Best Long Beach Homes
The city of Long Beach is composed of many different neighborhoods that vary from bustling beachside neighborhoods, to a dynamic downtown Long Beach, to quiet communities with tree-lined streets. The following are some of those neighborhoods of Long Beach.
Alamitos Beach – is a coastal neighborhood bordered by Alamitos Ave on the West to Cherry Avenue on the East, North from the Pacific Ocean to 4th Street. The housing in the area includes single family homes, condominiums, apartments and plentiful restaurants. Ocean Boulevard with beach access continues to be an area attraction. Surrounding communities include the East Village Arts District to the west, Hellman to the north and Bluff Park to the east, with a wide sandy beach along the Pacific Ocean to the south.
Alamitos Heights – borders the Belmont Heights area and is primarily a family-oriented neighborhood boasting large 2 story colonials, ranch style single story homes as well as Spanish and Mediterranean style homes. The community is located in the southeast portion of Long Beach. It is bordered by Park Avenue to the west, Bellflower Boulevard to the east, Pacific Coast Highway to the north and Colorado Street to the south. The area was built up during the 30′s through the 50′s. With mostly quiet residential streets, Alamitos Heights sits on the edge of Recreation Park, one of Long Beach’s largest parks next to El Dorado — as well as the Recreation Park Public Golf Course, a regulation length course that is open to the public.
Artcraft Manor – This Long Beach neighborhood is located just south of the 405 Freeway and north of the traffic circle and falls within zip code 90815. The Artcraft Manor area was developed during the 1940’s and feature two and three bedroom homes, varying in size from 800 to 2,200 square feet similar to Old Lakewood City homes. Artcraft Manor is a quiet family friendly neighborhood, with close by parks, a convenient location close to shopping, and easy freeway access.
Bay Harbour – a quiet and private gated upscale community tucked away behind the streets of Pacific Coast Highway and Loynes Drive. This private 24 hour gate guarded residential community was developed by Warmington Homes in the 1980′s. The complex consists of 198 larger single family homes with floor plans ranging from 2700 sq ft to 3000 sq ft, many with private boat docks, water front locations and great views of the marina. These homes also have good sized lots ideal for a rear yard with a patio. Bay Harbour also offers great amenities such as lovely greenbelts, three tennis courts, two pools and spas. Being a waterfront location makes it a very desirable community.
Belmont Heights – is located in the south-east portion of the city, and is mostly residential with large homes with well-manicured yards . There is also an active business district, along Redondo Ave and Broadway. Built from 1900 to the 1930′s, the Belmont Heights area is a neighborhood of Spanish, Mediterranean and Craftsman homes. Belmont Height’s borders are roughly Ocean Boulevard ( & Livingston Drive) to the south, Redondo Avenue on the west, 7th Street to the North and Nieto Avenue to the East.
Belmont Park – area is located north of 2nd Street to Appian Way, with Bay Shore Ave on the East, and Nieto Avenue and Livingston Drive on the west. It is a mostly residential area north of the Belmont Shore area. This sought after neighborhood offers the close proximity to 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, with its many great shops and dining options, without the congestion.
Belmont Shore – is an ocean community characterized by palm trees and often narrow one-way streets. The Belmont Shore area is located south of 2nd Street to Ocean Avenue, with Bay Shore Ave on the East, and Livingston Drive on the west. Second Street and the fifteen intersecting side streets make up the business district of Belmont Shore. It has its own shopping district, business association, pier and recreation center with the landmark Belmont Pool where an Olympic gold medalist has taught swim lessons for years. The Belmont Pier located at Ocean and 39th Place was rebuilt in 1966, and offers free public fishing with no license required as long as you stay on the pier to fish. Belmont Shore is home to many wonderful events throughout the year. There are three events that draw visitors from all over California each year. In February, the community hosts the Belmont Shore Community Chocolate Festival on Second Street. Festivities include pie eating contest, delicious homemade desserts and live music – all focused around a chocolate theme. In September, the Sunday after Labor Day the Belmont Shore Car Show takes place. An honored community tradition is the Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade happening the first week of December with holiday floats, bands and a visit from Santa Claus himself.
