NEWSDAY: Buying in Long Beach: Sand, surf and a rising housing market

This municipal lot on the corner of Shore Road and Monroe Blvd is currently up for sale for $3.5 million.
This municipal lot on the corner of Shore Road and Monroe Blvd is currently up for sale for $3.5 million.

For those who want to move to Long Beach (I highly recommend it), Newsday has a whole article on the topic. READ – Buying in Long Beach: Sand, surf and a rising housing market

“Best known for its laid-back lifestyle and its beaches, surfing and boating, and a famous boardwalk that was built in 1914 and rebuilt and reopened in 2013 after it was destroyed by superstorm Sandy, the independent and self-governing city made a true comeback after that storm.”

“Post-Sandy, everyone discovered Long Beach,” says Rubin. “We are getting a whole new crowd here. It’s very hip and diverse. It is another alternative to the Hamptons or for those downsizing who are not going to live in New York City.”

Read the full article over at Newsday, although I can’t tell if it’s behind the usual Newsday paywall.

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39 thoughts on “NEWSDAY: Buying in Long Beach: Sand, surf and a rising housing market”

  1. just be sure to purchase bulletproof vests for the family and you’re all set. come to think of it, it’s just like NYC, but by the beach!!!

  2. There’s a window of opportunity for sellers to get out at a good price before this place becomes the next Far Rockaway:

    The memories of Sandy are fading and interest rates are low.

    Soon, interest rates will rise, the news of future 10K/year flood “insurance” will leak out, more tax increases will hit the news and the crime brought in with the new Section 8 push will hit the papers.

    The time to sell is soon upon us. Miss this boat, and it will cost you hundreds of thousands…

  3. Gordie working his stupid magic again with another bs marketing piece in that stupid rag. When will Newsday stop being a shill and realize long beach is craphole?!?!? Republicans are our only hope. The fireman is just going to raise taxes too. We are doomed.

  4. I’m genuinely torn as to the idea of purchasing here. On one hand, the speculation is that prices will rise significantly. On the other hand, taxes, flood insurance and Section 8 housing creeping onto every block.

  5. LBEsq, I’ve been reading of your dilemma for awhile now. Let me offer this advice.

    If you like Long Beach buy here. But buy modestly. If you buy a low priced home close to the beach with lots of room for upgrading, you’ll always have value. President Streets or East End Beachside is a safe bet. Learn about flood “insurance” tax rates and choose a home that’s either “grandfathered” or well rated. Avoid condos and coops like the plague. You have little control over their mismanagement.

    Buy a place that needs work. Don’t make a palace. Make a comfortable, modest home. This way your taxes will be low and your investment relatively modest. Invest in location and you’ll have the beach and ocean to offer any buyer down the road.

    Prime areas will always retain value, and the combination of low price, prime area and low taxes will always make your place attractive and make it the last to be “diversified” with Section 8 if the Democrats force you to flee.

  6. Michael, Long Beach City taxes are the 4th highest in the nation. They were 33rd highest five years ago. At the rate we’re going, and with the huge coming increase, they will be the highest in two or three years.

    Nobody can predict the market, Gordon, eh Michael. But I’ve made millions in Long Beach and New York real estate over my lifetime. You have my opinion. If the market doesn’t get you, flood taxes will. I hope you’re right that a single family home here will be worth $1 million in five years. I think you are nuts.

    If you’d like to buy some of my property here, just give me your email address and I’ll show them to you. Like I said, like the big apartment and commercial owners here, I’m selling most if not all of what I have in Long Beach.

  7. 4th highest in the nation??? Give me a break – not even 4th highest in Nassau County – not even 4th highest in a 50 mile radius.

  8. @Michael – PUFF, PUFF, PASS!! Smoking some good S*^T……
    Taxes are killing home prices in Long Beach and the Tsunami in changes to flood insurance are going to further bury the common homeowner in Long Beach. In addition, the services in Long Beach are going in the OPPOSITE direction of taxes. Streets have more potholes than ever and are typically FILTHY! Park Avenue keeps getting emptier and emptier. More and more homes, stores, and buildings are ALL for sale. The city school system has signed the taxpayers to a $90,000,000+ bond for not one but TWO unnecessary stadiums and the ONLY way to repay that debt is to RAISE taxes; YEAR, AFTER YEAR, AFTER YEAR! The Newsday “article” reports that the median household income is $84,882, but most teachers in Long Beach Public schools make over $100,000/ year…. The superintendent has not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 assistant superintendents (please verify that information, someone correct me if I am wrong), in a small, very small district… Remember each individual school has its own dedicated principal AND assistant principal.
    I purchased a home in Long Beach last year and my taxes are approaching $19,000/ year before flood insurance. My friend bought a larger home in Lido Beach, with an ocean view, and pays closer to $12,000/ year. With no potholes on his street.
    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST – the current leadership, in their infinite wisdom, have decided – that the single largest parcel of land ready, for a massive 522 unit over-sized development, which could have single-handedly helped out every City of Long Beach taxpayer that weathered Sandy and the proverbial storm of taxes and flood insurance, should get an approximately $120,000,000 corporate welfare check…. Shows everyone what to expect going forward…..
    Michael – after reading my own post, I beg you please – PUFF! PUFF! PASS!! I think Sandra B. might want some of that too…. We are ALL screwed….

