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Buying an Old Home in Long Beach

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Old Homes in Long Beach Bring Rewards And Risks

Any home buyer who is searching for homes in Belmont Heights, Bluff Heights, Bluff Park, Rose Park, California Heights and other Long Beach neighborhoods is thinking of buying an old home since these neighborhoods consist primarily of older homes.

Old homes can offer vintage charm and architectural appeal. But are there any special issues you should be aware of? Considering that many of these homes are located in historic districts and that most of a home’s components deteriorate with age, the answer is yes.

Here’s a quick look at some things you should consider when buying an older home in Long Beach:

What architectural style are you seeking?

Long Beach is known for its diversity in many ways, right down to the diverse architectural styles that can be found throughout the city. While there are some early Victorian, Tudor, and Foursquare homes, many of the neighborhoods are filled with Craftsman bungalows, Spanish Colonial Revival, or Mid-Century Modern homes. There are also a number of older ranch style homes.

Craftsman bungalows

Is the home in a Long Beach Historic District?

Long Beach has 18 historic districts. There are benefits to living in one of Long Beach’s historic districts. Having a historic district builds community pride and brings residents together because of their common interest in preserving the neighborhood and its architectural character. In fact, historic preservation can increase the property value, and owners may qualify for federal tax incentives. Beautiful historic homes in Long Beach are always in demand and some of the historic districts are very hot neighborhoods.

One thing to keep in mind about living in a historic district is that there are some special rules regarding painting and other exterior modifications within the districts. You will need to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the City of Long Beach for all exterior changes, even those that don’t require permits.  The application is available through the Historic Preservation Office. 

Belmont Heights Historic District

 

A thorough inspection is important

Now that you’ve determined which neighborhood, style of home, and whether it’s in a historic district, and you’ve found and fallen in love with the old home you want to buy, it’s important to have a thorough inspection that will reveal whether the house is likely to be a sound investment and comfortable home — or a money pit. You should hire a physical inspector who will examine all of the home’s major systems, top to bottom. Here’s some things you’ll want to be aware of:

Foundation: Some old homes in Long Beach were built before the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, which resulted in changes to seismic standards for buildings. These homes may have foundations that are not bolted. It’s important to have an inspector who will crawl under the house and examine the posts and piers and the integrity of the concrete. Many older homes have had some settling over the years and cracks don’t necessarily mean a big problem, but your inspector should help you assess the situation.

Electrical: If the home was built between 1920 and 1950 and hasn’t been extensively remodeled, it may still have knob-and-tube wiring. Ask your home inspector what type of wiring you have and what condition it’s in. Also, is the electrical panel sufficient to handle today’s demands.

Plumbing: Many old houses have old pipes. And if you are running the shower and find the flow drops to nothing when you flush the toilet, you may have a problem.  If the home you’re considering was built prior to 1960, the pipes may be made of steel or cast-iron, which can corrode, decay and rust over time. Some of the pipes are behind walls so if you have any questions about the plumbing and whether it needs work, consider having a plumbing contractor inspect the system as well.

Roof: Charming landscaping and pretty paint colors can draw your eye when you drive up to a home, but don’t forget to look up at the roof. If the roof is sagging, this can be a sign that the roof is holding too much weight, which can happen when new roofing is installed over old roofing. Check the shingles. Are they curled and cupped instead of flat? Ask the homeowner the age of the roof.  Consider having an inspection by a roofing contractor if the physical inspection notes any issues.

Other old home factors

In addition to the potential of having outdated systems, older homes typically have some of the following issues: Lack of closet space; small bedrooms; inadequate insulation; small kitchen; lack of “master” bedroom with attached bathroom.

Yet they also may have: Gleaming hardwood floors; crown moldings; built-in china cabinets and bookcases; traditional front porches. And many sit on lots that are large enough to plant a garden in the back yard.

If you’re seeking an older home in Long Beach, there are lots of great options for you to choose from.

Homes Built Between 1900 and 1920:

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Homes Built Between 1921 and 1940

$11,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
7,692
SQFT
20 37th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$4,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,730
SQFT
5454 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$3,900,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1707
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
621 E 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$3,899,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.4118
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
420 Orange Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision
$3,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,358
SQFT
5404 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$3,100,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.4
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
415 E 20th Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,900,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,810
SQFT
207 E Broadway #801
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
$2,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6,700
SQFT
271 Argonne Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$2,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,364
SQFT
3040 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$2,399,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.055
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
63 65th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,944
SQFT
4485 Myrtle Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,100,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1972
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1205 Magnolia Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Willmore District (WM) Subdivision
$2,100,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0935
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
825 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
$2,095,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,503
SQFT
145 Corinthian Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,034
SQFT
117 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
138 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,912
SQFT
4285 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
$1,875,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,343
SQFT
115 Glendora Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,850,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1085
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
40 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$1,799,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1554
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1249 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision

Homes Built Between 1941 and 1960

$4,925,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.3089
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1845 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Wrigley Area (WR) Subdivision
$4,000,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1546
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1850 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Wrigley Area (WR) Subdivision
Open House 10/17 at 10AM
$3,698,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,619
SQFT
5557 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$3,575,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.2403
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2223 Myrtle Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Wrigley Area (WR) Subdivision
$3,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,300
SQFT
123 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$2,700,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0725
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
30 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,650,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1206
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3638 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$2,650,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1056
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
33 Nieto Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$2,450,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1743
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1470 Elm Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Willmore District (WM) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$2,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,447
SQFT
11 67th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$2,100,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.062
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
144 Ximeno Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$2,098,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,658
SQFT
20 Laguna Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$1,949,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,450
SQFT
20 Palermo Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Treasure Island (TI) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,973
SQFT
5511 E El Parque Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,825,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,938
SQFT
1430 La Perla Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,800,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0545
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
27 66th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$1,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,340
SQFT
116 N Loreta Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$1,350,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.0921
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
4781 E Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90804
Eastside (ES) Subdivision
$1,325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,580
SQFT
249 Ancona Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$1,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,022
SQFT
5586 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision

Homes Built Between 1961 and 1970

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$33,000,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.8038
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
11 S Termino Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$13,500,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
1.84
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
360 Lime Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$7,495,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1898
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1518 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision
$6,500,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.3384
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1019 Cedar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Willmore District (WM) Subdivision
$6,425,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.6171
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
6974 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90805
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$5,900,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1528
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
445 Rose Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$4,295,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1705
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
394 Coronado Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$3,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,980
SQFT
6038 E Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$3,420,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1723
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1106 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Willmore District (WM) Subdivision
$2,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,900
SQFT
6601 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$1,750,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.1298
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
746 Termino Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,549,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,310
SQFT
5397 E Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,500,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.101
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
273 Bonito Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,499,999
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1493
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
774 Obispo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,485,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,612
SQFT
6370 E Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
Bixby Hill (BBH) Subdivision
$1,399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,140
SQFT
700 E Ocean Boulevard #3007
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Towers (ITT) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,395,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1216
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2122 E 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision
$1,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,926
SQFT
5565 Riviera
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$1,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,412
SQFT
920 N Holly Glen Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
 
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