The Last Ocean Side Neighborhood Of It's Kind In Southern California
In Bluff park there exists a dichotomy, on one side a boisterous stretch of some of the largest homes in all of Long Beach proudly facing the ocean and cliffside park that gives it its name, and within, an exclusive neighborhood hidden from most residents of Long Beach. I am always baffled by it. From Malibu all the way south of San Diego this is truly the last neighborhood of it's kind. It's singularity is marked by wide two lane streets, beautiful lamp posts, tree lined sidewalks and many large beautiful homes that run the gamut of early to mid century architecture. The story of it's preservation is nothing short of a triumph.
Pictured to the right you can see a single erection towering over the adjacent homes. This building is Galaxy Towers, the first in what was meant to be a string of large condominium buildings that would be built along the coast in the late 1960's. Faced with the threat of losing the beautiful ocean views, and historic pedigree of the community the residents of Bluff Park marched on City Hall, petitioned and protested the pending construction and successfully created a Historic Designation for Bluff Park that would preserve their beautiful homes and the integrity of the neighborhood leaving Galaxy Towers as the only remnant of a coast that was to be.
A View from the Park
There is no better place to soak up everything that Long Beach is about. The Sun, the breeze from the ocean, a nice walk with an amazing view.