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

$5,200,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.2916
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
154 Bennett Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$4,200,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.105
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
19 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$3,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,850
SQFT
35 Vista Del Golfo
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$3,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,730
SQFT
5454 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$3,300,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1723
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
310 W 8th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
Willmore District (WM) Subdivision
$3,000,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.1343
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
211 Mira Mar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,358
SQFT
5404 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$2,995,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1894
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1750 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,434
SQFT
131 Siena Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$2,399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
0.055
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
63 65th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,178
SQFT
286 Argonne Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$2,200,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
0.1724
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1031 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Heights (AH) Subdivision
$2,150,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.124
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
333 Orange Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$2,139,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1475
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2368 Lime Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Poly High (PH) Subdivision
$2,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,810
SQFT
207 E Broadway #801
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
$2,085,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,150
SQFT
1 E Neapolitan Lane
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$2,025,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.172
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1220 Cedar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Willmore District (WM) Subdivision
$1,995,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1496
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1464 Gaviota Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,343
SQFT
115 Glendora Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$1,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,034
SQFT
117 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision

Homes Built Between 1941 and 1960

$6,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,557
SQFT
5455 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$4,350,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.14
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2104 E Florida Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
 
$3,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
5759 E Corso Di Napoli
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$3,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,060
SQFT
4256 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$3,125,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.147
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1164 E Market Street
Long Beach, CA 90805
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$2,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,838
SQFT
54 Savona Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$2,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,727
SQFT
5761 E Corso Di Napoli
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$2,679,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,744
SQFT
4531 N Country Club Lane
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,590,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,356
SQFT
5450 E El Jardin Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision
$2,450,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.4579
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
144 E 57th Street
Long Beach, CA 90805
North Long Beach (NLB) Subdivision
$2,300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
66 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$2,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,976
SQFT
4239 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$2,249,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,208
SQFT
5609 E Seaside
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$2,165,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.0716
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
4115 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$2,149,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,134
SQFT
1171 Bryant Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision
$1,999,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.172
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2009 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
 
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,899,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.0584
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
5432 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$1,895,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.2556
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
5341 E El Parque Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision
$1,829,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,954
SQFT
4218 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Los Cerritos (LC) Subdivision
$1,790,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,958
SQFT
5400 E Las Lomas Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision

Homes Built Between 1961 and 1970

$7,150,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1898
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1518 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision
$4,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,079
SQFT
15 Vista Del Golfo
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$3,850,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.172
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1626 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$3,795,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.4117
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
440 E San Antonio Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Bixby Knolls (BK) Subdivision
$3,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,356
SQFT
6507 E Seaside
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$3,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,800
SQFT
65 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
0.0902
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
6601 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$2,589,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1735
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
720 Maine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
 
$2,500,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.155
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3011 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$2,390,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,522
SQFT
4319 Country Club Lane
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
$2,200,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1492
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
380 Temple Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$2,175,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.1703
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2190 Locust Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Wrigley Area (WR) Subdivision
$1,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,143
SQFT
1100 Ramillo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision
$1,800,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1311
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
465 E Hullett Street
Long Beach, CA 90805
North Long Beach (NLB) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,650,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1492
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
364 Freeman Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,465,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.143
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1109 Euclid Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
 
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,220
SQFT
6471 E El Jardin Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
La Marina Estates (LME) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,045
SQFT
6415 E Shire Way
Long Beach, CA 90815
 
$1,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,811
SQFT
5363 E Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Park (BP) 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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