Long Beach Neighborhoods

Alamitos Beach – Long Beach Neighborhood

Planned by John W. Bixby, Alamitos Beach extends from Alamitos Beach Blvd. to the West to Euclid on the East, North from the Pacific Ocean to 10th Street.
Mr. Bixby, spoke of the Long Beach neighborhood as “not Long Beach’s rival but her Crowing Jewel.” Located the Alamitos Beach neighborhood are schools, shops and Bixby Park. The housing in the area includes single family homes, condominiums, apartments and plentiful restaurants. Ocean Boulevard with beach access continues to be an area attraction. High rise Condominiums and magnificent estates pepper Ocean Boulevard from Junipero Ave to Euclid. Alamitos Beach contains Historic areas including Bluff Park, Carroll Park and Rose Terrace.

Back to Top

Alamitos Heights – Long Beach Neighborhood

Alamitos Heights borders the Belmont Heights area to the north and is primarily a family-oriented neighborhood boasting large 2 story colonials, ranch style single stories as well as Spanish and Mediterranean style homes. The area was built up during the 30’s through the 50’s. With mostly quiet residential streets, Alamitos Heights sits on the edge of Recreation Park, one of Long Beach’s largest parks next to El Dorado — as well as the Recreation Park Public Golf Course, a regulation length course that is open to the public.

Back to Top

Belmont Heights – Long Beach Neighborhood

Belmont Heights is consists of big houses with well-manicured yards. Built from 1900 to the 1930’s, the Belmont Heights area is a neighborhood of Spanish, Mediterranean and Craftsman homes. Belmont Heights is a Long Beach Neighborhood bounded by Redondo Avenue on the west, Park Avenue on the east, 7th Street on the North and Broadway on the south. The three block stretch along Broadway starting at Redondo offers great local restaurants and shops.

Back to Top

Belmont Shore – Long Beach Neighborhood

Belmont Shore extends from 2nd Street and Ocean Avenue to the southern most end of Long Beach, California. It has its own shopping district, business association, pier and recreation center with the landmark Belmont Pool where an Olympic gold medalist has taught swim lessons for years. The Belmont Pier located at Ocean and 39th Place was rebuilt in 1966, and offers free public fishing with no license required as long as you stay on the pier to fish.

Back to Top

Bixby Knolls – Long Beach Neighborhood

The Bixby Knolls neighborhood is situated four miles north of Downtown Long Beach. Bixby Knolls is primarily residential in character, but is bisected by two major commercial and retail corridors:
Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. The surrounding residential areas are predominantly
upscale single-family neighborhoods. Historically known as “uptown,” Bixby Knolls includes the Los
Cerritos and California Heights residential neighborhoods, which are among the most historically significant neighborhoods in Southern California. California Heights and Los Cerritos (also known as the Virginia Country Club area) are served by the neighborhood retail and commercial uses found along Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard.

Back to Top

Bluff Park – Long Beach Neighborhood

The Bluff Park neighborhood comprises the areas between Redondo Avenue and Junipero. Homes in this neighborhood are an eclectic mixture of different eras in architecture. Green & Green, Spanish Revival, and Mediterranean architectural styles can be found in Bluff Park. The Bluff “Heights” area includes most of the Broadway corridor running east west from approximately Redondo Avenue down to Alamitos Avenue. Broadway is home to unique restaurants, coffee joints and interesting shops. At the 4th Street and Junipero you will find Long Beach’s infamous “Funky District” with stores selling retro clothing, unusual gift stores and local coffee houses.

Back to Top

California Heights – Long Beach Neighborhood

Until the early 1920’s California Heights was part of the Bixby Ranch (now Los Cerritos Rancho) and was used primarily as grazing land. It was the discovery of oil on Signal Hill and the ensuing land boom in 1921 that caused the Jotham Bixby Company to subdivide and sell off lots in the California Heights tract. The period homes of California Heights are fine examples of craftsmanship from the late 1920’s and early 30’s, and will include California Bungalow, English Tudor and Colonial Spanish Revival style homes. California Heights is Long Beach’s Largest Historic District.

For more information, please see the official neighborhood association website at
www.calheights.org.

Back to Top

Carroll Park – Long Beach Neighborhood

The Carroll Park neighborhood is one of Long Beach’s most important historic districts. Bordered by 3rd Street on the south, 4th Street on the north, Junipero on the west and Wisconsin on the east. Carroll Park consists of two looping narrow streets lined with historic California Craftsman Bungalows situated around a quaint park.

Back to Top

Cliff May Ranchos – Long Beach Neighborhood

Built in 1953 and 1954, this 700 home neighborhood is tucked next to El Dorado Park on the east side of Long Beach. Designed by Cliff May, considered by some to be the father of the modern ranch home, these homes offer open floor plans and midcentury modern style. The homes range from 1,100 to about 1,600 square feet with three or four bedrooms. Many have fenced front yards, allowing utilization of the entire lot for indoor-outdoor living.

Back to Top

College Park Estates – Long Beach Neighborhood

Nestled in a beautiful park-like area across from Cal State Long Beach is Park Estates. Homes in this area are 40’s, 50’s and 60’s bungalows. This neighborhood offers easy access to shopping in nearby Los Altos as well as the campus at CSULB.

