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Putting a Face On It

Long Beach Patch seeks out, finds and features some of the more interesting homes throughout the city.

The Long Beach barrier island is dotted with homes that vary widely in architectural style. So we at Long Beach Patch thought to highlight this distinct feature of the city as a periodic part of our Lens on Long Beach photo column.

The photos here were selected during our travels throughout the town because, for one reason or another, they capture our fancy. In today's column, among the homes we highlight are those with unusual or rich colors, a zigzagged roof, slanted windows and an all-slate exterior.

Are there any homes that you think we should showcase in this photo column? Email us at josephk@patch.com.

Goingplaces December 18, 2010 at 04:25 PM
Very lovely homes! I've seen them countless times and some are spectacular! Thanks for sharing!
Gary December 18, 2010 at 04:38 PM
This looks like an article I would have written. There are quite a few interesting homes in LB. Unfortunately there does not seem to be an architectural review board (and if there is they aren't strict enough) because over recent years, too many tacky "builder's" homes have gone up. Homes with absolutely no character or the wrong kind of character for LB. I've seen homes go up on a large lot, where they jam the house all the way to one side (so there could be a larger side yard), giving no consideration to the homeowners next to it, that they are blocking out the light. I see all these homes put up by builders or real estate companies so quickly with no thought to design or quality, and now they just sit there. Thankfully, at least there is a contractor in the neighborhood named "Ed Is Back". He does a great job remodeling old homes with some class and improving the neighborhood.
Joseph Kellard (Editor) December 18, 2010 at 09:01 PM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, both of you. I think this is the first time I've gotten some comments about my photo column on houses.
Joseph Kellard (Editor) December 18, 2010 at 09:04 PM
And Barbara, thank you for adding the photos of the Spanish-styled home. I agree that it's a pleasure to look at.

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