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The old fable about the tortoise and the hare conveys one lesson, among others: Sure and steady wins the day.

We had that in mind watching a Village townhome sale close this week.

At 5 Malaga Place (3br/3ba, 2065 sqft.), the first attempt to sell came 51 weeks ago, in a listing launched June 20, 2014. 

The start price: $1.450M.

At the time, there were precious few recent sales of 3br townhomes in the Village near or over $1.4M. Maybe they were pushing it a bit?

There were 2 higher sales that were very recent just before the listing launched: A super-darling remodel at 16 Dover Pl. (3br/3ba, 2050 sqft.) at $1.555M in April 2014, and the golf-course-fronting 24 Fairway Dr. (3br/3ba, 2045 sqft.) which sold off-market at $1.650M.

So 5 Malaga was going to…

Yesterday we had good news as inventory among Manhattan Beach real estate ballooned (ha ha) to 63 homes – and it's up even "higher" now to 64 as of Saturday morning.

Saturday brought good news for all of Manhattan Beach – the beaches are open again after a mysterious "petroleum product" incident earlier in the week. (Source still unknown.) You may resume your regularly scheduled weekend beachgoing activity. (For more see this DigMB post.)

Friday saw your blog author, Dave, uncharacteristically outside the ZIP code, which meant we didn't get in-person previews of this week's new listings. That means we'll go with brief text mainly drawn from the official listing descriptions this week.

To plan your (free) open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin

With a little rush of post-Memorial-Day listings, Manhattan Beach is seeing its highest inventory level so far to date in 2015.

As we write on Friday morning, there are a whopping 63 active listings of homes for sale (including SFRs and THs).

OK, so it's no flood, but it's a new range of choices. East and West, beach and 'burbs. It might not last, but it's good to see the year hit a new peak.

We took particular note of a few:

645 29th (5br/5ba, 3350 sqft.) is a fully refreshed Mediterranean on an inarguably great street.

Disclosure: Dave is friendly with the sellers and had a brief consultation with them prior to the listing.

Start price: $3.125M.

1750 5th (5br/5ba, 4000 sqft.) is a 2001 Mediterranean that's solid and boasts one of those mandatory

This weekend is not just a great time to pick from among the growing range of options for open houses... which is free... but also to check out the annual Sophisticated Snoop tour, giving you the chance to see some of the most artful homes in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa in full-dress glory.

That includes this Hermosa Strand modern, plus an MB Strand home and others in the Sand & Tree sections of Manhattan Beach.

See this DigMB post for more, including links to each property, and pick up tickets at the door of any property – or see here for more on the Snoop.

To plan your (free) open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of open houses, or click here for the Beach Reporter list of opens

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB…