & Bar/Facebook

Living in Naples

If you move to Naples, plan on enjoying many sunsets from your front porch or patio. Many homes in Naples are situated right along the canals and offer superb views and relaxation. Some homes also have easy access to a boat dock, so cruises along the beautiful Long Beach shore will likely become a regular treat. The luxurious lifestyle these homes provide make real estate in this area a hot commodity. Uniquely situated in a peaceful community, but centrally located near plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife, the Naples setting is ideal!

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Homes in Naples

Homes in Naples range from modest beach cottages to luxurious waterfront mansions. The typical lot in Naples is comparable to that in other beach communities, typically less than 3,000 square feet, so many of homeowners utilize their front yards as outdoor living and entertaining area, making for a friendly community to take a walk and say “hello” to your neighbors.

Naples homes

Naples homes

Naples homes

Interested in Moving To Naples? Give us a call and we’d be happy to help you find your dream home!

Here are some of the homes currently for sale in Naples:

  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,265 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,301 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Days on market: 3
  2. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,220 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,404 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 22
  3. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,964 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,376 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 28
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,815 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,576 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 30
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,094 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 31
  6. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,650 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 42
  7. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,886 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,429 sqft
    Year built: 1933
    Days on market: 45
  8. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,224 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,454 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 52
  9. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,336 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,340 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 69
  10. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,337 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,387 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 78
  11. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,465 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Days on market: 80
  12. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,897 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,742 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 91
  13. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,589 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,118 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 107
  14. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,171 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,735 sqft
    Year built: 1946
    Days on market: 110
  15. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,603 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,652 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Days on market: 115
  16. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,880 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,833 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Days on market: 116
  17. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,008 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,403 sqft
    Year built: 1944
    Days on market: 124
  18. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,806 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft
    Year built: 1944
    Days on market: 150
  19. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,232 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,178 sqft
    Year built: 1948
    Days on market: 153
  20. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,830 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,247 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Days on market: 168
  21. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,830 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,247 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Days on market: 168
  22. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,220 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,366 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 171
  23. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,663 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,732 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 196
  24. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,406 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Days on market: 265
  25. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,602 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,196 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 290

See all Homes for sale in Naples, Long Beach, CA.
(all data current as of 10/18/2017)

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