Long Beach Real Estate News

Sep 24

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One of the unique features of the studio floor plan at the Marina Pacifica Long Beach complex is having an optional den counted in the square footage of the condo.  These are very popular due to having the versatility of being used as an office or a living quarter without being considered a full bedroom.  These listings don't come on the market very often but tend to be a very popular feature when they do come up for sale.  There are two ways to identify these types of properties at Marina Pacifica.  First, many of the detailed descriptions of the condo will mention the bonus den area in the real estate listing which is the easiest way to identify these properties.  Second, look at the square footage of the condos.  The smaller studio listings without a

Aug 14

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One of the unique properties located in Long Beach, California are the New York style lofts located at the historic Insurance Exchange building.  The location is situated in the Downtown Long Beach area at the cross streets of E Broadway and the Promenade.  This is a prime spot that is the center of great restaurants, clubs and shopping.  The historic building dates back to 1925 when it was first built.  What make these New York style lofts unique is the exposed concrete surfaces and wood beamed ceilings that give an open slate for custom upgrades like hardwood flooring and gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances.

The Insurance Exchange building located at 207 E Broadway is an 8 story building that offers affordable real estate prices for both

Jul 26

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One of the best places to find one and two bedroom condos in the $300,000 to $450,000 range is "The Palms" condo complex in Long Beach, California.  Dating back to 1990 when this small neighborhood of approximately 125 condos that are all located within a secure gated community just outside the "Circle Area" in the eastern section of Long Beach.  The builder built a variety of one and two bedroom floor plans that are often centered around the community pool and spa are.  It's FHA approved for buyers looking to put down just 3% as a down payment and carry the rest as a loan but is currently not approved for VA home buyers.

The Palms is a pet friendly complex as well and allows a pet up to 35 pounds which covers most small and medium size dogs.  The

Jun 21

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Rose Park historic homes in Long Beach, California are rich in history and date back to the early 1900's.  In fact, the earliest home that we have seen come on the market in the Rose Park area was built in 1900 and located at 621 Molino Avenue in Long Beach.  The location of the community is ideally situated just minutes to the beach and near other historic districts like Bluff Heights, Carrol Park, Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore and Bluff Park.  Many love the homes located here that tend to be single level and average between 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of living space.  On any given year there is roughly 30 to 40 homes that come on the market here that are often priced in the mid $600,000 to $700,000 range for a detached single family home.

Some of

May 9

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The Chestnut Villas condo complex is located at 645 Chestnut Ave in the city of Long Beach, California.  This is a very popular complex located just outside the downtown area and south of 7th street.  The building is approximately 31 years old with an original build date of 1986.  Condos located within Chestnut Villas will either be one or two bedrooms with various size floor plans.  Over the last 5 years these condos have risen in value from the mid $150,000 range in 2013 to the high $275,000 to $367,500 price range.  

Condos often come with one dedicated underground parking space with generous size room with large closets and additional  storage spaces.  Select condos will come with a living room fireplace and inside laundry facilities.  The location

Apr 16

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One of the upscale condo buildings in the Belmont Heights area of Long Beach is the Colorado Regency building. Located at 5190 E Colorado Street in Long Beach is a two story complex with one and two bedrooms condos that were first built in 1984.  Many of the condos have a nice view of the Marina Park and Lagoon with a location that is just outside the Belmont Shore area with a short distance to the beach.  The one bedroom condos are often under 1,000 square feet but still offer an open floor plan that often comes with central air-conditioning and heating.  Many of the units also come with washer/dryer hook ups for a stackable unit.  

Real Estate prices currently start at $465,000 for a one bedroom condo with 780 square feet.  Recent sales in the

Mar 13

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Located just east of the Belmont Shore & Belmont Heights area is a very popular complex known as Sovereign Park Estates.  This is a great place to find one and two bedroom condos with low homeowners association dues.  There are multiple two story buildings in this complex that consist of ground level and second level units.  The complex first developed in the mid 1960's and is filled with mature trees and landscaping with grassy greenbelts area that many of the condos overlook.  

The homeowners association fee is $327.00 a month and includes trash pickup, water and basic Cable TV.  It also includes the use of five community pools, billiard room and fitness center.  Real Estate prices currently range from $292,000 to $350,000 for a one and two bedroom

Feb 13

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The city of Long Beach, California is rich in history with many condo buildings dating back to the early 1900's.  There are several reasons why many home buyers are attracted to the historic properties.  First, the buildings offer a lot of charm and character that you won't find in today's newly constructed hi-rise buildings.  Second, the location of these condos tends to be very good with many beach front and ocean view locations.  Finally, these older structures can offer significant tax savings if covered under the Mills Act, a federal program installed to help maintain historic properties by reducing the tax rate for homeowners.  Here is a brief look at some of the best historic condos buildings in Long Beach.

Probably the most iconic building is

Jan 16

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The Franklin district of Long Beach is a very popular area located just outside the Alamitos Beach neighborhood in Long Beach, California.  The community is rich in history with some of the most oldest homes in Long Beach from the early 1900's being built here.  The most popular architectural style is the one story bunglow's that can often be found here in lower price points when compared with neighborhoods like Belmont Shore and Belmont Heights.  The boundaries of the neighborhood are located west of 7th street and east of 3rd street and between Alamitos Ave and Junipero Avenue to the north and south.  It's located near the Retro Row of 4th street which is a very popular area for retail shopping with over 100 unique stores, great restaurants and outdoor

Dec 12

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Nestled in the Virginia County Club area of Long Beach is small community called Country Club Gardens.  The resort style complex dates back to 1975 and features attached two to three bedrooms condos. This is a really cute neighborhood with flowing streams throughout and is gated with a community pool and spa on the grounds with tropical landscaping and waterfalls.  Depending on where the condo is located some of the features may include vaulted ceilings,outdoor patio, exterior balcony and an attached two car garage.  The location is ideally located near the intersection of the 701 and 405 freeways making it easy to get to most places in Long Beach very quickly.  Monthly dues currently run $465.65 and are managed by Country Club Gardens homeowners