Exterior Painting – Long Beach Historic District

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What Do You Need To Know About Exterior Painting in A Long Beach Historic District?

There are some special rules regarding exterior painting and other exterior modifications in Long Beach Historic Districts. A historic district contains a group of older homes that by themselves cannot be designated a historic landmark, but collectively they are worthy of preservation status. A historic neighborhood works together as a community along with the help of the city to preserve the visual qualities, and feelings of the past. Not only do the houses reflect an older period in time, but in some neighborhoods, even the city light fixtures and landscape help reflect that time. Street signs may indicate that you are in that district. A neighborhood that has non-historic structures may still qualify for historic district status if at least 2/3 of the houses are original older homes.

Do you live in a Long Beach Historic District?

Long Beach has 18 Historic Districts

Belmont Heights                                                      Bluff Park

California Heights                                                   Drake Park / Wilmore City

Hellman Street Craftsman                                    Lowena Drive

Rose Park                                                                 Sunrise Blvd.

Wrigley Area                                                            Bluff Heights

Brenner Place                                                          Carroll Park

Eliot Lane                                                                 Linden Ave.

Minerva Place                                                          Rose Park South

Wilton Street

Click Here For A Long Beach Historic District Map

What is Historic Preservation?

Historic preservation is the act of legally designating a property or neighborhood as historic because it meets specific criteria such as age or historical relevance. Once designated historic, then that neighborhood is protected by regulations that require the owner to maintain structural quality and integrity.  Long Beach Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) uses design guidelines known as The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and the guidelines apply to the exterior of the home.

What if I want to change the exterior paint of my house?

Step One – Certificate of Appropriateness:

Start at City of Long Beach official website. You will need a Certificate of Appropriateness. This document is required for all exterior changes even if you do not need a permit. This does excludes ordinary repair and maintenance .The application for the certificate of appropriateness is on line through the Historic Preservation Office. They are very helpful. If you contact them before or during your paint selection process they will make suggestions, and help facilitate the approval process.  Be sure to read the application thoroughly before you start your paint selection. There are very specific colors and color combinations that are allowed based on the architectural style of your home.

Step Two – Paint Selection:

Craftsman/ Bungalow

Craftsman Bungalow

Craftsman Bungalow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typically painted in color schemes of 3 to 5 colors. Base color usually dark earth tones, usually green or brown. Trim color lighter earth tones such as beiges and tans. Window frames and rafter tails may have third color closer in shade to base color. Mixing these color palettes may be acceptable.

Prairie

Prairie House

Prairie House

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typically painted in color schemes of 3 colors. Base light to medium earth tones, usually brown variant. If base is brick it would be left exposed. Trim colors usually in contrast with base. Window frames painted in third color such as maroon.

Spanish/ Mission

Spanish

Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typically white, off white or light brown hue with second trim color. Sometimes a third color was used on window frames, such as blue, red, green variants.

Tudor/ English Revival

tudor revival long beach ca

Tudor Revival / English

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typically painted in color schemes of 3 colors. Base light earth tones. Trim in contrast to base color. Window frames tend to be dark colors.

Art Deco/ Streamline Art Deco

Art Deco

Art Deco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright, bold colors; sometimes pastels with darker color for base. Metallic colors used on windows and doors. Streamline: subdued colors, base light earth tones, usually off white or light grey. Trim usually bright.

Step Three – Complete the Application:

Complete the application for The Certificate of Appropriateness. You will need to include a photo of the exterior of your house, and samples of the paint you selected. It is helpful if you photograph the sample on your house in the appropriate areas you want the paint. Then submit your application to the city. If you have selected colors from a historic collection then the turn- around time at the city is very quick. If you do not select historic colors or want to do major changes then you have to schedule a meeting for Cultural Heritage Commission review and approval. This process will take longer. You can appeal all decisions through the city’s planning department.

Sample Color Palettes:

Traditional Heritage Color

Traditional Heritage Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craftsman Colors

Craftsman Colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish Colonial Colors

Spanish Colonial Colors

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian Colors

Victorian Colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are benefits to living in one of Long Beach’s historic districts. It builds community pride. It brings the residents together because of their common interest in preserving their neighborhood. In fact, historic preservation can increase the property value, and owners can even apply for federal tax incentives.

Beautiful historic homes in Long Beach are always in demand and some of the historic districts are very hot neighborhoods. Visit Long Beach’s beautiful historic districts, and make one of these vintage houses your next home.

$1,300,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.155
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
312 Coronado Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Price Change - 23 hours ago
$1,290,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,054
SQFT
2919 E Vista Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
Open House 08/17 at 12PM
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,001
SQFT
344 Carroll Park West
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,152
SQFT
387 Gladys Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$464,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
945
SQFT
2500 E 4th Street #204
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$394,999
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
805
SQFT
2767 E 3rd Street #28
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$384,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
808
SQFT
2844 E 3rd Street #307
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$369,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
808
SQFT
2844 E 3rd Street #102
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$350,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
731
SQFT
2805 E 3rd Street #13
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,525,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,614
SQFT
3335 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$1,499,999
Condo For Sale
Active
5
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
2621 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,258
SQFT
3014 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
Open House 08/17 at 12PM
$1,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,374
SQFT
3300 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,688
SQFT
2711 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$1,000,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,872
SQFT
31 Coronado Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
Open House 08/17 at 1PM
$999,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,955
SQFT
3061 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$999,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,510
SQFT
2999 E Ocean Boulevard #1640
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$532,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,121
SQFT
2302 E 2nd Street #2D
Long Beach, CA 90803
2nd Street East (SSE) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$519,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,077
SQFT
2121 E 1st Street #302
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
Open House 08/16 at 1PM
$499,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
672
SQFT
2601 E Ocean Boulevard #210
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$410,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
836
SQFT
2105 E Ocean Boulevard #12
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
Open House 08/17 at 12PM
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,001
SQFT
344 Carroll Park West
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 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
New Listing - 2 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 - 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
$1,650,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1495
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2506 E 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,199,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.166
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
915 Temple Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Wrigley Area (WR) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$994,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2255 E 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
 
$950,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.155
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
658 Coronado Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
 
$895,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1836
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
720 Coronado Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
 
Open House 08/13 at 5PM
$875,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,284
SQFT
541 Obispo Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Eastside (ES) Subdivision
$2,999,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,200
SQFT
211 Quincy Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) 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
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,808
SQFT
121 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,649,999
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.155
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
437 Newport Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Park (BP) Subdivision
$1,600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,930
SQFT
292 Granada Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,575,000
Condo For Sale
Active
7
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
434 Newport Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,394,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,900
SQFT
257 Belmont Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,463
SQFT
225 Termino Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,814
SQFT
227 Ximeno Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,389
SQFT
373 Park Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
299 Saint Joseph Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,135,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0973
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
4433 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
Open House 08/17 at 2PM
$979,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,221
SQFT
624 Termino Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$969,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,308
SQFT
3810 E 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$859,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,220
SQFT
4210 E Theresa Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,208
SQFT
344 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
Open House 08/17 at 1PM
$839,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,164
SQFT
233 Ximeno Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$749,900
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0678
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3623 E 6th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision

 

 

 

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