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Welcome back.

The airport trips are getting more frequent as just about everyone returns home... to the beach. Public schools start Monday, and we can finally have a little routine in life.

There's still some Summer left, though. One nice reminder of that would be to check out a classic surf flick, or to go see the Manhattan Beach art exhibit by the designer of the "Endless Summer" poster art, John Van Hamersveld. (See this DigMB story for more on the exhibit – right across from Polliwog Park at the Manhattan Beach Art Center.)

Also, Sunday morning, starting around 11:00am, come down to the MB Pier, to catch the arrival of participants in the 34th annual Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race – a marathon on the water. (Here's DigMB's post on the race.)


3220 Alma Avenue Manhattan Beach CAFriday morning, a custom-built beach home with a basement and nice views at 3220 Alma (4br/5ba, 3350 sqft.) went into escrow.

The listing had run 100 days, dropping slightly from a start of $4.650M to the current price of $4.450M.

This could be just one line in our MB Property Ticker; one little note about a blip of action in the market.

But there was something more significant here.

3220 Alma is only the second home priced over $4M to make a deal in the past month.

232 6th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe other deal was on much pricier new construction at 232 6th (5br/7ba, 4300 sqft.), a fairly spectacular achievement of a modern, with nice views (tiny neighbor helps) and a unique take on the "boxy modern" that you will sometimes see.

This one emerged in February asking... achem...

Inventory in the Tree Section is 50% higher than last year now, 30 listings versus 19 in mid-August 2015, and sales have been a bit sluggish.

But we wanted to call attention to a couple that have made deals recently.

747 18th Street Manhattan Beach CA747 18th (5br/4ba, 3625 sqft.) is one that was surely compelling, and was surely going to be selling. It would be only a matter of time and price.

This Spanish-inspired mid-80s house is at least adjacent to a great location, within sight of American Martyrs school and just one block off of leafy Laurel Ave. (The garage and 2br are on Pacific at stretch that can get busy around school and commuter times.)

The sellers moved out and commenced a quick refresher/remodel, meant to somewhat update the house – new master bath, new carpet and other…

Here's hoping you're having a great Summer. You won't hear us telling you that it's about to end. Them's fightin' words in some parts.

Our video this week features the open houses listed below in our post, and a few others that aren't publicly open, including large, modernized 2213 Agnes:

Some mobile users and email subscribers will need to use this link to view the video.

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…