February 7th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1954, the Lakewood Park Corporation, a developer of a major share of the Lakewood residential area, announced the purchase of one hundred eighty-three acres of the Hellman Ranch. The land was north of Pacific Coast Highway and bordered by Bolsa Avenue, Bay Boulevard (now Seal Beach Boulevard, and Landing Hill. The purchase price was $4,000 an acre for a total of $732,00.

Here’s an aerial view from fifteen years earlier that includes the acreage purchased.

The highlighted area is the approximate location of the land purchased.This purchase did not include the future site of J. H. McGaugh Intermediate School. That lot was purchased in 1952, and construction of the new school began in 1954 and completed in time to open for the fall 1955 school year.

Here’s another Seal Beach aerial photo from nine years after the purchase.

The tract has been divided into lots, homes have been built and sold, and families have moved in. J. H. McGaugh Intermediate School had been open for eight years, and there’s a large vacant lot that will become the Seal Beach Shopping Center in 1966.

– Michael Dobkins

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