And, they were off!

Saturday's MB 10K was the 38th running, with more than 2700 runners, walkers, strollers and waddlers enjoying a signature local event. Approximately 2500 were called out by name by longtime emcee Susie Young – amazing!

See here for more info, a photo gallery and links to race results via

Enjoy the last day of the Hometown Fair. What was that we were saying about it always being so darn hot?

To plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of open houses, or click here for the Beach Reporter list of opens. (Note: The BR now uses a new format, said to be more mobile-friendly.)

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right above the main listing photo to get immediate display of all the listing photos at once.

Sand Section

537 5th (4br/3ba, 3000 sqft) is a unique 1980s house running very much the long way along a walkstreet (ending at Valley).

The floorplan is unusual, for sure, with 3br on the bottom level, multiple split-level living areas above that, and the master way up in a top corner.

But the home has received a total modernization and some tweaks to the layout that mark a nice improvement. There is a ton of walkstreet space, maybe two and a half times the amount you'd get in a typical walkstreet patio, even though the literal lot size here is quite a bit smaller than the standard 2700 at just 2000 sqft.

A bit more from the official description:

"The owner spared no expense designing the perfect Coastal Home. The high end finishes, and detail, are warm, inviting and exude elegance. Uniquely located on the corner of 5th St and Valley Dr, this beautiful property provides close proximity to the Popular Green Belt/Wood Chip trail, Trendy Downtown Manhattan Beach Restaurants..."

537 5th starts at $3.5M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

Tree Section

3605 North Poinsettia (3br/2ba, 1500 sqft) is a smallish but remodeled cottage on a steeply downsloping lot near Rosecrans.

All 3br (none big) are found upstairs, sharing one bath. Downstairs, a bonus room of sorts opens to the backyard and has a bathroom also.

More from the official description:

"The minute you enter the front door, you are struck by the Sophisticated Simplicity and the Warm and Inviting Atmosphere of this MB Tree Section Beauty.... Carefully Appointed with an Artistic Flair. Lower level features Family Room with Bar, and French Doors leading to a Private Outdoor Stone Patio and West Facing Back Yard. Perfect for Family, and Indoor/Outdoor Living and Entertaining. Nicely Landscaped Front Yard with Tangerine and Peach Trees offers an inviting place to sit for a glass of wine and a visit with neighbors."

3605 North Poinsettia starts at $1.749M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

East MB

1200 5th (5br/5ba, 5075 sqft) is a very spacious and bright 90s Spanish in a favorable location right at the entry to the private section of 5th St., sometimes called the "5th Street Forest" or by similar names.

More from the official description:

"Located on an elevated oversized lot on the SE corner of the most prestigious and only private streets in MB, offering whole house western exposure that drenches this cheerful home with an abundance natural light, plentiful cooling ocean breezes & high sunset views. Surrounded by 19 mature Palm trees, a bevy mature ficus trees, and new drought friendly turf gives a feeling of calming serenity and privacy... Custom built & designed to take advantage of its premier corner location, this home has bountiful windows & French doors, offering spectacular views & almost constant ocean breezes. The gourmet kitchen, with huge island, butler sized pantry is open to the cozy family room with fireplace that looks through French Doors to the south facing backyard pool and spa. The beautiful master suite with fireplace and balcony has views of lush greenery, with a spacious master bathroom and huge walk in closet."

1200 5th starts at $2.779M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

1765 Curtis (5br/4ba, 3875 sqft) was offered for sale not many weeks ago at the same price, but now has a new agent and somewhat different presentation (not drastic). From the official description:

"[R]emodeled luxury! The entry opens to high ceilings that boast skylights with abundant natural light and Italian Marble flooring throughout the Entry, Living Room and Dining area. Note the grand floor-plan for entertaining with a sizeable formal living room with fireplace, a formal dining area with Trey ceilings, an inspiring chefs kitchen with top quality professional series stainless-steel built ins, gorgeous granite, farmhouse sink and adorable window seating with bay windows overlooking a lushly landscaped backyard with fruit trees and garden area! The impressive family room has coffered ceilings and a central fireplace with a full wall of beautiful French doors opening onto a spacious patio and backyard with built in B-B-Q for entertaining."

1765 Curtis starts (again) at $2.395M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

You can just about taste the cotton candy on your fingertips (or fresh brews on your lips, whatever you prefer) as the MB Hometown Fair gears up this weekend. (This photo's from last year's fair, deemed "cutest" photo in a competition.)

The fair's always in October, and it's always hotter than you'd think.

Which is something like how you would describe the local real estate market now, too. (Nice transition, Dave!)

No bumps in the road for this market, no pauses, plenty of quick deals and multiple offers still. After a mellow real estate Summer, we're having the post-Labor-Day rush that we hope and expect to see.

One thing that has happened quickly recently is condos selling. Here are the condo deals from the second half of September alone:

Take a half lot in sight of downtown and featuring plenty of traffic... what's that worth?

In the case of 209 15th, the answer is $2.401M.

That's a $102K overbid over the list price of $2.299M.

We went looking for comps. Uh-oh, the market seems to have found a way to carve out a new category-specific high with this sale. 

Half lot, west of Highland: $2.4M.

The smallish, 2-story house here (3br/2ba, 1275) is dated and you have to say the bulk of the value is in the land, all 1345 sqft. of that plot.

We can't find a like sale that's even close. $1.7? $1.9? $2.1? Nothing.

There is one very big number from last year that arguably beats the sale at 209 15th: 2401 Manhattan Ave. has a walkstreet frontage and the feel of a 100-block house, albeit with one

You know Manhattan Beach is a big draw thanks to the schools. 

Well, it's not just academics – or volleyball – that draws families and kids in. It's the whole range of programs.

We saw one great example of the camaraderie and mentoring within the music programs Friday night, as "Green and Gold Day" featured middle school musicians joining the Mira Costa band at the football game.

It was funny to see the 'tweens joining the teens. Sometimes you start to get that feeling about middle schoolers that they're really growing up fast, maybe more adult than kid anymore. Then they look like shrimps next to the high schoolers. Reality check.

The great thing is how encouraging the bigger kids and their instructors were. See a photo gallery and more on this post…