Bixby Highlands – borders other Bixby Knolls communities, including California Heights and Ridgewood Heights and is located just south of Lakewood and La Mirada city limits. Its neighborhood boundaries are Cherry Avenue to the west, Orange Avenue to the east, San Antonio to the south and Carson Boulevard to the north. It is a very quiet neighborhood that is within Bixby Knolls. The homes are generally charming 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms built in the 1940’s. It is a popular neighborhood due to its central location to many major Los Angeles Freeways and the Long Beach Airport. The local park in Bixby Highlands is Cherry Avenue Park, located on the corner of 45th Street and Cherry Avenue. The park amenities include baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer field, softball field, volleyball court, a playground and picnic areas.
Bixby Hill – Bixby Hills is a guard gated community located just across from Cal State Long Beach. The community is walking distance to Rancho Los Alamitos, a historic site that was part of a massive Spanish land grant in 1784 and today serves as a living museum. Bixby Hill is bordered by Cal State Long Beach on the west, 7th Street on the south, is west of Studebaker Rd, and south of Anaheim Street. The majority of these homes were built 1966 to 1973 and feature large one to two story single family homes. Located within the Bixby Hill gated community is condominium complex known as Bixby Hill Gardens. This complex co-exists with the single family homes that reside in Bixby Hill. The community is under a homeowners association with monthly dues that include the gated entrance. Bixby Hill Gardens is a gated community of 120 townhomes built in 1973, and features lushy landscaped grounds set around Southwestern architecture with stucco walls and tile roofs.
Bixby Knolls – is situated four miles north of Downtown Long Beach and is primarily residential in character, but is bisected by two major commercial and retail corridors: Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. The surrounding residential areas are predominantly upscale single-family neighborhoods. Historically known as “uptown,” Bixby Knolls includes the Los Cerritos and California Heights residential neighborhoods, which are among the most historically significant neighborhoods in Southern California. California Heights and Los Cerritos (also known as the Virginia Country Club area) are served by the neighborhood retail and commercial uses found along Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard. The First Friday of each month between Bixby Road and San Antonio, participating Bixby Knolls businesses come together to promote local artists and musicians by extending their operating hours to host book signings, concerts and other events. The Bixby Knolls community association sponsors a street fair twice a year where there is food, entertainment and other fun activities. Long Beach Uptown Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 3-6:30 pm at Atlantic Avenue and 46th Street.
Bixby Village – is a townhouse community, including some detached patio homes in Long Beach that is located off of Pacific Coast Highway by the Bixby Village Golf course. It is located east of Pacific Coast Highway, west of Studebaker Road, north of Loynes Drive / Bixby Village Drive and south of 7th Street.
Bluff Heights – is bordered by Broadway to the south, 4th Street to the north, Junipero Avenue to the west and Redondo Avenue to the east. Bluff Heights was originally planned by John H. Bixby in 1886 as a section of Alamitos Beach Townside, and was annexed to Long Beach in 1905. Designed as a quaint beach town neighborhood, it is composed of Craftsman homes, Spanish Revival homes, Tudor Revival homes and Art Deco homes. Most of the houses were built from 1903 to 1949 with many of them qualifying as historical contributing homes. The Bluff “Heights” area includes most of the Broadway corridor running east west from approximately Redondo Avenue down to Alamitos Avenue. Broadway is home to unique restaurants, coffee joints and interesting shops. At the 4th Street and Junipero you will find Long Beach’s “Retro District” with stores selling retro clothing, unusual gift stores and local coffee houses.