Back to Top

Downtown – Long Beach Neighborhood

The downtown Long Beach area borders the Pacific Ocean on the south, Alamitos Avenue on the east, the 710 freeway on the west and 10th Street on the north. Downtown is a commercial mecca with a variety of modern office buildings such as the LB World Trade Center, Landmark Square, Arco Towers. Shopping and restaurants line Pine Avenue. The stately Queen Mary is another great feature of downtown Long Beach.

Back to Top

Los Altos – Long Beach Neighborhood

The Los Altos neighborhood in Long Beach is situated north of the CSULB campus. Consisting of single-family bungalow-style homes built in the 1950s and 60s. This Long Beach neighborhood has several shopping venues including: the newly rebuilt Los Altos Center and The Los Altos Gateway Center.

Back to Top

Los Cerritos/Virginia Country Club – Long Beach Neighborhood

Rancho Los Cerritos was a part of the large land grant awarded to Manuel Nieto in 1784. Bordered by the Los Angeles River to the west, the Santa River on the east and extending miles inland from the coast. The property was later divided into small ranchos after Nieto’s death in 1804. The Los Cerritos area today is a commercial and residential area.

Back to Top

Naples Island – Long Beach Neighborhood

Naples, California is a set of small islands located on the southern-most tip of Long Beach. With street names Toledo and Florence, canals called Rivo Alto and Colonnade, you’ll think you’re in Italy.

Once inside the canals, you will see beautiful homes and yachts in a peaceful neighborhood setting punctuated by five quaint bridges and tall palm trees. There are several ways to view the canals and streets of Naples. By foot, one can walk the waterfront sidewalks and watch the boats go by.

Enjoy wonderful restaurants such as Naples Rib Company, Nico’s, Kelly’s and local shopping at Morey’s Liquor also offering weekly Wine and Beer tasting.

Back to Top

North Long Beach – Long Beach Neighborhood

A non-contiguous area generally bounded by the 710 freeway on the west, the 605 freeway on the east, Artesia Blvd on the north and South Street on the south. The North Long Beach area consists of mostly single and multi-family residences, small shopping centers and strip malls. The City of Long Beach has recently devoted resources and financial backing to North Long Beach and the area is now part of a redevelopment plan that will extend over the next 5 years.

Back to Top

Peninsula – Long Beach Neighborhood

The approximately mile-long spit of sand that extends from Alamitos Bay south to the San Gabriel River features some of the most impressive beach-front property in the entire City. The Long Beach Yacht Club anchors the very southern tip of the peninsula area; overlooking the San Gabriel River channel and Seal Beach beyond. Beyond the single-family homes, the peninsula offers a very small shopping district centered on 62nd Place. A handful of small stores along with the 62nd Place Cafe (a great place for breakfast or lunch) cater to the local crowd and visiting beach-goers.

Back to Top

The Plaza – Long Beach Neighborhood

Near El Dorado Park in East Long Beach, the Plaza neighborhood was originally built as part of Lakewood’s Lakewood Plaza neighborhood. Residents voted in 1953 to become part of Long Beach. The Plaza is in north of the 405 freeway. Its borders are Stearns Street to the south and Studebaker Road to the east. The western borders are Palo Verde Ave. and Woodruff Ave. East Long Beach’s primary shopping and dining district, East Spring Street, is located in the Plaza area.

Back to Top

Rose Park Historic District – Long Beach Neighborhood

Bounded on the west and east by St. Louis and Coronado and north and south by 10th Street and 7th Street, Rose Park is characteristic of Long Beach’s older residential neighborhoods. Developed in the early 1900s, Rose Park consists of many historic Victorian and Craftsman style homes. In the early 1910s and 20s, numerous craftsman bungalows were constructed along with Spanish Colonial Revival single family and multi family residences. The entire neighborhood is not considered historic, rather only very original representations of the classic architecture are included. Thus, you have small sections of streets that are considered historic as the houses are original or near original condition or otherwise contribute to the historic significance of the neighborhood.

The area, named after the circular Rose Park at the junction of 8th Street and Orizaba Avenue, was dedicated to the City of Long Beach by the Alamitos Land Company in 1910. It is one of several parks donated to the City by local land developers who sometimes built entire neighborhoods in the early part of Long Beach history. Prominent in the company were the Bixby and Hellman families who were the original owners and developers of the Alamitos Beach Townsite. The Rose Park district lies within that original area.

For more information, please see the official neighborhood association website at www.rpna.org.

Back to Top

West Side – Long Beach Neighborhood

Located in the westernmost section of Long Beach, this is one of the city’s most affordable areas. Its boundaries are the Los Angeles River to the east, the 405 Freeway to the north, Anaheim Street to the South and Los Angeles and Carson to the west. This neighborhood was historically a working-class neighborhood due to its proximity to both the Port of Long Beach and the oil refinery in nearby Wilmington.

Back to Top

Wrigley – Long Beach Neighborhood

The Wrigley neighborhood district of Long Beach was one of the first communities established in Long Beach. Named for William Wrigley of Wrigley Spearmint, this Long Beach neighborhood was established in 1905. Developed on a gridiron street pattern, the Wrigley district is by the 405 Freeway on the North and Pacific Coast Highway to the South and cong Beach Blvd. Pacific Avenue to the East. The flood channel for the Los Angeles River is the boundary to the West. The neighborhood’s lovely park, Veteran’s Park, is convenient to the freeways, the Metro Train and the Wrigley Marketplace shopping center.

Back to Top

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *