So You’re Moving to Long Beach!

I stalk LA.Curbed, too, and I can it seems like $1.2M doesn’t buy much of anything anymore. And then there’s a home like this. Original. Bold. Big. And beautiful. They don’t make them like this anymore (at least not under $2M) this home really has a bit of everything. And while this price isn’t exactly cheap, even I’m amazed what you get for the money versus LA or Orange County — and I live down the street!

George Montierth may not be a name known as well as Paul Tay, Edward Killingsworth, or Cliff May — but it should be. He designed custom homes for some of Long Beach’s more affluent neighborhoods (think Bixby Knolls or Park Estates). Most of his designs are similar — the homes are shaped like a U, often surrounding a large courtyard with a pool. This one is no exception and it’s not just the grand design, but the details. 

Like A. Quincy Jones — Montierth knows how to use ceiling height to create an open plan that still offers intimate spaces. The Philippine mahogany is abundant and enough to make any Eichler owner blush. but it’s the built-ins, the fireplaces, and other special details that make this home unique and bespoke. It’s little attention to moments — like the private courtyard off the front corner of the house — that make this home feel special. 

As an added bonus, it’s on a beautiful, large lot in Bixby Knolls, just down the street from the Virginia Country Club. Easy access to LA, Orange County, and DTLB. Not to mention downtown Bixby Knolls. 

Yup, I literally live within walking distance of this home and I’d love to give you a personal tour.  Contact us. 

3924 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807 (MLS # PW17107659)

(all data current as of 6/25/2019)
Price $1,300,000
Beds 4
Baths 4 baths
Home size 2,700 sq ft
Lot Size 10,018 sqft
Days on Market 46
Status Sold
The Kresl Residence, by architect George Montierth. Praised by Southland Magazine in 1953 as 'truly representative of the Southern California way of life.' A custom built modernist compound designed for privacy and entertaining, with walls of glass to create a seamless transition between indoors and out. A spectacular great room at the center of the home features vaulted open beam ceilings, original Philippine Mahogany paneling, and massive center opening Fleetwood sliding doors to the rear yard and pool. The property includes 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in the main house, a separate casita with it’s own bathroom and fireplace, and a spacious 3 car detached garage. System updates complement beautifully preserved original detailing. On an expansive 10,000+ square foot lot in Virginia Country Club- one of Long Beach’s most prestigious and desirable neighborhoods.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 6/30/2017 Tract Virginia Country Club (VCC)
Year Built 1951 Community 6 - Bixby, Bixby Knolls, Los C
Garage Spaces n/a County Los Angeles
Total Parking n/a

Price History

Prior to May 31, '17 $1,198,000
May 31, '17 - Today $1,300,000

Additional Details

Lot 10019 sq ft Area 6 - Bixby, Bixby Knolls, Los C
HOA Dues 0 Parking Spaces: 3.00
Pool Description Private,In Ground,Filtered,Heated,Solar Subdivision Virginia Country Club (VCC)
Utilities Public; View Description None
Water Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Gas Range, Refrigerator
Basement Foundation: Slab
Fireplace Yes
Garage Garage
Heat Central Furnace, Forced Air
Interior Beamed Ceilings, Built-Ins, Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Copper Plumbing Full, High Ceilings (9 Feet+), Open Floor Plan
Lot Description Lot 10000-19999 Sqft, Sprinkler System
Pool Yes
Style Modern


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Listing provided by : Nathaniel Cole, Coldwell Banker Coast Alliance

(view all details for MLS #PW17107659)

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