East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

East Village: the Official Arts District

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East Village, also called the East Village Arts District, is located on the southeast end of Downtown Long Beach.

Established in 1922, this neighborhood is, as the name implies, the official Arts District of Long Beach, and is thus a thriving center for visual arts, music, and creativity.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

There are not official boundaries for East Village, but it is roughly encompassed by Alamitos Avenue to the east, Ocean Blvd on the south, Long Beach Blvd on the west, and 3rd Street to the north. Even without specific borders, it is obvious when you’ve entered East Village, because this little community has a vibrant personality that’s all its own.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

The most noticeable aspect of the East Village Arts District is, not surprisingly, the street art. There are dozens of murals covering the sides of various buildings in this neighborhood, ranging in size from a few inches to an entire multi-story wall. With the turn of every corner comes something new, exciting, and unexpected.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

This neighborhood is home to some of the best independent shopping in the city. Streets are full of coffee shops, independent record stores, restaurants, and boutiques within beautiful historic buildings. Because so many artists live in this area, many of these businesses along with various local galleries and non-profits support them. Some of the most well-known shops in East Village include District Wine, Fingerprints music, Berlin Bistro, and James Republic restaurant.

Fingerprints, East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

Unlike some of the other Long Beach neighborhoods that have a specific, dominant style, East Village is very diverse in its housing styles. Choices range everywhere from artist lofts and high-rise urban condos to historical apartment buildings and Craftsman cottages. There are also three large residential properties that are currently under construction, and once completed will offer even more luxury living options. East Village has a very diverse mix of residents – different cultures, income levels, and professions – and the various housing reflects just that.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

There is a strong sense of community within East Village, perhaps because of the multitude of artists that live here and support each other, and are many public events held throughout the year. The most popular include the Second Saturday Art Walk – held on the second Saturday of each month, and Soundwalk – an annual sound art festival. The Long Beach Transit also regularly sponsors a free Village Tour D’art which goes through East Village and other parts of downtown, stopping at locations like the Museum of Latin American Art, the Long Beach Arena (which features one of Wyland’s Whaling Walls on the whole exterior), and the Breakers Hotel known for its 1926 Art Deco style.

East Village Arts District, Long Beach, CA

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Although the East Village Arts District is technically part of Downtown Long Beach, it really has a character all its own. With the colorful, mural-painted walls, the unique shops, and cozy coffeehouses, this neighborhood is literally bursting at the seams with creative personality. It is a neighborhood that truly sets itself apart and perfect for those seeking a change of pace and a splash of color.

East Village Long Beach

East Village Arts District in Long Beach

 

Interested in calling East Village your new home? Check out all of these great listings available now!

Homes and Condos for Sale in East Village

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,900,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.23
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
933 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,050,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1149
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
801 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$658,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
300 E 4th Street #303
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
$640,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.1724
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1020 E 10th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
Poly High (PH) Subdivision
$640,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.1725
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
1012 E 10th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$629,999
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,330
SQFT
395 E 4th Street #25
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
$489,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
981
SQFT
455 E Ocean Boulevard #401
Long Beach, CA 90802
Cooper Arms (CPA) Subdivision
$479,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,020
SQFT
395 E 4th Street #6
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$460,000
Land For Sale
Active
0.0687
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
940 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Poly High (PH) Subdivision
$419,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
850
SQFT
122 Elm Avenue #1
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Open House 02/17 at 12PM
$407,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
730
SQFT
100 Atlantic Avenue #612
Long Beach, CA 90802
Royal Palms (RP) Subdivision
$405,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
820
SQFT
100 Atlantic Avenue #601
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$390,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
820
SQFT
100 Atlantic Avenue #901
Long Beach, CA 90802
Royal Palms (RP) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$315,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
527
SQFT
455 E Ocean Boulevard #1209
Long Beach, CA 90802
Cooper Arms (CPA) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$310,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
658
SQFT
102 Lime Avenue #3
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$285,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
441
SQFT
337 Lime Avenue #2
Long Beach, CA 90802
Downtown (DT) Subdivision
$245,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
473
SQFT
325 Elm Avenue #106
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (OTHR) Subdivision

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