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You could be forgiven for not noticing the old Spanish at 10th/Highland downtown.

921 Highland is a 1930s original on a double lot (5400 sq. ft.).

If you were to rewind time a bit (which is hard), we'd hazard that the big house was once all but alone on the stretch of Highland near Center Street and the pier. There are stories, to be sure.

Now, though, the question turns to what to do on the site. Someone has just paid $5.400M for the home, and we're not really thinking it's because they're preservationists.

A double lot with ocean views on a walkstreet right in the thick of MB's now-bustling core should probably have a lot of new stuff on it that reflects what MB is today.

You could built one heckuva single-family home, something you could even call…

No question, MB is coming into its own, gaining notice on many fronts, all well-deserved.

One example: GQ magazine rates Manhattan Beach as one of the 6 best beaches in the USA. They like the color of the sand (seriously) and specifically call MB the "Best Beach for Chowing Down," a reference to our growing culinary scene.

Destination restaurants in MB – this is something old-timers truly never could have imagined. (Thanks to this post on for the clue regarding GQ.)

As to local real estate, we often tell clients that the Summer months slow down notably. But that's not what the data say right now, nor the activity in our office. Whew. 

Regular readers know that for our weekend posts, we prefer to get out there, walk all the homes and deliver…

This holiday weekend began with fireworks, then took a turn for the strange.

Saturday's shark bite incident by the MB Pier could mean many different things over time.

Will ours become more of a locals-only beach as tourists stay away?

Or will more jerks start coming out here looking to snag their own carcharadon carcharias?

Will the city or county start to regulate, or prohibit, fishing off the pier?

A modest proposal: No chumming off the pier. Ever.

Some things are so obvious, you can't believe they need to be said.

It seems the best local coverage is on in this post.

As to local real estate, there are fewer open houses on a holiday weekend, for sure, but it's not a strikeout situation. There are some debuts and several good options. If…

Last week, we had a good reception for our little "Secret Room" video drawn from a special feature at 3300 Poinsettia (Dave's listing). That one racked up 750 views quickly, quite a lot for a real estate video.

This reminded us that the whole 5br/5ba, 3430 sq. ft. home has a lot going for it – not just the secret room – so we've gone a step further with a full video tour.

We've got that video tour below, as well as a chance for you to revisit a 3-minute tour through the Napa Farmhouse listing on a rare, prime double lot at 743 29th St. (5br/3 full baths, 2 half baths). (That video's near 2,000 views now.)

Enjoy this unique, finely crafted property – again. (For more, see "The Wonder of 743 29th.")

If you like the first video, consider this: 3300…