Bluff Park – is a small, upscale neighborhood that runs along Ocean Boulevard on the south, Junipero Avenue of the west, a jagged line between 2nd St. and Broadway on the north, with Redondo Avenue on the east. There is a bluff along much of the beach in Long Beach, and on one stretch, there is the narrow Bluff Park from which the neighborhood gets its name. Homes in this neighborhood are an eclectic mixture of different eras in architecture. Green & Green, Spanish Revival, and Mediterranean architectural styles can be found in Bluff Park. Bluff Park is the location of the Long Beach Museum of Art, as well as many older, well-maintained homes. There is also a Buddhist monastery that once was a Roman Catholic convent.
California Heights – Until the early 1920′s California Heights was part of the Bixby Ranch (now Los Cerritos Rancho) and was used primarily as grazing land. It was the discovery of oil on Signal Hill and the ensuing land boom in 1921 that caused the Jotham Bixby Company to subdivide and sell off lots in the California Heights tract. The period homes of California Heights are fine examples of craftsmanship from the late 1920′s and early 30′s, and will include California Bungalow, English Tudor and Colonial Spanish Revival style homes. California Heights is Long Beach’s Largest Historic District. Neighborhood association website www.calheights.org.
Carroll Park neighborhood – is another one of Long Beach’s important historic districts. The area is ordered by 3rd Street on the south, 4th Street on the north, Junipero on the west and Wisconsin on the east. Carroll Park was built by John Carroll, and was the very first planned housing tract in Long Beach. Homes were originally constructed here between 1898 and 1923. Some original houses and barns still exist. The curving narrow streets are a reminder of the early days of the horse and buggy. Historic California Craftsman and Spanish Bungalows with landscaped islands are a unique neighborhood feature. The Park was designated a Historic Landmark District in 1982.
Carson Park – the Carson Park area spans both Long Beach and Lakewood, with Heartwell Park (along Carson Street) in the middle. Carson Park varies from some other areas in that the original homes were built towards the end of this building boom and were slightly larger and better floor plans than some of the earlier homes. Most homes feature 2 car garages, detached in the rear for the 3 bedroom models and attached garages up front for the 2 bedroom models.
College Park Estates – College Park Estates neighborhood is family friendly and conveniently located within the city. College Park Estates in Long Beach is bordered by E. 7th Street, east of Studebaker, south of Anaheim Street and is located in zip code 90815. College Park Estates homes were mostly built by S&S, a high end home builder. The neighborhood is composed of single family homes with close access to the marinas and just 5 minutes from the Cal State Long Beach campus. College Park Estates and nearby University Park Estates are quiet, well maintained neighborhoods known for their highly rated schools and convenience near the freeway and amenities like the VA Hospital.
Downtown – The downtown Long Beach area borders the Pacific Ocean on the south, Alamitos Avenue on the east, the 710 freeway on the west and Anaheim Street on the north. Downtown is a commercial mecca with a variety of modern office buildings such as the LB World Trade Center, Landmark Square, Arco Towers. Shopping and restaurants line Pine Avenue. The stately Queen Mary is another great feature of downtown Long Beach.
Eastside and Circle Area – borders are basically 7th Street to the south, Pacific Coast Hwy to the east and north, and Cherry Avenue on the west. The architecture of the neighborhood varies as the area offers a diverse mix of single family homes, multi-unit buildings and condominiums. It is common to see a three or four-unit apartment structure standing behind an older house on the same lot. The Eastside is also has small-business retail activity, especially in the storefronts that line Anaheim Street, 7th Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
El Dorado Park Estates – located just off of the 605 Freeway is bordered by El Dorado Park on the west, Norwalk Boulevard on the east, and Spring Street on the South. The El Dorado Park neighborhood is comprised of primarily single family homes and some residential condos. El Dorado Park Estates was the first large neighborhood built by S&S Construction in 1963 and completed in 1974. The community consists of 1,367 homes offering 28 different floor plans. El Dorado Park is the eastern most border of Long Beach, situated next to the cities of Los Alamitos and Hawaiian Gardens. The neighborhood feels quiet and secluded because El Dorado Park and Coyote Creek acts as a natural barriers between this area and the rest of Long Beach. El Dorado Park itself is an invaluable asset to the community and fosters healthy and active lifestyles for those in the surrounding areas. The Park amenities include a nature center, a golf course, sport courts and fields, and 3 fishing lakes.
