Weekend Opens (4/8-4/9/17)

By Dave Fratello | April 8th, 2017

Maybe the rain's gone or maybe there's a bit more left to come, but you know for sure it's springtime when the air's clear and the sand's warm on your toes.

Early Saturday, we spied a few folks beginning an important "day at the office," a phrase which here means settling in on a beach chair with a cup of coffee and a book or newspaper. The Strand is bustling. Good times.

Mostly, your local realtors aren't getting Spring Break right now. It's a rush everywhere one looks. The market's healthy and busy, with eye-opening sales all over town.

Our video this week features new listings at 1804 Palm and 2416 John in the Tree Section, a modern Sand Section TH at 2417 Crest that isn't open publicly, East MB new construx at 1747 Gates and even the lot sale in the Hills at 1020 Pacific, plus more:

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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."

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Listings appearing here come from the whole MB market and may or may not be represented by MB Confidential author Dave Fratello.

Tree Section

1804 Palm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1804 Palm (5br/4ba, 3150 sqft.) is a custom 2000 build with a Mediterranean beginning, and more neutral contemporary feeling overall.

Palm is one of the great blocks of the Tree Section, near school and town and benefiting from a T'd off street where no cars will be driving, generally, unless they're neighbors. It's also wider than many in the Trees. (You kinda wish they'd used the template for Palm/John all over the Tree Section, even if we'd have one less street here and there.)

1804 Palm Avenue Manhattan Beach CAThe floorplan features a large formal living room with high ceilings on a split level just up off the entry, then stairs down to take you to the great room. And it is a great room, benefiting from a significant upgrade: Both sets of doors to the backyard, undoubtedly French doors or sliders to begin, have been replaced with tall foldaway doors that help show the space off as totally open to the yard.

And what a yard it is. They've poured money into outfitting the backyard as an entertaining/hangout space, with a sunken hot tub, al fresco dining area, lounge area with fire pit plus built-in BBQ and low-maintenance yard area. The bad news: You can only use this outdoor living space about 10 months out of the year.

More from the official description:

"Originally designed and built by a local developer as her dream home, the current owners seized the opportunity to buy the home just before she finished construction. Now is your opportunity to own this amazing home. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms upstairs and a bedroom/office and bathroom downstairs, it has the perfect layout and everything you would look for in a custom built home: granite and marble stonework, hardwood floors, top of the line stainless appliances, three fireplaces, integrated speakers, and more. What everyone really loves about the house however, is the indoor/outdoor living space that opens the whole back of the house through Nana Wall doors to a fire pit, water fall Jacuzzi, and a backyard kitchen and dining area."

1804 Palm starts at $2.995M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

2416 John Street Manhattan Beach CA2416 John (4br/3ba, 3700 sqft.) is a mid-90s home with perhaps classical Craftsman type ambitions, notably larger than your average Tree Section home at 3700 sqft. and boast a much bigger-than-normal lot at 6300 sqft. That allows for what you could call a "real yard" for sure.

The home runs along Marine Ave. on one side, which is a factor, lacks a downstairs or 5th bedroom and could probably use another round of updates, but it seems sure to draw interest right away for what it offers straight up. More from the official description:

2416 John Street Manhattan Beach CA"[T]his family friendly home features a private tree-lined yard with a huge play area, dining patio, observation deck and idyllic side yard hideaway. It’s even equipped with a zip line! Kids of all ages will have a blast as they whiz past the trees. Large enough to play soccer, run around, play fetch with your dog... Located at the heart of the Tree Section, just steps to Pacific Elementary & American Martyrs School along the beautiful setting of John Street’s prestigious homes, and a short walk to the beach and downtown. Inside, you’ll find an open floor plan with oversized freshly painted rooms, soaring ceilings and refinished maple floors. Open to the family room and yard, the kitchen features a pretty palette of grey cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and custom artistic backsplash. Main living spaces are downstairs with one bedroom and bath. Upstairs you’ll find the master suite, private office, two kid’s rooms and the laundry room. With a brand new single level home next door, sunlight streams in unblocked from the south."

Disclosure: Dave is friendly with one of the sellers.

2416 John starts at $2.799M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

1412 Elm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1412 Elm (3br/3ba, 1850 sqft.) is a surprise in what seems a little package: An extensively remodeled and even extended house, despite its outward appearance as a simple 1940s cottage. (The one-car garage instantly conveys "old house.")

Inside you find very open spaces, a super modern kitchen, true master and even a den in back opening to the (little) backyard, where faux grass and a built-in BBQ make for an inviting and simple space.

Curiously, this home traded only last year. In April 2016, it sold for $1.875M. (Here's the old, sold listing.) Now they're back asking $2.000M.

