Bixby Knolls History – The Bixby Ranch House

6400 Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, Ca 90815

Want to travel back in time to the early days of Bixby Knolls?

Consider visiting the rambling rancho on top of the gated Bixby Hill in Long Beach, California. An oasis under the shade of the large willow and cottonwood trees, the Bixby Ranch House was owned by one of the prominent family instrumental in the growth and development of some of the largest areas in Southern California. Throughout the history of Long Beach, the original tiny adobe building slowly transformed into an elegant 18-room ranch house. Its history spans over 1,500 years.

Initially constructed by Manuel Perez Nieteo, a corporal in the Spanish Army, as the center of a cattle ranch it continued to expand under the ownership of Mexican Governor José Figuero, the American Abel Sterns (the first mayor of Los Angeles during the Mexican period), and eventually the Bixby family. Originally named Rancho Los Alamitos (Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods), the Bixby Ranch House reflects the physical and cultural changes that took place in California from the Spanish colonial period, through the Mexican territorial era, and into the modern American period.

Operated by the City of Long Beach since the 1960s, this tourist attraction is popular spot for all ages. Close to both California State University Long Beach and the the Port of Long Beach, the ranch grounds are the perfect place to take the family for a quiet afternoon on Bixby Hill.

Containing an extensive landscaped garden which is home to butterflies, hummingbirds, squirrels,snd horses, the 7.5 acres are comprised of six agricultural buildings (including a working blacksmith shop) and a sprawling adobe ranch house (built c.1800). The barns are home to a number of domesticated farm animals such as horses, sheep, goats and chickens. The perfect petting zoo atmosphere for your little ones.

If you’re interested in checking Rancho Los Alamitos out, the ranch is open Wednesday-Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.


Mark Shandrow
REO Broker-Associate
Shandrow Group