Naples Long Beach California
Naples is a unique neighborhood in Long Beach California actually built on three islands located in Alamitos Bay. The islands are divided by different canals that open up into the bay and, indicative of how it got its name, Naples after the Italian city, all the streets on the island have Italian based names. Read on below the listings to learn more about Naples Island.
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Come Live on Naples Island
The island sits between the Peninsula and the Marina Pacifica just south of Belmont Shores and Belmont Park. It's located between the San Gabriel River and the Alamitos Bay completely surrounded by water. The 2nd Street bridge runs east and west across the island. The Naples Canal waterway circles the center of the island creating three different islands including Naples Island, the main island of Naples, and Treasure Island.
Along 2nd Street are several shops and restaurants including our office. You'll find several high-end restaurants, small cafés, and some services and amenities, however, most major shopping areas and commercial districts are located off the island.
Naples got its start in the early 1900s when Arthur Parson built the islands of Maple in the marshy Bixby Slough out of the artificial Alamitos Bay. The idea was to create a similar style to the canals and gondolas of Venice in Italy and projected that "through the canals and under the high arching bridges gondoliers will propel their crafts like those in the waters of the Adriatic under the blue skies of Italy." The project was completed in the 1920s but rebuilt after the 1933 earthquake.
Today, you'll find not only gondoliers but paddle boarders, kayaks, canoes, and other modern watercraft traversing the canal, stopping for a bite to eat, or pulling up to their waterfront homes. It's a great place to do a little bit of shopping, watch the boats, and enjoy a cold beverage. While it's no more than about 5 to 10 minutes from downtown Long Beach, it's miles away from the ordinary. The public canals are open to all watercraft including a gondola ride. It's the perfect place to spend the day outdoors.
But when the days over, nighttime visitors can enjoy Naples as well with a variety of coffee houses, restaurants, and a few clubhouses and because Belmont shore is just a hop, skip, and jump away, you can find a variety of retailers and outlets here as well. 2nd Street is known for its vibrant shopping and restaurants so not only is it a fun place to live, but you can play and explore as well. Welcome to California's Little Italy on the Bay, one of the most perfect places in the area.
Naples Real Estate
It's no secret that when you choose a home on Naples island you're probably looking for waterfront property. However, not all homes face the water. The island is quite large and some of the larger homes will be located directly on the waterfront with prices over $10 million. The entire island is non-gated and is close to the county line, which separates Los Angeles and Orange county. There's also rental homes, moderate homes, canal homes, bay homes, and homes that face the Peninsula. There's a little bit of something for everyone.
Residents of Naples are included in the Los Angeles Unified school district but there is the Naples Elementary School right on the island. Middle and high school age students attend the Will Rogers middle school and the Wilson Classical high school.
There are a variety of parks and activities throughout the island including the Christmas Boat Parade, Overlook Park, and the focal point of the island, the La Bella Fontana di Napoli, the small park, and circular fountain in the middle of the island. It's a great place for a picnic and is just a short block to the bayfront with stunning views.
But, you don't have to take my word for it, here's what residents say about living in Naples:
"This is one of the best place to be in during the holidays. I came here with family in December and we had a great time going through the Christmas walk through an upscale neighborhood. The title says it all, the location is on a canal where residents ride boats on the waterway. To self tour you go through a sidewalk and you would see a line of houses with Christmas decorations and lights on both sides of the canal. The experience we had took almost a few hours, it is a long strip. Depending on the crowd on some parts of the walk could end up turning into a single file line on tight areas but that won't hinder the experience. One of my favorites there was the Shirley Temple "On the good ship lollipop" decor and a house playing the "Last Christmas" song by George Michaels with animated decorations. There's no cost of admission to come here. However, parking can be limited if curbside spaces in the area are occupied. We did parked our car at Mother's Beach and paid a good rate for a few hours, which is located about 10 minutes walking distance to get here. I did like that there were a few vendors on the walk. One of the vendors sold Hot Chocolate and Spiked Hot Chocolate. At the water fountain roundabout there's a food truck selling desserts and pastries." - Yelp
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