Alamitos Heights Long Beach

Your Neighborhood Blog by Craig Wallace Group

Chiney Sweep just like in Mary Poppins!

So this is somewhat embarrassing. I have never had my Chimney Cleaned since we bought our house.

I decided this was the year.

Here are a few reason why you should have your Chimney Cleaned Yearly

  • Remove soot
  • Remove built-up creosote
  • Check for cracks

Built up Creosote forms a layer on the interior of the chimney. Over time, this can build up and restrict the flow. Worse, the Creosote can catch fire, resulting in intense heat that can spread and potentially catch your home on fire. Not Good.


So, I called Chuck First Chimney Sweep. He used to own the Fireplace shop by the 49rs Tavern on PCH and Bellflower.

Chuck rolled up to the house on his bicycle with all his equipment. It was a total Mary Poppins Experience. Chuck was super nice, did a great job and left everything spotless


Give him a try 562-438-6811

Cost of Land in Alamitos Heights?

I often get asked what the Land Value or Lot Value is in Alamitos Heights. Well now we have two good comps for that. Both have recently had the structures demolished

The most recent is 5473 E. 4th Street. This property recently sold for $703,000. The lost Size was 6,483 SF. The original List price was $850,000, then dropped to $749,900. The Cost per SF of land is $108/sf.


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The second property was 5525 e. 4th Street, this sold back in June of 201 for $711,000. It was originally listed for $725,000. The lot size is 6,483 Sf. This works out to $110 SF (rounded)


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It will interesting to see what is built on these two lots, Stay tuned.

Remember, if you are thinking about selling or buying in Alamitos Heights, contact me, I am the Local Expert, a Resident and a Certified Appraiser.


Marine Stadium Farmers Market

One of the best things about living in Alamitos Heights is the Wednesday Farmers Market.

I hope you enjoy this video that was shot and edited by a local Alamitos Heights teenager.




Remember, if you are thinking of selling, now is a great time. Call me for a free private evaluation of your home and a market update. Remember, I am a Alamitos Heights Resident since 1996. A Realtor, and Certified Appraiser.

Alamitos Heights year end Stats, new Listing coming up.

I have been trying to get this post out for awhile.  So, lets not waste anymore time!

2014 was good year for AlamitosHeights. We had 24 sales. This keeps up with average we have seen over the past few years and is a consistent rise since 2012.




The Lowest price was $554,000 and the highest price was $1,275,000.  The average price is $901,979, and the Average Days on Market was 69 days.




September has the most closed sales with 4. This means these homes were active during the summer “selling months”. However, April, July and December each had 3 closed sales.  I think the story here is, if you have a home with good appeal to the market it will sell at any time.


My favorite graph is the one below. This is a historical scatter graph that shows all the sales since 2001. You can really see the ups and downs of the market.

 All Sales since 2001

 Something I hear all the time from owners is, “ Zillow says my home is worth, such and such”  Since I am also a Real Estate Appraiser, I find this chart interesting. I always tell people to lean to the conservative side when looking at a Zillow “Zestimate”.  What do you think?


 Some of you may have stopped in while I was holding an open house at 750 Havana Avenue. What was confirmed is that there are A lot of people that want to live in AlamitosHeights.  If you have thought about selling, now is still a good time.



Speaking of selling; I have a new listing that will be coming on the Market on Orlena Ave. This is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with a Lap Pool and a Studio off the back of the garage(buyer to verify permits) If you know of anyone looking have the contact me.



Have you seen the remodel going on a 400 Los Altos Avenue?  Nick and Holloand Brown moved from Manila to this location last year. They are building a “Green Remodel” They have a website for the project

They will be hosting an open house for all to attend this Sunday from 1-3pm

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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


Simms Pond


If you are like me, you have driven by Simms Pond on the corner of Loynes and PCH for years, and have only seen it through the fence.

Well, thanks to readers of this blog that asked if I knew anything about it, I called the man who does, Lenny Arkinstall of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards to arrange a visit.

A very brief History:

Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s there was a Bait Shop at the corner of Loynes and PCH called Simms Bait and Tackle. hence the name Simms Pond. Then in 1977/78, developers wanted to build homes in what is now Del Lago and BayHarbour. As a condition for these developments, the California Coastal Commission required that Simms Pond be set aside for a Biological Reserve. In 2003 the Del Lago Community Association and the Bay Harbour HOA deeded the land to the city.

The pond is what they call a seasonal “vernal pool”, meaning it will be dry at sometime during the year.  Lenny informed me that the pond is the healthiest it has ever been and that the drying of the pond by the drought this year has actually helped to air out and repair the soil.

The pond is home to many species of birds and wildlife. (Click here simsbirds 2013 – Final v 1 1 (2) )

After 25 years of driving past the pond, it was a treat to be able to see it up close. This really is a hidden gem in the city of Long Beach.

If there is enough interest, we can arrange a group tour. But for now, enjoy the pictures






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