ZIPping around Long Beach: Midtown’s 90813

This is the ninth in a series looking at real estate in the city’s different ZIP codes. Read our last edition about the 90810 here.

The 90813 runs between Seventh Street and Pacific Coast Highway between Cherry Avenue and across the LA River to the city’s western boundary.

The ZIP does have higher crime than other parts of the city, according to CrimeGrade.org—but it’s a place far more affordable than other ZIP codes.

The mean home value, according to Zillow, is $574,000, about $220,000 below the mean value in Long Beach as a whole, and you’re likely going to need to spend closer to $600,000 for a home that may approach the home of your dreams.

The 3.2-square-mile area is home to about 60,000 people, making it very dense, packing more than 18,000 people per square mile. Nearly 90% of its residents are renters.

One of the area’s more attractive assets is the fact that it’s home to much of the charming Drake Park/Willmore City Historic District with its high concentration of Victorian, Craftsman and Italian Renaissance homes, many meticulously restored or preserved, going back to the earliest days of the 20th century. The district is located around Drake Park, an elysian respite from traffic and noise and a favored gathering spot for people in the surrounding neighborhoods.

While the ZIP is fairly light in terms of retail and services, you don’t have to drive far south or east to find what you need or want.

Here are three homes to consider in the 90813 ZIP code area:

A four-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 740 Magnolia Ave. Listing photo.

Put this four-bedroom, one bath Craftsman home in Belmont Shore or Bluff Park and you’re looking at seven figures, but this nice 1,014-square-foot home in the Drake Park/Willmore District at 740 Magnolia Ave. is yours for $599,000.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice it has a sweet, wide and inviting front porch overlooking a lush, landscaped front yard.

Inside, a large living room window gives you a similar view as you’d get from the porch. The open floor plan flows from the wood-floor living room into the kitchen, which is on the smallish size, not unusual for a 1910 home.

The property is listed by Realtor Yumana Yunes of Keller Williams, Santa Monica.

A two-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 837 Maine Ave. Listing photo.

Although listed at the same $599,000 price as the much larger Magnolia Avenue Craftsman we just looked at, this two-bed, one-bath home at 837 Maine Ave. on Drake Park in the historic district has been fully upgraded and virtually rebuilt, so as not to be recognizable from its original 1924 condition.

In fact, the construction date has been totally modernized with a completely remodeled bathroom and kitchen, new flooring, windows, ceiling fan doors, plumbing and electrical, including a new electrical panel.

The turnkey house is listed by Karen Phung of Superior Real Estate Group.

A four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 1732 E. Pacific Coast Highway. Listing photo.

How’s this for a selling point? You walk out of this home, back your car out of the garage and hop onto Pacific Coast Highway for a straight and beautiful shot all the way up through California, Oregon and Washington. You’re just a few short steps away from the 656-mile highway.

The downside: Although about 600 miles of PCH are through beautiful places—Malibu, Big Sur, Monterey, the rain forests of the great Northwest—arguably one of the least scenic portions of it are in Long Beach. So, that limits the price of a spacious, 1,328-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bath house at $600,000.

The home at 1732 E. Pacific Coast Highway, built in 1900, has, of course, been updated over its 123 years of service. This one has had both bathrooms refinished, has new doors and floors and to help keep the racket down, dual-pane windows.

Directly across the highway from Long Beach City College’s Pacific Coast Campus, the house also has a nice backyard with a fire pit and lawn for the dogs and kids.

It’s listed by Sasha Kuczynski of Ge Dean and Associates.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove descriptions of the 90813 neighborhood that do not meet the editorial standards of the Post. You can find the Post’s transparency portal here, which includes our ethical guidelines. Email Executive Editor Melissa Evans with questions or feedback: [email protected]

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.
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