Great Homes Tours Highlights the Best Homes and Gardens of Long Beach

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Once a year, Long Beach Heritage invites the public to get a closer look at some of the unique homes that make up the city’s rich architectural history. For the 2012 Great Homes Tour on Sunday, June 3 from 12-5 pm, five distinguished homes of distinctive architectural character and one remarkable garden will take the spotlight. Docents will highlight the interior and exterior features and the history of the homes.

The Great Homes of Long Beach Tour include:

An authentically detailed 1932 Andalusian style house that was designed to take full advantage of the lot. The house has an extraordinary hand-painted interior. A Long Beach Landmark.

A large 1913 two-story English Arts and Crafts home overlooking Bluff Park. Large windows frame an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina.

A rambling Southern California interpretation of an Italian country villa. The second floor is set back, providing a wrap-around terrace.

A New England style home of shingles and board and batten takes full advantage of its elevated site. An unexpected architectural delight in Alamitos Heights.

A delightful neo-traditional home in Belmont Park. The whimsical front garden leads to a very unique hand-crafted door which opens to a completely repurposed interior.

An added feature will be a visit to the formal gardens of an outstanding estate in the Virginia Country Club neighborhood. Light refreshments will be served in the garden.

This tour allows a limited number of people and often sells out early. The tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Reservations can be made via credit card or PayPal by going to, 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 is received by May 26th. After that, paid tickets will be held in “Will Call,” where they may be picked up between 11:30 am and 2 pm on Sunday, June 3.

Proceeds benefit the historic Bembridge House.

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