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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 9:21am. 186 Views, 0 Comments.
We're coming up to one of the signature weekends of the holiday season in Manhattan Beach. And there's a real estate tie-in as well.
Before we look at the short term, let's also talk about the MB Yuletide 5K coming up Saturday, Dec. 21, at 5:30PM. This is one of two great local runs each year that start and finish under the pier, out along the wet sand at a super low tide.
The Yuletide 5K is notable for the glow necklaces, jingle bells and costumes that runners don. It's a unique and very local event, which is why MB Confidential is proudly sponsoring it. (As we did last June's race.)
There are kids' races also, and edible medals. Register today, and we'll see you out there!
Also, here's a link to the 5K's Facebook page.
Coming up this weekend,…
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 at 9:01am. 273 Views, 0 Comments.
Today is World Toilet Day (we are not making this up), and therefore a good time to check in on Manhattan Beach's Toilet Retrofit Ordinance.
As any buyer or seller of Manhattan Beach real estate has experienced over the past 3 years, the city requires a report on current toilets in each home at the time of sale. Toilets are supposed to meet the new standard for ultra-low-flow flushes (1.28 gallons per flush).
Buyer and seller sign the "Toilet Retrofit Declaration" and/or "Toilet Retrofit Transfer of Responsibility" forms, stating whether the existing toilets in the home are compliant, or not, with the 1.28gpf standard.
In theory, the buyer is promising to dump any noncompliant toilets within 6 months after taking title. (Somewhat newer, "lower flow"…
Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at 7:33am. 411 Views, 0 Comments.
There will be some real estate to see in MB on Sunday, but there's so much else to do, it's worth another post first.
Downtown Manhattan Beach will busy, so plan for traffic delays.
First up, because it's news, is the return of downtown trick-or-treating. That's Sunday 11am-3pm.
This hallowed, small-town tradition fell by the wayside in recent years. It's back now, with an earlier start and some mystery – where are the 5 colossal cauldrons of candy? (They promise some clues at the DTMB Facebook page.)
Any local merchant with the flyer in the window is offering treats for those in costume. (No, it doesn't count to say, "I'm dressed as a laid-back beach town dude.")
Earlier Sunday, it's the Skechers Friendship Walk, starting at 9:00am at the Manhattan…
Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 7:11am. 344 Views, 0 Comments.
It's time for one of our twice-monthly Manhattan Beach market updates.
Links to our Market Update spreadsheets are now in the top navigation bar on the site. These links on the nav bar are updated every 2 weeks as the new spreadsheets are created.
Now, before we jump to bullet points and spreadsheets, let's mix it up a little. Below (or at this link) you can see our new, brief video celebration of this year's 6-Man volleyball tourney. Yes, the tourney was at a more modest scale than back in the day (hello, it was mid-week!), but still good fun. Enjoy the video!
There's also this little writeup in MB Patch with notes on the winners.
Now for the market update.
Here's the quick overview on active inventory at the end of the month:
- 66 active listings
Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 10:25am. 816 Views, 0 Comments.
Manhattan Beach real estate just got a boost from a surprising source: The Hollywood Reporter.
In a new article (Aug. 2 edition), "Manhattan Beach Real Estate Prices Go Wild," the mag variously touts:
- Pricey Strand homes
- The new surge of high-end restaurants
- Pro athletes and coaches who've become residents
- The great public schools
- Hollywood's behind-the-camera denizens of MB
Whatever MB's historical reputation over the decades, it's now described as a "posh paradise" by the Hollywood Reporter.
Does that mean we've arrived?
The same article notes MB's density as a plus, compared to sprawling Malibu, and cites our town's "Mayberry appeal."
Uh-oh. Secret's out.
Monday, July 15th, 2013 at 4:36pm. 417 Views, 0 Comments.
Much has been made – and will be made – of MB's vaunted public schools.
The school system is a major driver of interest in Manhattan Beach real estate. Buyers with school-age kids see the added value right away. (See our post, "MB Schools Smash It Again.")
So if you're a buyer looking to get in for this Fall's session, when do you need to lock up a deal?
School starts August 28th. Enrollment for new students starts Aug. 19 at each campus.
Start a 30-day escrow today, and you'll be closed up just in time to chat with the staff at your target school about enrolling the kids.
A longer escrow starting now, or a 30-day starting within the next 10 days or so, could well get the kids locked in by the first day Aug. 28.
Buyers who do not…
Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 11:59am. 1,003 Views, 0 Comments.
The high quality of Manhattan Beach public schools drives interest in local real estate.
We're reminded of it time and again. We consistently hear from clients coming into the area from the Westside, or from other parts of the USA, that the public school system is a central factor in their choices.
We can't say much about this better than we did about 18 months ago, in "It's Got to Be the Schools."
In that post, we framed the choice facing families with school-age (or almost school-age) children this way:
Living in the LA area, if you don't happen to live in a neighborhood with great schools, here are some of your options: private school, transferring to another "good" school nearby on a year-by-year permit basis, fudging your residence address, home
Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 4:56pm. 798 Views, 0 Comments.
Now and then we get questions: What does this mean, what does that mean?
So here's a guide to some of those terms, and any interesting history behind them.
We encourage readers to add their own to the list via comments, or just email Dave.
The Highway – There can be no doubt: "The Highway" is Sepulveda, Route 1, PCH... all the same thing. It's the border between East and West MB.
For some, the highway is like an impenetrable barrier, as in: "It seems like weeks since I crossed Sepulveda." For others, no big whoop, we're all here together, man.
The border has spawned some divisive phrases: "There's No Life…
Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 3:00pm. 459 Views, 0 Comments.
That was this past Sunday, Dec. 2, actually.
Did you see a parade? Fireworks? A boozy bash on the beach?
Not this time.
Like many MB'ers, we had this sense that everything would build to a crescendo. Then it didn't.
We loved the MB Centennial Parade. (See our post from May, with our pics plus links to lots of others' photos.)
After that, honestly, we didn't see much.
Turns out, there was a "symposium" to celebrate last Saturday. (Learn more about the speakers and the program here.)
And it turns out there is some kind of backstory about why grander events didn't work out, fingers are being pointed, and the net result was a very quiet flip into MB's second century. The new SouthBay magazine pulls together a chunk of the story,…
Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at 4:08am. 510 Views, 0 Comments.
Well, that's carnivals for you, and the small-town ambience of MB.
Also helping us celebrate this weekend... a little new crop of homes for sale.
Ocean views, darling remodels, and... something else.
To plan your weekend open-house tours, try this Redfin map list of open houses – sort by price or sub-region of MB by clicking the title on a column.
Or click here for…