Island Village – is a private gated residential community of 182 homes built in the early 1970′s, just south of Westminster Ave, east of Studebaker Ave and borders Seal Beach on the west. A resort-like gated community, amenities include two pools, a club house, basketball court, and dog area.
La Marina Estates – located between the CSULB campus and the flood channel, La Marina Estates is an enclave of 245 mid-century tract bungalows fringed on the south by three blocks of large, custom homes.
Lakewood Village – the Lakewood Village neighborhood of Long Beach is surrounded by the city of Lakewood, and adjacent to the Lakewood County Club. Lot sizes average nearly 9,000 square feet and include both new, custom built homes as well as renovated vintage homes from the 1930’s and 40’s. This upscale neighborhood with tree lined streets is a great place to live because is eclectic and visually interesting while remaining impeccably well maintained and family friendly.
Los Altos – is a quiet residential neighborhood with tree lined streets located north of the CSULB campus. Its boundaries are Clark Avenue to the west, Studebaker and Palo Verde Avenue to the east and Spring Street to the north. The area consists of single-family bungalow-style homes built in the 1950s and 60s and are on nice streets with good sized lots. Los Altos is known for its family oriented environment and also has several shopping venues including: the newly rebuilt Los Altos Center and The Los Altos Gateway Center.
Los Cerritos / Virginia Country Club – is an affluent neighborhood of Long Beach with approximately 700 homes located in the Bixby Knolls area known for it’s All-American atmosphere and historic, estate-sized homes. Rancho Los Cerritos was a part of the large land grant awarded to Manuel Nieto in 1784. Bordered by the Los Angeles River to the west, the Santa River on the east and extending miles inland from the coast. The property was later divided into small ranchos after Nieto’s death in 1804. The Los Cerritos area today is a residential and commercial area. The Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is located next to the Virginia County Club and features one of the few remaining two-story adobes in Southern California http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/
Marina Pacifica – the Marina Pacifica community includes a total of 570 water orientated condominium units located on 18 acres of the Long Beach Marina. Located across the bay from the community of Naples and just a 5 minute drive from Belmont Shore, the community of Marina Pacifica is a highly desirable place to live in Long Beach. The condominium complex offer 16 different floor plans with a wide range of amenities including pools, spas, lagoons, gym, clubhouse, boat slips, gated bridge, underground parking garage and guest parking.
Naples Island – located on the southern-most tip of Long Beach Naples is built on three separate islands, divided by canals which open into Alamitos Bay. Complete with Gondoliers, street names of The Toledo and Colonnade, canals named Rivo Alto, you’ll think you’re in Italy. Once inside the canals, you will see beautiful homes and yachts in a peaceful neighborhood setting punctuated by five quaint bridges and tall palm trees. There are several ways to view the canals and streets of Naples. By foot, one can walk the waterfront sidewalks and watch the boats go by. Located at the west end of Naples is Marine Park featuring volleyball courts, picnic sites and a play area. Best known as “Mother’s Beach” it is popular for its calm waves and shallow swimming water. There is lifeguard supervision during peak periods. Marina Beach offers both a great beach for kids and a nearby grassy picnic and play area. A community tradition since 1946 is the annual “Naples Island Christmas Boat Parade”. Thousands of people flock from all over each year crowding the streets and bridges of the island to view the beautifully decorated homes and boats cruising down the canals. The parade is normally held the second Saturday of December.
North Long Beach – is located on the northern- most stretch of Long Beach, located north of Del Amo Boulevard, south of Alondra Boulevard, east of the 710 Freeway and west of Cherry Avenue. The North Long Beach area consists of mostly single and multi-family residences, small shopping centers and strip malls. Houghton Park was established in the late 1930’s named after Col. Sherman Otis Houghton, the first congressional representative from Southern California. The 26.4 acre park features a professionally designed skate park, baseball and soccer fields, basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, picnic areas, playground, and a community center. The park also offers youth recreation, adult classes, and a teen and senior center.
