Nov. 18, 2016

Long Beach Named One Of The Top 5 Places To Live In The US

The NYPost just published an article naming their top 15 places to live in the US.

Long Beach comes in at #4 on their list, just ahead of Denver, Colorado and right behind Charlottesville, Virginia.

NYPost image of Long Beach CA

Here is a description of Long Beach from the article

"This relaxed coastal city of 469,000 is one of the most pedestrian- and bike-friendly in California, having aggressively implemented safe-streets measures in recent years. Protected bicycle lanes have increased ridership by 50 percent since 2012 and the city has been awarded a silver designation by the League of American Bicyclists. It’s welcoming to canines, too, with the only dedicated dog beach in Los Angeles County."

If you'd like to see what other cities are on the list, you can read the full article here

*Image courtesy of the NYPost.com

Nov. 10, 2016

The Green Olive Now Open In Bixby Knolls

 

green olive bixby knolls logo

Looking for a new place to eat in Bixby Knolls?

 

The Green Olive is now open! The Green Olive Restaurant is located inside the newly remodeled Liquor Land at 3580 Long Beach Blvd.

The Green Olive prides itself on using the finest and freshest ingredients while bringing the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean to Southern California.

The Green Olive menu offers a large selection, including but not limited to, specialty kabobs, home made hummus, baba-ghanouh, falafel, and tabouli.

If you live or are driving through the Bixby Knolls neighborhood, I highly suggest you stop by for a bite to eat at the Green Olive.

Have you eaten at the Green Olive?  Let us know about it, in the comments below.

Posted in Bixby Knolls
March 1, 2016

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW

This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House | Simplifying The Market

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. In that way, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price, but instead will have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house.

Realtor.com, gives this advice:

“Aim to price your property at or just slightly below the going rate. Today’s buyers are highly informed, so if they sense they’re getting a deal, they’re likely to bid up a property that’s slightly underpriced, especially in areas with low inventory.”

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This too may seem counter intuitive. The seller may think they would net more money if they didn’t have to pay a real estate commission. With this being said, studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

Research posted by the Economists’ Outlook Blog revealed that:

“The median selling price for all FSBO homes was $210,000 last year. When the buyer knew the seller in FSBO sales, the number sinks to the median selling price of $151,900. However, homes that were sold with the assistance of an agent had a median selling price of $249,000 – nearly $40,000 more for the typical home sale.”

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. That will guarantee you maximize the price you get for your house.

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Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 6, 2015

Ellen Cracks The Real Estate Code

Posted in Real Estate News
June 22, 2015

New Bixby Knolls Post Office Location Chosen

USPS Bixby KnollsThe new Bixby Knolls Post Office location has been chosen!

The new Post Office will be located at 4462-4470 Atlantic Avenue next to Marshall's.

Here is a copy of the letter from Dean Cameron who is in charge of facilities implementation for the USPS Pacific Division.

June 22, 2015
Mayor Robert Garcia
City of Long Beach
333 West Ocean Blvd., 14th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Dear Mayor Garcia:

The purpose of this letter is to provide a follow up to my previous correspondence dated April 28, 2015 concerning the review and selection of a new permanent location for the Long Beach, Bixby Station Post Office.

After reviewing the sites, the Postal Service has decided to select the property located at 4462-4470 Atlantic Avenue @ 45th Street (Shop space next to Marshall’s).  We believe this new location will provide the community with an upgraded, modern facility that offers a safe working environment for our employees and the level of service expected by our customers.

Sincerely,

Dean Cameron
Facilities Implementation-Pacific Area
1300 Evans Avenue, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94188-8200

cc:
Al Austin-Council Member 8th District
Heather Morrison-Assistant 8th District
Congressman Alan Lowenthal-47th District
Julie Tran-Office Manager 47thDistrict

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June 8, 2015

Newest Homes For Sale in 90807 - Weekly Update June 8, 2015

If you are looking for a home in the 90807 zip code, here is a list of the ones that have hit the market in the last 7 days.  If you have questions about any of them, feel free to contact me at (562) 225-1528 - Eric

3950 Cedar Long Beach, CA 90807

$1,100,000 4 BD 3.0 BA 2,600 SqFt

Stunning Ranch style manor, blending traditional charm, sunfilled spaciousness, and incredible quality! The reception foyer opens to a stunning fireside living room overlooking the front grounds. Formal dining room opens through double doors from the living room. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, prep island, stainless steel sinks, cook top, SUB-ZERO refrigerator/freezer, compactor & dramatic lighting opening to the huge family room. The family room boasts a marble faced fireplace; built-in display cabinets, 2 glass doored wine closets; plus 2 sets of French doors opening to patios and the rear grounds. Just off the family room and the master suite is an office/bedroom with built-in bookcases and 2 desks. Quietly secluded, the master suite features a luxurious bathroom with an sep shower and tub, a granite pullman with 2 sinks, dramatic lighting, tremendous wardrobe storage plus a romantic bedroom chamber opening through French doors to the rear grounds. Indoor/outdoor living and entertaining is amazing in a setting of park-like serenity. A beamed arbor and lantern lighting dramatize the granite party bar/barbeque center featuring a Viking grill and warming oven. Adjoining the finished 2+ car garage is the laundry room and great storage.