There are only 4 other homes in the Trees asking less than $2.000M, none this nicely remodeled and a couple with location issues. Could be interesting here.

1412 Elm starts at $2.00M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm. 

East MB

1637 Ruhland Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1637 Ruhland (5br/4ba, 3800 sqft.) is a 1990 original with some updates, a huge yard and a pleasing floorplan that's just a bit different from the norm.

The first floor is very open, encircling a central staircase and with a kitchen/great room combo opening to the very large backyard.

Upstairs, all 5 bedrooms are set in a semicircle around the staircase - some this way, some that way. Of course, the master is huge.

Would you want to take another run at some stylistic items from a 1990 house? Probably. But this is a good start. More from the official description:

"Fabulous floor plan with large open great room, gourmet chefs kitchen with oversized pantry overlooking a beautifully landscaped private backyard. The gourmet kitchen has a walk-in pantry, granite, eat-in kitchen area and top of the line appliances. The backyard is spacious, quiet, and beautifully landscaped which makes it perfect for entertaining. Also on the first floor is a formal dining room and living room featuring beautiful wood floors and a fireplace. With all 5 bedrooms upstairs, this floor plan is perfect for a family. The master bedroom includes an en suite bathroom, sizable closet, fireplace, vaulted ceilings and French doors leading to a patio overlooking the beautiful backyard. The 4 additional bedrooms all have new carpet, spacious closets and plenty of natural light. This property has a spacious 3 car garage with 3 additional parking spaces. Additional upgrades include new exterior paint, new roof, new carpet upstairs and landscaping."

1637 Ruhland starts at $2.399M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

1747 Gates Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1747 Gates (5br/6ba, 4425 sqft.) is a new home on a 7500 sqft. lot several doors up off of Aviation. (Despite what you may see in the graphic rendering here, it is not, in fact, set all alone in a woodsy park.)

From the official description:

"[B]rand new custom style 'beach plantation' home... Featuring a gourmet kitchen with Calcutta marble counters and center island, wine cooler, six-burner double oven range, a microwave drawer, and a stainless steel dishwasher. The first floor has a wood-panel ceiling with recessed lighting, a formal dining room, large living room with a fireplace and multi-purpose office. The first floor bedroom with a private en-suite bathroom is perfect for visiting guests. There is a laundry/mud room off the garage and a powder room that complete the open floor plan. The grand two story entry with skylights leads to the second level with four bedrooms all with private en-suite bathrooms, including the large master suite with vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, a surround sound system, and a private balcony overlooking the rear yard and jetliner views. The master bathroom features a dual shower system, his-and-her vanity areas, a beautiful free standing tub, and direct access to the large walk-in closet with built-ins."

1747 Gates starts at $3.199M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-3pm.

1140 Manhattan Beach Boulevard F Manhattan Beach CA1140 MB Blvd, Unit F (2br/3ba, 1200 sqft.) is an upgraded 1970s TH. From the official description:

"[S]pacious 2 bedroom & 2.5 bath townhome in a quaint 8 unit building with an attached 2 car garage. The living room and dining room area open up to the private patio and the living room has a brick fireplace in the center of the room. This home also features a remodeled kitchen with quartz countertops, subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and leads out to a back patio perfect for outdoor BBQ'ing. The 2 bedrooms and laundry area are conveniently located upstairs."

1140 MB Blvd F starts at $835k and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-5pm.

Hill Section

1020 Pacific Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1020 Pacific (4br/3ba, 2100 sqft.) is not really a house to see (though there is one on the site), it's all 'bout that enormous lot.

It's 75' wide and deep (160'), and yet very easy to miss today as you pass by, because the current 1960s structure really fails to call attention to itself.

Here's guessing that when someone buys the lot for $6M (or whatever they pay), they're going to be determined to make an impression with the new house.

Worth noting: Two large lots on the same street, lower down with ocean views, have sold recently: 500 Pacific ($5.700M) and 512 Pacific ($5.500M), each being 11,400 sqft. plots.

Two recent MBC posts worth referencing: "Pacific Is a Busy Street" (re: all the listings there this past year-plus), and "One Hill of a Sale" (re: 817 Pacific lot sale).

From the official description:

"Large, buildable lot... If you’re looking for the perfect, spacious property to develop your dream home and yard, look no further... [T]his is one of the largest plots of land you’ll find West of Pacific Coast Hwy in the beautiful Hill Section of Manhattan Beach. Your home will be just minutes away from top-rated, distinguished schools, happening restaurants, amazing downtown shops plus the pier/beach! Enjoy peeks of ocean views to the West, sparkling city lights to the East, and distant views of the mountains. Nestled in a perfect street-to-alley position, you’ll even be able to place your garage in the back of the property, allowing for optimum elevations and fantastic curb appeal in the front."

1020 Pacific starts at $5.595M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

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