Nieto’s land, called Rancho Los Nietos, was halved the following year, when priests from the San Gabriel Mission to the north claimed that Nieto’s land encroached on the southern part of their property, and after a ruling returned in their favor, Nieto’s property was reduced. at 167,000 acres, much of which covered the territory that is now Long Beach.
Nieto retired in 1795 and lived the rest of his life on his rancho. When he died in 1804, he owned more cattle, horses, and land than anyone in California, and he left it all to his wife and children. The heirs soon divided the ranch into six ranchos, one of which would become Rancho Los Cerritos.
The land passed through a series of owners, including John Temple (another Avenue namesake) and, finally, Jotham Bixby, who began running the ranch’s operations in 1866 before his land company began selling plots to developers and the first neighborhoods of Long Beach begin to appear. in the area—Los Cerritos and Virginia Country Club; California Heights and Bixby Knolls.
That’s the short version of the area’s history, but at least it gets us to March 9, 1930, when the area that was called Bixby Knolls was officially opened to potential buyers by Long Beach developers Deeble-Chapman Corp. The land on which the homes were to be built was in the area east of Atlantic Avenue between San Antonio Drive and Bixby Road, “a particularly select portion of land owned by Bixby,” according to the newspaper.
Today, the houses in the area are architecturally different, but most are stately and elegant, mainly due to the insistence of developers. In the advertisements, Deeble-Chapman said, “You have the positive assurance that your neighbour’s residence will be in perfect harmony with yours, because every house plan must be approved by the Architectural Committee, which has the power to modify or reject any home plan that does not reflect the good taste and beauty of design required by Bixby Knolls standards.
A new listing I visited last week must have passed architecture committee inspection with ease because it stands out, even by the standards of Bixby Knolls, which has plenty of examples of different architecture styles, Tudor to Mid-Modern and Craftsman.
This home at 3914 Olive Ave., listed by the Fasnacht team at $1.975 million, begins with tremendous curb appeal with a pair of young magnolia trees on the boardwalk and several stairs leading up to the home’s elevated location on what l estate agent Alan Fasnacht describes it as the highest hill in the Knolls. The white, traditional two-story house style that’s signature to many of Bixby Knolls’ finest residences is elegant in its simplicity.
And none of that outward elegance disappears inside the 3,146-square-foot home with its four bedrooms, two of which are main rooms; the downstairs one is attached to a private office, while the upstairs bedroom has a large walk-in closet, vanity area and en-suite bathroom fitted with a spa shower and jet tub.
The kitchen is professional quality with a butler’s pantry, high-end Dacor stainless steel appliances, two dishwashers, a huge built-in refrigerator and plenty of storage space.
If you want to entertain outdoors, the home sits on a spacious 9,230 square foot lot, which leaves ample room for not only a swimming pool, but also a pool house with a half bath, patio inviting bar for drinking and dining area equipped with gas grill, refrigerator, sink and Dolby sound system.
Best of all, this home sits on a typically quiet and lush street in Bixby Knolls that has retained echoes of its bucolic past over the years, while still being steps away from the more modern conveniences and attractions of the avenue right in the middle of it. Atlantic boom and Long Beach Boulevard. .
A home steeped in aviation history on the market for $1.375 million