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Long Beach Real Estate Update – Ricardo the Realtor Does It Again with Another Satisfied Client – 5 Star Review

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5 Star Rated - Ricardo the Realtor - Long Beach Top Team

5 Star Rated – Ricardo the Realtor – Long Beach Top Team

Ricardo helped me sell my custom built dream home in Belmont Heights.  He handled the situation with professionalism and speed as he walked me through the process.  He managed to close a complicated closing with open city permits while making it seem convenient and simple.  He met the contractor and prospective buyers whenever needed which was extremely helpful to my work schedule.  I would recommend Ricardo for any real estate need.  Buying, Selling and renting he knows his city.  A+

Michelle W.

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Long Beach Storm – Rain – Flood – High Tide Warning Tips on Being Prepared

Long Beach Storm – Rain – Flood – High Tide Warning Tips

Heavy rain and flooding in Long Beach Warning

Heavy rain and flooding in Long Beach Warning


Significant amounts of rain are expected by Friday and Saturday in Long Beach, and more rain in  the foothill areas of Southern California. Thunderstorms are possible and high tides are expected on both  Friday and Saturday.


Be Prepared for Winter Storms

Cooler temperatures, fog, wind, and rain are here.  Significant amounts of rain are expected by Friday and Saturday in Long Beach, and more in the foothill areas of Southern California. Thunderstorms are possible.
City of Long Beach Public Works Staff has prepared the city for winter rains by clearing 3,800 catch basins; cleaning and testing 26 pump stations as well as preparing response teams to address any storm related issues that might arise.  Parks, Recreation and Marine staff has prepared the beaches and waterways for the winter storms by building berms to protect low-lying sections of the beach; installing debris booms to prevent trash from entering the marina areas; maintain storm run-off culverts on the beaches, and monitoring the lake and lagoon water levels to prevent flooding.
The rainfall is forecast to coincide with high tides, and city staff will be monitoring water levels in Naples to mitigate any flooding if possible.
Now is the perfect time for residents to prepare your home and family for the upcoming winter storms, as well as major emergencies in general; here are some suggestions to keep you and your family safe before, during and after a significant incident.   

Naples Island and the peninsula

Heavy Rain from storm to cause flooding in Long Beach.


Before a Severe Storm…
Take the following precautions:
· Keep copies of insurance policies, important documents as well as other valuables in a safe place and in a water resistant container.  Consider a safe-deposit box for critical documents or items.
· Consider purchasing flood insurance coverage for homeowners or renters.
· Store emergency supplies and contact information in a handy location at work and home.   Consider storing some items in your car as well.

· Build an “Emergency Kit” and make a family Communications Plan.  An emergency kit will serve you well in a storm, an earthquake or any other disaster scenario.  Visit the following websites for more information on preparing your emergency kit and your communications plan:, or
· Keep your car fueled and some cash on hand. If electric power is cut off, filling stations and ATM’s might not be able to operate.
· Know safe routes from your home or office to high, safe ground.
· Consider keeping some water proofing materials handy for emergency repairs, including sandbags, plastic sheeting, plywood or lumber, duct tape, etc.
Sand and Sandbags – Sand is currently available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate.Tomorrow afternoon, sand will be available at the following Long Beach Fire Stations:
· Station No. 7, 2295 Elm Ave.
· The Old Station No. 12, 6509 Gundry Ave.
· Station No. 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.
· Station No. 14, 5200 E. Eliot St.
Empty sandbags are available at all neighborhood Fire Stations, except the new Fire Station 12.   

Heavy rain and flooding in Long Beach Warning

Heavy rain and flooding in Long Beach Warning


During A Severe Storm…
Use these guidelines:
· Tune to local radio or television stations for emergency information and instructions from local authorities.  In an emergency KKJZ 88.1 FM will broadcast information to the Long Beach community.
· Avoid areas that are subject to sudden flooding.
· Do not try to walk across a flowing stream of water where the water is near or above your knees.
· Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during the storm, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing. Advise others of your destination and estimated arrival time.
· Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the storm.
· Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.   If you are driving:
o Know this – Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.  A foot of water will float many vehicles.  Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-up trucks.
o Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
o Do not drive around a barricade.  Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
o Slow down for traffic officers at intersections with non-working signal lights.  Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs.  Be aware of utility workers working in or near the road.
o Do not sightsee in flooded areas. Do not try to enter areas blocked off by local authorities.
· If advised by local authorities to leave your home, do not delay leaving.  Move to a safe area before access is cut off by floodwater.  Before leaving, disconnect all electrical appliances.

