Bluff Park – Full of Charm and Vintage Personality

View of Ocean Boulevard in Bluff Park

The Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach is one of the city’s most charming upscale neighborhoods, with a touch of vintage flair. It was designated as one of Long Beach’s Historic Districts in 1982. At the time, it was one of only two historic neighborhoods in Long Beach. Today, Bluff Park is a very popular neighborhood with an active neighborhood association and a rich history. The video below gives a brief overview of the neighborhood and shows off some gorgeous views.

Where is Bluff Park?

“Bluff Park” is named for the 25-acre park that runs along Ocean Boulevard overlooking the beach and the ocean beyond. The park itself is a popular spot for running or biking because of its view of the ocean. The neighborhood’s boundaries include Ocean Boulevard to the south and Junipero Avenue to the west. A jagged line between 2nd Street and Broadway marks the north boundary and Loma Avenue is on the east. Surrounding neighborhoods include Belmont Heights, Bluff Heights, and Alamitos Beach. Near Ocean Boulevard and Junipero, you can find old canons and the Lone Sailor Memorial statue. These are tributes to Long Beach’s Naval history.

For a great tour of the neighborhood, check out this walking loop.

Living in Bluff Park

Despite being in a big city, Bluff Park has the feel of a small town with wide tree-lined streets. It is a quiet area and neighbors are often seen outside walking dogs, playing with kids, and visiting with each other. Additionally, the neighborhood is in a great spot because of its proximity to both Belmont Shore and Downtown Long Beach. So Bluff Park residents are able to live in a quiet neighborhood but have busier spots nearby.

The very active neighborhood association helps promote a sense of community and preserves the historic character of the neighborhood.

One of the many beautiful homes in Bluff Park.

Bluff Park Homes

Bluff Park consists mainly of single-family homes with some multi-family homes and condos. Most homes were built between 1903 and 1949 and feature a variety of architectural styles including Colonial Revival, Mediterranean, Tudor, and Prairie Style. However, Bluff Park is definitely known for its gorgeous Craftsman Bungalows that are a staple of the neighborhood.

Here at The Shannon Jones Team we love Craftsman Bungalows and have sold a number of them. To take a video tour of one of our Craftsman Bungalow listings, please watch the video below.

As part of the preservation of the historic homes in the area, there are certain guidelines that dictate what you can and can’t do when living in a historic home. For instance, you need permission from the city to add on construction, paint the exterior of the home, convert a garage, etc. While some projects can get approved immediately, bigger projects that don’t meet the design guidelines require a hearing in front of Bluff Park’s Cultural Heritage Commission. These meetings are once a month and are open to the public. It can be amazing to live in your own piece of history, but guidelines like these are why it’s so important to understand what you’re getting into.

CLICK HERE for more information on Bluff Park’s historic home design guidelines.

Homes Currently for Sale

Points of Interest

Despite being a small neighborhood, Bluff Park has a number of points of interest. Here are a few.

Long Beach Sagely Monastery

This Buddhist Monastery was once a Roman Catholic convent. Some traces of the Roman Catholic past are still present, by request of the monks. For example, the large Mary On The Half-Shell sculpture and shrine on Ocean Boulevard. If you walk by the Monastery, you may even see the monks tending to the Virgin Mary or going about their days.

The Long Beach Museum of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art is located right on Ocean Boulevard. The museum features a number of exhibits and consistently has new ones. One of the best features of the museum is its restaurant Claire’s at the Museum. The restaurant is outdoors and features stunning views of the ocean, the Queen Mary, and Catalina Island. You can also enjoy views of the sculpture garden. Additionally, the museum hosts events. So you can have an ocean view with your wedding or birthday party.

Dexter and Rita’s house in Bluff Park.

Dexter and Rita’s House

The popular Showtime show Dexter may have taken place in Miami, but a lot of its filming was actually done in Long Beach. In fact, Dexter and Rita’s house is located in Bluff Park! You can see other Long Beach filming locations here.

The Park

Bluff Park itself is very easily accessible to residents in this area. There are several staircases that allow easy access to the beach and to a 3.1-mile long bike path that runs from Alamitos Bay to Shoreline Village.

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If you would like to live in Bluff Park, we are here to help. Our team has sold a number of homes in Bluff Park and adjacent neighborhoods. Give us a call or fill out the contact form below to get in touch!

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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