|Spanish Revival style homes
built in the 1920s and 1930s sit side by side with
Craftsman bungalows in historic
From oil boom town to Historic
District -- the Long Beach neighborhood of
California Heights has come a long way! In 1921
oil gushers were discovered on Bixby Ranch grazing land and
shortly thereafter 830 lots were sold -- including oil
rights. "Buy a Lot. Become a Millionaire" was the sales
pitch. By 1923 the new owners discovered that there was
almost no oil under their lots, so they began to build homes
in a new community: California Heights. Locally, it is
known as "Cal Heights".
Today California Heights
is Long Beach's largest Historic District filled with
charming 1920s and 1930s Spanish revival style homes.
Some homes in Cal Heights are entitled to special tax
benefits under the Mills Act which can reduce property
taxes by a significant amount. If you plan to buy a
home in this Historic District, be sure to ask about it.
||Many of the homes have been
brought back to original condition and the neighborhood
association keeps a careful eye on restorations of these
The exterior color of this home,
however, is more in keeping with
contemporary color choices. No doubt, the exterior was
originally white or off-white.
||Most of the homes in Cal Heights
are single story, but there are some two story homes
like this Spanish Revival style home.
Another neighborhood with many Spanish Revival homes is
You will also see a few Tudor revival and
California Craftsman bungalows in this neighborhood east of
Atlantic and to the south of Bixby Road adjacent to upscale