Situated in the second-tallest building in Southern California, one of the two penthouse units in the historic landmark Villa Riviera high-rise condominium complex went to auction on December 12th

The two-bedroom, two-bath unit is described as being the only one that still features the original historical charm, which includes beamed 35-foot vault ceilings in the main great room, a beautiful fireplace, and hardwood flooring. Both of the bathrooms have art deco tiling – and one includes a pair of iconic stone gargoyles on each side of the window. 

Some of the updates here include a renovated kitchen that features granite countertops – although the new owner may wish to do more updates to the remainder of the unit. The scene from this top floor condo is priceless, with a front-row seat overlooking Alamitos Beach (along with beach front access), as well as city lights and mountain views. 

Located at 800 East Ocean Blvd. (at the corner of Shoreline Drive and Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach), the Gothic style building was designed by the famed architect Richard D. King (who was also the designer of the Sparkletts bottling plant and the Red Wine Building in Hollywood). 

As an added bonus, the condo is eligible for tax benefits through the Mills Act. Bidding for Penthouse No. 1508 at the auction started at $750,000.