The overall effect of the home is one of comfort and color, and it’s a bit cozier than the more minimalist Cliff May homes in its neighborhood to the north.
Throughout the house are some quirky features, including a hidden door that leads surreptitiously to a bonus room and a train that travels on a track near the ceiling.
The residents voted 227-202 in 1956 to become the Switzerland of East Long Beach and, so, for almost 70 years, they’ve been pretty content to live in a hybrid area with the county providing most services, and Long Beach pitching in for others.
The name that you shall call the bridge henceforth: Long Beach International Gateway Bridge.
“Architecture is really important to me,” said Carl Dene. “I got my degree in graphic arts, so good design is very meaningful to me.”
The house is fairly hidden on Smith Place, a tiny dead-end spur jutting east of the 2100 block of Orange Avenue. It’s affordable, after a fashion, relative to most houses for sale in Long Beach.
Later, looking at security camera video, Antonelli counted 63 people making havoc with his restaurant for three and a half hours. “They were taking armloads of liquor and food out to vans in the garage and they’d fill them up and the vans would drive away. It was all very orchestrated.”
The property includes a separate 1,720-square-foot art gallery/workspace with two separate units, each with its own bedroom, bath and kitchenette, facing 19th Street.
Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell plans to introduce legislation naming the bridge after the public weighs in on these three options.
Just how big the event will be still depends on the state of the pandemic locally and what restrictions are in place on July 3.