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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:

$1,750,000
For Sale
7
Beds
5
Baths
4,027
Sq Ft
139 Lindero Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
Short Sale
$849,000
For Sale
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,054
Sq Ft
2919 E Vista Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active Under Contract
$649,900
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,920
Sq Ft
416 N Virginia Court
Long Beach, CA 90802
Single Family Residence - Active
$595,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,201
Sq Ft
1082 Raymond Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Single Family Residence - Active
$595,000
For Sale
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,156
Sq Ft
1335 Lemon Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Single Family Residence - Active
$499,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,265
Sq Ft
2010 Pasadena Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Single Family Residence - Active
$470,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,016
Sq Ft
2292 Gale Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810
Single Family Residence - Active
$409,950
For Sale
2
Beds
1
Baths
748
Sq Ft
1081 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
Single Family Residence - Active

Homes Built Between 1921 and 1940

$4,950,000
For Sale
5914 E Naples Plaza
Long Beach, CA 90803
Commercial/Residential - Active Under Contract
$2,995,000
For Sale
262 Park Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) - Active
$2,950,000
For Sale
1251 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
- Active
$2,795,000
For Sale
4
Beds
2
Baths
2,886
Sq Ft
5614 Naples Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$2,650,000
For Sale
102 Pomona Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
- Active Under Contract
$2,250,000
For Sale
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,265
Sq Ft
102 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$2,250,000
For Sale
1043 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) - Active
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,895,000
For Sale
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,314
Sq Ft
291 Park Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,850,000
For Sale
116 Redondo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) - Active
$1,795,000
For Sale
3
Beds
3
Baths
3,005
Sq Ft
239 Saint Joseph Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$1,650,000
For Sale
544 E 15th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
- Active
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,649,000
For Sale
6
Beds
5
Baths
3,627
Sq Ft
374 Tremont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Multi-Family - Active
$1,575,000
For Sale
18 64th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Multi-Family - Active
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,550,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,465
Sq Ft
5728 Campo Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,500,000
For Sale
1115 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) - Active Under Contract
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,499,999
For Sale
1417 E 10th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
Quadruplex - Active
$1,495,000
For Sale
1775 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Commercial/Residential - Active
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,490,000
For Sale
727 E 5th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Quadruplex - Active
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,459,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,145
Sq Ft
246 Corona Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$1,449,000
For Sale
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,935
Sq Ft
47 66th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active

Homes Built Between 1941 and 1960

$5,170,000
For Sale
5465 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) - Active Under Contract
$4,100,000
For Sale
1309 E Appleton Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) - Active
$2,790,000
For Sale
5493 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90805
North Long Beach (NLB) - Active
$2,698,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,517
Sq Ft
5821 E Corso Di Napoli
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$2,598,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1,815
Sq Ft
5477 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,575,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,602
Sq Ft
5649 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$2,390,000
For Sale
5279 E. The Toledo
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) - Active
$2,100,000
For Sale
1415 Cedar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Wrigley Area (WR) - Active
$1,699,000
For Sale
5
Beds
3
Baths
3,318
Sq Ft
1131 Ramillo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,650,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,786
Sq Ft
5281 E El Roble Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Home - Active
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,649,000
For Sale
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,448
Sq Ft
5940 E Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$1,475,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,900
Sq Ft
270 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$1,475,000
For Sale
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,187
Sq Ft
5580 E Saint Irmo Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active Under Contract
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,450,000
For Sale
2315 E Spaulding Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
- Active
$1,395,000
For Sale
242 Glendora Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) - Active
$1,395,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,224
Sq Ft
180 Savona Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$1,350,000
For Sale
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,000
Sq Ft
19 Claremont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,332,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,822
Sq Ft
4470 Cerritos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
Single Family Home - Active
$1,300,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,603
Sq Ft
5894 E Appian Way
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active Under Contract
$1,275,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,126
Sq Ft
3845 Cedar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807
Single Family Home - Active

Homes Built Between 1961 and 1970

$7,000,000
For Sale
2333 E 5th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) - Active
$3,150,000
For Sale
5
Beds
4
Baths
3,900
Sq Ft
6601 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Residence - Active
$2,175,000
For Sale
3065 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Other (OTHR) - Active
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,925,000
For Sale
600 Almond Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) - Active
$1,525,000
For Sale
364 Freeman Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
La Plaza Real (LPR) - Active
New Listing - a week online
$1,495,000
For Sale
245 E Artesia Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90805
North Long Beach (NLB) - Active
$1,395,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
1,850
Sq Ft
19 60th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Multi-Family - Active
New Listing - a week online
$1,350,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,458
Sq Ft
6321 E Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Home - Active
$1,335,000
For Sale
4
Beds
2
Baths
3,847
Sq Ft
891 N Holly Glen Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active Under Contract
$1,295,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
2,805
Sq Ft
6380 E Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Residence - Active
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,250,000
For Sale
3
Beds
1
Baths
2,331
Sq Ft
6466 E Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, CA 90815
Single Family Home - Active
$1,249,000
For Sale
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,220
Sq Ft
5567 E Saint Irmo Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
$995,000
For Sale
2503 Santa Fe Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810
Westside/South of Willow (WSW) - Active
$949,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,242
Sq Ft
7846 E Berner Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
Single Family Home - Active Under Contract
$940,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,603
Sq Ft
7920 E Garner Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
Single Family Home - Active
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$930,000
For Sale
1031 E Salt Lake Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
Signal Hill (SH) - Active
New Listing - 4 days online
$865,000
For Sale
4
Beds
3
Baths
3,251
Sq Ft
3405 N El Dorado Drive
Long Beach, CA 90808
Single Family Home - Active
$799,900
For Sale
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,036
Sq Ft
6150 E Bay Shore Walk #6
Long Beach, CA 90803
Condo - Active
New Listing - 3 days online
$799,000
For Sale
4
Beds
4
Baths
2,301
Sq Ft
6235 E Monita Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Single Family Home - Active
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$789,000
For Sale
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,080
Sq Ft
700 E Ocean Boulevard #2405
Long Beach, CA 90802
Condo - Active
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