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1950s Cliff May ranch house asks $950K in Long Beach

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The home features light-filled interiors, a stone fireplace, and a pool with a tree growing out of it

House from street
The house is fronted by breeze blocks.
Photos by Peter McMenamin, courtesy Doug and Rochelle Kramer/SoCal Modern Group

Innovative midcentury homebuilder Cliff May is known for designing modern ranch-style residences with sunny interiors and indoor-outdoor access points in nearly every room.

This three-bedroom home in Long Beach is no exception, and it comes with an elaborate backyard swimming pool with a rocky waterfall and a bonsai tree growing from the center.

The 1,361-square-foot house is located in the Rancho Estates neighborhood, a community of tract homes on the city’s eastern edge built by May in the early 1950s. Though updated recently, the home, which was constructed in 1953, retains an unmistakably midcentury atmosphere.

Interior features include vaulted ceilings, polished concrete floors, walls of glass, and an open floor plan that links the living room to the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is also equipped with stainless steel appliances and a large center island with a counter for bar-style seating.

The two bathrooms have also been updated, and the large shower in the master bathroom intriguingly has a door leading out to an enclosed side yard.

Sitting on a 5,835-square-foot lot fronted by a lovely breeze block wall, the home has an outdoor barbecue area in addition to the swimming pool, and a washer and dryer can be found in the attached garage.

Asking price is $949,900.

Living room
Kitchen
Master bedroom
Guest bedroom
Master bathroom
View of pool waterfall