Weekend Opens (6/5-6/6)

Posted by Dave Fratello on Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at 4:21am.

You're home-shopping but also need to catch Lakers-Celtics? No worries. The finals games are all in the early evening.

As long as no one schedules one of those quirky "sunset" open houses at a must-see property, you can find your dream home long before you find your seat on the sofa Sunday.

Click here for the complete list of opens published in the Beach Reporter, or see it at any time by using the link in the right-hand column under "Prop. Search Tools."

If you do get out & around this weekend, please report back here on what you've seen, what you liked, didn't like, etc.


Hill Section

John, John, John – the Hill Section and John St. are often a magical combination.

Travel up just the right height on John, and you'll get some of the Hill's biggest views on one of its quietest streets.

526 John (4br/4ba, 3400 sq. ft.) gives you that kind of location and a 5,000 sq. ft. corner lot, though pushing for an $1,100/PSF premium price for the home overall at $3.795m to start.

The house may have an early-90s conception, but it has a more modern caché – it was featured in "CSI: Miami" recently (as the neighbors well recall).

MB = Miami?

Maybe you can see it here.

Everything's sharp and clean, if a bit period. Actually, "sharp and clean" barely describes the laboratory-caliber garage – wow, there's tidying up to sell, and then there's this.

526 John is open Sat. & Sun. 12-4pm.


Tree Section

520 14th (4br/3ba, 2575 sq. ft.) begins with so much promise: Martyrs area, big for an older home, fairly low price ($1.299m).

The reality's more complex. Though the home's very clean and updated in key parts (a newer kitchen, a spa-quality master bath), the layout is chopped-up and peculiar.

All 4 bedrooms are on one level, sorta, divided by the entry hall and living room. (Think 2 here, 2 there, plus some stairs.) An extra living room over the garage is quite disconnected from the flow of the home, though that could be a benefit – a private space in a home with few others. Big spiral stairs offer your only way up to the kitchen and a living/dining room.

The back yard and its connections to the house are big benefits. The first-floor master flows out to a cute garden and small grassy patch – a tranquil setting. The second-floor deck off the kitchen/great room is quite large and features no-doubt-about-it ocean & downtown views. You could almost put the whole house behind you and just groove on those views for hours at a time.

It's an odd duck overall, with some fancy-duck pieces. It's priced, it seems, to reflect the great location and the head-scratching realities.

520 14th is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

594 30th (4br/3ba, 2050 sq. ft.) is on a quiet half-block near Sand Dune Park, but probably not much affected, as it's south of the park and, hey, they're tightening things up over there.

The late-50s home has been updated with a sense of style, preserving lots of original elements that make it distinctly a beach house while delivering modern updates where you care most: a Sub-Zero fridge, for instance, sets the tone for the updated kitchen.

There's one issue that will nag: The upstairs master is separate from the 3 bedrooms downstairs.

There are some very custom outdoor-living aspects to the home. A small lap pool is reached over a little bridge. Paving stones set into the main yard create a soft-hardscape feel, with a little outdoor fireplace beckoning. A deck off the kitchen/dining area invites you outside to eat or lounge. (The cool outdoor furniture underscores the point.)

Start price of $1.4m is intriguing for the area.

Much further from The Dune, 665 27th (3br/3ba, 2250 sq. ft.) recently sold for $1.450m. That was an early-50s house with much sharper, modern updates that were also at odds with the traditional feel of parts of the home.

A really stunning re-do of a 1948 cottage on a hard block of 35th, 562 35th (3br/3ba, 2000 sq. ft.), recently closed for much more: $1.575m.

594 30th is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

2317 Walnut (3br/3ba, 1980 sq. ft.) is plain vanilla, clean and bright, and aging somewhat gracefully since its 1975 construction.

MBC called attention to this one a couple weeks ago, and it immediately had a deal (or two).

But it's back on the market now looking for the next one. Priced at $1.175m.

2317 Walnut is open Sun. 1-4pm.
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