Old Lakewood City –the name would seem to suggest it is in Lakewood, but the area actually spans both Long Beach and Lakewood, and is located west of the Carson Park neighborhood of Long Beach. The area is bordered by Conant Street on the south, Clark Avenue on the west, Woodruff Avenue to the east and Heartwell Park along Carson Street to the north. The original homes were built between 1942 and 1946, ranging in size from 792sf to 1250sf, on a minimum of a 5,400sf lot. Many homeowners have remodeled and increased the size of their homes.
Park Estates – community is a quiet upscale neighborhood with large homes and estate sized lots, located a few blocks from California State University Long Beach. The Park Estates neighborhood is located north of PCH, west of Bellflower Blvd, south of Atherton Street, and east of Clark Ave. This luxury neighborhood is primarily comprised of single family detached homes and a few condominiums. Park Estates boasts good schools, a convenient location and lots of nearby shopping. The average listing price for a home in Park Estates is over $1 Million.
Peninsula – the approximately mile-long spit of sand that extends from Alamitos Bay south to the San Gabriel River features some of the most impressive beach-front property in the entire City. The Long Beach Yacht Club anchors the very southern tip of the peninsula area; overlooking the San Gabriel River channel and Seal Beach beyond. Beyond the single-family homes, the peninsula offers a very small shopping district centered on 62nd Place. A handful of small stores along with the 62nd Place Cafe (a great place for breakfast or lunch) cater to the local crowd and visiting beach-goers.
Plaza – Near El Dorado Park in East Long Beach, the Plaza neighborhood was originally built as part of Lakewood’s Lakewood Plaza neighborhood. Residents voted in 1953 to become part of Long Beach. The Plaza is in north of the 405 freeway. Its borders are basically Stearns Street to the south and Studebaker Road to the east. The western borders are Palo Verde Ave. and Woodruff Ave. Plaza is a family friendly community filled with tree-lined neighborhood streets The northern half of the Plaza area is in zip code 90808 and the southern half is in zip code 90815. The Plaza area is adjacent to El Dorado Park. El Dorado Park is a huge draw for families to the Plaza community. The park is not only a great place for kids and families to get active, it’s also educational. El Dorado Park includes a Long Beach public library branch as well as a nature center where families can take night walk explorations led by naturalists, bird walks to learn about local species and during the summer enjoy summer concerts
Rancho – Built in 1953 and 1954, this neighborhood of 700 Cliff May Ranchos is just North of Spring Street and El Dorado Park on the east side of Long Beach. Designed by Cliff May, considered by some to be the father of the modern ranch home, these homes offer open floor plans and midcentury modern style. The homes range from 1,100 to about 1,600 square feet with three or four bedrooms. Many have fenced front yards, allowing utilization of the entire lot for indoor-outdoor living.
Rose Park – Bounded on the west and east by St. Louis and Coronado and north and south by 10th Street and 7th Street, Rose Park is characteristic of Long Beach’s older residential neighborhoods. Developed in the early 1900s, Rose Park consists of many historic Victorian and Craftsman style homes. In the early 1910s and 20s, numerous craftsman bungalows were constructed along with Spanish Colonial Revival single family and multifamily residences. The entire neighborhood is not considered historic, rather only very original representations of the classic architecture are included. Thus, you have small sections of streets that are considered historic as the houses are original or near original condition or otherwise contribute to the historic significance of the neighborhood. The area, named after the circular Rose Park at the junction of 8th Street and Orizaba Avenue, was dedicated to the City of Long Beach by the Alamitos Land Company in 1910. It is one of several parks donated to the City by local land developers who sometimes built entire neighborhoods in the early part of Long Beach history. Prominent in the company were the Bixby and Hellman families who were the original owners and developers of the Alamitos Beach Town site. The Rose Park district lies within that original area. Neighborhood association website www.rpna.org.
