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If you know MB Confidential, you know we love a deep dive into data.

And there's a time and a place for that, but today, we'll try to illustrate a trend with just one sale.

Newly pending/in escrow is 2301 Vista, a modern-style 3br TH with 2400+ interior square feet.

This modern townhome was built a ways back, in 2002, but has a very compelling, slick "now" look to it. (The decor, gadgets and super-plus-sized TV's also give it a "guy's paradise" feel.)

The most recent sale here wasn't all that long ago, even if it seems like forever to look back to 2011.

Here, actually, are all 3 of the most recent sales of 2301 Vista:

  • $1.910M in Dec. 2011
  • $1.900M in Nov. 2009
  • $2.099M in Jan. 2007

List price this month was $3.399M, or 78% over the 2011

It takes a rare combination of factors to see a dated property lot sale in Manhattan Beach come up asking $29 million.

That combination of factors is at play now, however, at 1000 The Strand, home to a one-and-a-half-sized Strand lot (nearly 5000 sqft. of dirt).

Among the factors:

  • Low inventory.
  • Even more limited Strand inventory.
  • Ceiling-busting recent sales.
  • Demographic trends bringing vast amounts of funny new money into town.
  • A certain je ne sais quoi or "x-factor" in the market that has people – including longtime pros – more and more often throwing up their hands as if to say, "heaven only knows what this is really worth."

Here at MBC, we've stopped publishing our series of "shocker" posts because new closed-sale prices…

The big local private school wrapped up this past week, and public schools are on autopilot now, with dismissal just days away. You can already hear the teachers and kids singing to themselves, "School's Out For Summer."

For many MB families, this will be the last weekend in town for a while. If you're off, we'll say bon voyage, and keep in touch online.

Looking to get into MB? There are about 10 weeks till school starts again. (Don't tell the kids it's so soon.) That home search is heating up along with the afternoons.

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 Confidential, you can click "Open All Images"

It seems there are some sellers in this real estate market who can really only be called "sellers" if they get a big number.

There's been no lack of exposure for the Hill Section corner-lot home for sale at 1007 Pacific, for instance.

The listing for this 5br/5ba home on a nearly 9400 sqft. corner view lot dates back to last October.

Hey hey! A sprawling Hill Section lot with views, and close to downtown Manhattan Beach, to boot. Come and get it, right?

The start at $6.600M was high, though, and the current $6.200M list seems not to be resonating with the market, either.

Is anyone stressed out about it?

It would appear not, even at 220+ DOM.

Either the market will come to them, or the sellers will just enjoy the home.

Down in the Sand Section, with…