Buying a Beach Home in Long Beach

Buying a beach home is a dream that many people would love to pursue, but high prices make it out of reach for many. Long Beach, however, remains one of the most affordable beach communities in Southern California. Part of that reason is that we don’t have waves here, thanks to the breakwater.  Let’s explore the ins and outs of buying a beach home in Long Beach.

If you’re a beach lover or if you simply love beautiful views, it’s amazing to be able to look out your window and see the Pacific Ocean. However, there are some things to consider. Let’s walk through things to consider when buying a beach home in Long Beach.

Home or Condo?

Most homes along the beach in Long Beach are condominiums. You’re more likely to get a single-family home if you’re willing to walk a few minutes to the beach. Living at the beach comes with maintenance caused by exposure to saltwater and humidity. If you own a house, you’ll have to handle all of that yourself. As a condo owner in a homeowners association, you and your neighbors collectively cover the costs of maintaining communal infrastructure and the management company will coordinate the work. Condos may also come with amenities like gyms, pools, and spas.

Architecture

The classic beach bungalow is a favorite among many beach-loving homeowners, but there are few of these right on the beach. Part of the reason may be that wood siding requires frequent re-painting. So you’ll find a fair number of stucco homes, along with stainless steel and glass and other construction. These types of homes may hold up to the elements a little better.

Be Aware Of Your Soundings

Are there vacant parcels that could be developed into multi-story buildings that could potentially obstruct your ocean view? Are there trees that could potentially grow taller or go untrimmed and become a nuisance? Long Beach’s ocean view is unique in the region because of the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, making the area the nation’s busiest shipping hub. At certain times of year, multiple container ships can be anchored offshore for weeks at a time. Long Beach also has its iconic astronaut-named oil islands  along the coast.

Parking Impacted Areas

If you have visitors to your beach home, keep in mind they may find parking difficult to find. Many beach cities, including Long Beach, have identified and regulated shoreline communities as parking impacted due to a shortage of on-street parking. The city of Long Beach’s Parking Impacted Area Map includes the neighborhoods of Alamitos Beach, Belmont Shore, the Peninsula, and Naples. The Bluff Park Historic District is not within the map’s boundaries.

If you’re in the Parking Impacted Area, the city requires all parties in a transaction to be furnished with a resale report on the property’s legally required off-street parking. This is intended to reduce violations of illegal garage conversion on existing parcels. Long Beach city employees will conduct garage inspections to look for illegal plumbing and make sure a car can still pull into the parking space.

Flood Insurance

The potential cost of flood insurance is also something to consider if you’re buying at the beach. During escrow, your lender will certify whether your home is in a flood zone identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If your home falls within this map, you’ll be required to purchase a flood insurance policy before the close of escrow. Belmont Shore, Naples and the Peninsula are some of the local neighborhoods that fall under this requirement.

Coastal Zone

Keep in mind also that if you buy a home that’s within 1,000 yards from the high tide line, it will fall within an area governed by The California Coastal Act, which may mean there are additional restrictions and a coastal development permit must be issued by California Coastal Commission or a local government before any construction can occur.

It’s also important to remember that just because you bought on the beach doesn’t mean you own the shoreline itself. The public essentially has the right to hang out, within certain restrictions, in front of your home. Beach crowds and traffic can get pretty insane on holiday weekends so if you’re not up for that plan to leave town. Or you could always join them!

Beach-Close Neighborhoods in Long Beach

Want to learn more about some of the areas near the beach? Check out our videos on YouTube Channel on Belmont Shore, Naples, The Peninsula, Belmont Park, Bluff Park, Belmont Heights, and Bluff Heights. 

