Exploring Long Beach: Bluff Park
When you are searching for a charming upscale community with friendly neighbors and a small-town vintage feel, consider the unique Bluff Park on Ocean Avenue in Long Beach. It was designated a Long Beach Historic District in 1982. The wide streets in this quiet area are lined with tall trees and are popular with neighbors visiting with each other, playing with kids, and walking their dogs. There is a very active association that is dedicated to the promotion of the neighborhood's historic character.
What are the most popular well-maintained housing types? Zillow reports that renters occupy around 70% of the properties and 30% are owner-occupied. In this section of the city, around 55% of the dwellings are large apartment buildings, but there are also small apartment buildings, condominiums, and single detached homes. This area is where you will discover the grand and large historic homes, some of which were built long ago in the early 1900s. The architecture includes Tudor, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Mediterranean, and Prairie Style.
Bluff Park Itself
This park is what gave the neighborhood its name. Known as one of the most beautiful parks in Long Beach, it runs along Ocean Boulevard, has a view of the Pacific Ocean and the strollers and dog walkers and other park visitors who are enjoying the gentle sea breezes. and to a 3.1-mile long bike path. It is uphill to the sand and beach, but there are several staircases to allow easy access. Parking is free, and there are usually ample available spots.
Some of the Local Attractions
Aquarium of the Pacific
This gorgeous and well-done aquarium appeals to all ages. It iis impressive with two levels inside that is divided into Pacific gallery areas and a large outdoor exhibit section. There is an amazing variety of interactive and informative exhibits of fish, seals, otters, penguins, a shark lagoon, and other marine life from all over the world., some of which are able to be touched such as the fish and rays. A full wall tank can be seen from multiple floors with many species represented.
Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
This large arena has 46,000 square feet of exhibit space as well as seating for over 13,500 people attending special events, conventions, and exhibits.
Just four minutes from the Convention and Entertainment Center, this venue is intimate and makes you feel that you are involved right in the story with great views of the stage along with wonderful lighting effects and a sound-stage. The ambiance adds to the beautiful theater experience with water fountains and a large frontage for people to gather and often take pictures. Getting in and out is super easy, there is plenty of available parking, and it is only a 10-minute walk to many great Long Beach restaurants.
Pike Ferris Wheel
This older-style novelty and a Merry Go Round are in downtown Long Beach. The Ferris Wheel gives an awesome view of downtown Los Angeles, the ocean, the distant mountains, boats in the harbor, Belmont Shore/Seal Beach, Signal Hill, and more as you go around at least six or seven times at a very affordable price.
This is another “blast from the past" in downtown Long Beach with a carousel and a games area added to unusual cute shops such as a Jerky Store, the Hat Shop, and others. You wander around and get acquainted with the unique offerings that bring back fond memories of the “good old days.”
Rosie's Dog Beach
This is a dog's paradise with independence from a leash, plenty of socialization, and a chance to run and play including in soft sand and water with not a care in the world. Onlookers are able to see many kinds of breeds and enjoy a morning or evening walk on the beach while visiting with other pup owners.
When you are exploring Long Beach, particularly the Bluff Park area, you will be seeing a unique location that has many beneficial features. It is the ideal place to live, work, play, and enjoy life.
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