By appearances, the "Gateway to Manhattan Beach" at 4419 Highland
will soon join the active listings in MB again.
Several readers have noted the appearance of a for-sale sign at the property, at the corner of 45th/Highland. (That pic on the right is old; different agent now.)
Agents may be entering the MLS data now.
MBC posted a little appreciation for the property in "Goodbye to an Old Friend
" in late September 2008, as the property rented out. (Maybe more of an appreciation for the endless copy that the property had provided; plenty of links in that story.) For the 500 days or so before renting out, the brand-new SFR had been for sale, with no takers.Why no takers?
The reasons were legion:
- Location. Wow, what a location. Beach-close. Chevron-close. Traffic-close.
- Weird trapezoidal lot, with correspondingly odd trapezoidal layout.
- Frightening rooms facing oncoming traffic.
- Actual traffic accidents that have knocked out the fire hydrant at the corner at least twice since the home was completed – and that's just the cases we have pictures of (see here and here). Some of the stapled-on stone impacted by the water had recently come un-stapled.
The original ambition for this misguided speckie was to fetch $1.695m
in June 2007.
When last we saw it active in Fall 2008, The Gateway was at $1.265m
Any bets on where they'll start this time?