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EXPLORE LONG BEACH’S RICH HISTORY WITH LIFESTYLES OF LONG BEACH

Lifestyles of Long Beach Presents:

LONG BEACH HISTORIC DISTRICTS

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Long Beach is full of interesting history which can still be enjoyed.

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.

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The Bembridge House is a Queen Anne Victorian style home built in 1906 on Park Circle Drive in Long Beach

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.

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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.

Neighborhood

Time Period

Architectural Styles

Area Encompassed

Other Notes

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.
7th St.
Bluff Park 1903-1949 mostly Craftsman Bungalows and Period Revival styles Junipero Ave., Loma Ave., Ocean Blvd.
2nd St.
California Heights late 1920s-early 1940s Craftsman Bungalow, Tudor Revival,
Neo-Traditional
Wardlow Rd., Bixby Rd., Lime Ave.
Gardenia Ave.
Drake Park/
Wilmore City
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.
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Long Beach has 17 historical districts around the city.