See the Sand This Weekend (10/18-10/19)

By Dave Fratello | October 18th, 2008
If you follow MBC's "Weekend Opens" feature closely, you know that we had some rough patches this Summer, when the Sand Section just wasn't producing much new material.

It seemed incongruous. Summer = Beach, right? It seemed people were busy living in their houses, not offering them up.

This weekend, there are lots and lots of open houses all over MB, but it seems that all the new offerings are in the Sand Section. So we're changing the feature this weekend and focusing only on the area that's got new stuff to see. It's 100% Sand Section this week – enjoy.

Click here for the complete list of opens published in the Beach Reporter, or at any time use the link in the right-hand column under "Prop. Search Tools."

We ask MBC readers who visit these homes to also report back. Tell us what you see, what you like, what you don't like, what you'd change if you owned a particular home, and so on. Use the comments here to discuss the homes we've highlighted.

As always, click any highlighted address below for more pics & details via Redfin.

Sand Section

133 17th (4br/4ba, 2925 sq. ft.) is a charmer on a walkstreet west of Highland and near downtown – all nice.

The home has a bit more of a traditional feel, Cape Cod style, with a kitchen that's worth the price of admission.

Featured the other day in "A Flood West of Highland." Starts at $3.650m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

304 16th Pl. is a new modern with ocean views. It's just east of Highland. Offers 3br/3ba, 2100 sq. ft. on a 1500 sq. ft. lot.

The listing boasts that the newbie "defines innovation and sustainable living with its open, modern living environment and green finishes." Starts at $2.099m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

539 23rd is a bit of a wildcard, but Mrs. MBC is finding it intriguing. She hasn't seen it yet but likes the location plenty. This is a very quiet, almost untraveled pocket of the Sand Section's gaslamp district, and you almost have to love the hideaway streets like this. Street-to-alley lots mean no garage-faced homes.

(Side note: These charming natural-gas street lights run all day, every day. The city's recent study concluded it would be too expensive to replace them with solar or electric lighting. So the charm remains, for now. Please don't tell Al Gore.)

What you get here is a 4br/2ba, 1900 sq. ft. home on a not-so-big 3600 sq. ft. lot. You can readily see the profile: 1950s cottage with addition. The listing offers no more pics, adding to the mystery till the first open. Starts at $1.475m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

While you're at 539 23rd, you may well see signs for neighboring 510 23rd (pictured). This is a new Spanish near Grandview school, offering 4br/4ba and 3200 sq. ft., including a 2-room basement. Started just before Labor Day at $2.399m, where it remains today. Open Sat. 2-4pm., Sun. 1-4pm.

Comebacker of the week: 3404 Alma has been featured by MBC before, even picked by the Mrs. some time back. After a couple months in escrow, it's back on the market, $70k lighter than the last list price. Now at $1.129m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Last week's mini-sensation, 220 35th, is open again this weekend, now at $5.0m – we reported the price as $5.5m last week before the final price had been settled on. The listing pics are top-notch architectural shots. In person or online, check it out. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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