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There's only one way to say it: 2412 John (3br/3ba, 1890 sqft.) was an unconventional project for new construction in the Tree Section.

Situated on a prime block – although a tad close to Marine – the new home recently built here dared to be different.

And if you've ever been that weird kid, the nonconformist marching to your own drummer, the type who doesn't really much care how "everyone else" is doing things... then you could easily appreciate this revivalist mid-century marvel.

Actually you don't have to be all that different to smile warmly at a new, eco-friendly home that's bright, open, slick and modern, ready to go.

But the tut-tutting we've heard about this house came out of the fact that it was "undersized."

Oh, imagine that: Someone decided

This is a story that's only really a "bookend" to the story of one spec project.

That would be 750 30th St. (5br/7ba, 5070 sqft.), a new "beach plantation" style home that has just closed for $4.500M.

The sale itself is notable, for sure. 

It's only the fourth-ever sale to close in the Tree Section over $4M that wasn't near American Martyrs church. (Click for more on the Martyrs area and active listings there.)

One of those past $4M+ sales was of a double-lot "compound" (3305 Pine) that sold back in 2012.

The other two more "conventional" home sales over $4M came within just the last year:

  • 769 33rd (6br/5ba, 4900 sqft., 7400 sqft. lot), a big, luxe custom Spanish on an oversized lot, sold for $4.100M off-market in July last year;

If you're looking for a home or a lot in East Manhattan Beach, that's probably because you want one of those larger 7500 sq. ft. lots that are relatively standard east of Sepulveda. 

With one of those big 50 x 150 lots, you can build well over 4000 square feet of house without digging a basement, and still end up with a sizable yard.

The question is, what's that big lot going to cost you?

Like everything, East MB lots are now getting much more expensive.

There are 2 next-door neighbors really far east that have both just sold and seemed to raise the bar for land values.

1721 Gates (pictured) sold in March right at the asking price of $1.400M. Though it's east of Redondo Ave. and just about a dozen homes up off of Aviation, the lot is almost perfectly

We half-joked yesterday that when a home sits for 30 days in this market, it almost seems like a "crisis."

Where's my bidding war? Where are the all-cash offers?

Well here's a case of a home that took 5 full years to sell.

906 9th (6br/7ba, 5425 sq. ft.) is a Hill Section spec home that first came out in April 2010 asking $4.695M.

Along the way, asking prices dipped as low as $3.895M.

It's been rented out for much of its time since completion.

Around this time last year, 906 9th came to market asking $4.895M. It hung around for 9 months.

Finally, this week, it sold. The new closed price: $4.300M, somewhere in between the up-and-down asking prices of the last few years.

But now, through some combination of persistence, timing and luck, it's done.