After A Severe Storm …

Take theses steps:
· Stay tuned to radio or television for information and instructions from local authorities.  In an emergency KKJZ 88.1 FM will broadcast information to the Long Beach community.
· Follow local instructions regarding the safety of drinking water. If in doubt, boil or purify water before drinking.
· Avoid disaster areas; your presence could hamper rescue and other emergency operations, and you may be in danger.
· Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. If electrical equipment or appliances have been in contact with water, have them checked before use.
· You should avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines. Report downed electrical lines immediately by calling 911.  To report a broken gas lines, first move to a safe location and then call Long Beach Gas & Oil at 562.570.2140.  If you hear a hissing or a roaring sound and smell an unusual odor, first move to a safe location and immediately call 911.
· You should avoid swimming in the ocean and bays during and within 72 hours of a storm. Obey all lifeguard instructions and posted signs at beaches.
Don’t be caught off guard, get the facts and know the risks. Take action to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your finances-before a weather event occurs and it’s too late.

Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for severe storms by visiting the following websites:

· Federal Emergency Management Agency

· California Emergency Management Agency

· NOAA Watch

· American Red Cross

We hope that this information helps you. If you have any questions about Real Estate in Long Beach please call us 562-533-4003. 

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Belmont Heights is a Historic District. Other Historic Homes and Historic Districts of The City Long Beach CA, Do you know where they are?

Historic Homes and Historic Districts in the City of Long Beach, California, Long Beach Real Estate


Historic Districs in Long Beach and Historic Homes

City of Long Beach Historic Districts

Historic Homes and Districts in the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Real Estate


Historic Homes and Districts in the City of Long Beach

The City of Long Beach has recognized certain buildings and neighborhoods as having special architectural and historical value. The City Council designates historic landmarks, historic districts, historic places and historic objects by city ordinance.

Buildings may be eligible for landmark status if they have historic and/or architectural value and have retained their original exterior form and materials. Buildings that are high quality examples of past architectural style or that have historical associations or unusual architectural characteristics may meet the criteria for landmark designation.

Historic districts are areas containing groups of older houses that are intact and unaltered. While each building may not be individually worthy of landmark status, collectively they preserve the visual qualities and ambiance of the past. Streetscape features, such as trees or light standards, may contribute to the historic value of the district.

Belmont Heights Historic District

A neighborhood of homes developed in the first decades of the 20th Century with some Victorian homes remaining. The Craftsman Bungalow style predominates with 2/3 of the homes in the area constructed in this style.

Other historic styles are Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revivial, and Neo-Traditional. The peak period of construction occured from 1918 to 1923, but the period of architectual significance is from 1905 to 1939.
Newport Ave.

Roswell Ave.

4th St.

7th St.

Bluff Park Historic District

A residential neighborhood consisting of large, stately single-family and multi-large family houses constructed between 1903 and 1949.

Located along the ocean bluffs, large two-story Craftsman Bungalows and Period Revival styles predominate.
Junipero Ave.

Loma Ave.

Ocean Blvd.

2nd St.

California Heights Historic District

Approved by the City in February 1990 and expanded in 2000, the City’s largest historic district consists of approximately 1500 properties, predominantly Spanish Colonial Revival homes constructed in the late 20s. A scattering of other styles, Craftsman Bungalows and Tudor Revival, may be found, including some homes moved here from other locations.

Neo-Traditional homes built in the late 30’s and early 40’s are also included. Large mature street trees and vintage street lights enhance the neighborhood ambience.
Wardlow Rd.

Bixby Rd.

Lime Ave.

Gardenia Ave.

