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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

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$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
 
$4,490,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.145
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
108 Roswell Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$3,999,000
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
New Listing - 4 days online
$3,200,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.4
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
415 E 20th Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
 
$2,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
6,086
SQFT
4297 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Virginia Country Club (VCC) Subdivision
Open House 08/17 at 12PM
$2,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,481
SQFT
133 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) 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
$2,749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,409
SQFT
2934 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
Open House 09/05 at 4:30PM
$2,650,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,671
SQFT
275 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,495,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.1053
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
102 Pomona Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$2,490,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1007
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1233 Daisy Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
$2,400,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0861
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
227 Lime Avenue
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
$2,100,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1069
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1010 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) 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 - a week online
$2,050,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,531
SQFT
89 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples (NA) Subdivision
$2,025,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1085
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
40 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$2,000,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0948
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1043 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision

Homes Built Between 1941 and 1960

$6,425,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.31
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1801 E Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA 90807
California Heights (CH) Subdivision
$5,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,557
SQFT
5455 E Sorrento Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$4,999,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,609
SQFT
6411 E Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$4,495,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.3152
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
15 38th Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$3,395,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1723
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
939 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,995,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1607
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2823 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
Eastside (ES) Subdivision
$2,875,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0725
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
30 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$2,700,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0714
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
105 Roswell Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$2,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,296
SQFT
12 Rivo Alto Canal
Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples - NA Subdivision
$2,395,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.062
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
144 Ximeno Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$2,295,000
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
Open House 08/17 at 12PM
$2,198,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,658
SQFT
20 Laguna Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$2,150,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1613
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
221 Argonne Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
$2,140,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,533
SQFT
44 Palermo
Long Beach, CA 90803
Treasure Island (TI) Subdivision
$2,000,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1508
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2256 San Anseline Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
 
$2,000,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0725
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
121 Ximeno Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
Open House 08/18 at 1PM
$1,899,000
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
$1,800,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.2961
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3690 Country Club Drive
Long Beach, CA 90807
Bixby Knolls (BK) 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

Homes Built Between 1961 and 1970

$14,000,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
1.84
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
360 Lime Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$8,575,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active Under Contract
0.46
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1805 E Wardlow Road
Long Beach, CA 90807
California Heights (CH) Subdivision
$7,400,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.383
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1751 Loma Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Circle (CA) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$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
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$3,998,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.2987
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
6546 Indiana Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90805
North Long Beach (NLB) Subdivision
$3,595,000
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
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$3,200,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1492
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3117 E 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Eastside (ES) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$3,200,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1416
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
500 Junipero Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) 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
Open House 08/17 at 1PM
$2,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,470
SQFT
5529 Seaside Walk E
Long Beach, CA 90803
Peninsula (PI) Subdivision
$2,200,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1919
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1750 Newport Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Circle (CA) Subdivision
$1,995,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1452
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1420 Walnut Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Eastside (ES) Subdivision
$1,750,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
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
$1,495,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0844
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1805 E 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (AB) Subdivision
$1,465,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1492
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2367 Chestnut Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90806
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,096
SQFT
6310 E Vera Crest Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
Bixby Hill (BBH) Subdivision
Open House 08/18 at 1PM
$1,399,950
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,412
SQFT
920 N Holly Glen Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815
 
$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
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