Tucked behind a concrete block wall and shaded by mature California Sycamores, this 1954 midcentury offers a peaceful oasis in Long Beach.
Legendary architect Cliff May forever left a mark on the architectural world with his creation of the first California ranch-style home in 1932. Throughout the next few decades, he designed more than 1,000 custom homes across the U.S., with many of these projects located in Southern California, including the regions around San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Currently, one of his signature Rancho Estates homes is listed on the market, but chances are it won't stay there for very long.
Built in 1954, this three-bedroom abode is pleasantly positioned away from the street behind a cinderblock wall. With no neighboring homes behind it, the residence is surrounded by mature California Sycamore trees, providing a peaceful, private setting.
Sprawling across 1,245 square feet, the interior space presents a striking blank canvas for living within an extraordinarily authentic Cliff May–designed masterpiece. The post-and-beam construction features an open floor plan, along with vast walls of glass and original Birch paneling.
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The current owners have meticulously restored the property, while also adding contemporary updates, such as electric panels and stainless steel appliances, as well as a new heating/air unit; however, original cabinetry was retained wherever possible, and the pale-yellow Western Holly gas cooktop and oven remain in the kitchen. Scroll ahead to peek inside the rest of the home, currently listed for $849,000.