Weekend Opens (7/11-7/12)

Posted by Dave Fratello on Saturday, July 11th, 2009 at 3:30am.

Can you believe AVP is next weekend?

Now's the time to see some open houses before that vortex rolls into town.

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

As always, click on any highlighted address for more pics & details via Redfin. We ask MBC readers who visit these homes – or any open houses – to also report back in the comments here. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like.


Hill Section

808 Duncan Place (5br/5ba, 3525 sq. ft.) is a bit modest in size for the Hills, but gets you the ocean views you go there for.

This 10-year-old custom build looks to have stayed pretty current in design – partly because the same architect has put up lots of work around town since this one.

The home, which has zero interior pics at this writing, has drawn a few mentions at MBC during the week by readers who seemed to be positively enthused. Worth a look. Starts at $2.399m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

913 Highview is offered for the same price. It's elegant, newer (2004 build) and really, really compact for the Hills (3br/4ba, 2350 sq. ft.) – 1200 sq. ft. less than 808 Duncan. The location on Highview is on a quiet little block near downtown – sweet.

This one was purchased for $1.910m in Feb. 2005. Today's price ($2.399m) is up $489k (+26%) from there.

The first time we mentioned Highview, readers came back with positive reviews. Worth a look and a comparison to Duncan. Open Sun. 1-4pm.


Sand Section

128 9th (4br/5ba, 4100 sq. ft.) is a brand-new home with modern style, and maybe you'd say Asian influences.

New construction. Walkstreet. West of Manhattan Ave. Downtown. These are good things.

Sidling up to a commercial building – see "downtown" above.

Starts at $6.499m.

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

216 7th (4br/5ba, 4800 sq. ft.) is a voluptuous, new, Tuscan-inspired home with a great corner location running along Bayview – more light and views. That's a top-tier lot.

We wrote the home up in a bit more detail in mid-June (see "Weekend Opens 6/13-6/14") and predicted there would be strong reactions to the style – as turned out to be the case.

The price is down $200k now, but still priced with the idea that this one is something above and beyond: $6.295m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

4320 The Strand is one of those classic cases raising the question: Why do they hold open houses for teardowns?

What's offered here is about a half-lot (1550 sq. ft.) fronting The Strand. Price: $2.75m. It happens to have a ghastly, disintegrating duplex on it currently. So imagine this... The Strand, El Porto (er, El Norte), near the end of the block, views of the busiest surf area in town, the trademark oil tanker offshore. Do you really need to walk up and see it? If so, it's open Sun. 2-4pm.

Worth noting: Someone picked up this patch of Strand dirt in Aug. 2007 for $2.65m, perhaps full of big plans. That was then.


Tree Section

In the mid-1970s, they knew how to make simple, straightforward family homes for regular folks who just needed a place to live in MB.

2317 Walnut (3br/3ba, 1975 sq. ft.) is one example of that decade's wave of construction.

It remains, to this day, utterly simple and plain, a bit of a throwback. The location is decent if you don't think it too close to Marine, there's a cute little yard, and the home can be livable or a project, depending on the buyer.

Our initial take is that the price – $1.329m – is quite high for what it is, but just like there's a place for all the 50s cottages getting snapped up and retooled these days, there's a place, too, for the 70s builds in this market. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

1312 Ardmore (4br/3ba, 2450 sq. ft.) brings us to the mid-1980s, with a recent remodel to boot.

No question, it's nice to be so near downtown. Here, the listing actually boasts of 7 parking spaces – worth more than a few quarters if you'll be having guests at all.

There's also a sunny little yard out back, a rarity so close to beach & town.

This one begins at $1.789m.

The very recently gutted, rebuilt, modernized and comparably sized 512 12th (3br/3ba, 2300 sq. ft.), also along Ardmore, just closed for $1.605m.

1312 Ardmore is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Another week, another month, another year... 3309 Pacific (4br/5ba, 3500 sq. ft.) is now open again, introducing itself to a new generation of prospective MB buyers.

This everlasting offering, subject of MBC's "A Long, Strange Listing" earlier this year, began at $1.799m in Summer 2005, and began a very gradual descent to its current offering price of $1.249m.

Yes, the home has been for sale pretty much constantly for 4 years. Maybe 7/11 will be the lucky day. Oops, it's only open on the 12th, Sun. 1-4pm.
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