Found 33 blog entries about remodels.

A newly remodeled home at 3408 Poinsettia hit the market Thursday, and got us thinking again about an issue facing buyers and sellers in MB.

3408 N Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CAThe last major building cycles in Manhattan Beach (1990s and especially 2000s) left us with a series of Mediterranean style homes all over town.

Problem: They way they were built then is not the style of today.

So if you've got one, what are you going to do? If you're selling one, that question is especially pertinent.

Remodeled versions of Mediterraneans like 3408 Poinsettia are emerging all over MB, some with homeowners doing the work for themselves, and others prepping for market.

The basic goal behind an overhaul is to brighten the home up, pulling away from features that now date the homes and…


Welcome to our new-look MBC. Can we call it MBC 3.0?

There’s a lot to see here. It should look great on your mobile device. Try it on your iPhone, iPad or even your Galaxy Note 7. (Too soon?)

One goal here was to make everything more visual. The Ticker now features images, instead of being all text – a change we’ve made with the popular MB Dashboard also. (Look under "NOW" at the top.) We’ve got video on the front page.

All of the most recent listings in Manhattan Beach also appear on the front page on desktop computers, arranged by each of the four sections of MB. On mobile, the very most recent single listing by section will appear, with a quick link to see more in that area.

The powerful “intelligent” search bar at the top of the…

"Thar's gold in them thar... sand dunes."

Such has been the sentiment of flippers targeting Manhattan Beach during our years-long rise in real estate values.

Some recent sales show that flippers have continued to find it profitable to make deals on old, dated properties, then turn them back out, refreshed and modernized. Here are some recent sales and new escrows on flipper remodels:

1713 Lynngrove Drive Manhattan Beach CA1713 Lynngrove (3br/2ba, 1500 sqft.) is a Liberty Village cottage that's the latest flip to open escrow.

Redone inside with bright "California Coastal" style, this one is as good an example of currently trending design choices as any: wide-plank oak floors, white marble counters ("Carrera," d'oh!), a seemingly timeless beach-modern color palette of pale blue &…

Not to be dramatic, but there was a time when $2M could take you pretty far when shopping for homes in Manhattan Beach.

Now, a budget like that is going to involve some compromises. Take a smaller home. Plan a new build or major remodel. Or some combination thereof.

Here's a not-necessarily-complete list of recent sales somewhere near $2M, which illustrate the options at that price point.

As with every property referenced on the blog here, you can click any address for full listing details & photos.

2701 Pine Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2701 Pine (4br/3ba, 2300 sqft.) is a dapper Cape Cod on a corner in a mostly quiet part of the Tree Section. It has just closed for $2.200M.

Both the home and the lot are significantly smaller than is typical for the Tree Section. A 4br house…

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