The residence at 2501 E. First St. has been a fixture on home tours of Bluff Park, where visitors have admired its faithful Spanish Revival style.
Today, there are just five single-family homes in Long Beach listed at more than $4 million. The elite homes of Long Beach.
North Long Beach might still be the best place to start out and build your wealth in Long Beach. Of course, it takes a bit more wealth to start out these days than it did a dozen years ago.
There are plenty of ideas that have come and gone between the whale and the ship. Part of Long Beach’s rich history is our propensity for welcoming into town every ragtag traveling salesman waving around a new cockamamie idea to lure mobs of tourists to town.
There are a few homes in Long Beach in the half-million-dollar range, a relatively affordable amount these days. It’s likely none of them are the house of your dreams, but you’ve gotta start somewhere.
Mabel Steed and her husband Robert built their home on this spot in 1932. It was the first house on what would become Geneva Walk at a time when Naples was out in the sticks and yet to become the high-priced fashionable neighborhood that it has grown to be in the intervening years.
Maureen Neeley is a house detective of sorts—researching when a home was built, its former residents, old photographs and other historical information.
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.