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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

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The Willmore Building, named after one of the founder’s of Long Beach,  has a history spanning back to 1925.

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 1930s, the hotel has stood as a landmark of the Art Deco period in New York, and hailed as one of the most revered hotels in American history. Famous for having presidents, musicians, and actors alike live in its rooms from its beginnings to the modern day, it’s a small wonder that the opportunity to live in it full-time is as appealing to the public as it is to the celebrities, and the hotel purchaser and investor Anbang Insurance has looked to move forward with that dream. Long Beach has experienced this, and features its own renovations, such as the conversion of the Lafayette Hotel to apartments,  and the conversion of the Villa Riviera community from apartments to luxury condominiums for buyers looking for a more luxury feeling.

Mill conversion is an increasing phenomena as well, where historical properties like factories and mills are turned into anything from apartments to office space. Los Angeles’ Arts District in downtown has been home to many of these conversions, and is increasingly predominant in downtown and industrial areas of the past. The Kress Lofts in downtown Long Beach is a similar repurposing, using the facade of the Kress 5-10-25 Cent Retail Store that was built in 1925. The Willmore Building, once owned by the Stillwell Hotel Corporation of Los Angeles, has also found new life as an condo building that celebrates downtown living and the Italian Revival style.

 

Living in Long Beach History

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Historical properties don’t have to be difficult to find: this charming Craftsman-style home has all the hallmarks of its era in the Rose Park neighborhood.

It’s not just the Waldorf Astoria that appeals to the American home buyer: living in a historical property is an opportunity that many jump at as a nod to their city’s background, to appreciate the era that the home represents, and as a way to fight back against what many perceive as cookie-cutter housing in new housing developments. You needn’t look so far as New York for an interesting property though. Long Beach and other parts of southern California have homes that share a lot of these qualities, as properties from the turn of the century through the Atomic Age populate multiple neighborhoods to varying degrees. Take for example Rose Park and Rose Park South which are well-known for their Craftsman-style houses that are so iconic of the Art Deco era. The Craftsman style home, popularized by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and architectural firm Greene and Greene, is appealing to younger and older buyers alike, offering an iconic slice of California history for those interested in unique properties and restoration.

Similarly, Spanish Revival and properties utilizing its aesthetic are coming back into vogue, and are found in abundance in the Wrigley neighborhood (so named for the chewing gum empire of Wrigley’s) and in California Heights, which is the largest historical district in Long Beach. Established in 1905 and 1921 respectively, houses in these neighborhoods are not only accessible for would-be home buyers, but offer the plentiful amenities of a Southern California neighborhood such as easy access to the beach, diverse food and culture, and a new city exploration adventure never more than a road away.

 

Why Buy Historical

Historical properties offer the chance to own a piece of Americana. The thoughts behind their construction were as individual as the families that built them, and that extra love hidden in these homes makes them unlike any new construction.

A few things to look for (or work on):

  • Original Fixtures: the fixtures such as the lighting, built-in furniture, and decorative details represent a lot of the aesthetic that makes a house typical of its era. Sconces, mantles, crown molding, and window details shape a lot of the appearance of the home. These things being missing isn’t a dealbreaker: restoration is easier than ever with online amenities and affordable replicas no more than a Google search away. Websites like Long Beach Historical offer resources and vendors to help you bring the house back to a turn-of-the-century 10.
  • A Strong Entryway: The appearance of historical property is more than half of the appeal. Curb-appeal has always been huge int he housing market, and features like front porches, walkways, and garden plant choices can shape the impression a buyer might have of the house and its sense of history (rather than its age), or simply increase your own enjoyment of the property. The California Garden & Landscape History Society is a good jumping point into California’s gardening history for ideas.
  • An Open Mind: Historical homes are inherently different from new construction in that they follow the values of a different time period in terms of what was important in the home and to the family that built it. They also can have quirky features. A tiny sun room can be a reading nook waiting to happen, or a built in window bench becomes your new favorite breakfast spot. These kinds of individual features are what make historical properties a joy to pursue.

Sold on the idea of historical properties as a home? Check below for some historical homes for sale in Long Beach.

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,564 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,518 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  2. 6 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,828 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,005 sqft
    Year built: 1905
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 0
  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,507 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,001 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 1
  4. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 968 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,559 sqft
    Year built: 1929
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 1
  5. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 560 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,550 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Days on market: 2
  6. 0 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 477 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,488 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Days on market: 3
  7. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,228 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,750 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3
  8. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,410 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,165 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 3
  9. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 864 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,808 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 5
  10. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 960 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,938 sqft
    Year built: 1930
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 5
  11. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 877 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,137 sqft
    Year built: 1928
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 5
  12. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,608 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,335 sqft
    Year built: 1933
    Parking spots: 7
    Days on market: 6
  13. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,556 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,901 sqft
    Year built: 1905
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 6
  14. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 768 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,535 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 7
  15. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 650 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,650 sqft
    Year built: 1924
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 8
  16. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,370 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,229 sqft
    Year built: 1933
    Parking spots: 8
    Days on market: 9
  17. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,428 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,508 sqft
    Year built: 1919
    Parking spots: 5
    Days on market: 9
  18. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,676 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,492 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 6
    Days on market: 9
  19. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 986 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,803 sqft
    Year built: 1928
    Parking spots: 6
    Days on market: 10
  20. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,196 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,612 sqft
    Year built: 1929
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 10
  21. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 798 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,918 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 13
  22. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,052 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,146 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 14
  23. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,088 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,507 sqft
    Year built: 1925
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 14
  24. 1 bed, 1 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 929 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.19 ac
    Year built: 1928
    Days on market: 15
  25. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,187 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,077 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 15
  26. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 900 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,147 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 15
  27. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,296 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,523 sqft
    Year built: 1906
    Days on market: 16
  28. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 456 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,704 sqft
    Year built: 1929
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 17
  29. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 993 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,075 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 19
  30. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,221 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,924 sqft
    Year built: 1923
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 21
  31. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,596 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,370 sqft
    Year built: 1913
    Parking spots: 6
    Days on market: 21
  32. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,448 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,199 sqft
    Year built: 1928
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 21
  33. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,692 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,073 sqft
    Year built: 1926
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 22
  34. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 929 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,201 sqft
    Year built: 1927
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 26
  35. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,693 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,837 sqft
    Year built: 1929
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 28
  36. 2 beds, 1 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 768 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,540 sqft
    Year built: 1914
    Days on market: 28
  37. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,349 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,240 sqft
    Year built: 1921
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 30
  38. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,547 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,390 sqft
    Year built: 1932
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 30
  39. 3 beds, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,479 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,307 sqft
    Year built: 1918
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 31
  40. 1 bed, 1 full bath
    Home size: 644 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,250 sqft
    Year built: 1929
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 36

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