Drake Park / Wilmore City

This district unites two previously designated districts, Drake Park and Willmore City. The former is named for Colonel Charles Drake, who was a pioneer developer of Long Beach’s Pike and beachfront resort. Willmore City is named for William Willmore, who first laid out housing tracts for Willmore City, which was later renamed Long Beach.

This neighborhood was part of Long Beach’s original 1881 city plan and contains the highest concentration of early 1900’s housing in the city, both single family and apartments. Homes here reflect Victorian, Craftsman, Mission, Prairie, Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial Revival styles.
Loma Vista Dr.

Park Court

4th St.

Magnolia Ave.

Irregular boundary to Nylic Court back to Magnolia to 7th St

Hellman Street Craftsman Historic District

A high concentration of Craftsman bungalows, built for middle-class working families, remains intact today in this district. Secondary “contributing” structures are Spanish Colonial Revival and Victorian.

Isaias W. Hellman, businessman, financier and real estate developer prominent in Los Angeles and Long Beach, is credited with developing this neighborhood. Hellman Street bears his name.
N. Of 9th St.

Between Orange & Walnut Ave.

Hellman St. (fr. Orange to Walnut) includ. Toledo Walk to alley

Both sides of Orange Ave. fr. 730-937

W. of Walnut Ave.

Between Hellman & 9th

Fr. 733-915 Hoffman Ave. (804-918)

Lowena Drive Historic District

An unusual cluster of four Chateauesque buildings constructed between 1919 and 1926 form a unique streetscape.

The street is named for the developer, H. N. Lowe, whose family owned a flower farm on this land from 1898.
230, 260, 280 Junipero Ave.

2202, 2220, 2230 Lowena Drive.

Rose Park Historic District

This district contains more than 500 buildings, primarily Craftsman Bungalows constructed between 1910 -1922, with many variations in architectural design evident. Also significant are the Spanish Colonial Revival homes of the Twenties and Thirties, and Neo-Traditional designs of the Forties.
East of St. Louis

Alley north of 7th St.

Coronado, and 10th St.

Sunrise Boulevard Historic District

Originally a ranch, then a milk sanitarium, this neighborhood developed adjacent to the Pacific Electric Railway line. Homes are predominantly Craftsman Bungalows, constructed between 1908-1924, ranging from large mansions to small-scale workers’ housing.

An early motor court, the El Cortez, was built in the early Twenties on the site of the sanitarium; today, it provides small apartments.
2515-2596 Lime

2444-2588 Olive

638-836 Sunrise

701-745 Vernon St.

804 E. Willow

Wrigley Area Historic District

Named for chewing gum magnate William S. Wrigley, Jr., developer of this two-block area, homes were built here in the Spanish Colonial Revival style between 1928 and 1934. The district has remarkable architectural consistency, unity and integrity.
2008-2191 Eucalyptus Ave.

439 W. 20th St.

417 W. 21st St

Bluff Heights Historic District

Adopted in 2004, the predominate architectural type in this district is the Craftsman Bungalow.

Intact Craftsman Bungalows constructed from approximately 1910-1923 are the single most prevalent type of home in the district.
East of Junipero Ave.

(not including Carroll Park or Lowena Dr. historic districts)

West of Redondo Ave.

South of 4th St.

North of Broadway

Brenner Place Historic District

The district contains ten small identical single-story structures on both sides of a narrow private street, culminating in two two-story structures adjacent to the alley.

Built by Mr. Steinbrenner in 1923, this group of Spanish Colonial Revival structures resembles courtyard housing. The visual unity and intimate scale create a unique charm reminiscent of a former era.
One block district located East of Alamitos Ave.

Between 7th St. & Hellman St.

Carroll Park Historic District

Curving streets lined with Craftsman Bungalows recall the horse-and-buggy era for this subdivision laid out in 1907. Landscaped islands are a unique neighborhood amenity.

Homes were constructed here between 1898 and 1923. Several old barns survive from an earlier time.
Carroll Park East

Carroll Park West

Carroll Park North

Junipero Ave.

3rd St.

Eliot Lane Historic District

Eliot Lane is a one block historic district with small-scale homes lining a narrow street that was originally called Eliot Court. The homes were all built in 1923 by a single builder, Boland & Smith, and represent an early subdivision of modest homes at a time of booming economic growth in the City.

