The Beach & Oceanaire on Ocean Boulevard was one of Long Beach’s more beloved and enduring motels. The homes that replaced it are going up for sale.
If prices ever drop will you be able to finally get your foot in the home-ownership door, or will hedge fund companies snap up inventory as greedily as a pair of pet Pembroke Welsh corgis attacking the platter of pigs-in-a-blanket that you accidentally dropped on the rug?
It’s a beautiful old two-story Craftsman set on more than a quarter-acre lot that’s dotted with century-old trees. If $785,000 seems like a steal, it is, and whoever ends up buying it will likely have to pay more than the asking price.
The Beer house checks off most of the distinguishing features of Mission Revival: Most importantly, the mission-shaped roof, along with roof parapets, arched doorway, overhanging eaves and red clay tile roof.
The home, designed by the Long Beach architects John Duffy and Leo Dreher, was built for John F. McGill and his wife Millie in 1961. Among Duffy & Dreher’s other work around the city were the old-London-style buildings in Mary’s Gate Village adjacent to the Queen Mary.
The tract style of Storybook homes affordable and came into favor in the mid-1950s before fizzling out about a decade later.
The five-bedroom, six-bath, 4,671-square-foot Spanish Revival home was built in 1930 for Eugene Tincher, who attended Long Beach High School (a precursor to Poly High) before graduating from Stanford Law and opening his Long Beach law office in 1915.
According to listing agent Janet Neman of Kidder Mathews, the buyers intend to build a mixed-use development on the site, just west of The Current Apartments and on the same block as the 35-story Shoreline Gateway luxury apartment complex.
The site is likely to continue serving as a restaurant, and it’s ideally set up to function as one, at least so long as COVID-19 and its delta variant don’t bring further restrictions.
California Heights is quickly becoming one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city for home sales, thanks in a large part to its location close to high-paying jobs at the booming space technology industries near Long Beach Airport.