A classic Italian villa in Long Beach

A classic Italian villa in Long Beach
The 1926 house, updated in 1980 and 2005, sits on more than a third of an acre in a gated community. (Jeri Koegel)

Mature Cypresses line the driveway of a classic Italian villa in a gated community in Long Beach. An arched entrance opens to soaring ceilings hand-painted by artisans. Wall murals inspired by different periods of art history, original plaster crown moldings and floor-to-ceiling doors with arched tops continue throughout the main living spaces.

The details



26 La Linda Drive, Long Beach, 90807

Asking price:

$1.99 million

Previously sold:

In 2004 for $1.625 million

Year built:



1980 and 2005

House size:

Four bedrooms and 41/2 bathrooms in 4,640 square feet

Lot size:

More than a third of an acre



Serpentine staircase with stained-glass landing window, formal dining room, office, seven fireplaces, breakfast room, maid's room, basement with temperature-controlled wine closet, stand-up attic, gazebo,

two-car detached garage, carport

About the area:

In the first half of the year, 113 single-family homes sold in the 90807 ZIP Code at a median price of $410,000, according to DataQuick. That was a 6.3% decrease from the median during the first half of 2010.


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