Happy Summer! I hope that this newsletter finds you a little more relaxed than usual and enjoying your summer!
Recently, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 days in Long Beach, California. Admittedly, I have not spent much time in Long Beach outside of the Long Beach Aquarium. However, while I was there, I realized that I had stumbled upon one of Southern California’s best kept beach town secrets. From my experience that weekend, I discovered that Long Beach is a diverse and stylish town which offers historic or educational experiences yet has a very modern side.
The town offers great crab, lobster and seafood restaurants, among many others. I tried Big Catch Seafood House on East Broadway. If you go, try the lobster roll or the soft-shell crab sandwich or both! Parking was easy, service was friendly and I can’t wait to go back for the food!
Long Beach has its own airport, convention center and performing arts center which is lined with various pubs, restaurants and great shopping. This area is a vivid contrast to the historic parts of the town.
The historic Queen Mary resides in Long Beach aboard which visitors can take an historic tour, stay overnight, enjoy brunch and on the Fourth of July, experience what has often been cited as one of the best fireworks shows in Southern California.
Of course, as far as real estate goes, Long Beach is really one of the last “affordable” beach towns in Southern California. A recent search of 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom condominiums yielded more than 50 listings ranging from the beautifully historically refurbished to the modern and updated to the fixer upper in need of some vision. The prices of these units ranged from $299,000 – $1,299,000. And many of the units or building were walking distance from and with a view of the ocean!
So whether you’re looking to buy, rent or just get away for the day, I recommend checking out a travel treasure in our back yard! Please be safe and enjoy!