Found 32 blog entries about remodels.


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…

Let's continue with a look back at data from 2015.

Here are the highest sale prices in the prestigious Hill Section last year.

Highest Sale of 2015

612 John Street Manhattan Beach CA612 John (6br/8ba, 7400 sqft.) very nearly tripled in market value since its 2000 build.

That's a fascinating headline from the highest-ever public market sale in the Hill Section.

Closed Price: $9.400M in July.

This home was built on spec way-back-when in the year 2000, becoming a fine exemplar of the era's modern/Mediterranean estates that now dot the Hill Section. It sold new for $3.320M in December 2000.

The most recent prior purchase had been for $5.400M in 2011. That new owner went about customizing and updating the property inside.

Views from the property are considerable, among…

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