Weekend Opens (5/27-5/28/17)

By Dave Fratello | May 27th, 2017

Happy Summer to you.

Oh, the sun may want to hide and the air might stay cool, but with the long Memorial Day weekend, it's unofficially Summer regardless.

For the holiday weekend, there are fewer new listings and open houses: Just 35 in total. We've got the newest listings below and in our new video here:

Some mobile users and email subscribers will need to use this link to view the video.

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."

Below, click any address link to view all photos and property details. And don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right above the main listing photo to get immediate display of all the listing photos at once.

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

Tree Section

663 18th Street Manhattan Beach CA663 18th (5br/6ba, 4900 sqft.) is a custom-built throwback home styled in the spirit of a classic, old-time East Coast beach house. 

When you see a home of this size, style and price ($5.750M) in the Marytrs area, one of the first questions is: Are there ocean views? Because some parts of the hill do get that. Alas, no, this one is on the non-ocean side of the hill, east of the peak and down a bit. But there are pretty interesting views to the north from the master and its deck. The hill drops down, offering treetop views, the Sand Section plateau, a bit of the industrial scene to our north and then the hills toward downtown L.A.

663 18th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe layout features a very large and open great room in back. This includes two casual dining spaces, including a small pocket booth like you'd find in a diner. The large room opens to a modest yard that's mostly paved with stones set in grass. More of an entertaining space than play space.

Do you want a play space, though? The basement is outfitted with wood paneling and tons of games you'd find at a shore-area arcade or a Philly dive bar. This is clearly an intentional design meant to conjure a specific feeling from a specific place. (How often do we get to say "Philly dive bar" in reference to Manhattan Beach real estate?) Truly fun. If you make a move to buy this one, keep the games.

663 18th Street Manhattan Beach CAWith lots of style points in its favor, this one will connect with buyers looking for an authentic feeling. Although there's this: The home is, how should we say, "lived in." There are scuffs, scratches and rough edges, and they didn't move out the family to let stagers have their way. Call it counter-programming: Enough with the relentless pursuit of a "perfect" presentation. People live in houses before they sell them. This does not make it much harder to see the home for what it is and could be.

True fact: One of the most common questions to the agent hosting an open house is, "Does anyone still live here?" Since the answer is almost always "yes," this is often taken as evidence that the home has been successfully neutered of all traces of actual people having a life in a house. Bah!

From the official description:

"[T]his Cape Cod-style home in the sought-after Manhattan Beach tree section feels like the perfect beach town dwelling. Enter up the steps to the front porch to be greeted by beautiful hardwood flooring throughout the home. With an open floor plan, the great room feels extremely spacious all while containing the family room, kitchen, dining area, breakfast nook, and classic white French doors onto the back patio. White wood paneling adorns the ceiling along with ceiling fans to keep you cool during those warm summer days. Entertain out on the back patio with the outdoor kitchen & BBQ, outdoor fireplace and the perfect outdoor dining space. The bedrooms sit together on the second floor, including the large master suite with a balcony, window seat and large en-suite bath with a huge double shower, standing tub and white tile details. Complete with a laundry room, office, and downstairs game room with a bar and wine cellar..."

663 18th starts at $5.750M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

3609 Maple Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3609 Maple (5br/6ba, 3250 sqft.) is new construction in a style you haven't quite seen before.

3609 Maple Avenue Manhattan Beach CAThey're calling it a "modern farmhouse." It calls to mind a couple of recent sales: 2900 Ardmore (5br/7ba, 4450 sqft., $4.375M in Jan. 2016), literally touted as a "farmhouse" style, and 3521 Laurel (5br/5ba, 3350 sqft., $3.100M in Aug. 2016), something of a modern-tinged take on the typical "plantation" style home that's prevalent in MB these days.

Throughout this new home, you find an intentional mix of modern elements with classical inspirations. It's something of a Restoration Hardware concept. 

3609 Maple Avenue Manhattan Beach CAPeople want high ceilings. Here, you get them. Big great room? Disappearing sliding doors? Big, private yard? Yes to all. But check out the throwback stove: While huge and surely of commercial grade, it looks as if it were transported to the home from the 1920s. (This is a compliment.)

The floorplan is at once familiar and just different enough. The first floor feels almost completely open, but a divider with see-through fireplace sets off a formal dining area from the great room.

There's an almost whimsical custom feel to each room, including each bathroom, given its own style. The master bath (not very well photographed for the listing) features old-timey tile flooring and a wide-open shower, divided from the rest of the room by a large glass wall. There's a feel of a "wet room," rather than a division of space. 

Truly different. And priced lower than other new construction due to location, meaning you can get more for less.

More from the official description:

"This new custom built modern farmhouse is located in the desirable Manhattan Beach Tree Section. From the moment you walk onto the room sized front porch, featuring a gas lit lantern as well as a built in swing, you will realize this property is like no other. The back yard offers incredible privacy as well as a spacious outdoor entertaining area. The completely fenced in back yard comes equipped with an eating area capable of seating 10, covered by a custom pergola. In addition, there is an outdoor covered living area with a fireplace and room for a plasma television for outdoor entertaining needs. This space is joined as one with the family room and kitchen via a bi-fold custom door, dutch-door kitchen door, and a full wall of windows. The outdoor space also has additional hardscape for seating with a great grassed area for everyday enjoyment. The custom kitchen features a hand painted tile marble backsplash, a Bertazzoni Italian stove, Sub Zero refrigerator, walk in pantry, and more. The living room opens up to a two story ceiling and showcases a two-sided fireplace. There are 9 skylights throughout, which flood the entire home with natural light. The bedrooms all have their own bathrooms with custom features down to the last detail. If you desire custom features and are looking for something special, you must see this home."

3609 Maple starts at $3.089M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-5pm.

1408 Walnut Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1408 Walnut (4br/3ba, 2700 sqft.) is a 90s Mediterranean with some updates, such as painted cabinets and sleek kitchen. More from the official description:

"Built in 1997 and lovingly updated since, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath 3,000 s.f home sits on a quiet block on a picturesque Street. Framed by 4 mature Palms, this wonderful family home features an open and light floorplan with dramatic two story ceiling in living room, this home is flooded with natural light.Gourmet kitchen with slab stone counters center island with walnut breakfast bar and stainless appliances including Jenn Air double oven, 48” Jenn Air cooktop with grill, side by side Subzero, large Marvel wine refrigerator and more. Large master suite with vaulted ceilings, spacious walk in closet, see thru fireplace between master bath and master bedroom, large bath with spa tub and two fixture shower. Charming backyard perfect for entertaining with twinkle lit trellises and built-in BBQ."

1408 Walnut starts at $2.545M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 

Sand Section

1704 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1704 Highland (4br/4ba, 3300 sqft.) is a 2001 Mediterranean that, through some strategic repainting and light updates, has a bit of a feel of a modern Spanish.

The headlines here, though, are the amount of space and the big views from the front deck. There really are not enough homes with a due west exposure to feature the views. And as to size, how many other townhomes are you going to find with a dedicated home theater?

All that comes in a package which, while obviously on Highland, is near to town and fairly quiet once you get up to the central bedroom level and the top floor living level.

The official description is a bit unconventional and can't really be quoted here, but click the address in our review here for more pics & details, including that writeup.

1704 Highland starts at $4.400M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 













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