The Benefits of Buying a Historic Home in Long Beach

 

There are many advantages to buying a home in a designated historic district, including stability and 2-736-stanleyresale values.  Still, there’s much to learn before taking the plunge.

STYLE AND CHARACTER—Historic properties are full of the style and warmth that many of us grew up with. The neighborhoods seem almost familiar to us, evoking a feeling of having been there before or of belonging. Tree-lined streets make driving through the neighborhoods pleasant. The homes are diverse in architecture, style and size, as well as history.

LOCATION— Long Beach has many historic districts to choose from, offering homes from the entry-level price range to more than $1 million. Many of the historic districts are well-situated and are convenient to shops, restaurants, and some are close to the beach.

FINANCIAL BENEFITS—There are also some wonderful federal and state tax benefits available to the owners of historic properties.  Check with your tax advisor for details and to confirm availability. Additionally, in some instances buildings listed as contributing resources on the National Register may be eligible for limited financial aid through grants or loans.

CONSTRUCTION— It’s not difficult to understand the differences in construction between homes built today and the properties built 50-100 years ago. Plaster walls, beautiful wood work and quality finish work are classic signs of historic homes.

VALUE AND APPRECIATION— The historic homes in Long Beach have held their own with regards to value, tending to perform better than homes in comparable non-historic areas. Studies throughout the country have shown that homes in historic districts tend to sell faster and for more money than similar properties in other areas. There also tends to be a lower turnover rate within historic districts than in neighborhoods lacking that distinction.

PLAYING BY THE CODE—Exterior modifications of a home within a historic district requires the homeowner to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness. When replacing damaged materials, the homeowner will need to use materials or design features in keeping with the architectural character of the building. While it may be a minor hassle for you, it means that your neighbor’s property is less likely to be altered in a manner that will reduce your own property value.

Listings from the Bluff Heights Neighborhood

$2,200,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1492
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
380 Temple Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Bluff Park (BLF) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,650,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.1492
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
364 Freeman Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
$1,599,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.1722
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
3025 E Corto Place
Long Beach, CA 90803
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,275,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.155
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
308 Coronado Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,054
SQFT
2919 E Vista Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$899,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.037
ACRES
LOS ANGELES
COUNTY
304 Molino Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
$734,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
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 - 4 days online
$550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,083
SQFT
2553 E 3rd Street
Long Beach, CA 90814
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$469,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
937
SQFT
343 Orizaba Avenue #D
Long Beach, CA 90814
Belmont Heights (BH) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$319,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
614
SQFT
2838 E Mariquita Street #9
Long Beach, CA 90803
 

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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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