The Best Cliff May All Year

Realtors love to talk about something being “the best” — this is no hyperbole, this is the best Cliff May to come up all year, and it’s in the Ranchos in Long Beach. We were invited to an early preview last week before this one hit the market. As an agent, when you go into houses there are really three very separate things to consider — and it’s important to evaluate these separately:

  1. The basics of the home you can never (or very difficultly) change. These are attributes like the lot size, the location, how the house is sited on the lot, etc. Because these are so difficult to change, these things are usually the most important to consider first. 
  2. The upgrades and modifications to systems and finishes. Kitchen remodels, HVAC systems, new electrical panels, flooring, remodeled bathrooms. These are qualities that are more changeable.
  3. Finally, decorating. Rarely are homes sold fully furnished so it’s important to separate the decorating out from the other qualities of the property. Not only are these easily changeable, they are almost certain to change as soon as transaction is closed and the seller moves on. This goes both ways — it’s important to see the great bones behind a poorly decorated home, but it’s also just as important to not be overly wooed by a so-so house with exceptional decorating.

This house it’s basically a 10 in all categories. It’s on a quiet street with a larger-than-average lot. Most Cliff May Rancho lots are less than 6,000 square feet. And this isn’t just a paper gain — this home has a large courtyard AND backyard area. Most homes don’t have both. The landscaping and trees are mature. And anyone who has bought a new construction home will tell you: nothing is more expensive than buying mature plants to make it look like you didn’t just landscape your yard.

This home has a lot of upgrades but the point here is how well everything works together. There is a very Pacific Northwestern / Zen vibe to this house — and it’s consistent — and it works. I’m not 100% sold on the replacement mahogany doors; they’re certainly beautiful, but I can’t help but long just a little for the originals. This was originally a 4 bedroom model, but the 4th bedroom was re-integrated into the large kitchen (awesome island, BTW) that has cool bespoke features like hidden laundry.

You could spend years and a hundred thousand dollars and still not have one this nice. Despite only coming on the market on Friday, word on the street is that offers are already on the table so this one won’t last long.

Don’t hesitate to call us to see this one or the other new Cliff May in the Ranchos that hit the market for almost $100k less.

3132 Volk Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90808 (MLS # PW16131686)

(all data current as of 6/25/2019)
Price $860,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,383 sq ft
Lot Size 6,098 sqft
Days on Market 34
Status Sold
***CLIFF MAY ARCHITECTURAL GEM***Fully restored Cliff May Rancho perfectly situated on a rare 6200 sq.ft interior lot. This mid-century modern/eco-friendly home has been impeccably maintained. Kerf inspired kitchen features 10 foot island with silestone countertops, Wolf range, and custom birch veneer cabinets. Recycled denim insulation, renewable cork flooring, and solid mahogany doors throughout.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 7/21/2016 Tract Rancho (RNC)
Year Built 1954 Community 33 - Lakewood Plaza, Rancho
Garage Spaces n/a County Los Angeles
Total Parking n/a

Additional Details

Lot 0.14 Area 33 - Lakewood Plaza, Rancho
HOA Dues 0 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Sewer Sewer In Street
Stories 1 Subdivision Rancho (RNC)
Utilities District/Public; Sewer In Street; View Description Courtyard
Water District/Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Fireplace Yes
Lot Description Yard
Master on Main Yes
View Yes


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Listing provided by : Krista Faber-Vento, Coldwell Banker Coast Alliance

(view all details for MLS #PW16131686)

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