All the original construction remains in place today. Architecturally, the Mission Revival style predominates, and points towards the future. Some of the homes are Craftsman in style, recalling a style that was passing out of favor. The street has unusual visual unity and cohesion, providing a snapshot of Long Beach in the twenties.
Between 3rd and Colorado

St. Joseph and Argonne in Belmont Heights.

Linden Avenue Historic District

Seven structures in this district represent a rich collection of various architectural styles popular in the early 1900’s: Greek Revival, Craftsman, Victorian/Craftsman blend and American Foursquare.

These mansions and large homes were built by prominent citizens. A second phase of development is represented by the Mediterranean multifamily structure, built for working class tenants.
Alley north of Anaheim to 14th St.

8 properties: 1324 to 1357 Linden Ave.

Minerva Park Place Historic District

Minerva Park Place is a tiny street lined with sixteen Spanish Colonial Revival homes built at one time as a single project in 1925. The district’s charm and small scale is reminiscent of courtyard housing.
1045-1085 Minerva Park Place

1724 and 1746 E. 11th St.

Rose Park South Historic District

This is a continuation of the Rose Park Historic District on the south side of 7th Street. The primary architectural style in the area is the Craftsman Bungalow.
N. of 4th St.

S. of 7th St.

Cherry & Coronado/Obispo

Includes only residential homes facing the avenues.

Wilton Street Historic District

The Spanish Colonial/Mission Revival homes which create a highly unified streetscape were all built as one subdivision by a single builder in late 1924. They all share common architectural features, yet each one is individualized. The original character of the homes are remarkably intact, preserving the charm and ambience of an earlier time.
3800 – 3926 Wilton St.

Between Termino and Grand Ave.

1634 Grand and 1637 Termino Ave.

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More Information on Historic Districts in The City of Long Beach:

The boundaries of the California Heights district are: Wardlow and Bixby Roads and Lime and Gardenia Avenues. This area of Long Beach was established in 1929 by Jotham W. Bixby out of agricultural lands of the Rancho Los Cerritos. Consisting of approximately 1,500 predominantly Spanish Colonial Revival homes built in the late 1920s, this is the city’s largest historic district. You can also spy a few examples of Craftsman bungalows and Tudor Revival and Neo-Traditional homes of the late 30s and early 40s. Some older homes were relocated there from downtown Long Beach during the early development.

Willmore City/Drake Park was the first historic district declared by the city. By 1978, the boundaries were Fourth Street to Twelfth Street and Loma Vista to Pacific Avenue. Willmore City, named for William Willmore, the developer of the American Colony, which was renamed Long Beach, was part of the city’s original 1881 plan and contains the highest concentration of late nineteenth and early twentieth century homes in the city. Victorian, Craftsman, Mission, Prairie, Italian Renaissance, and Spanish Colonial Revival styles are all represented. Drake Park, originally called Knoll Park in 1904 when it was annexed, was named for Colonel Charles Drake who developed the Pike and the Virginia Hotel in 1905-06.

The Carroll Park district was originally part of the Alamitos Township. The boundaries are Carroll Park East, Carroll Park West, Carroll Park North, Junipero Avenue, and Third Street. Landscaped “islands,” curving streets, several old barns, and Craftsman bungalows can be found as well as one great Mission Revival example. The curving streets were designed to keep farm wagons out of the neighborhood on their way to the downtown city market.

Bluff Park was the second historic district formed as a defense against the high rise multi- unit buildings being erected on Ocean Blvd. Its boundaries are Junipero Avenue, Loma Avenue, Ocean Boulevard, and Second Street. Large and architecturally distinctive houses were built between 1903 and 1949 along the ocean bluffs. Craftsman bungalows and Period Revival styles predominate.

The boundaries of the Wrigley District are 2008-2191 Eucalyptus Avenue, 439 W. 20th Street, and 417 W. 21st Street. It was named for chewing-gum magnate William S. Wrigley, Jr., who developed this two-block area of Spanish Colonial Revival style homes between 1928 and 1934.

