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Aug 30

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One of the more upscale area of Long Beach, California is the Naples Island area.  A lot of people think this is an exclusive area filled with high end luxury homes that come with their own private boat docks.  These impressive homes can definitely can be found here but there is also some really great smaller beach homes that can be found here.  These homes are often priced at a fraction of the larger water front properties which is really great since you get the prestigious Naples Island address without paying a lot for it.  Rental prices have a wide range here depending on the size and location of the home.  For example the most expensive homes in this community will often be priced at around $10,000 a month for a 2,000+ square foot home located on the

Jul 28

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We have seen a lot of home sales this year in the Belmont Shore Mobile Estates community in Long Beach with 18 closed escrows.  One of the reasons why this community is so popular is the really low price points with many homes selling between the $100,000 to $200,000 range.  The chart below shows all of the 2021 home sales in this community up to this date.  It's important to note that these are manufactured homes that is dedicated for those older than 55 years of age.  The location is probably the second highest selling feature as it's located in the upscale Belmont Shore area and just minutes to the water and the beach.  A lot of buyers get really excited when they see the low price points but there are more costs associated with this beyond the

Jun 29

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One of the more affordable places to buy a condo in a small condo complex of Towne Capri in Long Beach, California.  This is a mid-century building that was approximately built in 1958 with one and two bedroom floor plans.  One of the biggest selling points for this condo is it's location in the popular downtown area of Long Beach with a couple block radius to Ocean Blvd and a short walk to the beach.  Another big selling feature for these condos is the low homeowners association dues which currently run $167.77 which Is considered low when compared with other condo buildings in the area.  The association has a nice community barbecue area and secure underground parking which is a huge for a condo building in this price range.

There is currently one

May 26

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One of the best kept secrets for finding condos in the $200,000 range in the Glen Ellyn Manor complex in Long Beach, California.  The condos offer a prime location in the Downtown Long Beach area and just a couple blocks to Ocean Blvd which sits right next to the beach and Pacific Ocean.  Most of the properties we have seen come on the market in recent years have been one bedroom units that go up to 594 square feet of living space.  There have been some smaller studio units that go up to 404 square feet and large 2 bedroom units 780 square feet.

The most ideal buyer for Glen Ellyn Manor condos would either be first time home buyers who don't want to pay rent to live in the area or for real estate investors looking to buy and then rent out for a return

Apr 29

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The Long Beach real estate market has seen a strong surge in real estate prices for the last year with a huge pool of buyers looking for well priced homes.  If you have looked at real estate prices in nearby beach towns you soon realize how expensive it is to live by the beach in Southern California.  One exception to this is the condo market in Long Beach, California where you can still find a wide range of properties that are priced under $300,000.  There are some really great condo buildings to consider in this price.First, the Wilmore Building located at 315 W 3rd street is a great place to start your search.  It's located in the Downtown area of Long Beach which has become the hub for many of the hi-rise condo buildings.  Currently real estate prices

Mar 30

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Some of the best values can be found in the Village on the Green community if you are in the market to buy a residential condo in the Long Beach area.  Historically these condos do not come on the market very often and average around 5 listings every year to be offered for sale.  From a a price point perspective it's really hard to beat the prices found here that often are listed in the low $400,000 range for a one bedroom condo.  Most of the condos that do come on the market are one bedrooms condos with a variety of 551 and 651 square feet floor plans.  The two bedroom units do come on the market occasionally with the last time we saw one was back in 2019 when one sold for $519,000.  

One of the biggest selling points about living here is being in a

Feb 28

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Long Beach isn't home to a lot of gated communities but one of the better and more affordable locations is the Riverdale Long Beach community.  It's surprising how many people don't know about this hidden gem of a community since it many of the homes were newly built just several years ago in 2018.  Many of the two story floor plans feature either three or four bedroom layouts with good size homes that average 2,000 square feet of living space.  Since 2018 only a small number of these properties have come on the re-sale market with prices from $694,490 to $855,000.  These are great prices considering finding a home in a gated community in other nearby beach towns with 2,000 square feet would be much more expensive.  Select floor plans even offer a main

Jan 29

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The California Heights area of Long Beach is one of the best kept secrets when looking for a historic home in the Long Beach area.  Many buyers when the first come to town often look in the Belmont Shore and Belmont Heights area of Long Beach due to it's close proximity to the beach and the large number of historic properties located there.  As with any beach town the closer you are located to the beach the higher the real estate prices tend to be.  A much more affordable historic neighborhood in Long Beach is the California Heights area.  If you have ever driven through Long Beach on the 405 going north then you have passed this area as it's located just north of the Long Beach Airport and on the east side of the 405 freeway.  

Some of the first homes

Dec 30

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Long Beach has a large number of neighborhoods with a wide range of real estate prices.  One of the more affordable and desirable neighborhood are the homes located in the Carson Park community. It's not uncommon to find homes located here in the mid $600,000 range with a variety detached single family homes.  The location of Carson Paris located off East Carson street and Studabaker Road near the 105 freeway.  Many of the homes located here were built in the mid 1950's as original beach homes.  Don't expect to find large homes here as many of the beach homes will average a little over 1,000 square feet of living space.

One of the reasons for the popularity of these homes is because all of these homes were custom built so they have their own unique

Nov 30

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Long Beach has a wide range of rental properties on the market for lease that range from small residential condos to large single family homes.  One of the harder things to find is a property located in the Long Beach area that is considered newer construction and built in the last several years.  These types of rentals are very much sought after since select tenants prefer to have newer and modern finishes in a home.  We did a quick search and found 3 properties that were built in the last 3 years that include rentals found in Newberry Lofts, a 5 bedroom Poly High area home and a 3 bedroom townhome located in the Downtown Long Beach area.  Rental prices for these 3 properties currently range from $2,395 for the one bedroom Newberry Loft to $4,200 for the