Lifestyles of Long Beach Presents:
LONG BEACH HISTORIC DISTRICTS
Long Beach is a thriving and bustling metropolis that’s constantly changing, as evident in the construction and development of various neighborhoods such as The Promenade between Broadway and 3rd Street, the North Neighborhood library, and even housing with the revitalization of three vacant buildings on Pine Avenue in Central Long Beach called Collage. With all of this growth, it’s hard to imagine what Long Beach was like back in its early days. Don’t worry, Ricardo the Realtor is here to bring you a list of exciting facts and introduce you to the city’s historic districts.
For all of you architectural buffs, be sure to check out our historic districts spread around the city. In order for the region or building to be considered historical it must “have historical/architectural value and have retained the original exterior forms and materials,” according to Long Beach Development Service. In all, there are 17 neighborhoods each with its own charm and significance. These residences, along with the streetscape features, such as trees or light standards, conjure up an image of the past and contribute to a sense of community pride. The architecture on these houses range from Craftsman Bungalows to Tudor Revival to even Victorian designs such as the Bembridge House on Park Circle Drive.
Aside from the historical homes, Long Beach itself has quite a history. Incorporated in 1897, the city was first used for agricultural purposes with the development of Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos. In the early 20th century, it became more of a seaside resort with less emphasis on agriculture. The Pike, the most famous amusement zone on the West Coast from 1902 to 1969, offered tourists and residents access to foods, games, and rides. The port, oil industry, and Navy shipyard and facilities gradually became the main focus of the city in the 1950s. For a more in-depth look at Long Beach, refer to Long Beach Historical Society and Long Beach Heritage.
In a city that has been in existence over 100 years, you will be able to find something for which you’re passionate and cultivate that passion with the help of Ricardo the Realtor. Ricardo and his team are experts in the Long Beach housing market and are always ready to show you the home of your dreams. Whether you are looking for a new home or to take part of history by living in a historical home, Long Beach is definitely the place for you.
|Belmont Heights||Period of architectual significance 1905-1939||Craftsman Bungalow, Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, & Neo-Traditional||Newport Ave., Roswell Ave.,4th St.
|Bluff Park||1903-1949||mostly Craftsman Bungalows and Period Revival styles||Junipero Ave., Loma Ave., Ocean Blvd.
|California Heights||late 1920s-early 1940s||Craftsman Bungalow, Tudor Revival,
|Wardlow Rd., Bixby Rd., Lime Ave.
|early 1900′s||Victorian, Craftsman Bungalows, Mission, Prairie, Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial Revival styles||Loma Vista Dr., Park Court, 4th St.
Magnolia Ave., Nylic Court – Magnolia to 7th St.
|Hellman Street Craftsman||Not Available||Craftsman Bungalow, Spanish Colonial Revival and Victorian stles||North of 9th St., Btwn Orange & Walnut Ave., Hellman St. (fr. Orange to Walnut), Both sides of Orange Ave. fr. 730-937, W. of Walnut Ave., Btwn Hellman & 9th, Fr. 733-915 Hoffman Ave. (804-918)|
|Lowena Drive||1919-1926||Chateauesque styles||∙230, 260, 280 Junipero Ave.
∙2202, 2220, 2230 Lowena Drive.
|Rose Park||1910-1922||Craftsman Bungalows, Spanish Colonial Revival, Neo-Traditional styles||East of St. Louis , Alley north of 7th St.
Coronado and 10th St.
|Sunrise Boulevard||1908-1924||Predominantly Craftsman Bungalows||2515-2596 Lime, 2444-2588 Olive
638-836 Sunrise, 701-745 Vernon St.
804 E. Willow
|This neighborhood was a ranch, then a milk sanitarium and is adjacent to the Pacific Electric Railway line|
|Wrigley Area||1928-1934||Spanish Colonial Revival styles||2008-2191 Eucalyptus Ave.
439 W. 20th St., 417 W. 21st St.
|The developer of the two-block neighborhood, William S. Wrigley, Jr., is also the chewing gum magnate.|
|Bluff Heights||1910-1923||Craftsman Bungalows||∙East of Junipero Ave.
(not incldng Carroll Park or Lowena Dr.)
∙West of Redondo Ave.
S. of 4th St., N. of Broadway
|Brenner Place||1923||Spanish Colonial Revival styles||One block district located East of Alamitos Ave., Btwn 7th St. & Hellman St.||10 small identical single-story structures on both sides of a narrow private street, culminating in two two-story structures adjacent to the alley.|
|Carroll Park||1898-1923||Craftsman Bungalows and several old barns||Carroll Park E., W., & N.
