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Not one, but two new Sand Section listings this week are described as "old school."

Which, in each case, is mainly a nice way to say "old," and also "quite likely a scraper." You see how a difference in words can convey a different feeling.

This brings to mind how one of the little MBCs recently said of the crowd at an event he'd attended, "it was mostly senior citizens," noting the general lack of other kids. We congratulated him on his politeness.

So, yes, there's a virtue to being delicate, even if you're selling land.

Besides the two dirt sales we start with below, this week sees a wonder in the American Martyrs area at 625 17th, new construction way, way far east at 1771 Ruhland, and a couple of Mediterraneans, one in the Trees at 3008 Elm and one

New, new, new. 

Each week seems to bring out more new construction in Manhattan Beach. There are 2 new homes to see now. 

You're seeing builders' bets come in these days. While the market was appreciating radically, they scooped up every bit of dirt they could. They launched ambitious projects.

East MB, in particular, is the beneficiary now. Buyers have a lot of choices, including a spectacular offering new this week at 1601 Nelson.

Our video features that one, a 2013 build asking $10M+ at 132 16th, new construx at 2001 Oak and more modest offerings like 628 30th and 1200 Magnolia:

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OK, it's on again.

We have several weeks here, post-Labor Day, where new listings will emerge, and buyers will be expected to make their moves, too. Inventory has shot up rapidly to 121 as of Saturday morning, after a low of 103 last weekend.

Lots to see... if you can get away from youth soccer long enough.

This week our video features 12 listings, including a jaw-dropper at 644 33rd, East MB new construction at 1400 23rd and 1130 5th, plus many more. Be sure to see 436 32nd, which appears only in our video (no public open houses). Also, Dave's listing at 508 Larsson, newly reduced to $3.999M, is shown. Any time you want to see a listing in person, consider giving Dave a call. The video is here:

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Here's something remarkable about our short list of new open houses this week: Each was recently bought by someone who'd now like to find a new buyer. Two are traditional flips; one, a steal of sorts via foreclosure.

Unusual patterns emerge in small samples. It's a small sample this week because, mainly, people don't time their listings for Labor Day weekend. They want you to go to the beach one last time and enjoy wearing those white clothes one last time before next Summer.

This week our video features each of the listings below, including 1520 3rd, 25 Malaga Place and 1750 1st:

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