|Spacious and luxurious homes
in a variety of architectural styles on
Naples Island in
Alamitos Bay. Many have docks right outside the door. One
homeowner has parked a Bob's Big Boy figure on a dock.
Naples is an island in Alamitos
Bay in Long Beach, California and among the most affluent
neighborhoods in Long Beach. It is interwoven with charming
flower-lined walkways and canals with 5 Venetian-inspired
bridges arching over them. Facing the waterways are luxury
homes in a wide range of styles from boldly contemporary to
New England shingle-style. This island is, of course, a
man-made creation -- but beautifully so.
||Homes and walkways line
the canals that thread through
In this photo you can see someone taking a gondola
ride through the canals of Naples.
Naples, however, is only one
of many waterfront neighborhoods in Long Beach.
Across from Naples is the
Peninsula neighborhood, a narrow strip of land
fronting the ocean on one side, Alamitos Bay on the
other. It is the southern-most neighborhood in Long
Beach and Los Angeles County. The
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is located at the very end
of Ocean Blvd. on the Peninsula.
Traditionally, homes on the Peninsula were shingle-style --
like beach cottages found all around the country. But in
recent years million-dollar mansions have replaced many of
these cottages facing the ocean. To see them
||Some sail, some paddle,
some putter along in boats on Alamitos Bay. The Yacht Club is on the right in this photo.
Parts of Belmont Shore face directly onto
Alamitos Bay, too. Then there are the newer neighborhoods of
Bay Harbour and Spinnaker Coves where large contemporary
"California Spanish" style million-dollar homes are nestled
together in village-like gated communities. As in Naples, some
of these homes have docks right outside the door.
Some homes in
face the most inland part of the Bay, a park-like area.
||If a condo is more your
style, there are condos in nearby
Marina Pacifica, again facing onto Alamitos
There are also
beachfront condos that face onto the
sand on the long, long beach that gives the city its