Spotlight on the Temple Lofts

835 Locust Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813

Anyone who has lived in Long Beach for a long time knows that Downtown was not always the buzzing and hip place that it is now. The area has gone through a major transition over the years but it still maintains its historic charm. The Temple Lofts are a great example of the historic architecture that helps make Downtown Long Beach so special.

Temple Lofts Lobby

History of the Temple Lofts

The Temple Lofts were originally constructed as a Masonic Temple in 1927. The Temple was used by many prominent citizens of Long Beach as the headquarters for the fraternal order York Right, and a variety of other service clubs in Long Beach. The preservation of the Temple and transformation of what it was to the gorgeous condos it is now is really unique.

The designers, Parker O. Wright and Francis H. Gentry, both had extensive careers designing buildings in Long Beach. They designed the Masonic Temple in the Greek Revival architectural style, which is obvious because of the prominent columns on the facade.

What it Looked Like Then

Inside, there were a variety of large assembly halls that are typical of fraternal social orders. Each hall had a different theme, such as Egyptian and Roman, and the building also featured a full theater. Some of the other structures that Wright and Gentry designed include the Scottish Rite Temple, the First Methodist Church at 3rd and Linden, 13 local schools, and a variety of residences and businesses.  

Unit in the Temple Lofts    

The Temple Lofts of Today

Today the Temple Lofts are a stunning combination of old and new, and a testament to the power of reimagining something that was once seen as old and undesirable into one of the coolest places for urban living in all of Long Beach.

The lobby of the building is fully restored with a vintage feel that’s a nod to the original design. There are two new towers that are connected by a common area that has amenities like barbeques, a gym, a large spa, and more.

Units range from 1,000 to 2,970 square feet, and there are both single level and dual level units. Many of the units combine an urban loft feel with the privacy of a single family home that isn’t very common in condo living. The lofts feature updated kitchens, spacious bathrooms, interior laundry areas, dramatic windows, original exposed brickwork, ductwork, conduits, and sealed concrete floors. Residents love the central location that allows them to walk to run errands, or just stroll around the city to check out local restaurants, coffee shops and nightspots. 

Kitchen inside Temple Lofts

Get Inspired by the Temple Lofts

Each unit is a blank canvas for the resident. There aren’t really clearly defined rooms in this landmark building, so the opportunity for creativity is practically endless. Just walking through the lobby and looking at all of the vintage decor is enough to inspire anyone to create something really special in their Temple Loft home.  

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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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