PARK ESTATES, LONG BEACH
PARK ESTATES, LONG BEACH
Park Estates is an up-scale neighborhood made up primarily of custom-built single family homes on tree-lined streets. It Includes 671 lots that are under the jurisdiction of the Park Estates Homeowners Association, which is charged with preserving and enhancing the beauty and desirability of the neighborhood. Most of the area bounded by Pacific Coast Highway, Clark Avenue, Atherton Street and Bellflower Blvd. is within the association’s jurisdiction. The area of apartments and condominiums along Anaheim Road and the commercial enterprises and multi-family residences on the boundary streets are not part of the neighborhood.
Park Estates was developed by noted developer Lloyd Whaley in 1948 as part of the development of the larger Los Altos neighborhood that covers much of East Long Beach. This small section of Los Altos was designated as an upscale neighborhood with larger lots, tree-lined streets, and custom built homes instead of the smaller lots and tract homes of Los Altos proper. Between 1948 and 1956, ten separate tracts were built in Park Estates. Click for full history.
There are two boards that serve the Homeowners Association’s mission to preserve and enhance the property values and quality of life in Park Estates. They are the Board of Directors and the Architectural Review Board.
The Board of Directors, which is comprised of 10 tract representatives, manages the business of the Park Estates Homeowners Association (PEHA). It ensures member compliance with CC&R’s, manages PEHA’s finances, and communicates with members. The Board actively enhances property values by employing the services of a Tree Commissioner and a Building Commissioner.
The Architectural Review Board (ARB), which is comprised of a limited number of Board members, architects, and the Building Commissioner, is tasked with enforcing CC&R’s related to improvement projects on the exterior of homes. The projects can range from minor cosmetic changes to major remodels. Plans are reviewed at ARB meetings and are approved, approved with changes, or declined.
PEHA’s bylaws are rules that describe how the nonprofit corporation is to be governed. They define such things as size of the Board and how it will function, the roles and duties of directors, and other essential corporate governance matters. The bylaws are not public documents; i.e., they are not recorded with Los Angeles County.
The Declaration of CC&Rs, on the other hand, is a legal document that describes neighborhood, or tract, rules. The CC&Rs are recorded in Los Angeles County and are legally binding on PEHA members. They govern what you can, cannot, or must do with respect to your home. Park Estates is comprised of 9 tracts, each with its own set of CC&R’s.
The Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets on the second Tuesday of each month to review all new remodeling, roofing, window replacement, front landscaping, etc. plans. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. To be placed on the ARB agenda, please call the PEHA Administrative Office at least one week in advance at (562) 498-3383. The regular PEHA Board meeting is on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Please note that homeowners’ concerns will be heard at the conclusion of regular business. The Board office phone number is (562) 498-3383. The location of the PEHA meeting room is the Los Altos Medical Center,1777 N.Bellflower, Long Beach, CA 90815.