Los Altos – Neighborhood Description

Los Altos Map

Like most of the post W.W.II tract homes there is not much difference between areas to the untrained eye. Most of Lakewood and East Long Beach in the tract areas feature the following, modest homes originally 2 bedroom 1 bath or 3 bedroom 1 bath homes, ranging in size from 880sf to 1250sf, on a minimum of a 5,000sf lot, built between 1948 and 1954.

Since the homes are quite modest by today’s standards many people have added a master suite and a family room. When looking at any home with more than 1250sf and 1 bath focus more on the floor plan and how well the addition was integrated into the original home than exterior street appeal. There is a large variation in quality with regards to the additions. Some people have done beautiful additions making the home contemporary and up to today’s standards. Other times you just think “what were these people thinking?”.

Los Altos has significant variations within the area. The area has single car garage and two car garages. Freeway noise can be an issue as well as air traffic. The southern end by the University may be slightly more desirable than north of the freeway. The least desirable homes are the slab homes South of the Atherton, North of Anaheim Road and East of Studebaker. These slab homes started life as small (1,000sf) 3 bedroom 1.75 bath homes. This area will sell for about $20,000 – $30,000 less than a raised foundation home. It does offer the buyer an opportunity to purchase a 2 bath property for less money than a 1 bath home.

We invite your call, should you have any questions about the homes currently for sale or recently sold.