Junipero Ave., 3rd St.
|Eliot Lane||1923||Mission Revival and Craftsman Bungalows||∙Between 3rd and Colorado
∙St. Joseph and Argonne in Belmont Heights
|Linden Avenue||early 1900s||Greek Revival, Craftsman, Victorian/ Craftsman blend, Am. Foursquare, & Mediterranean multi-family structure||∙Alley north of Anaheim to 14th St.
∙1324-1357 Linden Ave.
|Minerva Park Place||1925||Spanish Colonial Revival styles||∙1045-1085 Minerva Park Place
∙1724 and 1746 E. 11th St
|Rose Park South||Craftsman Bungalow||N. of 4th St., S. of 7th St., Cherry & Coronado/Obispo, Only residential homes facing the aves.|
|Wilton Street||1924||Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival styles||∙3800 – 3926 Wilton St.
∙Btwn Termino & Grand Ave.
∙1634 Grand & 1637 Termino Ave.
One of the best ways to get a sense for living in Long Beach is to check out one of eight farmer’s markets in the city. Not only will you have access to some of the city’s freshest produce, flowers, and even honey, but you can also enjoy good music and peruse unique and hand-crafted items such as candles, jewelry, and purses. For your convenience, Ricardo and his team have compiled a list. These farmer’s markets offer free parking and are centrally located in some of Long Beach’s finest neighborhoods!LOCAL LONG BEACH FARMER’S MARKETS
Local Harvest Farmer’s Market
Cherry Ave. and Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
Tuesdays, 3 pm to 8 pm (7 pm in winter)
Appian Way and Nieto Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
Wednesdays, 3 pm to 7 pm
Uptown Farmer’s Market
Atlantic Ave. and E. 46th St.
This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in Bixby Knolls, at Atlantic Ave. & E. 46th St., flanking the east side of Atlantic Ave. (between Del Amo Blvd. and San Antonio Dr.)
Thursdays, 3 pm to 6:30 pm
Long Beach Downtown
Broadway & the Promenade
Long Beach, CA 90806
Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in the City Place Mall, on the lovely Promenade North between E. 5th and 4th streets, and on a lot across from WalMart, right next to parking structures (2 hours validated FREE! – validation machine on-site), a block east of Pine Ave.
Long Beach East
Wardlow Rd. and Norwalk Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90806
Saturdays, 10 am to sellout
This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held on the southwest corner of the Long Beach Health Department parking lot, a block south of E. Willow St. and just east of Redondo Ave. along E. Burnett St.
The Greener Good
2125 Santa Fe Avenue
Center Space in Admiral Kidd Park
Long Beach, CA 90810
Saturdays, 9 am to 2 pm
5th District Farmer’s Market
Corner of Clark Ave. and Spring St.
Long Beach, CA
Sundays, 8:30 am to 2 pm
Long Beach Marina
Marina Drive, south of 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90806
Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This weekly Certified Farmer’s Market is held in the parking lot of the Alamitos Bay Marina, on E. Marina Dr., one-quarter mile south of E. 2nd St., just west of Pacific Coast Highway.
When you purchase items from a stand, you can get to know the people who grow and make your food. Harbor Area Farmers Markets manages the city’s farmer’s markets and is dedicated to “encouraging cross-section interaction of the population, supporting low-income and oppressed populations, and offering a venue particularly focused on maintaining small family farms.”
Shopping at farmer’s markets is also good for the environment. Since many of Long Beach’s farmer’s markets only sell produce grown in California—usually within 200 miles— it reduces the time that the produce spends in transport, refrigeration, handling, and storage. Selling in an outdoor market eliminates the need for buildings, land, lighting, and air-conditioning, which is reflected in the cost of the products. Oftentimes these items are organic, so not only is it good for your body since it eliminates the chances of you ingesting pesticides and chemicals, but it also benefits the environment by reducing the amount of run-off in our water system.
Long Beach is full of community activities including our terrific farmer’s markets. They are open year-round and offer great food, products, and entertainment. These markets truly help enhance the lifestyle of Long Beach. Since many of these farmer’s markets take place on the weekend, why not plan your day around them? Take in the sights of Long Beach’s varied neighborhoods, get some light exercise, and befriend your fellow Home Owners!
Long Beach Rental Properties For Sale
Buying Rental Property: A Step by Step Guide!
It may be common knowledge that buying rental property can be one of the most secure and fastest ways to build serious wealth – but the “how to” knowledge is not so common. The steps to buying rental property, however, are not that drastically different from buying your own home, with a few important differences. This article is going to explain step by step how to buy a rental property and begin your entrance into real estate investing.
Step One: Do Your Homework Before Buying Rental Property
Please – please don’t skip this step. As soon as you’ve made your decision that you want to buy rental property, it can be easy to start shopping for homes and picking out the paint colors. However, your first step begins long before ever stepping foot into a house.
Doing your homework ahead of time means researching:
What kind of investment property you want to buy
How much you can afford to pay
What kind of neighborhood you want to invest in
What the average rent is in your area
What kind of return on investment you hope to make.
