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If you think back to early 2012, it wasn't so long ago, really.

But that was probably the beginning of the current rally in Manhattan Beach real estate, with prices now riding a "rocket to the moon," as we said in a recent post. (See "MB Median Prices Tilt Way Up.") Today, the world looks quite a bit different.

One of the first homes to sell in our real estate "Spring" that year (our Spring market begins around Feb. 1) was 1305 8th (6br/4ba, 4100 sq. ft.).

It listed for $1.725M, and we recall thinking something like "nice place, cosmetic fixer, but is that kind of rich?" It sold almost immediately for only a little less: $1.710M.

That sale seems now to have been one of the first signs of the market to come: Solidifying, more confident, with prices…

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…

The lowest-priced house in MB has just sold, and it might lead to a pause-and-reflect type of moment.

The home in question is 1658 11th, a little 2br on a half lot on a corner that we can fairly call busy.

So what was that rock-bottom price for the little darling? $872,340. That's the lowest number for a single-family this year.

In 2013, there were 6 sales lower than that, headlined by one that almost looks like a misprint: a half-lot fixer nearby at 919 Herrin at $605K. A 6 in front!

But what can you get for that kind of money outside of MB?

Golly, just head across Artesia from Mira Costa in the Golden Hills neighborhood of Redondo, and you can have your pick of full-size homes (tall-and-skinny, sure, but full-size). As just one example, Dave sold

No one buys a house to live in it for a year. Or for 11 months.

And if circumstances require a quick resale shortly after you've unpacked, expect to lose some money. Transaction costs can be killer.

Unless you're lucky, and it's 2014.

That's the happy ending at 1560 10th St. (4br/3ba, 2400 sq. ft.), a dollhouse of a remodel on a half lot in East MB.

This one emerged first last year, back in June 2013, asking $1.389M.

That was just a little high, and it closed in early August for $1.349M.

By April this year, it was back (call it 8 months later), asking $1.479M. 

They made a quick deal, but it flopped and the property dropped off the MLS a while before popping back up. A new deal posted in late May.

Just before July 4, they closed for that asking…