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.
The rise in price of the Ranchos has been staggering over the past decades as they’ve set record sales prices every couple of months, since a Cliff May first broke the million-dollar mark with the sale of a home at 3070 Karen Ave. in May 2019.
Original leaded-glass windows and bookcases, mellowed oak flooring, exposed redwood beam ceilings, imported English oak paneling and intricately carved concealed cabinetry are just a few of the home’s features.
The Red Room will be open for lunch, by reservation, on Thursdays with a limited prime rib menu. And soon, the public will be able to drop by for a cocktail or a beer Monday through Thursday in the Linden Lounge.