Park Estates, Long Beach, CA. "A Serene Neighborhood
Entering Park Estates you will see a serene neighborhood that is celebrated by, developed landscape, lush trees and spacious homes on ample lots. The edges of Park Estates borders Pacific Coast Highway along the south, Atherton Street on the north, Bellflower Boulevard on the east, and Clark Avenue on the west, much like a hidden community.
Today the strong community of Park Estates offers streets lined with pepper trees, estate-homes on large lots with an array of different architectural designs, most notably midcentury modern with some built by prominent architects, although you’ll have plenty of Norman or Tudor architectural styles homes to choose from “as well”
Lloyd S. Whaley founded the Home Investment Co. and purchased land on the west side of Long Beach building and selling homes. During World War II Whaley developed the Wrigley Terrace and Wrigley Heights neighborhoods. When the war ended, Whaley purchased a large chunk of “old Rancho Los Alamitos.
After the war, he purchased a large section of the old Rancho Los Alamitos. Whaley set his sights on building his 3-acre mansion on the small hills that slope and appropriately named the hilly topography “Los Altos” (which is Spanish for) “those hills”
In 1948 Lloyd S. Whaley hired L. Deming Tilton to create and develop a master-planned housing development and began developing Park Estates. Prices ranged from $20,000 to $30,000, which was 2 to 3 times higher price tag to pay for a home, compared to a standard home which sold for under $10,000.
The area offers low traffic, but conveniently centered around shopping conveniences, the 405 Freeway, and next to California State University Long Beach. Park Estates is well protected/shielded by high walls and tall-thick landscaping and is easily missed unless you have the exact coordinates punched into a GPS. Park Estates has one entrance off of Bellflower Boulevard and one entrance off of Pacific Coast Highway. Anaheim Road is the only artery through the Park Estates, and even that is lined with pepper trees.
Long Beach Unified School District. Minnie Gant Elementary, which scored 927 on the 2008 Growth Academic Performance Index Report. From there, they can move on to Hill Middle School, which scored 869, and Wilson High School, 740. .
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What Most People Don’t Know:
Lloyd S. Whaley created and set up the homeowners’ dues, he had his attorney release his own 3-acre mansion & release his attorney’s home from paying Park Estates Association dues. To this time both homes are still free of paying Park Estate association dues, according to a current board member. ****He is also responsible for donating 28 acres for Parks, 5 acres for Los Altos Park, 12 acres for Whaley Park and 11 acres for Scherer Park.
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