Lowena Drive is a particularly picturesquedistrict that resembles a Hollywood set of the silent movie era. Its boundaries are 230, 260, and 280 Junipero Avenue and 2202, 2220, and 2230 Lowena Drive. Chateauesque structures built between 1919 and 1926 are found on this street named for developer H. N. Lowe, whose family owned a flower farm on the land in 1898.

The boundaries of the Hellman Street Craftsman District are the north side of Ninth Street between Orange and Walnut Avenues, Hellman Street from Orange Avenue to Walnut Avenue, including Toledo Walk to the alley; both sides of Orange Avenue from 730-937 Orange Avenue, west side of Walnut Avenue between Hellman Street and Ninth Street, and 733-915 Hoffman Ave. Named for Isaias W. Hellman who developed this neighborhood, the district features Victorian residences, Craftsman bungalows, and Spanish Colonial Revival homes.

Minerva Place is a very tiny district on Minerva Place between 10th and 11th Streets. Its boundaries are 1045-1085 Minerva Park Place and 1724 and 1746 E. 11th St. Sixteen Spanish Colonial Revival homes were built in 1925.

The Rose Park Historic District boundaries are the east side of St. Louis Avenue, the alley north of Seventh Street, Coronado Street, and 10th Street. Though Craftsman bungalows constructed between 1910 and 1922 dominate, Spanish Colonial Revival homes of the 20s and 30s, as well as Neo-Traditional styles of the 40s, are among this district’s more than 500 architecturally significant structures. Rose

Park South is an extension of the Rose Park district which was established later at the request of the residents. Craftsman style homes are the most common types of dwellings. The boundaries are the north side of Fourth Street, south side of Seventh Street, Cherry Avenue, and Coronado/ Obispo Avenues.

Sunrise Boulevard is a conglomerate of many period styles, including an old Bixby home moved from La Linda Place. The boundaries are 2515-2596 Lime Avenue, 2444-2588 Olive Avenue, 638-836 Sunrise Boulevard, 701-745 Vernon Street, and 804 E. Willow Street. Originally a ranch and then a dairy, this neighborhood predominantly features Craftsman bungalows built between 1908 and 1924. The El Cortez, built in the early 1920s as a “motor court,” or motel, is now an apartment complex.

Wilton Street was originally constructed for the staff at Community Hospital on Termino. The small homes have very deep lots and boast formal dining rooms. The boundaries are 3800-3926 Wilton Sreet between Termino and Grand Avenues, 1634 Grand Avenue, and 1637 Termino Avenue. The Spanish Colonial/Mission Revival homes were constructed in 1924 by a single builder.

Bluff Heights, the newest district was originally part of the Alamitos Township. The boundaries are Junipero Avenue, Redondo Avenue, Fourth Street. Many Craftsman bungalows were built between 1910 and 1923. Some unique structures include late nineteenth century farmhouses and the former home of architect Harvey Lochridge at Third and Orizaba.

Eliot Lane is another diminutive district comprised of Eliot Lane between Third Street and Colorado. A single block of small Mission Revival homes lines a very narrow street. At one time these homes were almost identical.

Brenner Place is another single builder district that is small, but significant for its style. It consists of a single block located east of Alamitos Avenue between Seventh and Hellman Streets. Ten identical single-story houses on both sides of a narrow private street and two two-story structures next to an alley create a sense of intimacy of a bygone era.

The Linden Avenue district is interesting because of its varied architectural offerings. Boundaries are the alley north of Anaheim Street to 14th Street, consisting of eight houses located at 1324 – 1357 Linden Avenue. Seven of the homes were built for prominent citizens and display Victorian, Classical Revival, Craftsman, and American Foursquare architectural styles popular in the early 1900s, while the Mediterranean multi-family structure was constructed at a later date. The district includes the Hancock Motors showroom with its wonderful Art Deco façade by Schilling and Schilling at the southeast corner of Linden and Anaheim Street.

Belmont Heights was originally a separate town until its annexation by Long Beach in 1909. The boundaries are Newport Avenue, Roswell Avenue, Fourth Street, and Seventh Street. It has a few Victorian homes, though Craftsman bungalows predominate. The historic streetscapes extend beyond the district and warrant further exploration.

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