Belmont Heights, Long Beach, California

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Belmont Heights
Neighborhood of Long Beach
The Belmont Heights neighborhood of Long Beach, California, looking north.
The Belmont Heights neighborhood of Long Beach, California, looking north.
Flag of Belmont Heights
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Official seal of Belmont Heights
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Country United States
State California
County County of Los Angeles
City City of Long Beach

Belmont Heights is a district in the south-east portion of the city of Long Beach, California, United States, bordering the Pacific Ocean and the more commercial community of Belmont Shore. The district commemorates the old City of Belmont Heights, which was incorporated in 1908 and annexed to Long Beach in 1909.[1] Belmont Heights' borders are Ocean Boulevard and Livingston Drive to the south, Redondo Avenue on the west, 7th Street to the North, and Nieto Avenue to the east. The area is mostly residential, but also has an active business district, the strip of Broadway east of Redondo Avenue.[2]

History[edit]

The Belmont Heights Historic District includes homes between 7th Street on the north, 4th Street on the south, Newport Avenue on the west and Roswell Avenue on the east. A few properties located on 4th and 7th streets are included. The neighborhood was first subdivided and developed in the 1900s (decade). The oldest homes surviving today date from 1905. The predominant architectural style in the district is the Craftsman bungalow. Out of 304 homes surveyed, 206 are "contributing" Craftsman bungalows, and 125 of these are pristine unaltered examples. Other architectural styles found in the area that are considered contributing are Victorian, Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and Neo-Traditional. The period of architectural significance for the district is 1905-39. Construction peaked in 1922. Most homes are single-family, with some duplexes and a few apartment houses. Thirty-seven of the homes surveyed were ranked as "noncontributing", or 13 percent. The district commemorates the old City of Belmont Heights, which was incorporated in 1908 and annexed to Long Beach in 1909.[3]

Interesting Facts[edit]

  • Before annexation into the City of Long Beach, Belmont Heights was a dry town.[4]
  • The Green Long Beach Festival was created after several activists shared ideas at the Viento y Agua Coffee Shop in Belmont Heights.[5]
  • Feral Parrots A notable feature of Belmont Heights is its large population of feral parrots. In between Redondo Avenue and Livingston Drive along Ocean Blvd, amongst the palm trees, this large population of birds can be seen and heard by people for many houses. Some consider these animals to be a nuisance due to their rather vocal and loud sounds. However, the residents of Belmont Heights have grown to accept them as part of their community.

Notable Residents[edit]

  • Clippers President Andy Roeser. He moved from the Valley in Tarzana to 104 Quincy in Belmont Shore and six years later moved to Belmont Heights. "I said to my wife, `This is where I want to live. It has everything I want - the ocean, the restaurants, the shops.'" He's a member of the Long Beach Yacht Club and the Belmont Athletic Club. He can also be seen kite-boarding near Claremont and Ocean.[6]
  • Former Los Angeles Rams player Marlin McKeever. He was a two-time All-American at USC and 13-year pro. He died in 2006.[7]

Notable landmarks[edit]

  • Eliot Lane In 2003 residents on the street sought historic designation to protect the look of the 30 homes. The movement was started by homeowner Linda Becker Babiak whose family owned a "Spanish eclectic" home on Eliot Lane since 1925. The homes are still small - 600 to 900 square feet - and there are seven versions of the popular Spanish Revival or Craftsman Bungalow homes in the tract, all built in 1923 by Boland & Smith. For most of the street's life it was called "Eliot Court" because it was designed to be pedestrian and intimate in scale.[8]

Local Schools[edit]

The following schools are part of the Long Beach Unified School District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Long Beach Ordinance No. C-7802". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Meeks, Karen Robes. "Long Beach has bit of everything". Long Beach Press-Telegram. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "City of Long Beach Ordinance No. C-7802". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "City of Long Beach Ordinance No. C-7802". Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Mellen, Greg. "Green Long Beach Festival coming Saturday". Long Beach Press-Telegram. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Krikorian, Doug. "KRIKORIAN: Clippers president loves it in Long Beach". Long Beach Press-Telegram. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Mellen, Greg (2006-12-29). "Long Beach lost many who inspired". Long Beach Press-Telegram. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Neeley, Maureen. "Whimsical Eliot Lane". My Belmont Heights. Retrieved 9 April 2012.