Condos on the Beach in Long Beach

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,250,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,046
SQFT
1200 E Ocean Boulevard #12
Long Beach, CA 90802
Ocean House (Och) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
850 E Ocean Boulevard #1406
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
$1,175,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,760
SQFT
400 W Ocean #1603
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$1,150,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,660
SQFT
400 W Ocean Boulevard #1701
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,150,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,393
SQFT
1400 E Ocean Boulevard #2410
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
$1,125,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,540
SQFT
1310 E Ocean Boulevard #507
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,423
SQFT
850 E Ocean Boulevard #1209
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (Othr) Subdivision
$998,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,392
SQFT
1000 E Ocean Boulevard #512
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,260
SQFT
700 E Ocean Boulevard #2804
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$869,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,313
SQFT
525 E Seaside Way #1009
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,290
SQFT
1310 E Ocean Boulevard #1101
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$825,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
960
SQFT
1310 E Ocean Boulevard #503
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (Othr) Subdivision
$825,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,080
SQFT
700 E Ocean Boulevard #2405
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Towers (Itt) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$819,999
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,112
SQFT
525 E Seaside Way #1804
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$819,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,260
SQFT
700 E Ocean Boulevard #1908
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Towers (Itt) Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$800,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,080
SQFT
700 E Ocean #1602
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Towers (Itt) Subdivision
$799,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,168
SQFT
800 E Ocean Boulevard #907
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$759,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,080
SQFT
700 E Ocean Blvd #1102
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Towers (Itt) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$750,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,310
SQFT
525 E Seaside Way #2203
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
$699,999
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,431
SQFT
525 E Seaside Way #208
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$688,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,160
SQFT
388 E Ocean Boulevard #510
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$675,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
700 E Ocean Boulevard #1207
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$660,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
990
SQFT
488 E Ocean Boulevard #104
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
Open House Sat, May 28, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$625,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
873
SQFT
800 E Ocean Boulevard #409
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$615,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
700 E Ocean Boulevard #1007
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Towers (Itt) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$610,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
900
SQFT
411 W Seaside Way #1606
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$600,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
690
SQFT
1140 E Ocean Boulevard #320
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$590,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
670
SQFT
1030 E Ocean Blvd #310
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$578,999
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
600
SQFT
388 E Ocean Boulevard #402
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$549,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
877
SQFT
1140 E Ocean Blvd #207
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$529,888
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
680
SQFT
388 E Ocean Boulevard #915
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$512,450
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
680
SQFT
388 E Ocean Boulevard #1706
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$510,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATH
701
SQFT
800 E Ocean Boulevard #306
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$479,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
660
SQFT
1030 E Ocean Boulevard #408
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - a week online
$475,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
660
SQFT
1030 E Ocean Boulevard #308
Long Beach, CA 90802
Saint Regis (Srg) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$449,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATH
580
SQFT
800 E Ocean Boulevard #204
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
$449,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
590
SQFT
488 E Ocean Boulevard #1609
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$349,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
599
SQFT
360 W Ocean Boulevard #402
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision

Homes For Sale On Or Near the Beach in 90803

$9,880,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,182
SQFT
15 The Colonnade
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$7,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,557
SQFT
5455 E Sorrento
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$5,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
9
TOTAL BATHS
7,607
SQFT
93 Giralda
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$4,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,880
SQFT
6519 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$4,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
4,602
SQFT
6605 E Seaside
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$3,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,800
SQFT
289 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
$2,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3,239
SQFT
64 62nd Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$2,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,916
SQFT
75 Angelo Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$2,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,149
SQFT
61 The Colonnade
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$2,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,739
SQFT
64 Savona
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,862
SQFT
204 Roswell
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
Open House Sat, May 28, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,266
SQFT
106 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
$1,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,862
SQFT
319 Salta Verde
Long Beach, CA 90803
Spinnaker Bay (Sy) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,591
SQFT
66 Corinthian Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$1,679,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,603
SQFT
237 San Remo Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,249
SQFT
253 Novara Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,369
SQFT
6219 Cordoba Court
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bay Harbour (Byh) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,598,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,143
SQFT
147 N Loreta Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$1,550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,641
SQFT
5380 E Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Park (Bp) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,500
SQFT
5632 La Paz Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Pacifica Villa (Pv) Subdivision
Open House Thu, May 26, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,535,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,312
SQFT
239 N Attica Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
104 Quincy Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
Open House Sun, May 29, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,319
SQFT
6231 E Monita Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,490,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,897
SQFT
115 Geneva
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,038
SQFT
351 Peralta Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
College Park Estates (Cps) Subdivision
$1,449,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,860
SQFT
298 Argonne Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,955
SQFT
3061 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,329,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,001
SQFT
127 Roycroft Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
Open House Sun, May 29, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,255
SQFT
225 Corona Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,008
SQFT
140 Glendora Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,177,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
1,030
SQFT
111 Covina Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
$1,074,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,149
SQFT
3833 East 2nd Street #305
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$975,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
768
SQFT
169 Quincy Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$975,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,811
SQFT
7039 Island Village Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Island Village (Isv) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$905,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,118
SQFT
5400 E The Toledo #305
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$899,999
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,744
SQFT
2662 E 2nd Street #E1
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,227
SQFT
50 Windjammer Court
Long Beach, CA 90803
Island Village (Isv) Subdivision
$875,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
941
SQFT
5138 Marina Pacifica Drive #35
Long Beach, CA 90803
Marina Pacifica (Mrp) Subdivision
Open House Sat, May 28, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$845,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,148
SQFT
2662 E 2nd St #G3
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$830,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,269
SQFT
3707 E Livingston Drive #401
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$799,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,046
SQFT
3707 E Livingston Drive #402
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$799,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,275
SQFT
2662 E 2nd Street #F3
Long Beach, CA 90803
Other Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$739,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,058
SQFT
2772 E 2nd Street #3G
Long Beach, CA 90803
Other (Othr) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$699,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,284
SQFT
2121 E 1st Street #106
Long Beach, CA 90803
Other (Othr) Subdivision
Open House Fri, May 27, 10 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$649,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
956
SQFT
2838 E Mariquita Street #10
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$625,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
3529 E Broadway #3
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
$620,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
535
SQFT
6150 E Bay Shore #201
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$598,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
719
SQFT
5898 E Naples #203
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
Open House Sat, May 28, 9 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$515,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
821
SQFT
4546 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$175,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
229
SQFT
2225 East 2nd Street #11
Long Beach, CA 90803
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision

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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