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When all is said and done at 217 27th, and we mean way down the road, you can expect to see a new landmark for midtown Manhattan Beach.

Looming over Bruce's Beach park, the current, obsolete structure gets pretty terrific views.

The next structure is sure to be designed to rock it.

We realize that this little 400-pixel image of the views (or a smaller image, on your phone) isn't able to convey much. But trust us.

If you know Manhattan Beach, if you know ocean views, if you know Bruce's Beach Park and its expansive, wide-open ocean views, and if you know the value of all these things combined, it's rather easy to see why elite money – big dollars – would chase this particular plot.

The potential for a new home with unobstructable views is unlimited.

This weekend is not just a great time to pick from among the growing range of options for open houses... which is free... but also to check out the annual Sophisticated Snoop tour, giving you the chance to see some of the most artful homes in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa in full-dress glory.

That includes this Hermosa Strand modern, plus an MB Strand home and others in the Sand & Tree sections of Manhattan Beach.

See this DigMB post for more, including links to each property, and pick up tickets at the door of any property – or see here for more on the Snoop.

To plan your (free) open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of open houses, or click here for the Beach Reporter list of opens

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB…

Even just the last week has seemed busy in the Manhattan Beach real estate market. You want options? They've been coming: 15 new listings in 7 days.

The problem (stop us if this sounds familiar)... There were 14 new deals made in the same span. So the 7-day net increase in inventory was +1.

We're going to focus on just a few new construction projects that have found buyers most recently:

2412 John (3br/3ba, 1890 sqft.) is unconventional for new construction and has been polarizing, in a way, among market watchers. Why build under-sized on a prime street? Why go mid-century? Are buyers really looking for green & modern?

For an uncomfortably long time – OK, just 90 days – the doubters were winning the day. 2412 John was too ambitiously priced at $2.799M…

It's time for one of our twice-monthly updates on Manhattan Beach real estate market activity, with updated spreadsheets on inventory and sales.

First we'll just note that, out of nowhere, it seems, El Porto prices seem to be equalizing with the rest of Manhattan Beach. The most recent example is this week's sale of new construction at 229 Rosecrans Place (3br/4ba, 2330 sqft.) at $2.565M.

We've taken note of this trend in stages. Whereas typically there was some kind of discount for properties north of Rosecrans, now, that's not as clear. (See our posts from 2014, "Big New Numbers in El Porto" and "El Porto: En Fuego.")

Dave had a listing late last year of a single-family home at 209 41st (3br/4ba, 1885 sq. ft.), in the very center of El Porto.

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