Long Beach Real Estate News

Mar 26

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A wonderful gated community in Long Beach is the Fountains neighborhood.  This is a great place to find 2 and 3 bedroom condos in a secure gated environment with 80 luxury homes that surround a central community pool, clubhouse, spa and tennis court.  The first thing that impressed me about these homes is the large open floor plan accented with high cathedral ceilings.  As you enter the one you see the main living quarters with a large kitchen and family and dining room.  The kitchens tend to be very generous in size and offer plenty of cabinetry and storage.  Upstairs bedrooms also have a lot of volume with high vaulted ceilings and generous size closets.

Fountain homes also offer plenty of outdoor living space with a nice patio located off the living

Feb 27

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One of the best kept secrets in Long Beach is a small gated community called "Aubry" or "Aubry at Alamitos Ridge."  Homes were first built here starting back in 2010 and were part of a master planned community that originally offered three and four bedroom floor plans to choose from.  Prices back then started for some of the 4 bedroom homes at $579,900.  The home included at that time stainless steel appliances, granite counters and front yard landscaping among other upgrades like tankless water heater and insulated air ducts.  Since then prices have steadily been going up with many homes selling just under the $800,000 price point.

This area of Long Beach is referred to as the Signal Hill area which is located high on a hill that often offers nice

Jan 29

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One of the smaller gated communities in Long Beach, California are the homes located on Old Zaferia Way.  The location is on the Eastside section of Long Beach below Highway 1 and the 405 freeway.  The community itself is very small with only 14 homes located in this gated street.  Built in the early 1990's all of the homes have a total of 3 bedrooms with 1,530 square feet according to our title report records.  On average, these homes come on the market once every 2 to 3 years and normally selling in the low $300 per square foot range.  The biggest difference among these homes tend to be the lot sizes with most homes below the 4,000 square feet range.  There are some select homes that boast over a 7,000 square foot lot but this seems to be more of an

Dec 18

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Located just the downtown Long Beach area is a four story condo building called Magnolia Place that has long been a favorite for those looking for a newer construction building near the water in Long Beach, California.  Magnolia place is located at 535 Magnolia Avenue and was newly built in the year 1990.  The builder at the time wanted to build a Mediterranean style complex that would house one to two bedroom condos in a secure gated environment.  If you are not looking to be in the heart of the downtown area this is the second best location that's just blocks to the beach with easy freeway access on to the 710 freeway.  

What makes this building unique is that it offer many modern amenities that many of the downtown condos buildings don't offer due

Nov 27

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it's not surprising to learn that the most expensive homes sold every year tend to be located on Naples Island in Long Beach.  This has been true this year for the calendar year of 2018 where 2 homes sold over the $5 million dollar price point on Naples Island.  The large majority of homes that sell for top dollar on Naples Island are those that are located facing the water front that often have their own private boat docks.  The Island is surrounded by waters of the Alamitos Bay that leads out to the Pacific Oeaan with large bay front properties that average around 5,000 square feet of living space.

The most expensive home sold in 2018 was located at 19 N Sea Isle Drive that sold for $7.2 million and closed escrow earlier this month on 11/16/2018.

Oct 25

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Located at 2105 E Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, California is an ocean view condo complex called "Beach Park."   Located near the downtown area of Long Beach in the Bluff Park neighborhood is a three story condo building that is located directly across the street on the famous "Ocean Blvd" in Long Beach.  It's hard to get a much nicer location with a fabulous view for condos that typically sell in the $300,000 to $600,000 range.  The complex gets it's name since it's located adjacent to the large Bixby Dog Park which is a large parcel of vacant land that overlooks the ocean and stretches all the way down to the sandy beach.  All of the condos that are located here are either one or two bedroom units that average between 620 to 1,459 square feet.  The best

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.

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