There was a time when the Manhattan Beach Open was threatened. It has come roaring back, with top-flight participation, and that's how it should be.

For more on yesterday's final, and the record-breaking 7th final title by Keri Walsh Jennings, see DigMB's coverage here.

The most wins ever was on the men's side, with 8 by Karch Kiraly. Watch out next year... (Photo: AVP/Robert Beck.)

Back in local real estate, it's time for one of our twice-monthly updates on market activity, with updated spreadsheets on inventory and sales.

Here's the quick overview on active inventory (click here for the list as of 8/15):

  • 71 active listings as of 8/15/14 (+6 from 7/31/14, +10 from 7/15)
  • 59 SFRs
  • 12 THs

See the MB Dashboard for up-to-the-minute data.

We see inventory up year-over-year, as there were 63 actives as of 8/15/13.

Active listings by region of Manhattan Beach in this report:

  • Tree Section: 11 actives
  • Sand Section: 27 actives (+8 from 7/31)
  • Hill Section: 6 actives
  • East MB: 27 actives (-2)

We're also providing a report on closed sales by region of MB.

Sales are organized by sub-region of Manhattan Beach.

Here's a link to the spreadsheet: "MB Pending/Sold as of 8/15/14."

In our report on closed sales, we provide the past 6 months' worth of sales by region. This is the typical window of time used by appraisers. The spreadsheets are useful to anyone tracking the market or trying to estimate the value of a home for purchase or sale.

First things first, we want to thank readers who asked a variation on, "Was that 'Deals That Don't Stick' article reflecting something that was going on? Is it OK?"

And the answer seems a qualified "yes." So, thanks. Maybe we close the deals with issues this week.

Is this a weekend for real estate, or volleyball?

At DigMB.com, they're saying volleyball. See daily coverage and photos of the MB Open. There's this post on some of the main draws, and a general feature here.

Dig will have results Sunday and Monday. They've got live links to online streaming video as well.

Also, DigMB notes that our boys just missed the Junior League World Series (for 13-14 year-olds). Texas took them in the last game 4-2. But what a great effort – and a summer-long one, at

El Porto has always been a little different. It wasn't even part of Manhattan Beach until we annexed it in 1980.

Though it's in MB (now), homes in El Porto tend to run cheaper. It's all relative, of course, because a million-shack shack on an alley in El Porto is still a pretty pricey piece of real estate. Still, you'll generally get more for the dollar up north.

And yet, wouldn't you believe it? In 2014, we see new sales in El Porto that raise the bar considerably.

First, it was 113 El Porto (4br/4ba, 2700 sq. ft.), a Strand-adjacent TH that gets great views and has an outstanding open floorplan on the top level.

We felt truly lucky to even see 113 El Porto. Though it's 14 years old (2000 build), it sizzles with modern design and a sense of luxury…

It's not possible to call this a trend, but we have noticed that several escrows have flopped recently in MB.

Let's put this first: Every real estate deal, no matter how clean it seems, includes the seeds of its own destruction. Sometimes, it's a wonder that a sale closes.

The most recent escrows in MB to fail and see a property come back to market were:

537 5th (4br/3ba, 2750 sq. ft.), a South End walkstreet home, and what could be better? That's what everyone wants. There's a bidding war going on just up the same street for mere dirt (off-market).

Sure, this house at 537 is an unusual 3-level remodel with, officially, a strikingly small lot (2019 sq. ft. instead of the standard 2700), but everyone who sees it can appreciate the pros and cons of the…