For the Cliff May owner who has everything…

This home isn’t just for Cliff May owners — in fact we think its appeal is universal. Good design is timeless, and if you ever needed a concrete example of that, here it is. The approach might be unassuming — this could be any number of post-war ranch homes. but the courtyard entry hints that this might be something special — and it is. Paul Tay’s wood-and-glass vision is executed just about perfectly, and this almost feels like the land-borne version of a high-end sailing sloop. 

One area we frequently struggle with on homes of this vintage is the kitchen. But Tay’s design age particularly well, and aside from a few materials choices a couple of appliances — it could be from the pages of Dwell. It’s so well-integrated into the house that only a fool would attempt to replicate or replace it. Our suggestion: change the countertops and sink, but only if you must. And the bathrooms are a similar situation with a dose more vintage. But they still look great — good enough to make me want to live in the house at least 6 months before even thinking about changing a thing. 

This house is that perfect in-between. When compared to some of the nicer Cliff May Ranchos we’ve seen, it’s a little more expensive, yes. BUT, it’s quite a bit larger, sits on a larger lot, and it’s a bit closer to the water. Simultaneously, it’s a lot smaller and more manageable than Paul Tay’s custom designs in Park Estates (not to mention quite a bit more affordable).

We only have a couple of gripes. First off…the carpet in the bedrooms. It needs to go. A house like this screams for unified flooring throughout. Secondly, two words: swimming pool. The backyard looks like it was designed for one and it was never built. But hey, these are small complaints. This might be our favorite Long Beach modern home to come up in years. It’s that good. 

We know you want to see this one. So why fight it? Call us and we’ll give you a personal tour and our third-party, unbiased opinion in person. 

6500 E De Leon Street, Long Beach, CA 90815 (MLS # PW17241431)

(all data current as of 8/16/2018)
Price $1,009,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,826 sq ft
Lot Size 7,759 sqft
Days on Market 73
Status Sold
Available for the first time – the Strum Residence by celebrated architect Paul Tay. Custom designed and built in 1958, this exceptional midcentury modern home located in the desirable Long Beach neighborhood of La Marina Estates features three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, soaring natural wood open beam ceilings, and a light filled open floor plan in 1,826 square feet of living space. The home has been carefully preserved by the Strum family and it reflects Paul Tay’s masterful blend of light, natural wood finishes, clean lines and connection to outdoor spaces. The lot measures 7,760 square feet and affords a covered patio and spacious private yard in the back, and a courtyard at the front, both of which flow seamlessly from the family room though expansive sliding glass doors. The property is located on a quiet interior street in La Marina Estates, a serene neighborhood of custom homes characterized by parkways, mature trees, pride of ownership and a strong sense of community. This special home presents the unique opportunity to own an architectural gem in one of Long Beach’s most sought after neighborhoods.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 1/2/2018 Tract La Marina Estates (LME)
Year Built 1958 Community 34 - Los Altos, X-100
Garage Spaces n/a County Los Angeles
Total Parking n/a


School District Long Beach Unified

Additional Details

Lot 7760 sq ft Area 34 - Los Altos, X-100
HOA Dues 0.00 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Stories 1
Subdivision La Marina Estates (LME) Utilities Public;
View Description Courtyard Water Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Electric Oven, Electric Stove, Garbage Disposal, Microwave
Fireplace Yes
Garage Driveway - Concrete, Garage
Heat Central Furnace
Interior Beamed Ceilings, Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Open Floor Plan
Lot Description Back Yard, Front Yard, Landscaped, Lawn, Sprinkler System
Style Mid Century Modern
View Yes


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Listing provided by : Douglas Kramer, Re/Max R. E. Specialists

(view all details for MLS #PW17241431)

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