Click here for more details http://www.socalconnect.com/property/PW15120468

 3805 North Weston Long Beach, CA 90807

 $1,250,000 4 BD 5.0 BA 3,540 SqFt

Captivating brick ranch style manor in an estate like setting. An impressive brick walk & veranda lead to exquisite double entry doors. Gracious & sun filled, the living room features gleaming hardwood floors, large fireplace & garden views. The Formal dining room opens to enchanting garden/patio views, and French doors afford incredible indoor/outdoor entertaining. The Chef's Kitchen boasts marble countertops, 60" professional Viking gas range, 2 sinks, 2 dishwashers and 2 more convection ovens, walk-in pantry and additional prep area. A sunfilled family room adjoins the kitchen opening to a sheltered veranda and saltwater pool through 2 sets of French doors. Sunlight illumination dramatizes the wooden tray ceiling in the library. There are 4 bedroom suites as well as a quest bathroom. 3 of the bedroom suites feature French door access to garden patios. Master suite features 2 sets of French doors, luxurious custom marble bathroom and 2 walk-in closets. An expansive brick terrace shaded by custom cathedral pitched awning extends the home to the resort-like grounds. Garage parking for 3 cars. Truly a home of casual elegance affording an amazing indoor/outdoor lifestyle most people only dream of. Tucked away in the Virginia Country Club neighborhood.

Click here for more details http://www.socalconnect.com/property/PW15120518

4000 Chestnut Long Beach, CA 90807

$1,350,000 3 BD 3.0 BA 3,300 SqFt

Exquisite one story country manor, prestigiously set on a sprawling park-like lot in the heart of Virginia Country Club. Beautiful hand scraped maple wood flooring flows through the entertaining areas. Fireside lounging in the living room is stunningly dramatized by galleria spotlights. Formal dining flows seamlessly into the gourmet kitchen. The sun filled Kitchen boasts granite countertops, stainless steel appliances (Viking range, seperate refrigerator & freezer, Jenn-Air dishwasher), access to the patio, pool & play yards. A remodeled guest bathroom & a laundry room are convenient to a guest bedroom, office & garage. The family room has a beamed vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace, cushioned lounging bench & illuminated display niches. Quietly situated, the bedroom wing includes 2 bedrooms (each with tremendous storage), plus a huge bathroom (2 sinks, tub & shower). The secluded master suite features a wardrobe wall, a dressing room, an office and a luxurious bathroom (tiled pullman, shower, 2 sinks and a spa tub) & glass walls to the rear grounds. Indoor/outdoor living and entertaining is amazing with a sheltered patio extending the family room to the pool plaza with built-in barbecue center. A finished basement/play room/wine cellar is a huge bonus.

Click here for more details http://www.socalconnect.com/property/PW15121448

4156 Gundry Long Beach, CA 90807

$699,000 4 BD 3.0 BA 2,300 SqFt

One of a kind turnkey Long Beach home with a unique spacious guest house. This stunning home features 4 bedrooms 3 bath, upstairs master. Beautifully upgraded throughout, open bright and gorgeous kitchen with granite counters and modern cabinetry. New kitchen appliances, new flooring, new interior and exterior paint and new recessed lighting. Immaculate low maintenance landscaping, detached 2 car garage and long driveway. Guest house is splendidly spacious, an ideal rental or in-law quarters. It's a must see because it will not last!

Click here for more details http://www.socalconnect.com/property/RS15120377

626 Avery Long Beach, CA 90807

$799,000 3 BD 3.0 BA 2,656 SqFt

Crown Pointe is a gated community nestled in the Virginia Country Club area. This unit is the largest and most popular floor plan. The home is in "turnkey" condition. Beautifully landscaped, Milguard energy double pane windows throughout, custom wrought iron railings and scraped ceilings. There are two master suites, one downstairs with an atrium and water feature, and one upstairs. There is custom cabinetry in the living room, kitchen, family room, and third bedroom. Second bedroom is currently being used as an office. The kitchen has beautiful quartz counter tops and includes a cook top with a receding exhaust fan, double ovens, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave oven and garbage disposal, breakfast bar with pendant lighting. All the lighting has been upgraded to money saving LED lights. Numerous ceiling fans throughout. The double garage has lots of cabinets for storage and a long counter that can be used as a workbench. Backyard is perfect for entertaining with the pool, spa, patio, and BBQ. This home is not wired for FIOS, but it is available from the alley. Too many amenities to list them all!!