Ridgewood Heights – community is just north of Bixby Highlands its borders are Del Amo Boulevard to the north, San Antonio Drive to the south, Cherry Avenue to the east and Atlantic Avenue to the west. Along Atlantic Avenue is the Bixby Knolls Shopping Center offering a varied selection of retail shops, restaurants and small businesses. Also close by is Lakewood Center Mall and Los Cerritos Mall. The Long Beach Parks & Recreation Department hosts events at the parks throughout the summer, including “Concerts in the Park.”
South of Conant – neighborhood, referred to as "SoCo" by local residents, is a residential area that lies just north of Spring Street, south of Conant Street, east of Clark Avenue, and west of Woodruff Avenue. The neighborhood park, Wardlow Park is a 15.8 acre park located on Stanbridge Ave between Wardlow Rd and Monlaco Rd. The park was dedicated in 1950’s; it includes lighted basketball, baseball and roller hockey fields, volleyball courts, playground equipment, hockey and soccer fields, spray pool, and community center.
Spinnaker Bay – a planned housing community in Long Beach is located south of Lyons Drive. It has grown into a very popular location for boat owners and those who want to have homes with water views, beautiful Mediterranean style waterfront homes and townhouses featuring different sized boat slips.
Spinnaker Cove – townhome community was built in 1982. Some of the properties in this community face the Long Beach marine stadium and would be considered bayfront homes.
Stratford Square & University Manor – Located west of Bellflower, north of Stearns, east of Clark and south of Spring, the homes in this area are similar to the tract homes found in the Los Altos and South of Conant areas that it is adjacent to. Many homes have fireplaces, good size lots and two car garages.
University Park Estates – is a located south of College Park Estates in the northern most portion of zip code 90803. University Park Estates is located next to Bixby Village Golf Course south of 7th Street, north of Loynes and west of Studebaker. College Park Estates and University Park Estates are conveniently located with easy access to the 405 Freeway. The VA Long Beach Healthcare System is located just down the street next to the Cal State Long Beach campus and there are tons of shops, businesses and restaurants located in the area. There is also a large shopping center on the corner of 7th Street and Bellflower including a CVS and several other local necessities and restaurants
West Side – Located in the westernmost section of Long Beach, this is one of the city’s most affordable areas. Its boundaries are the Los Angeles River to the east, the 405 Freeway to the north, Anaheim Street to the South and Los Angeles and Carson to the west. This neighborhood was historically a working-class neighborhood due to its proximity to both the Port of Long Beach and the oil refinery in nearby Wilmington.
Whalers Cove – a private, gated 48 unit Townhome Community located on the Bixby Village Golf Course north of PCH and off Loynes Drive. Homes rang in size from 1,800 sq ft to over 2,100 sq ft,. Community features pool, spa, and separate relaxing fountain area.
Wrigley – was one of the first communities established in Long Beach. Named for William Wrigley of Wrigley Spearmint, this Long Beach neighborhood was established in 1905. Developed on a gridiron street pattern, the Wrigley district is by the 405 Freeway on the North and Pacific Coast Highway to the South and Long Beach Blvd. Pacific Avenue to the East. The flood channel for the Los Angeles River is the boundary to the West. The neighborhood’s lovely park, Veteran’s Park, is convenient to the freeways, the Metro Train and the Wrigley Marketplace shopping center.
X-100s – The X-100s tract, located at the eastern section of the Los Altos area of Long Beach, was built in 1953 on land that was once marsh. Bordered by Palo Verde on the west, Stearns on the north, the 405 freeway on the NE corner, Atherton on the south and the flood channel on the east.
18th Unit (18U) – Another tract developed in the 1950’s within the Los Altos neighborhood located south of Atherton, east of Studebaker, north of Anaheim and west of the San Gabriel River.