600 Blocks Are Rockin'

By Dave Fratello | January 28th, 2015

Some of the beachiest suburban land in Manhattan Beach is seeing a little burst of listings, all of a sudden.

The 500-700 blocks north of Valley, beneath the big Sand Dune, are a sought-after pocket of the Tree Section precisely because you get both neighborhood and beach proximity. The compromises of beach life – closer confines/density, limited parking – are reduced factors.

Now, in just a week, there are 3 new listings right in the heart of the area, all 600-block homes:

633 26th Street Manhattan Beach CA633 26th (5br/5ba, 3380 sq. ft.) is a 2000-built Mediterranean with updates on a somewhat larger-than-normal lot (5120 sq. ft.).

The first floor checks all the boxes for newer development, with a high-ceilinged living room at the entry, formal dining room and a big kitchen/family room combo in back. In this case that entertaining area opens to a spacious, carefully outfitted backyard with pergola, built-in BBQ and hot tub. Great outdoor living.

There are 4br up and one more br downstairs which, for whatever reason, is not counted as such in the current listing, which says just 4br. (Tax records say 5.)

This one hit the market early Wednesday at $2.899M.

640 30th (5br/6ba, 3450 sq. ft) is a 2004 Meditteranean that's been well-kept, and you could even say tricked out with extra ornate detail.

It's got that Hill Section palazzo feel despite the Tree Section location. It features crown moldings, coved ceilings and a dialed-up master bath they call "Grecian" in style. 

Such luxury near the beach will, in this case, run you $2.800M.

What's that? You're not so much into Mediterraneans? Maybe want to custom build something for yourself?

Then you'll take a look at 656 25th St., more than likely a lot sale with something like a corner-lot location.

The small, 2br original 50s house has stood up to time so far, with a few modifications over time, but, heck, the listing description itself invites buyers to "[r]emodel or raze it."

You know it's not good news for a house's future when the word "raze" makes its way into the listing language.

This lot is a bit smaller than nearly all others in the Tree Section at 4048 sq. ft., and that's mainly because of its odd location near the point where 23rd and 25th streets meet. (See our map.)

The start price of $1.699M appears to have ambitions to line up with the 3 most similar lots to sell in the area last year:

  • 738 29th (4800 sq. ft.) at $1.750M, 3/31/14
  • 577 31st (5025 sq. ft.) at $1.750M, 6/9/14
  • 575 31st (5025 sq. ft.) at $1.825M, 10/15/14

(See "Tree Section Lot Values Rocketing," from Oct. 2014, for more.)

All of those lots had something on 656 25th in addition to greater sheer lot square footage. Still, the land market is hot now, and it is truly hard to find anything like this one in the 500s or 600s, so they will have suitors.

595 35th Street Manhattan Beach CAUPDATE: The day after this post went up, a new listing in the same area hit (though not a 600 block).

595 35th (6br/5ba, 3700 sq. ft.) boasts a street-to-alley lot (5400 sq. ft.), meaning no garage face here, just a charming, picket-fenced front yard.

Start price is the highest of the group referenced in this post: $2.999M.

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