Click here for more details http://www.socalconnect.com/property/PW15119591

3845 Cedar Long Beach, CA 90807

$1,490,000 4 BD 4.0 BA 3,126 SqFt

Welcome to this bright, sparkling home set amongst unique custom homes in a leafy hollow of Virginia Country Club. The original 1950â??s home was reconstructed in 2005, morphing into a modern Mediterranean Villa with Tuscan and Spanish influence. Be dazzled by the extensive limestone flooring and countertops throughout, topped by contrasting exposed wooden beams, all abundantly illuminated by Spanish Chandeliers and vast dual pane windows. Entry from the walk-out breakfast nook takes you into the fully equipped chefâ??s kitchen with professional stainless appliances and nearby herb garden. Linger over an evening gourmet meal in the adjacent formal dining room in front of an open fire. Relax afterwards in the cavernous cathedral ceilinged family room or peaceful living room. The elevated master suite has a full bathroom with spa, walk-in closet and private balcony. Three more bedrooms are below, one with en-suite bath. A convenient hall closet houses the laundry equipment. The home is serviced by a direct entry two car garage, with additional parking in the motor court. This area is known as the Beverly Hills of Long Beach and has award winning schools, close by. Convenient freeway access. Come see! Make this the stage for your new lifestyle!

Click here for more details http://www.socalconnect.com/property/PW15115921

4530 Gundry Long Beach, CA 90807

$529,900 3 BD 2.0 BA 1,415 SqFt

Beautiful well maintained 3 Bedroom/2 bath home in Bixby Highlands area. Property features Large Den or can be used as a 4th bedroom w/closet and fireplace. Kitchen has granite counters with Natural wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances with separate dining room. Inside Large Laundry room with cabinets, Central AC and Heating, Crown Molding, Newer Windows, 2 Fireplaces, and Large backyard with cement patio for BBQ's. Most of the Plumbing and Electrical has been upgraded.

Click here for more details http://www.socalconnect.com/property/PW15119593

May 21, 2015

16 Best Things To Do In Long Beach

The online website Vacation Idea Magazine published an article last week with the “16 Best Things To Do in Long Beach.”

Here is their list.

  1. Shoreline Village
  2. The Queen Mary
  3. Aquarium of the Pacific
  4. Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
  5. Long Beach Museum of Art
  6. Long Beach Antique Market
  7. Parkers’ Lighthouse
  8. Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
  9. L’Opera Ristorante
  10. Harbor Breeze Cruises
  11. Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens
  12. Naples Rib Company
  13. The Scorpion Submarine
  14. El Dorado Nature Center
  15. Catalina Express
  16. Museum of Latin American Art

As a Long Beach resident, what would you add to the list?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Posted in Long Beach
April 28, 2015

What Is Happening To The Bixby Knolls Post Office

This is a copy of a letter the US Postal Service has sent to Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia regarding possible new locations for the Bixby Knolls post office that has been shut down.

Is there a location your prefer of the ones listed below?  If so, let me know in the comments.

Bixby Knolls Post Office

April 28, 2015

Mayor Robert Garcia
The City of Long Beach
333 West Ocean Blvd., 14th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Dear Mayor Garcia:

Below is a list of properties that have been reviewed by our Site Review Committee as possible locations, for the permanent relocation of the former Long Beach - Bixby Station.  This listing includes properties that are being considered as well as properties that have been rejected from further review and/or consideration.

Site/Locations currently under review (Contending Sites):

A) 3838 Atlantic Avenue.

B) 4121 Atlantic Avenue (Current Trader Joe’s).

C) 4250 Long Beach Blvd. (Trader Joe’s new location).

D) 4462-4470 Atlantic Avenue @45th St. (Shop space next to Marshall’s).

Sites/Locations rejected from further review (Non-Contending Sites):

E) There are no Non-Contending Sites.

No decision to select a site will be made for a minimum of 30 days.  Any members of the community or your office may offer written comments on any of these properties within this time frame.  Please mail your comments to my attention at the address shown below.

Dean Cameraon
Facilities Implementation
1300 Evans Avenue, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94188-8200

Sincerely,

Dean Cameron

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March 11, 2015

Long Beach Movies On The Beach Announced For 2015

The 2015 Movies on The Beach schedule has been announced.  Movies take place on Granada Beach in Belmont Shore.  Movies begin at dusk and parking is FREE.

Bring your friends and family and enjoy your favorite movies all Summer long beginning June 22nd.

Check out the flyer below for movies and dates.

Granada Beach in Belmont Shore Movie Schedule 2015

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March 2, 2015

Celebrate Women’s History Month at First Friday’s

First Friday’s is back again.Bixby Knolls Women's History Month First Friday's

Taking place this Friday, March 6, First Friday’s in Bixby Knolls will be honoring Women’s History Month.

Some of the events taking place are

  • Kidz Craft Zone Women’s History Art Project
  • Women’s History Month photo exhibit at Esquire Barber Shop
  • Music and poetry at TALB
  • French cooking class honoring Julia Childs at Chef Tech Cooking School
  • Much more...

To see a full list of events taking place at the First Friday’s Women’s History event visit the official First Friday site here http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/first-fridays-womens-history-month/

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