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Neighbor fights can become nasty. The sale of a couple plots of land needs not get too rough, though.

Two next-door neighbors in Manhattan Beach's Hill Section were on the market side-by-side for a time there, with a victor now emerging.

One took the approach of overpricing and trying to make the market come to them.

That was 500 Pacific. It's a big Hill Section corner lot (11,400 sqft.) with views over wide 5th St. and over homes to the southwest.

From the top rear corner of this lot, a new home should have views of greenbelt treetops, Sand Section rooftops, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and a goodly line of blue from the Pacific.

What a commodity! A big parcel of scarce land in a prestige location with views!

In October, they listed at $6.825M. It was

We'll now finish up our look back at Manhattan Beach real estate's top sales from 2015. Here are the highest sale prices east of Sepulveda last year.

How big of a story is East Manhattan? Last year, 39% of all residential sales in MB occurred on the "other side" of the highway – including 3 lot sales over $3M.

Highest Sale of 2015

1158 Longfellow is a 26K sqft. lot (more than a half acre) tucked away on the southeastern side of the hill where, once upon a time, the founders of Manhattan Beach built their homes.

Closed Price: $4.000M in June 2015.

Two other lot sales in East MB at 1155 Longfellow (21K sqft., $3.550M) and 1156 6th (15K sqft., $3.300M) were also among the top-dollar sales for all of East Manhattan last year.

Watch for the Longfellow…

Plus-size lots are continuing to come to market demanding big dollars.

Quick to make a deal recently is the oversized East MB lot at 1156 6th, along the corner with lightly trafficked Johnson St.

This one is listed as 15,311 sqft., a minor (but perhaps significant) 311 sqft. larger than a typically "permissible" double lot. What that might mean is that the buyer will either have to split the property into two lots (as is envisioned in this image from the listing) or somehow shed 311 sqft. in order to build on one double-size patch of land. Depends on the city's take.

So, one big home, or two? The double-plus-sized lot was listed at $3.500M. We'll see where that ends up.

West of the highway, 500 Pacific offers an 11,400 sqft. corner lot in the Hill

Who doesn't love a battle of the titans?

The two priciest properties in Manhattan Beach now are both listed over $28 million. And both are (meant to be) priced at land value.

One, 1000 The Strand, is about a 5000 sqft. corner lot right near the pier. In its 5th month on market, the list price remains the same as on Day 1: $28.900M. (See "$29M? Can We Talk?")

For all this time, 1000 The Strand has occupied the field alone. If you want a prime, oversized waterfront lot, this has been your only choice.

Enter the challenger.

2722 The Strand is a true double lot.

Measuring in at 6925 sqft., it's actually a trifle more than the size of two 3300 sqft. Strand lots.

The mid-town location is just past Bruce's Beach Park.

Start price: $28.500M.

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