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3rd Quarter Market Update.

So what has been happening in Alamitos Heights?

I tried a new service from Fiverr.com to make this great little video below. I did not want to use my voice for the voice over, but next time I will. After a few rounds of revisions, the voice over guy just could not get the correct pronunciation of “Alamitos”. I guess when you grow up in Southern California, you are used to the latin pronunciation of words and you don’t have to think about them.

Now for the update.

We seem to be in a state of  transition, we are not seeing the rapid price appreciation of years past. We hare heading to a more normal market. Values seem to be hitting a plateau.

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 If we look at the List price versus Sold price graph below, we can see that the majority of homes are selling below list price, with a few exceptions. One being 528 Havana Avenue, this solf for $200,000 over asking price!  I think it had to do with the fact that this home sits on large lot. The other large lot sale was 680 Havana Avenue. This home could have sold for more, but it is located one house south of 7th Street.

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This next chart shows us Sales by month, but what we really like to see is the number of sales per year. This year we have 15 closed sales. With the 3 pending and 3 active listings, we could be on track to end the year with 21 sales. This would put us close to sales of the past 3 years.

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What does all this mean to you? Simple,  SELL! If you are thinking about selling, now is the time. If you are thinking about buying, now is the time. Mortgage rates are predicted to move up, and when they do, your purchasing power moves down.

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Hot Real Estate Market, 4th of July Block Party, Santiago Ave Water Line Repair? Sharks in Colorado Lagoon!

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Alamitos Heights is in high demand. There are more buyers then sellers. Good properties are selling within 2 weeks, some faster. I have been holding open houses on a Listing( not mine) on Los Altos Avenue. I am speaking with people that have a strong desire to move into out neighborhood. Some are first time buyers, some coming from Belmont Heights and Belmont Shore. They are drawn here for the schools, the larger lots, the neighborly feel. (nothing new to those of us that live here). What does this mean to you? Values are still moving up.

If you know of anyone, who is slightly thinking about selling, now is the time!

I will be doing a more detailed post of the market in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Once again it was time for the Annual 4th of July Block party on Los Altos Avenue.  The fun started at 2pm and went well into the night with a movie screening. Fire Station 14 came by to cool things down. The kids really loved this.

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What is up with Santiago Avenue?

Things seem to be moving slowly for the valve replacement at the intersection of 4th Street and Santiago Avenue.  I spoke with Louanne Bean, the information contact for the project.  Ms. Bean stated things should be complete in another 3 weeks. Santiago avenue will be open at the end of each workday. If you have any question, call her at 949-293-6193

The Colorado Lagoon is now cleaner then it has been in years. My son and I went fishing on Sunday afternoon and had a great time. We are strictly catch and release. Did you know there are Sharks in the Lagoon? We caught 2, this was a surprise, but nice to see.

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If you are thinking about selling your house, and would like to know the current market value or discuss a sales plan, call or email me. If you know someone who wants to move to our wonderful neighborhood, call me, I would be happy to help find them a home. Remember, I am a  Long Beach Real Estate Agent, Certified Appraiser, and a resident of Alamitos Heights, Long Beach.  I know values. Call me for all your Real Estate needs 562-673-1138

 

A New Listing in Alamitos Heights

There is a new listing in Alamitos Heights.  680 Havana Avenue This a cute single story 4 bedroom  with 1 full bathroom, 1- 3/4 bathroom, and 2 -1/2 bathrooms. It has a bonus room and a pool.

If you know of someone who would like to move to our great neighborhood, and might be interested in seeing this house, have them call me. (562-673-1138)frontpool

 

( Note, this is not my listing, I have permission from the listing agent to show this property on the blog)

Alamitos Heights Then and Now

Dave Miller stopped by to share some pictures of Alamitos Heights from way back. Dave grew up here. His dad, George Miller moved here in 1946. He past away last year. ( future post)

Dave was telling me all kinds of fun stories about what it was like as a kid to Grow up in Alamitos Heights in the late 1940’s and 1950’s.

As you can see in a few of these pictures, there are Oil Derricks in the back grounds.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

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This is a photo of Dave Miller – 3yo (front, feet up) Larry Hunter, Russell Hunter, John Dykstra, Jr and Robert Johnson holding the wheel barrow. in the alley behind their house on Havana.

If you have any old phots, or if you  know some neighbors that have some, please have them contact me.

If you are thinking about selling your house, and would like to know the current market value or discuss a sales plan, call or email me. If you know someone who wants to move to our wonderful neighborhood, call me, I would be happy to help find them a home. Remember, I am a  Long Beach Real Estate Agent, Certified Appraiser, and a resident of Alamitos Heights, Long Beach.  I know values. Call me for all your Real Estate needs 562-673-1138

 

 

New Trees, New Sidewalks and a New Council Member!

There is a lot that has happened in Alamitos Heights in the past few weeks.

First of all, Alamitos Heights Resident, Suzie Price was elected as our new 3rd District Council Member. Congratulations, and may the repaving of our streets continue!

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Next, you may notice a few new Magnolia Trees were planted this past Sunday. We have recently had numerous old and dying Trees removed by the city, so I it is great that some new ones have been planted. I think the Magnolia trees add a distinct look to our neighborhood.

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Also, there was an AHIA neighborhood meeting with Council Member Gary DeLong. There were some “spirited” conversations about Dunkin Donuts and what impact it could have on our neighborhood.

