a blue two-story home with darker blue balcony and a large brick patio.
A brick patio for entertaining is a key feature of the duplex at Horny Corner at Alamitos Bay. Redfin photo.

Oh, to be in your 20s or 30s and have the summers free and live at the beach with all the time in the world to do as you please. And, as long as you’re dreaming, toss in $2.795 million to buy what could be the ultimate beach/party house to make your life of idle leisure just that much more enjoyable.

That’s the listed price tag on what has to be considered one of the sweetest party houses in town, right at Alamitos Bay’s rightfully famed Horny Corner on 111 Bay Shore Ave.

Beach scene at the bay with dozens of people in swimsuits next to a street lined with palm trees.
Crowds fill the Horny Corner Tuesday, August 18, 2020, in Long Beach. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

That’s a street that’s closed to traffic every day in the summertime, turning your front yard into a front-row seat to the postcard scene of the seasonal celebration that goes on daily from sunup to sunset.

If there’s a drawback, it’s that you most likely have to share the two-story beach pad because it’s a duplex consisting of identical two-bedroom, one-bath units, each covering 1,138 square feet. Another potential problem would’ve been parking, a near impossibility for Bay Shore visitors and residents in the summertime, but this place avoids the issue with a pair of one-car garages along with additional outdoor space for three more vehicles.

I told the listing agent Bill Larson what I thought of the property.

“Well, you’re welcome to make an offer on it,” he said hopefully, though knowing full well what it is that I do for a living.

“I could give you an offer, but you’d just get mad at me,” I told him.

Dining area and living room next to full-length windows with views of Alamitos Bay.
The view from a living room and dining area of Alamitos Bay. Redfin photo.

Nelson noted the variety of options the buyer would have with the purchase.

  1. You could tear it down and build two townhomes on the lot and a half.
  2. You could make one unit a long-term rental and use the other one for an Airbnb-style vacation rental.
  3. You could live in one and rent out the other to help pay for your roughly $18,500 mortgage payment.

It’s limited only by your imagination. And available funds.

A vintage kitchen with green and white tile, white cabinets and a vintage stove
A vintage-style kitchen in one of the units. Redfin photo.

The units have a strong beach vibe, which translates to not-particularly-modern. If you hanker for something glitzy, you’ll want to spend some additional money on upgrades, particularly in the bathrooms and kitchens, neither of which I find particularly objectionable—they’re all vintage, including the stoves and tilework, all perfectly fine for a leisurely beach life, if not for hosting an A-list dinner party.

Dining here can be done in eating areas looking out over the bay, or, better yet, on the front patio, where you can keep one eye on the barbecue and the other on the ever-changing passing parade.

Brick patio with furniture and brown wood fence next to the sand and waters of Alamitos Bay.
The bayfront brick patio next to Alamitos Bay. Redfin photo.

The access to the top floor is by an exterior staircase, underneath which you can stow your bay toys—paddleboards, kayaks, lawn chairs and anything else you want to haul out over the seawall and into the bay.

The units’ bedrooms are serviceable, though not built for expansive wardrobes. In all, it’s all about location and the outdoors, and if you want to dive headfirst into beach culture and lifestyle, it’s hard to beat this place—or places, however you want to play it.

Perfection on the Peninsula’s Bayside, listed at $7M

Tim Grobaty is a columnist and the Opinions Editor for the Long Beach Post. You can reach him at 562-714-2116, email [email protected], @grobaty on Twitter and Grobaty on Facebook.