Doing your homework can be difficult for one major reason: You don’t always know what questions to ask. Because of this, BiggerPockets recently created the free “Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing” which will help any new investor learn how to get started. This guide will help teach you the necessary questions to ask.
Step Two: Make a Plan and Develop Criteria
Once you’ve done your initial homework, you can begin making a plan and setting your criteria. I highly recommend you write down your plan and goals, and refer back to them often. If you are looking to buy a single family home for between $150,000 and $200,000 – it’s easy to get distracted by the home with the beautiful garden for $250,000. By stating your plan and your criteria, you can hold yourself accountable to your goals.
Step Three: Arrange Financing
One of the most common mistakes made by homebuyers is to start searching before arranging financing. However, this error has caused untold heartache when buyers find they can’t afford the dream home they’ve found. This same principle applies to buying rental properties. Before shopping for your new rental property, be sure to talk with a bank about how much you can afford to buy. There are numerous different paths to real estate financing so be sure to weigh all your financing options before making your choices.
Step Four: Begin Shopping For a Rental Property
Now comes the exciting part! There are a lot of great ways that you can get find rental property. Begin by looking online at your local MLS to see what’s available. Go to:
Each of these sites search generally the same MLS listings, which all real estate agents have access to. However, these sites do not contain all the information needed (and sometimes do not even contain all the listings, either.) For this reason, it’s important to get in touch with a local real estate agent that you can trust to get you more information. An agent is generally only paid, by the seller, when you purchase the home – so for a home buyer, using an agent is typically free.
It’s often helpful to find an agent who specializes in working with investors, as they are more keenly aware of what makes a good rental property. Also – be sure to share your criteria (See step two above) for your rental property, and allow your agent to help you find the best properties that meet your qualifications.
Step Five: Make Your Offer
When you find a rental property you want to pursue, and have walked through it, your next step is to make your offer. To do this, your real estate agent will fill out the paperwork based on your requests and submit your offer to the selling agent. The selling agent will bring your offer to the seller, and negotiations will begin. For a great article on negotiations, check out How to Negotiate: 7 Real Estate Negotiation Tips.
Be sure to only spend the amount that makes the most sense to you. Determine how much cashflow you need to make and don’t let emotion override the numbers. Be willing to walk away and you’ll always hold the upper hand in the negotiations. If you can’t agree to a number that works for you – it’s not worth buying. Remember:
It’s better to have no deal than a bad deal. (Tweet This Quote!)
Also remember, price is not the only consideration. Depending on the popularity of the property and the strength of the deal, there are many other issues to include in your offer, including:
Seller financial concessions
These items are all important to discuss and decide if you will include in your offer. Be sure to talk with your real estate agent about all the necessary parts of the offer. Once you have a signed agreement with the seller and have agreed upon all terms, you now have what is known as “Mutual Acceptance.”
Step Six: Due Diligence
You’ve finally agreed on a price and you have a closing date set. Now, it’s time to begin your “due diligence.” During this period (according to the dates specified in your offer) you will hire an inspector to perform an condition inspection on the property, looking for any defects that may cost you money in the future. If something is found, you can always go back and re-negotiate with the bank (as long as it is within your “inspection contingency” timeline, as specified in your offer.)
If you are buying in a “hot market” it may not be wise to nickel-and-dime the seller, or they may refuse to perform the steps and walk from the deal, giving it to someone else. On the other hand, it’s important that you don’t get stuck with a property that has major problems – so be sure to weigh the decisions carefully and keep your goals in mind at all times.
During this time between “mutual acceptance” and closing – you will also finalize the financial arrangements with your bank or other lender. This is also the time when the Title Company or Attorney, depending on your local customs, will take over facilitating the transaction. When the day of closing comes, you will sign documents and will be given keys to your new rental property.
Step Seven: Start Landlording
Finally, the deal has closed and you are now a landlord! If the property is vacant, you will need to learn how to rent your house (be sure check out How to Rent Your House: The Definitive Step by Step Guide” here on BiggerPockets. You will also need to brush up on your landlording skills, so be sure to check out “How to Be a Landlord: Top Ten Tips for Success” and ask questions, for free, anytime on the BiggerPockets forums. Also – don’t forget to check out the BiggerPockets Ultimate Guide to Tenant Screening to ensure you only rent to the best tenants!
Do you have any tips for buying a rental property? Or do you have any questions? Leave your comments below to discuss!
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Some of the Long Beach Homes/Communities include: Alamitos Beach, Alamitos Heights, Belmont Heights, Belmont Park, Belmont Shore, Bixby Knolls, Bluff Park, Bluff Heights, California Heights, Carroll Park, Downtown Long Beach, Del Lago, Naples Island, The Peninsula, Spinnaker Bay, Los Cerritos, Virginia Country Club, Bixby Hill, University Park Estate, Park Estates, College Park, Wrigley. Other areas: Lakewood, Signal Hill, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach.
