I became familiar with this Long Beach street through food, which is how I find most things in my life, even my husband. The 1300 block of Coronado is located just one block north of the Redondo/Anaheim intersection. In the early 2000s people began buying the historic light industrial buildings on this street and creating cool facades for their hip architectural, building, and manufacturing companies. In 2010 a group of tenants got together and became the first area to bring the famous Lunch Trucks in on a weekly basis. So about five years ago I became a frequent diner on Coronado. They no longer have the lunch trucks but I was called into one the properties for a business meeting recently, which led me to investigate the history as well.
This little known area of Long Beach called the Zaferia District has a rich, and perhaps intoxicating, past. The Pacific Electric or Red Car once had a busy depot, at what is now the McDonalds on Anaheim. Travelers from Los Angeles and points north would take the train to the seaside towns of Long Beach and Newport Beach. Many of these towns were 'dry' back at the turn of the century. It seems Zaferia's claim to fame was being the last stop along the tracks to purchase booze of any kind.
Today it came to my attention that this sweet Craftsman in the video below, with it unique stone porch and portico, was once the Train-master's house who worked on the Red Line.
If you haven't spent any time on this stretch of Coronado, I strongly urge you to take some time on a Saturday or Sunday to do so. There is an awesome antique store, Urban Americana just off of Anaheim and new cool eatery just across the street called The Working Class Kitchen.
This area of Long Beach has been exactly what the eatery describes; this is the working area of Long Beach. It is dominated by light industrial buildings, lower priced homes and apartment units. If you take a slow walk through the neighborhood you will notice many older homes with architectural charm.
And don't miss a visit to the newly renovated Orizaba Park. The design took the Red Line motif and utilized it to its greatest extent. The recreation building resembles a depot and the sidewalk brings to mind train tracks. There is plenty of open space, a skateboard park and a community garden.
Don't overlook this area when looking for a place to live. It may have working class roots but it close proximity to beach and freeways makes it some the best valued real estate in the city.
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Masterworks Builders on Coronado
Vintage Fiesta Ware
Working Class Kitchen
Architects Kollin Altomare
Shoppers on Coronado Avenue
Gates on Coronado Avenue
Vintage Industrial Building on Coronada