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Last, Ultimo Avenue is in the process of getting new sidewalks installed. This is part of the Annual sidewalk repair budget. Future improvements will be to Repave 6th Street and add Roundabouts. Stay tuned.

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If you are thinking about selling your house, and would like to know the current market value or discuss a sales plan, call or email me. If you know someone who wants to move to our wonderful neighborhood, call me, I would be happy to help find them a home. Remember, I am a  Long Beach Real Estate Agent, Certified Appraiser, and a resident of Alamitos Heights, Long Beach.  I know the area. Call me for all your Real Estate needs 562-673-1138

Totem Poles in Alamitos Heights

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Have you seen the Totem Poles located at 357 Winslow Avenue?

I have always wondered why they are there. So I recently stopped by to ask the homeowner, Harold Whitmore about them.

Harold’s wife Geraldine is a member of the Tlinget Indians. They are a Native American People from the southeastern coast of Alaska.

( See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tlingit_people and http://www.ccthita.org/ )

Harold wrote the following about the poles

“ To those of you who have past 357 Winslow and wondered about the aging Totem Pole, Craig Wallace, though it would be nice to share the history.  Way back in 1967 the Tlinget Tribe of Alaska won there long lasting lawsuit against the government. So, We had a pot luck get together. The Raven, Frog, Bear and Eagle represent the different people of the tribe that were there. Since we are the ones that hosted the party, and my wife being an Eagle, the Eagle was at the top of the Crest.”

This was a local celebration that Harold and Geraldine had. They invited members of the tribe from all over southern California. Harold carved the pole. Tradition prevents them from restoring the totem.

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The second Totem was  made to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

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Harold also has a Desert Tortoise.

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Be sure to stop and take a look.

 

TlingitMap TlingitMap2If you are thinking about selling your house, and would like to know the current market value or discuss a sales plan, call or email me. If you know someone who wants to move to our wonderful neighborhood, call me, I would be happy to help find them a home. Remember, I am a  Long Beach Real Estate Agent, Certified Appraiser, and a resident of Alamitos Heights, Long Beach.  I know values. Call me for all your Real Estate needs 562-673-1138

 

New Long Beach Juice Bar in Alamitos Heights

New Long Beach Juice Bar in Alamitos Heights.

Did you know we have a new business located in Alamitos Heights?

Main Squeeze Juice Bar just opened on the corner of PCH and Bellflower. They are located in the same corner as the 49rs Tavern. They offer a variety of fresh squeezed juices and smoothies. They are currently open 8am – 6pm.

Stop in and support a local owned business.

Mention Alamitos Heights Blog and you can “buy 1, get 1 free”

Stop in and say hi today!

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Recent Sales in Alamitos Heights

There have been two recent closed sales in Alamitos Heights since January 1.

360 Terraine Avenue closed for $1,100,000. This is a 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath home with 3,398 SF per MLS. The lot size was 6,877. The original list price was $1,195,000.

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742 Los Altos Avenue closed for $692,500. This was a 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home with 1,700 SF per MLS. The lot size was 6,499. The original list price was $749,000.

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There are two homes in “Back-up  offer” status that should close in the next 30 days.

There are 5 Active Listings that range from $825,000 to $1,300,000.

790 Terraine 790 Terraine Ave

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If you would like to see any of these home, please call or email me.

If you are thinking about selling your house, and would like to know the current market value or discuss a sales plan, call or email me. If you know someone who wants to move to our wonderful neighborhood, call me, I would be happy to help find them a home. Remember, I am a  Long Beach Real Estate Agent, Certified Appraiser, and a resident of Alamitos Heights, Long Beach.  I know values. Call me for all your Real Estate needs 562-673-1138

 

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How many Pools are there in Alamitos Heights, Long Beach?

I was reading a blog that had a story about a German Graphic Designer that wondered how many pools are in the LA Basin(not including the San Fernando Valley),and there are 43,123. Per the Story, Long Beach has a total of 2,859 pools.

He ended up printing a book called The Big Atlas of LA Pools.

This story had me ask the question, “How many pools are there in Alamitos Heights?”

Thanks to Google Maps and Google earth, I was able to count a total of 123 pools. There is also 1 indoor pool that I know of, but never got to swim in.

The breakdown is as follows:

Between 7th and Colorado
Monrovia 4
Orlena 5
Panama 5
Santiago 12
Terraine 13
Havana 12
Los Altos 21
Ultimo 4
Flint 14
Winslow 6
Manila 1
4th 7
6th 0
Between Pch and 7th Street
Santiago 4
Terraine 10
Havana 3
Los Altos 1
Ultimo 1
123

So what does all this mean? Per Fidelity National Title, there are 702 Homes in Alamitos Heights and only 123  have pools. So, on those hot days in August and September, if you are not one of those 123 home, you better know someone that is.

I think I have been in 8.

Moral here, it pays to know your neighbors.

Here is a video that shows some of the 43123 pools in LA, some in Long Beach

If you are thinking about selling your house, and would like to know the current market value or discuss a sales plan, call or email me. Remember, I am a  Long Beach Real Estate Agent, Certified Appraiser, and a resident of Alamitos Heights, Long Beach.  I know values. Call me for all your Real Estate needs 562-673-1138

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