Get a Glimpse Into Long Beach’s Great Homes on 2013 Home Tour

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Long Beach Heritage Great Homes Tour

This 1937 Spanish Colonial in California Heights features Andalusian influence.

Once a year, Long Beach Heritage invites the public to tour some of the unique homes that make up the city’s rich history. The 2013 Great Homes Tour on Sunday, June 2 from 12-5 pm, will showcase five homes with distinctive architectural character. Docents will highlight the interior and exterior features and the history of the homes.

This tour allows for a limited number of people and often sells out early. Ticket information is available at the end of this article. 

The 2013 Great Homes Tour will include:

A two story 1937 Spanish Colonial with Andalusian influence in California Heights. The home features an arcaded portico, a faux stone entry and an interior staircase. The original owner, J. Donald Gunn, worked for Craig Shipbuilding.

The 1904 Jenny A. Reeve House, a National Historic Landmark. The home is one of three Greene & Greene homes in Long Beach. An extensive restoration includes many original handcrafted architectural details by the Greene Brothers. This home is rarely open to the public and should not be missed.

A 1914 Craftsman which was one of the first homes in the Virginia Country Club area. A second floor has been added. This spectacular bungalow is surrounded by lush gardens.

A 1951 home built in the early Federal tract style. The new owners saw the simple floor plan and nondescript styling as an opportunity to make a statement about a unique and sustainable life style. Sustainable meets stylish.

A 1976 residence, inspired by the Steamline Moderne style, which features uncluttered architecture softened by rounded corners. It is one of Long Beach’s first solar homes.

The tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased through PayPal (via, or checks can be mailed to Long Beach Heritage, PO Box 92521, Long Beach, CA 90809 with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Tickets, maps and instructions will be mailed if the order received through May 27. After that, paid tickets will be held in “Will Call” at 4260 Country Club Drive where they may be picked up between 11:30 am and 2 pm on Sunday, June 2.

While the tour fulfills the educational objectives of Long Beach Heritage, the proceeds of the event are dedicated to the restoration and support of the historic Bembridge House.

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