Some Tastes of Modern in Manhattan Beach

By Dave Fratello | September 20th, 2018

By the beach, there are only a few styles that seem to work for a good segment of buyers regardless of other trends.

Your shingly Cape Cod is an old standard. Spanish is a classic style that's had some ups and downs over the years, but is bouncing back these days. (Partly because so many Mediterraneans want to be Spanish homes now.)

But another go-to is modern, or "contemporary." Some recent listings and sales offer interesting and compelling takes.

1204 The Strand Manhattan Beach CAStart by knocking your own socks off with 1204 The Strand (4br/5ba, 5375 sqft.)

It's a no-doubt-about it marvel.

Big names were involved. They took full advantage of the near-pier location by (among other things) creating a main living room with floor-to-ceiling windows with full views of the ocean, sand and pier. 

To sit in the living room is to imagine yourself in some iconic piece of artwork featuring the pier. And in a sense, you are. 

Be sure to see all the photos.

With a newly closed sale at $17.400M, it's one of the biggest Strand sales in a while. 

2417 Oak Avenue Manhattan Beach CAMeantime, a Tree Section sale at 2417 Oak (3br/3ba, 2550 soft.) is in a more reserved, throwback modern style, mid-century inspired.

There is no getting around the location challenge for this corner-lot home. It's a double-whammy. Busy Marine on one side, Oak Ave. on the other. 

But the style poured into the home originally continues to pay off in resales. 

What you feel is a great house. Modest in size and simple in design. It has just closed for $2.100M

A similar Tree Section sale to look back at (great pics) is 2413 Palm (3br/3ba, 1800 sqft.), on a great block but also near Marine. The very recent, epic remodel helped the home net $2.450M back in June.

416 21st Place Manhattan Beach CAOur shameless plug desk notes that Dave's got a new listing we're proud to present this week: 416 21st Place (3br/4ba, 1955 sqft.).

This 1991 original has a sweet midtown location that's close to school, beach and town, and has views to the north and south. 

It's an earlier vintage of modern, to be sure, but the home's many updates give it a warm and newer feel. That master bath remodel is top tier. (See more photos here.)

At $1.999M to start, it's the least pricey of the homes we're featuring here now, but let's see where it ends up. 

Come see 416 21st Place this weekend, Sat. 1-4pm and Sun. 2-5pm.

And last but not least, we see a new custom modern debuting in the Tree Section's rarefied American Martyrs neighborhood at 2101 Agnes (4br/5ba, 4300 sqft.). 

(Disclosure: Dave has toured this property with clients.)

2101 Agnes Road Manhattan Beach CAThe property was custom designed and outfitted step by step, with several design choices and customizations that do not echo in any way whatsoever the typical designs you're used to seeing around town. But it all makes sense. 

The start price there, $4.249M, pushes it above the typical family home in the Trees, but it's something different altogether. 

Curiously, though you may not think of modern as a style typical for the Tree Section or Martyrs area, this one shares a block with a couple more already. Trending?

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