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“For all of your Real Estate needs and more… Call Ricardo The Realtor”
Ricardo Perdomo, aka “Ricardo the Realtor,” is a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty has a progressive approach to local real estate in Long Beach. Utilizing cutting-edge online marketing, which includes a thriving You Tube channel, Ricardo Perdomo not only buys and sells some of the most stunning homes in Long Beach, he showcases the kind of captivating lifestyle that comes with living in a exciting metropolitan city, with a mosaic of cultural influences, married with the charm of a beach town.
As a Long Beach resident for the last 14 years, “Ricardo the Realtor” is so enamored with the town he lives in that he has a whole website dedicated to giving insider tips on enjoying all the city has to offer. LifestylesOfLongBeach.com provides information on places to visit, eat, have fun, tour and live. If that doesn’t give someone enough insight on the city, the consummate agent offers a private tour with detailed community information.
The local real estate expert is genuinely proud of his city. He understands its pulse and all of its intriguing enclaves. When asked about why he loves Long Beach so much, the ardent realtor said, “I get really excited about Long Beach. It has everything. I don’t feel like I have to go to another city. We have a beautiful beach, a burgeoning downtown full of art and culture, communities with a small-town feel, golf courses, great public transit, and lots of user-friendly bike paths. To farmer’s markets and flea markets to concerts, art walks and boating competitions, there are so many events throughout the year. We have an airport and a seaport. It’s a self-sustaining city. It’s laid back, yet sophisticated and classy. It has finesse.”
With the Craftsman, Spanish Colonial and Victorian homes, Italian Villas, English Tudors, beachfront properties and posh high-rise condos Long Beach has to offer, Perdomo contends that Long Beach has a home and a neighborhood to fit everyone’s taste. Many real estate agents try to take on the whole city of Long Beach themselves, but with Long Beach’s enormity and diversity in mind, Ricardo has started compiling a Lifestyles of Long Beach team with two additional agents, Josie Neglia, aka “Josie the Realtor,” and Marisol Navar aka “Marisol the Realtor,” to help him zone in on each distinct community. This way the team can be well informed on the nuances of each neighborhood, beyond just home values. “Being involved in many facets of lifestyle in Long Beach makes it possible for us to help our clients and their families make their house a home,” said Perdomo.
“Our TEAM always outperforms an Individual.”
Perdomo’s personality and interests are a reflection of the city itself. He’s a complex, forward-thinking man with varied interests. He’s down-to-earth, but enjoys the finer things in life. As an artist, Perdomo participates in yearly art events, such as the Belmont Shore Chalk Art Fest where he won second place in 2010 for the overall competition. He is also the co-organizer of the Long Beach Figure Drawing Group. He has also volunteered at the Museum of Latin American Art for over ten years. “I believe that art is a crucial part of our society because it can evoke such positivity and meaning in our lives,” said Perdomo.
Perdomo loves children. He is going on his fifth year as Religious Education Instructor for first grade children at St. Bartholomew Church in Belmont Shore. He is very active in his faith and finds great happiness in helping others. He is on the Board of Directors of Comprehensive Child Development, Inc., Long Beach, a non-profit organization that provides quality child care, education and support services for hundreds of low income families and their children in Long Beach and surrounding cities.
He is well-known in Long Beach and actively involved as a volunteer in several improvement associations for the island of Naples where he resides which are: Naples Improvement Association, Naples Island Business Association & Naples Seawall Committee. If you want to know where to dine, play or relax in Long Beach, then Perdomo is the man to ask. In order to promote local businesses in Long Beach, Perdomo passes out exclusive coupons to his clients that provide a glimpse of Long Beach lifestyle at its best. His latest offer was for 15% off at Michael’s of Naples Ristorante, the best fine-dining restaurant in Long Beach, and one of the top restaurants in all of Los Angeles. Ricardo the Realtor really believes that we gain more by helping others and that includes local business. People helping people is what you will hear Ricardo say frequently.
To learn more about living in Long Beach and Ricardo Perdomo aka “Ricardo the Realtor” go to www.RicardoTheRealtor.com.
“Our TEAM always outperforms an individual.”
Your Long Beach Real Estate Team is here to help you. Communities include: Alamitos Heights, Alamitos Beach, Bay Harbour, Belmont Shore, Belmont Park, Belmont Heights, Bixby Knolls, Bixby Terrace, Bluff Park, Bluff Heights, California Heights, Carroll Park, College Park, Del Lago, Downtown, La Rochelle, Naples Island, Park Estates, The Peninsula, Wrigley… and surrounding cities such as Lakewood, Seal Beach, Signal Hill.