Complete House History - Also ideal for the Homeowner Seeking Landmark Status A complete House History provides a narrative of your home, packaged in either a custom hardbound book, a custom three-ring binder, or formatted as an application to the City of Long Beach's Office of Historic Preservation for Landmark Status. A handsome folder holds all full-sized copies of any research.
This report includes a contextual assessment of your house in relation to the history of the city of Long Beach and the surrounding neighborhood at the time the house was built. It then delves into the lives and careers of the original builder and/or architect, the original and subsequent owners. Physical changes to the tract, lot and house itself are reviewed. Where possible, early or published photos of the house are retrieved. Included in this HouStory are copies of historic and contemporary photographs (people and places), newspaper clippings, obituaries, maps, grant deeds, building permits and tax assessor records.
If you are applying for the Mills Act (property tax reduction), your home must be a designated Long Beach Historic Landmark or within the boundaries of a Historic District. Let HouStories help you with that process. Fixed price for either the full House History binder or the Historic Landmark Application will be provided at the start of the project, but typically the cost to research a single family home is $1,500.
"We are VERY pleased with the finished product and your book will be proudly displayed in our home. Thank you again Maureen." - Gary and Christy, Bluff Park -
This house was moved. Its story starts on Nylic Court and ends on Daisy Avenue.
This Naples home was owned by Harven Patten, son of Gilbert Patten, author of the "Frank Merriwell" novels
Photo and Factsheet - Framed Tribute For the client who wants a beautiful tribute to their home, complete with a professionally produced photograph.*
This framed tribute will provide the year built, the style, the architect and/or builder, original owners, plus any interesting or newsworthy events pertaining to the home's history.
All records affiliated with the above facts will be included in a separate folder.
This is a great resource or thank you gift for those in the real estate industry. Price is based on time and materials. An estimate will be provided before starting work. [typically the price is about $550].
* One of three professional local photographers are used.
Cover of a "Biography Dossier" for a single family home
Real Estate Special
Specifically for Real Estate agents selling a property, this 2-3 page summary of a home's early history can be used at an open house or for marketing pieces. Create a unique buzz about your client's home for only $240!
Research by the Hour For those clients who need to find a specific bit of information or historic photographs, arrangements can be made for hourly consulting. Some clients suspect their home was moved and would like supporting data. Others believe a significant event or person lived in their home and would like proof. Is there a poltergeist or friendly spirit roaming your halls? A history dossier might shed some light on this.
In addition to the homeowner, this can be a reliable and efficient tool for developers, architects and builders, and for those requiring CEQA data for EIRs or landmarking. [$60/hour].