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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…

Until last year, there was never such a thing as a $2.8M townhome east of Highland.

Now, it's happened 4 times.

The newest sale is on new construction at 408 32nd (4br/4ba, 2650 sq. ft.) an ultra-modern TH on the back half of the lot, where you might expect a Vista address.

List price: $2.800M. Sale price: $2.810M.

The home is very nicely executed, with a spa-like feel to the baths and a warm sophistication across the board. We thought it helped a lot that a simple, modern home like this was so tastefully decorated for presentation to would-be buyer – it's a very good argument for proper staging.

Views are nice, if not permanent, complemented by the classy old-Manhattan Spanish duplex across the street. (Click thru the listing pics to see the second…

People love to love the flat walkstreets in Manhattan Beach's South End.

Spec builders and folks who want to build for themselves keep paying more for the land.

The latest eye-opening land trade is a lot that went to a spec builder at 504 8th St. for $2.000M. The sale posted recently in the tax records.

The buyer is the development LLC that recently built and sold 340 6th St. (5br/5ba, 3600 sq. ft.), a modern Plantation style home.

The builder paid $1.825M for the dirt there on 6th back in July 2012. The completed home sold for $4.235M in December 2013, hitting a new high on a PPSF basis for the flat family walkstreets.

However, that sale fell slightly short of the off-market sale price on a new home at 337 7th (4br/4200 sq. ft.) at $4.500M. (See "

Before this year, do you want to guess how many non-Strand townhomes in Manhattan Beach have sold for more than $3M?

That's $3M+ for a unit that shares a lot and a wall with another.

Before this year: One.

Now, with 611 Bayview coming in at $3.250M, there are two.

And its partner came awfully close. That's 612 Manhattan Ave., the other half of the building, with the sale posting at $2.900M at mid-month.

Put them together, and this little high-end spec project just netted more than $6M.

The lot sure looks like a nice get at $2.2M – that was early 2012.

Before this week, the top non-Strand townhome sale was, surprisingly, from the down year of 2011.

205 27th (3br/3ba, 2870 sq. ft.) is a major, modern remodel of a 70s original on a very favorable lot