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Free (or almost free) Long Beach Exercise Classes

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It’s time to burn off the pounds gained over the holidays. But if you live in the area you don’t need a gym because of low-cost Long Beach exercise classes. No matter what your fitness level is, there is a free or nearly-free workout opportunity for everyone! Here are some of the ways you can workout for free or close …

318 Wisconsin Avenue

318 Wisconsin Avenue, Long Beach CA

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 *OPEN HOUSE January 13 & 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.* Situated in the Bluff Heights Historic District, this charming Craftsman two-on-a-lot property offers a front home with  three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms plus a rear house with one bedroom and one bath. Built in 1914, the front house has wood floors and original molding throughout, providing a warm, comfortable …

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Getting Your Garden Looking Fresh for Spring

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For many homeowners, the last item on the to-do list before putting their houses on the market is sprucing up their garden. The best thing you can do is plan ahead and begin freshening up your landscaping this winter. There are many steps you can take this winter that help make your spring garden a standout. “If homeowners want to …

2nd & PCH

What Was And What’s Coming at 2nd & PCH in Long Beach

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The SeaPort Marina Hotel came crashing down at the end of 2017, making way for the widely anticipated 2nd & PCH commercial development. To the surprise of some locals, the Los Angeles Times recently featured the project, which is scheduled for a grand opening in June 2019. The complex will add 95,000 square feet of retail, 70,000 square feet of …

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Five Questions With an Accessory Dwelling Unit Architect

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Architect Andrei Pogany has seen booming demand in recent months for accessory dwelling units, commonly known as granny flats. The Los Angeles-based principal of Pogany Architecture was interviewed by KPCC and shared how most of his business a year ago was designing single-family homes, now half of his clients are looking to build an ADU. According to UC Berkeley’s Terner …

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Choosing Kitchen Floors That Are Right For You

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Kitchen floors take a beating from foot traffic, pets and spills so it’s critical to match durability and ease of maintenance with a lifestyle. For example, if you’re planning on cooking or baking for hours at a time you may not want to go with a hard, cold surface. It is tempting for homeowners to save money by installing their …

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Buyers Will See Limit Hikes For 2018 FHA Loans

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Prospective buyers looking to purchase a Long Beach area home in 2018 will get more assistance from the government through higher limits on FHA loans and other federally-insured loans. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration have annually increased their loan limits for the last several years to keep pace with the real estate market. The FHA is …

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Long Beach OKs New Rules for Building Granny Flats

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Long Beach homeowners and prospective homebuyers should be aware that the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved new rules and fees regarding the construction of accessory dwelling units, better known as granny flats. A lot of our clients have asked whether their property qualifies for an ADU, the construction and parking restrictions on qualified properties and getting a permit for …

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Choosing Kitchen Countertops That Are Right For You

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It’s important to seriously consider your options for kitchen countertops before making such a large investment in your home. You’ll have to live with these surfaces for a long time so it’s prudent to choose materials that never go out of style. Even though it may seem unlikely that you would ever sell as a new homeowner, life may guide …