A Rocket Deal on a Walkstreet

By Dave Fratello | August 11th, 2020

If you blinked, you missed it.

232 17th Street Manhattan Beach CAThere was a quick rush to show and sell 232 17th last week. (Click the address for more details & photos.)

The nearly new (2018) half-lot SFR offers 4br/4ba and nearly 2500 sqft. in a 4-level home.

That's just a half lot (1350 sqft.), but with a basement, the home hosts plenty of living space.

232 17th Street Manhattan Beach CAPositioned up at the top of a walkstreet near downtown, the home gets a mix of permanent views (over the walkstreet) and substantial current views over an under-height neighbor which might even stay, largely, with a 3-story build next door.

We haven't quite seen a floorplan like this one recently (if at all), but it really works. 

Because the ground level opens to a walkstreet patio, and also hosts the garage, there's a walkstreet den there and nothing else. (Except the 2-car garage.) The patio is nicely appointed and gets big views.

The basement hosts two sizable bedrooms with a shared bath, a wine room, laundry and the lowest stop of the 4-stop elevator. (Nice touch.)

232 17th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe middle floor has a large ensuite bedroom and the master suite, which opens to a balcony with doors that join at the west corner. When open, these sliders create an extra-open feeling. When closed, custom automatic blackout drapes roll on their tracks, turn the corner and create total privacy. Nice touch.

And that top level seems to be all windows. You almost wouldn't know there are any neighbors other than the Pacific Ocean. You have kitchen, dining, a family room and half bath to boot.

232 17th Street Manhattan Beach CA3-level floorplans typically put a lot of pressure on a single common space. The basement bedrooms allow for that den plus walkstreet patio, easing the situation when lots of people are home or want to do different things. (Hello, COVID era, yes, we're talking about you.)

There's even more to recommend the style choices made throughout. We may lack the design vocabulary, but let's try to say this much.

232 17th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe choices of materials for counters, flooring, tile, baths, etc., were all neutral enough but appropriately luxurious. Accents like lighting, fixtures and hardware were just a little daring. Where the design is a little bold here or there, it's limited, so you don't feel you have to buy into someone else's bold vision. It just works.

We saw this 4br ocean-view home near town and figured: That oughta go quick.

232 17th Street Manhattan Beach CAWe wondered about just one thing: Highland Ave.

This is the last home on the walkstreet and abuts Highland. With doors and windows open, yes, it's a factor. From the stairwell in the northeast corner, you'll see Highland and its traffic on each trip up and down - unless you draw the shades.

Highland was such a "factor" that the home was in escrow on its third day, with a list price of $4.500M.

Which is to say, maybe not so much of a factor. The home was a must-have.

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