  9. Ok just a bit of a reality/fact check on some of this.

    First if you have a new or elevated home that is FEMA Compliant your flood insurance is under $500 dollars a year.

    The largest portion of our taxes goes to the schools system which has nothing to do with how many paid fireman we have or how well maintained the streets are or what the police chiefs salary is. If you disagree with the school taxes don’t support the budget that people overwhelmingly vote on and support each and every year. We tax ourselves on that one and only have ourselves to blame. Make the school do more with less rather than just giving them more money every year. They have no inventive to trim costs when the budget keeps getting approved. I agree the 90 Million in stadiums was ridiculous but people voted for it. That’s the democratic process.

    The city of LB’s portion of the tax bill for most of is probably under $2000 a year. The rest of the tax bill comes from the county and again that part of the bill has nothing to do with how many paid fireman we have or how well maintained the streets are or what the police chiefs salary is.

    As far as where house prices are going, I think the average sales price is still artificially low as people are still selling storm damaged homes and vacant lots for lot less than what a livable house sells for. Also the sales price of homes that still require elevation are artificially low because the price of flood insurance on them is so high.

    If you look on MLSLI.com for sold properties they range from 2.2 Million 625 Washinton Blvd. sold 12/30/2014 to 75 Nebraska that sold for $170K with a property description of “A hot mess, Thank You Sandy.”

    What I would describe as the future of Long Beach home sales the raised FEMA Compliant house (once outside of N. Park area) seems to be about $500K for a one story over garage like $485K for 81 NH St. and $495K for 82 MI St.to almost $600K for two stories above a garage 76 NH St., $575K and 102 MI for $582 with many similar houses selling in the $600-$700K range. So that I believe is where the market is really headed.

    Finally “Love this City” please elaborate on your $19K tax bill; is it waterview/waterfront, Brand new construction, Oversize lot, mega amenities Etc? That is well above what most people are paying and perhaps you need to grieve your taxes. Especially since that 2.2 Mill home listed above has taxes of $29K what is the value of the home you say you are being so overtaxed on?

  10. Yet you aren’t moving. No administration dem or republican will EVER cut the taxes. So move to Texas or Florida and live with the low taxes in an area more your speed.

  11. I Love This City – why would I move? Just because I am able to pay my taxes – doesn’t mean I cannot complain about paying them.. I feel bad for the people who cannot. I am in full agreement both political parties SUCK! I am not complaining about either political party – I am complaining about out of control government; taking more and giving us less. I would complain a lot less if after paying such high property and school taxes the public school system was actually well-run and producing well educated students and our streets were well-maintained….

  12. @MeinLB – No Water view, Not Waterfront. Yes 100×100 No pool – House is falling apart and needs to be gutted. Over-assessed at about $950,000 but purchased it for around $700,000. Have to bring it up to FEMA compliance because we plan on staying there for the foreseeable future. Have started the grievance process but by the time that is done they will reassess me on the finished house… No win situation.
    Yes, the future is FEMA compliant homes but it is very expensive to raise a home.
    The House on Washington is a great waterfront property but the man who sold it owned it for about 35 years (next time I see him I will find out if it was even closer to 40 years) so the new owners might get a big surprise when they are reassessed. Their new house also needs to be updated. But it is probably the nicest house and property on the bay – about 150 feet of bulkhead and a private dock and a great pool.
    The issue that I see is that in 2005 the Washington home was paying about $13,000 in taxes and now you are saying it is paying $28,000. The tax increases cannot continue at this rate unless regular people are going to be forced to move.

    Yes, the people who vote yes to the school budget are to blame.
    Yes, that is democracy…
    Why are you singling out the North Park area, after all it is part of Long Beach….

  13. You my friend are the exception! Must be some palace you have – generally speaking taxes in LB are super cheap well under $10k on the average home! If you choose to live like a king don’t complain about taxes. Bet you complain about the payment on your Lexus being too high also.