Stratford Square & University Manor – Neighborhood Description

Stratford Square & University Manor 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?”.

Many of the homes in this area are similar to tract homes found in the South of Conant area and the Los Altos area.

Freeway noise and air traffic can be a factor in some locations. The north east corner is least affected by traffic noise. Most homes have fireplaces, good size lots 6000+ sf, and all homes have two car garages.

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