An 11-bedroom mini-mansion built in 1915 in Long Beach’s historic Red Brick District is on the market for $1.95 million. The 6,164-square-foot stucco house is on West Penn Street, one of several blocks in the city with their original brick paving.
Set on a nearly ¼-acre lot two blocks from the ocean and boardwalk, the house still exudes an air of grandeur. A gated walkway leads to a large foyer and living room with a decorative fireplace. The eat-in kitchen has a pantry and breakfast nook and there’s a formal dining room, guest quarters, a library/study, den and walk-in closets.
There’s an ocean view from the primary en-suite bedroom on the second floor, which has a sitting room and dressing room. Three more bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms, are on the third floor, along with a sitting room.
The third floor has six bedrooms and a full bathroom, and the first floor has a half bathroom.
There’s also a 1½-car detached garage and partially finished full basement.
Taxes on the property, which is in the Long Beach City School District, are $23,035.
The seller is a diplomat who lived there for more than 30 years, hosting many gatherings, as did the judge who lived there in earlier decades, said Jean Sondergaard of Berkshire Hathaway, who is listing the house with Barbara Mullaney.
The house is among a group of villa-style, formal homes with red-tile roofs and stucco facades built between 1908 and 1919 for wealthy clientele by builder William Reynolds, a one-time state senator and Long Beach mayor, according to the Long Beach Historical Society. Many similar houses on the block remain.
“When you go up the street you feel like you’re walking in a different era,” Mullaney said.