How Much Longer for 'Plantation' Style?

By Dave Fratello | October 25th, 2016

A certain style in home design took Manhattan Beach by storm the past few years.

It's got an island feel, a beachy combination of white, bright open spaces. Generous use of white siding, white cabinetry, white marble (please say Carrara, not Carrera), and lighter-stained, wide-plank, flooring... for starters. The style has drawn the informal, but consistent, label: "Plantation."

It's taken a lot to shake the antebellum South connotations of that term.

Mostly, it took time and repetition. Variously, builders have come to call this style "Beach Plantation" or even "Coastal Plantation." And there's a (slightly) different history to such terms – think of parts of the British West Indies or Hawaiian islands that were once, indeed, plantations, and are now playlands for the wealthy.

It's not the history so much that concerns us here at MBC, it's the future.

Is this home design trend timeless, or played out?

In conversations the past several months with buyers, agents and even sellers, it has become clear that the "Plantation" design trend is nearing the end of its arc.

How could styles and features so sunny, open and beachy get old? Say it ain't so!

We won't call this an obituary. Too early. You just run the risk of a Mark Twain (or Bill Murray!) type figure coming in and saying, "Reports of the death of Plantation style have been greatly exaggerated."

But let's take a look at this year's crop of homes declaring themselves to be in the "Plantation" style, and then watch to see if they keep making more.

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2001 Oak Ave. (5br/5ba, 3150 sqft.), sold for $2.800M

2001 Oak Avenue Manhattan Beach CA

304 3rd St. (4br/4ba, 2635 sqft.), in escrow with list price of $4.499M

304 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CA

1400 23rd (6br/6ba, 4800 sqft.), in escrow, listed for $3.775M

1400 23rd Street Manhattan Beach CA 

931 Boundary Place (5br/5ba, 3300 sqft.), sold for $2.870M

931 Boundary Place Manhattan Beach CA 

3521 Laurel Ave. (5br/5ba, 3350 sqft.), sold for $3.100M

3521 Laurel Avenue Manhattan Beach CA 

516 4th St. (5br/6ba, 4300 sqft.), sold for $5.250M

516 4th Street Manhattan Beach CA

756 36th (6br/7ba, 3600 sqft.), sold for $2.945M

756 36th Street Manhattan Beach CA

814 Highland (4br/4ba, 2500 sqft.), sold for $3.800M

814 Highland Manhattan Beach CA

873 9th (5br/5ba, 5100 sqft.), sold for $4.200M

873 9th Street Manhattan Beach CA

868 27th (5br/6ba, 3575 sqft.), sold for $3.520M

868 27th Street Manhattan Beach CA

2500 Maple (4br/5ba, 3900 sqft.), sold for $2.900M

2500 Maple Avenue Manhattan Beach CA

419 Altura Way (5br/6ba, 3575 sqft.), on the market at $3.495M

419 Altura Way Manhattan Beach CA

1771 Ruhland (5br/6ba, 3450 sqft.), on the market at $2.699M

1771 Ruhland Avenue Manhattan Beach CA

132 16th (4br/5ba, 4050 sqft.), on the market at $10.499M

132 16th Street Manhattan Beach CA

3401 Pacific (5br/5ba, 3550 sqft.), on the market at $2.799M

3401 Pacific Avenue Manhattan Beach CA 

505 14th (6br/6ba, 3850 sqft.), on the market at $3.950M

505 14th Street Manhattan Beach CA

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