|The homes in
range from large to small. Many of them, like this
bungalow style home, have been carefully restored in
John Carroll, the developer who
founded the Carroll Park neighborhood in the early 1900s,
laid out the streets in a curving, almost circular pattern
to stop farmers from driving their loaded farm wagons
through this residential neighborhood on their way to the
market in downtown Long Beach -- or so the story goes.
another explanation of the curving, winding street plan,
the story is that Carroll, who had lived in Shanghai for
years, drew on Chinese philosophy for the pattern.
Whatever the truth, today's Carroll Park residents enjoy
winding, tree-lined streets with little traffic through
||While many of the homes
initially built in Carroll Park were large and
impressive, over the last century smaller homes and more
modern homes have been added to the mix in the
neighborhood. Only a few of the original Victorian
style homes remain. Carroll's own home has been
replaced with a church at Fourth and Junipero.
||Yes, there is a park in Carroll
Park, but it is not at the center of this quiet
John Carroll designed the central circle for homes and
placed the parks-- and originally there were 4 of them
-- at the corners of this neighborhood.
Carroll Park is close to
Belmont Heights neighborhoods. It is within easy walking
distance of the beach.