The Stamps moved to the Ranchos from a rented "cute bungalow" in Seal Beach, three-and-a-half miles due south, where Tim grew up and was loathe to leave. "You couldn't get me away from the beach for anything," he says.
But they wanted to buy a house and Long Beach was more affordable. They have no regrets. "It feels like you're on vacation," Linda says. "It's so open. It feels like Hawaii or Palm Springs."
Tim, who designs and builds surfboards, acknowledges that they resemble a Cliff May house. "The houses have a great, simple design that's really functional like a surfboard. There's not a lot of wasted space. It's simple utility. But it's beautiful in its simplicity."