4365 Cerritos Avenue Long Beach, CA 90807
Seventy-five years ago, a wise developer purchased two lots on a prime corner in the coveted area of Bixby Knolls in Long Beach. The combined total of the lots equaled 20,468 ft.². Nearly half of an acre! This remarkable estate located at 4365 Cerritos is the result of that significant decision. Luxurious living, tranquility, with complete privacy, was the goal. A tree-lined fence encloses the entire property. The carefully selected landscape includes exotic plants from around the world. The Hoya Flowers bloom as the Dogwood petals flutter in the afternoon breeze. Strolling through the majestic garden, the smell of trees, flowers, and shrubs is intoxicating. The lush green grassy area brings thoughts of the past: days filled with croquet or volleyball, with the mid-century style rectangle-shaped swimming pool sparkling in the afternoon sun. A magnificent olive tree stands outside the West, facing bedroom windows. A formal entry includes walls detailed with unique millwork against a mirrored background, texture, and charm that only happened once upon a time. The living room with exquisitely polished hardwood floors, a stately fireplace, and wall-to-wall windows is to the left of the foyer. Adjacent to the living room is the formal dining room with delicate trim and panels and a beautiful vintage chandelier. Between the dining room and the kitchen, you'll find a sunny and bright breakfast nook with built-ins and delightful details. The kitchen is pure vintage California, a cross between mid-century and diner style, with a lovely figured glass window, an electric range, and a gas barbecue built into the counter. Behind the kitchen, there is a guest bathroom and a pantry. The family room deserves special attention, with rust-colored shag carpet from floor to ceiling, copper light fixtures, and a swanky walk-in bar with a stainless circular bar top that matches the stainless fireplace. The primary bedroom has a finely milled built-ins, and a Storefront door leading to the garden. The sunken tub in the adjoining bathroom has a glass wall with a garden view. There are two additional dwellings, rental potential. The Cabana Room/Glass House is fabulous, with a gigantic bath/jacuzzi made of emerald green & maroon tile. The bathroom has a classic maroon toilet, pedestal sink, and shower. The second studio is complete with a kitchen and a bathroom. The home needs restoration and is worthy of the effort. A one in a million property, nearly half acre of prime land.
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