Carroll Park Historic District is one of the oldest and most unique neighborhoods in the city. Its iconic curving streets and peaceful nature give it a personality all its own. Quiet, but rich in history, it is truly one of Long Beach’s most special neighborhoods. Check out the video below for a quick tour of the area.
Carroll Park History and Location
Carroll Park was developed by John Carroll and laid out in 1907. It consists of several looping narrow streets lined with trees, all situated around a quaint park. The street that makes up the inner circle is anchored by four landscaped islands. Carroll Park was the first planned tract neighborhood in Long Beach and in 1982 it was one of the first to become a designated Long Beach Historic District.
Allegedly, John Carroll’s daughter had health problems and this influenced the design of the neighborhood. The curving, almost circular pattern of the streets was designed to stop farmers from driving their loaded wagons through the neighborhood and kicking up dust on the way to the market in Downtown Long Beach. The wagons are long gone, but current residents still enjoy a lack of car traffic.
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Carroll Park is bordered by 3rd Street on the south and 4th Street on the north. Junipero Avenue is its western border and Wisconsin Avenue is its eastern border. There are only about 80 homes within Carroll Park. So unsurprisingly, this neighborhood has one of the lowest turnover rates in the city.
Living in Carroll Park
Homes in Caroll Park were mainly built between 1898 and 1923. Many of these original homes were large and impressive. Sadly, only a few of the original homes remain, but over the years many smaller homes have been added. There are all types of housing styles represented in Carroll Park. They include California Bungalows, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, and Mediterranean homes.
Carroll Park’s neighborhood association has been around for many years. It fosters a sense of community and residents come together for an annual potluck picnic every year. The neighborhood association deals with anything that threatens the peacefulness or historic nature of the Park. However, this rarely happens. Unlike some of the other Historic Districts, Carroll Park does not offer home tours – the last one was in the summer of 1982. Aside from two churches on the outskirts, there are no schools or businesses within the boundaries of Carroll Park, which only adds to its peaceful nature. Children living in this neighborhood become students of schools like Fremont Elementary School, Burbank Elementary School, Mann Elementary School, and Wilson High School.
However, residents within Carroll Park are not short of any amenities despite the lack of businesses. The neighborhood is adjacent to 4th Street Retro Row, which offers plenty of shopping and restaurants. Additionally, it’s just a few blocks away from the beach, and just a short drive from Downtown Long Beach and Belmont Shore.
Homes for Sale in Carroll Park
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Carroll Park is the perfect neighborhood for a peaceful, small-town feel. Yet, there are still so many great shopping, dining, and entertainment options just minutes away. If you’d like to make Carroll Park your home, we’d be happy to help! The Shannon Jones Team has helped a number of buyers and sellers within Carroll Park. Give us a call today at 562.896.2456 or fill out the form below.