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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

$9,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
7,692
SQFT
20 37th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$7,250,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.83
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
725 Orange Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
 
$4,495,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
345 E 20th Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
 
$4,450,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1896
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1720 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision
$4,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,730
SQFT
5454 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$3,400,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.19
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1524 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$3,300,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1723
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
310 W 8th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
Willmore District (WM) Subdivision
$3,295,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
4186 Elm Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
 
$3,095,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1439 Cedar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
 
New Listing - a week online
$2,999,000
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
$2,490,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,810
SQFT
207 E Broadway #801
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
$2,399,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.055
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
63 65th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$2,230,000
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
$2,200,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1724
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1031 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Heights (AH) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$2,190,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,071
SQFT
525 W Devon Place
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,034
SQFT
117 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,343
SQFT
115 Glendora Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,900,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0581
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
463 W 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,738
SQFT
138 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$1,799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,400
SQFT
6620 E Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision

Homes Built Between 1941 and 1960

New Listing - a week online
$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
$4,825,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.3099
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1845 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Wrigley Area (WR) Subdivision
$3,900,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.3094
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1850 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Wrigley Area (WR) Subdivision
$3,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,339
SQFT
5775 E Corso Di Napoli
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$3,700,000
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
$3,600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,400
SQFT
4256 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
$3,450,000
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
$3,425,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.2403
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2223 Myrtle Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Wrigley Area (WR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$3,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,838
SQFT
54 Savona Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$2,900,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.23
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
933 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,900,000
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
$2,700,000
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
$2,499,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,208
SQFT
5609 E Seaside
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$2,475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,134
SQFT
1171 Bryant Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,450,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.4579
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
144 E 57th Street
Long Beach, CA 90805
North Long Beach (NLB) Subdivision
New Listing - 38 minutes online
$2,450,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1553
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
944 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Downtown (DT) 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
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,819
SQFT
192 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$2,049,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.172
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2009 Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
 
$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

Homes Built Between 1961 and 1970

$7,150,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1898
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1518 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision
$6,425,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.6171
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
6974 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90805
 
$5,100,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.3376
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
765 Cerritos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
 
$3,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,356
SQFT
6507 E Seaside
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$3,362,500
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.17
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1106 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Willmore District (WM) Subdivision
$2,589,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1735
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
720 Maine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
 
$2,470,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1492
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
380 Temple Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$2,390,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,522
SQFT
4319 N Country Club Lane
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$2,300,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.1603
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1600 Orizaba Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Open House 03/21 at 1PM
$1,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,143
SQFT
1100 Ramillo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Park Estates (PE) Subdivision
$1,800,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1311
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
465 E Hullett Street
Long Beach, CA 90805
North Long Beach (NLB) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,350,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1468
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1534 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Circle (CA) Subdivision
$1,250,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1374
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3361 E Andy Street
Long Beach, CA 90805
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,240,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,750
SQFT
46 Sicilian
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$1,018,888
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,510
SQFT
2999 E Ocean Boulevard #1830
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$969,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,450
SQFT
3471 N El Dorado Drive
Long Beach, CA 90808
Eldorado (ELD) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$959,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,566
SQFT
6301 E Vermont Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$949,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,108
SQFT
7890 E Garner Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
Eldorado (ELD) Subdivision
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,242
SQFT
3471 Claremore Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90808
Eldorado (ELD) Subdivision
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