The Best Cliff May in the Last Year (and it’s not the most expensive)

It’s a pretty heady claim, we know. But if you’ve spent any time looking at Cliff May homes, either in Orange County or Long Beach, you start to develop “the list.” It’s the things you’re looking for in a Cliff May and because inventory is so constricted, you stop thinking about the things you can change and you start focusing on the things you can’t change or the things that would be difficult to change. You realize that paint and flooring are easy, but an awkward addition or bad lot siting are deal breakers. 

And that’s the reason why this home is the best Cliff May all year. It may not have the biggest lot (in fact, it’s on the small side, but that doesn’t matter, and I’ll tell you why below), it’s certainly no the most done, but it is largely original, has an addition that not only looks great, but works…it started life as the larger 4 bedroom model…and it’s extremely well-sited in a quiet, interior section of the Ranchos. 

5800 square feet may not sound like a big lot, and it isn’t, but this home has a few key advantages. This home is extremely well-sited on the lot. it has an addition, but it takes up the space that mostly awkward, between the house in the garage. Being on the West side of Stevely, the house sits majestically up from the curb, but you don’t back to the high-voltage power lines. Furthermore, it creates something special — the front yard extends to close to the curb with a plant wall — it’s a HUGE extra outdoor space that feels natural — not fenced in. Our in back, the space isn’t large, but it’s private and it feels secluded. The Asian-inspired landscaping looks a little tired, but there are some specimen trees that are downright irreplaceable. This lot is really an A for the Ranchos. 

Inside, you find a home that is mostly original. The owner is original, and the house has a delightfully Japanese influence. There are some modifications (the 4th bedroom is the new entry) and the bathrooms have been very creatively, and tastefully modified. We like. The addition creates an extra large, extra living room space. And the feel is spacious but not overwhelming. The extra space allows you to have a formal living space as well as a big TV area — often a point of contention for would-be Cliff May owners. 

It’s not all rainbows and unicorns (is it ever?). There’s a reason the best Cliff May isn’t priced at $900k. This home is original — and that means it’s original. Down to the furnace and fascia trim that shows some obvious wood rot. There’s worn carpet throughout and the house feels 60+ years old inside. But it’s all fixable – and I don’t think it would take much. To have an extra large Cliff May on a great lot — this home is worth the effort. And priced under $800k, we think it’s accessible. 

As we understand, there is an offer on this property right now. If you’d like to see it, DON’T WAIT to call us. 

3047 Stevely Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90808 (MLS # PW17207865)

(all data current as of 8/14/2018)
Price $765,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,639 sq ft
Lot Size 5,801 sqft
Days on Market 36
Status Sold
It is a rare and special occasion to find an original owner Cliff May Rancho, especially one in such authentic condition as 3047 Stevely. This exceptional home has been in the loving care of the same family since it was built in 1954, and it presents a unique opportunity for the buyer who desires original midcentury modern design combined with a bit more living area than the typical Rancho. This home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,639 square feet of living area, and is sited toward the back of a 5,801 square foot lot on the west side of Stevely Avenue. The property has an attached two-car garage and a spacious front yard that is slightly raised above the street for an added sense of privacy and serenity. This listing is priced below recent comparably sized Rancho sales to account for the overall condition of the home, which does require some maintenance and repair and is being sold “as is”.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 10/14/2017 Tract Rancho (RNC)
Year Built 1954 Community 33 - Lakewood Plaza, Rancho
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Los Angeles
Total Parking n/a


School District Long Beach Unified

Additional Details

Lot 5801 sq ft Area 33 - Lakewood Plaza, Rancho
HOA Dues 0.00 Parking Spaces: 4.00
Pool Description None Sewer Sewer Paid
Stories 1 Subdivision Rancho (RNC)
Utilities Public; Sewer Paid; View Description None
Water Public


Air None
Appliances Gas Oven, Gas Stove
Fireplace Yes
Garage Yes
Heat Central Furnace
Interior Beamed Ceilings, Open Floor Plan
Lot Description Back Yard, Front Yard
Style Modern, Ranch


Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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

(view all details for MLS #PW17207865)

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Stephen has lived and worked in a Southern California Cliff May home since 2005. He created the popular website as well as the Cliff May registry. As a real estate broker, he has had the opportunity to sell numerous Cliff May and other modern ranch homes throughout Southern California. Being a leader in the real estate industry, he has been elected by his colleagues to serve as President of the Pacific West Association of Realtors in 2015. When not working hard for his clients and raising the bar in real estate, he can be found exercising his cars on the backroads or backpacking in the wilderness.

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