First St. are estate size and, as can be seen, are quite
architecturally distinguished. Bluff Park is one of the
most affluent neighborhoods in Long Beach.
There is an old story about Long
Beach which says that decades ago the city was made up of
two groups of people: the ones who owned ships and the ones
who built them. And the ship owners lived in
(It could also be said that the two groups that made up Long
Beach at an even earlier date were the people who owned the
oil wells, and the ones who worked in the oil fields.)
Neither story is quite true.
Today, Bluff Park is a
narrow neighborhood -- only three blocks wide -- which
lies west of Redondo between Broadway in Belmont Heights
and Ocean Blvd. facing the beach.
It is clearly one of
the most affluent neighborhoods in Long Beach where
homes rarely become available for sale.
||In the 1960s when the rage
for high rise condos first swept across America, Long
Beach granted permission for the
Galaxy Tower to be
built on Ocean Blvd. near the edge of Bluff Park. It
remains one of the few condo buildings, and the tallest
one, in the neighborhood. Most of the other high
rise condos in Long Beach are closer to downtown.
As with many other neighborhoods in Long Beach,
architectural preservation is a dominant characteristic of
the area. The homes are large and within steps of the bluff
where stairs lead down to the beach. Prices are correspondingly