Exterior Painting – Long Beach Historic District

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.

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Long Beach, CA 90814
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Long Beach, CA 90814
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,275,000
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LOS ANGELES
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308 Coronado Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
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2
TOTAL BATHS
2,054
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Long Beach, CA 90803
 
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LOS ANGELES
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Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$734,990
Single Family Home For Sale
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2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
980
SQFT
2916 E Colorado Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$625,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
280 Molino Avenue #201
Long Beach, CA 90803
La Virdene (LVD) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
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2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,083
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Long Beach, CA 90814
 
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Condo For Sale
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2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
937
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
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Condo For Sale
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1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
614
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
 
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ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
33 Kennebec
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
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LOS ANGELES
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2223 E Ocean
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
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Multi-Family For Sale
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LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
2425 E 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
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Single Family Home For Sale
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4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,731
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
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Land For Sale
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0.1951
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
Kennebec & First
Long Beach, CA
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
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Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,483
SQFT
2121 E 1st Street #301
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
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Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,347
SQFT
2538 E 2nd Street #207
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$569,900
Condo For Sale
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2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,020
SQFT
2601 E Ocean Boulevard #203
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$564,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,266
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$509,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
756
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Versailles (VRS) Subdivision
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Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
700
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision

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LOS ANGELES
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3011 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
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ResidentialIncome For Sale
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LOS ANGELES
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Long Beach, CA 90804
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
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Long Beach, CA 90804
Eastside (ES) Subdivision
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2845 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
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LOS ANGELES
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Long Beach, CA 90804
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
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Single Family Home For Sale
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2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,978
SQFT
811 Orizaba Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90804
Eastside (ES) Subdivision
$1,000,000
Multi-Family For Sale
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LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
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Long Beach, CA 90814
 
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LOS ANGELES
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Long Beach, CA 90814
Eastside (ES) Subdivision
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$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
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3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,764
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90804
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
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2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
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SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,050
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
Price Change - 5 days ago
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Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,043
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90804
 
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$449,900
Condo For Sale
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2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,165
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
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2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
917
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
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ResidentialIncome For Sale
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LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$3,000,000
Condo For Sale
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ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
211 Mira Mar Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
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Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,178
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$1,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
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4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,034
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Shore (BSD) Subdivision
New Listing - 14 hours online
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,700
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,565
SQFT
252 Roswell Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,500
SQFT
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Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,485,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,161
SQFT
4200 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,480,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
2,248
SQFT
216 Roswell Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$1,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,223
SQFT
3640 E. 1st Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,274
SQFT
242 Saint Joseph Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,297,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,600
SQFT
245 Park Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,195,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1705
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3425 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,150,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1034
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
4423 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$985,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,448
SQFT
274 Roswell Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
$965,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.0872
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3411 E Colorado Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$957,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.0773
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
257 Loma Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision

 

 

 

About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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