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 because 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 salt water 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 type 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 atransaction 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.

Condos on the Beach in Long Beach

$4,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.105
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
19 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
$1,750,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.056
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
5914 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,760
SQFT
400 W Ocean Boulevard #1602
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$1,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,285
SQFT
488 E Ocean Blvd #P18
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$1,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,930
SQFT
488 E Ocean Boulevard #P10
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$1,099,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,409
SQFT
1000 E Ocean Boulevard #305
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
$1,070,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,409
SQFT
1000 E Ocean Boulevard #103
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
959
SQFT
16 36th Place #H
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
959
SQFT
16 36th Place #J
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$878,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,460
SQFT
800 E Ocean Boulevard #702/704
Long Beach, CA 90802
Villa Riviera (Vlr) Subdivision
$859,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,290
SQFT
1310 E Ocean Boulevard #601
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,330
SQFT
411 W Seaside Way #1901
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$849,999
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,660
SQFT
400 W Ocean Boulevard #1604
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (Othr) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$829,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,138
SQFT
36 3rd Place
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
Price Change - 4 days ago
$780,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,370
SQFT
850 E Ocean Boulevard #202
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$749,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,360
SQFT
400 W Ocean Boulevard #206
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$749,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
400 W Ocean Boulevard #803
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$749,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,360
SQFT
400 W Ocean Boulevard #206
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$738,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,313
SQFT
525 E Seaside Way #1109
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$735,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,766
SQFT
360 W Ocean Boulevard #507&508
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
Price Change - 21 hours ago
$714,990
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,410
SQFT
411 W Seaside Way #403
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
$714,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,218
SQFT
525 E Seaside Way #1405
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$699,800
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,260
SQFT
700 E Ocean Boulevard #904
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Towers (Itt) Subdivision
$675,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
990
SQFT
388 E Ocean Boulevard #1508
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$649,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
990
SQFT
488 E Ocean Blvd. #910
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (Othr) Subdivision
$639,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
990
SQFT
488 E Ocean Boulevard #1701
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$620,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
388 E Ocean Boulevard #1705
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
$589,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,080
SQFT
700 E Ocean Boulevard #802
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Towers (Itt) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$555,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
864
SQFT
800 E Ocean Boulevard #810
Long Beach, CA 90802
Villa Riviera (Vlr) Subdivision
$459,500
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
834
SQFT
525 E Seaside Way #801
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$440,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
680
SQFT
488 E Ocean Boulevard #1204
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$415,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
590
SQFT
388 E Ocean Boulevard #209
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$410,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
625
SQFT
525 E Seaside Way #1810
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (Dt) Subdivision

Homes For Sale On Or Near the Beach in 90803

$8,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
9
TOTAL BATHS
7,730
SQFT
93 Giralda Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples Island. Subdivision
$7,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
4,669
SQFT
6068 Lido Lane
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$5,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,070
SQFT
5565 Naples Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$5,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,967
SQFT
5601 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$5,179,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,375
SQFT
2 Laguna Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$4,899,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,557
SQFT
5455 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$4,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,800
SQFT
5690 E Bay Shore
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$4,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.105
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
19 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
$4,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,629
SQFT
220 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$3,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,359
SQFT
4 64th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$3,300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,836
SQFT
6911 E Seaside
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$2,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,684
SQFT
81 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$2,865,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,333
SQFT
5475 E The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$2,780,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,001
SQFT
6063 Lido Lane
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$2,600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,383
SQFT
6711 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$2,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,062
SQFT
10 Savona Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$2,375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,118
SQFT
41 Corinthian
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$2,298,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,589
SQFT
121 Geneva Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$2,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,383
SQFT
6017 Lido Lane
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$2,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,009
SQFT
243 Newport Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$2,150,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,928
SQFT
5588 Riviera Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,770
SQFT
116 Termino Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
$1,948,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,150
SQFT
1 E Neapolitan Lane
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,035
SQFT
6910 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,726
SQFT
21 Florence Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,002
SQFT
170 Saint Joseph Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
$1,750,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.056
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
5914 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
$1,750,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.0986
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
5000 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Other (Othr) Subdivision
$1,749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,469
SQFT
309 Isthmus
Long Beach, CA 90803
Spinnaker Bay (Sy) Subdivision
$1,725,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,045
SQFT
49 65th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (Pi) Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
$1,695,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.1264
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2223 E Ocean
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,550,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.0726
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
70 Roycroft Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$1,550,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,974
SQFT
14 Loma Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,549,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,457
SQFT
214 Roswell Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,614
SQFT
3335 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,485,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,019
SQFT
233 Bennett Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,459,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.0603
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
227 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
$1,374,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.0831
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
5819 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Park (Bp) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,914
SQFT
59 Prospect Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,528
SQFT
21 Redondo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,025,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,656
SQFT
250 Junipero Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
959
SQFT
16 36th Place #H
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
959
SQFT
16 36th Place #J
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$885,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,118
SQFT
5400 E The Toledo #502
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 7 days online
$879,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,000
SQFT
246 Covina Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (Bsd) Subdivision
$799,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,363
SQFT
2319 E 2nd Street #4
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
$788,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,121
SQFT
103 Ravenna Drive #5
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (Na) Subdivision
$787,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
980
SQFT
5313 S Marina Pacifica Drive S
Long Beach, CA 90803
Marina Pacifica (Mrp) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$749,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,227
SQFT
7037 Mariner Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
Island Village (Isv) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$592,500
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
926
SQFT
7304 Marina Pacifica Drive S
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$565,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,014
SQFT
2100 E 2nd Street #506
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (Blf) Subdivision
$560,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
873
SQFT
7238 Marina Pacifica Drive S
Long Beach, CA 90803
Marina Pacifica (Mrp) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$559,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
926
SQFT
7110 S Marina Pacifica Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$499,999
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
893
SQFT
3822 E 1st Street #3
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (Bh) Subdivision
$438,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
986
SQFT
2027 E Appleton Street #3
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$430,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
700
SQFT
3665 E 1st Street #205
Long Beach, CA 90803
Other (Othr) Subdivision
$399,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATH
650
SQFT
9118 Marina Pacifica Drive N
Long Beach, CA 90803
Marina Pacifica (Mrp) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$287,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATH
420
SQFT
231 Junipero Avenue #11
Long Beach, CA 90803
Alamitos Beach (Ab) 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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