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If you're anywhere near town Sunday, you're either part of the AVP tourney or you're at least affected by it.

Seems the structure and the event get bigger every year. All good for a town whose history is so intertwined with that of beach volleyball.

concerts-in-the-park-manhattan-beach-polliwog-parkFrom one tradition to another... Did you know the Summer Sunday "Concerts in the Park" at Polliwog are in the 40th year this year? (See this DigMB post for more info and lots and lots of photos.)

There are 3 weeks left of the 40th year, concluding with the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Main events begin at 5:30pm, but the stage is also given over to local teenage bands at 3:45pm each Sunday - show some support for them as well! (Today: Minor Problem, next week: Pier Pressure, Sept. 2: Chroma Haze.)

If you've been away for part of August, what have you missed?

We'll try to catch you up on some of it.

612 John Street Manhattan Beach CAIn the first half of the month, the Hill Section saw its second-largest public-market sale ever: 612 John closing at $12.850M.

The large 6br/8ba, 7400 sqft. home was built in 2000 and updated somewhat since. Its views from the crest of the hill are considerable, and by luck, a corner-lot home to its west was recently remodeled... at one-story height. Views are protected for a long while.

This one sold not so long ago, in April 2015 for $9.400M. That's a jump in overall value near $3.5M and 37%, and it's more attributable to the Hill Section market than to any radical reworking of the house since that sale.

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It's not all that unusual to see a home listed both for rent and for sale.

The seller may have a certain number in mind where a sale makes sense. Otherwise, renting it out, covering expenses and waiting for a better time to sell may seem to make more sense. (Side observation: There may not be a better time to sell for a while. Discuss.)

We took a look at several cases of homes that recently rented out instead of selling.

Interestingly, each and every one is on a busy street.

1740 2nd Street Manhattan Beach CA1740 2nd (6br/5ba, 4000 sqft.) has a pretty long history of trying (kinda) to sell each time the lease comes up, but it's often listed over market value and eventually rents out.

The home was listed for sale and for lease in 2015, 2016, 2017 and this year (2018).


Just a trickle of new listings this week, but you can enjoy a Hill Section estate with pool or a flat walkstreet remodel, if either is your style.

Our video this week includes 814 10th, 321 5th, 717 31st and more:

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To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!). Our open house link always appears in our weekly wrapups and on the main front page, under "Open Houses."

Below, click any address link to view all photos and property details. And don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right above the main listing photo to

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