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Sometimes it seems that the idea of selling just spreads along a street.

Last year, one standout was Rosecrans. This year, it's Wendy Way with a selling outbreak. (See "Wendy Keeps Running.")

With the new listing this week at 747 33rd (5br/5ba, 3800 sq. ft.), it feels like 33rd St. in the Tree Section is turning over at a good clip, too.

With a total of 6 listings/sales so far this year, these little 3 blocks west of Pacific might well give Wendy Way a run for its money when the final stats are compiled for 2014.

The "Santa Barbara" Spanish at 747 33rd is asking $2.875M, but it's hardly the priciest on the street.

You might look to 742 33rd (5br/6ba, 3975 sq. ft.), a Cape Cod with bonus square footage in the basement. That one came out at $2.998M in

This year as we fail to see any Dodgers games on TV (Sunday night on ESPN will be a welcome exception), the thought occurs over and over: Should have watched more last year to catch Vin Scully. What if we're missing his last year now?

In a similar vein, maybe we're all too accustomed to the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders just always being there. You take it for granted that there's this great little Dixieland band that will pop up from time to time at a party on the Strand, or at the December fireworks, or the start line of the MB 10K, or, like this afternoon, at Polliwog Park to kick off one of the Summer concerts in the park. 

Take a shot at seeing the band today, starting at 3:45PM at Polliwog. They've been a treasured part of MB for 40 years. And while

It was just a normal mid-Summer day at the beach this week, when we happened upon something unusual.

Not one, but two volleyball practices on different stretches of beach. Small gangs of mere civilians honing their craft.

And then the reason struck: The 6-Man is coming. Heck, it's next week.

Below (or at this link) you can see our brief, fun video celebration of last year's 6-Man volleyball tourney.

Yes, with its new mid-week timing, the tourney was at a modest scale last year, but still good fun.

Enjoy the video! And make your plans for next week: Weds. July 30-Thurs. July 31, all day, on the beach. Call in sick. The players are.

Volleyball is just the kickoff to week's worth of events, including next Friday & Sat. night's Lifeguard Championships…

Sometimes it seems that no one in Manhattan Beach uses their garage to actually park cars. Except maybe at the beach.

One new construction project by the beach runs with both ideas, and mixes it all up.

At 128 14th, a new, high-end modern downtown, they've built out what they call a 6-car "ultimate" garage.

In this radical reconceptualization of garage-ness, you don't just have vacant space to roll in your SUVs, convertibles and assorted beach toys.

No, you also get a home theater with surround sound, wet bar (with keg fridge) and a sunny patio.

Raw concrete won't do for flooring. Nope, it's highly polished.

Rollup garage doors at both ends will kick up a nice breeze, but what if that's not enough?

Of course, the garage is air conditioned.

Do you…