Neighborhood Profile: Alamitos Beach

Your Guide to Exploring Alamitos Beach

Nestled between downtown Long Beach and Bluff Park and Belmont Shore beyond is the charming neighborhood of Alamitos Beach. The neighborhood is easy to miss if you don’t know where to go, but there are plenty of hidden gems to check out. Here’s a guide to get you started.

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Where Exactly is Alamitos Beach?

Alamitos Beach stretches from Ocean Boulevard on the south to 4th Street on the north, from  Junipero Avenue on the east and Alamitos Boulevard on the west. The bordering neighborhoods are the East Village Arts District, Bluff Park and Bluff Heights. Downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shore are also easily accessible from Alamitos Beach.

Housing in Alamitos Beach

The Alamitos Beach area is a relatively high density area, with a multitude of both apartments and condominiums along with single-family homes and smaller multi-unit properties as well. Condominiums range from luxury ocean view highrises with all the amenities to smaller, more modest complexes with no amenities. One critical thing to look for when buying a home in Alamitos Beach is whether it comes with deeded parking as parking can sometimes be scarce.

 

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What is there to do in Alamitos Beach?

Get a Drink on Broadway Corridor

Broadway Corridor is perhaps what Alamitos Beach is most well known for. A very gay friendly neighborhood with an active LGBT community, Broadway Corridor is the established area of the neighborhood with many gay-friendly businesses. It’s a three mile stretch along East Broadway Street with several gay friendly bars to choose from. The Falcon is a famous one, offering Happy Hour every day until 8:00 p.m. Located at 1435 E. Broadway, the Falcon is also next to a tasty pizza joint for those who prefer food over drinks.

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If you feel like getting in a game of pool, singing Karaoke on Wednesday nights, and playing oldies from a digital jukebox, head on down to The Brit Bar, which bills itself a “bar fit for a queen.”

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For a similar low key vibe, the Sweetwater Saloon at 1201 E. Broadway is also a local favorite for cheap drinks and pool playing.

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There’s more to Alamitos Beach than Bars: Enjoy a Good Meal

Alamitos Beach is quite diverse when it comes to dining. It’s also got plenty of offerings for the health conscious. For a delicious vegan meal, head to the Happy Elephant – an organic-focused, pan-Asian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Following on the health conscious path is Tru Nature Juice Bar – a cute little fresh juice and smoothie shack located at 225 E. Broadway. While technically just outside Alamitos Beach, this place is well worth going out of your way for. Fill up on antioxidants in the form of an acai bowl, or try our favorite, the Greenology Smoothie with ginger added.

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For an authentic Greek meal and a cozy atmosphere with outdoor seating, try Cafe Ambrosia located at 1923 E. Broadway.

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What else makes Alamitos Beach so cool?

There’s a toy store. And not the kind of toy store with the latest technology gizmos and gadgets, but a toy store that feels like you’ve actually stepped back into your childhood. Richie’s Toys & Gifts, located at 1500 E. Broadway, is the place to go for unique toys for children and gifts for adults who are children at heart.

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There’s also a bustling thrift store scene…

After perusing the toys at Richie’s, head across the street to Leslie’s Antique and Consignment Store. Unlike some thrift stores, Leslie’s is easy to browse and pleasant on the eye. From home decor to jewelry and gifts, it’s a store full of eclectic items worth checking out.

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Lest we not forget, there’s also the beach…

Follow Alamitos Avenue to Ocean Boulevard and you’ll run into a beautiful view of the coast and the Long Beach Harbor. The sandy beach is great for sunbathing and playing sports. There’s also a terrific bike path that you can follow to the Belmont Pier one way and to Queen Mary the other way.

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For another family friendly hangout, spend an afternoon lounging at Bixby Park. Teenagers tend to frequent the skate park here, while there are plenty of picnic tables, grills and workout stations in the nearby picnic area. The refurbished bandshell is home to concerts in the summer. And year-round on Tuesdays, visit the Farmer’s Market in Bixby Park, where you can find not only fresh fruit and vegetables but also specialty foods and treats along with arts and crafts and jewelry. Just across Ocean Boulevard, local residents gather each day at 11 a.m. for free yoga classes with an ocean view.

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What about the homes?

Interested in moving to Alamitos Beach? Here are some of the homes currently on the market. Fill out the form below and we’d be happy to provide you with more information.

 

$2,800,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
4,372
SQFT
102 Gaviota Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,800,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,794
SQFT
1400 E Ocean Boulevard #1201
Long Beach, CA 90802
Ocean Terrace (Oct) Subdivision
$1,775,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
3,308
SQFT
1275 E Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,595,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,866
SQFT
1000 E Ocean Boulevard #717
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,495,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2,327
SQFT
1239 E Florida Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
$1,325,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,540
SQFT
1310 E Ocean Boulevard #1107
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (Othr) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,185,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,376
SQFT
271 Junipero Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,175,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
1,728
SQFT
1728 E Florida Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,150,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,550
SQFT
1310 E Ocean Boulevard #702
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (Othr) Subdivision
$1,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,369
SQFT
850 E Ocean Boulevard #406
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (Othr) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,050,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,320
SQFT
25 15th Place #802
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$999,900
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
1,360
SQFT
1746 E Florida Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$988,888
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,409
SQFT
1000 E Ocean Boulevard #103
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
Price Change - 7 days ago
$895,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,326
SQFT
1500 E Ocean Boulevard #514
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$599,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
1605 E 2nd Street #301
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$439,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
780
SQFT
260 Hermosa Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
 
New Listing - a week online
$429,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
1
TOTAL BATH
809
SQFT
202 Esperanza Avenue #202
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
750
SQFT
1401 E 3rd Street #2
Long Beach, CA 90802
Other (Othr) Subdivision
$399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
666
SQFT
1023 E 1st Street #11
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) Subdivision
$395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
640
SQFT
1311 E 1st Street #10
Long Beach, CA 90802
Alamitos Beach (Ab) 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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