Park Estates, Long Beach, CA. "A Serene Neighborhood

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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 Layout:


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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Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

Excellent hyperlocal post about the Park Estates neighborhood.  I'm sure anyone looking in this area will find this to be a very useful resource.

Jul 23, 2013 09:15 AM #1
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Very interesting history lesson.

Lloyd S. Whaley was a forward thinker and Long Beach California is still benefiting from it today.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 23, 2013 11:21 AM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Very impressive post about Park Estates.....sounds like the perfect place to call home Jon.

Jul 23, 2013 09:00 PM #3
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Bryan~ I hope you are right and this information becomes useful for sellers and home buyers...Thanks!

Lou~ I appreciate you stepping in and commenting, and I agree completely, "Lloyd was a very forward thinker that has made LB better for all...Thanks!

Roger~ it is, and BTW: Park Estate is where I was raised "as well as" where my parents still live...Thanks!

Jul 24, 2013 12:17 AM #4
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Jon, Park Estates in Long Beach CA sounds like a  fantasy neighborhood one would enjoy living in and with your knowledge of the history/community and the home sales in the area buyers and sellers would be wise to use your professional opinion.

Jul 24, 2013 01:56 AM #5
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Bob~ Thanks for the awesome comment I really am grateful. & BTW: you are on the $$$$$ "Park Estates, in Long Beach, CA is much like a fantasy neighborhood, especially if you are a fan of homes set on wide deep over sized properties and exclusive romantic tree lined streets. Thanks!!!


Jul 24, 2013 05:36 AM #6
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