Sunday Opens (10/27)

By Dave Fratello | October 27th, 2013

If your tastes don't include long morning walks with thousands of people, rolling pumpkins or early trick-or-treating (all of which we discussed in yesterday's post), then you'll want to turn your attention to the few new local real estate listings that came out this week.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!).

Tree Section

3213 Valley (3br/3ba, 1975 sq. ft.) is a remodeled tall and skinny overlooking the greenbelt.

As is often the case with these layouts, the bedrooms are split – one on the main (middle) level along with kitchen and other common spaces, then the master and one other up top.

The bedroom on the main level also provides the main access back to the (snazzy) back patio with built-in bbq. Fortunately, the secondary bedroom up top is sizable and could comfortably host two kids. (As it seems to now.)

KItchen and baths all sport fairly recent remodels with good style.

Location and lot size bring the price down, comparatively, for this much updated square footage, with a start price at $1.499M. You may find that the home is shielded from views of traffic along Valley and benefits from the treetop views (and even the Martyrs steeple), and that the sound of traffic drifting by is less unpleasant than being near a stop sign with engines revving. If so, location's less of a negative than you may expect.

(In that vein, it's a bit of a surprise to see the master up front overlooking Valley, rather than in the quieter back area, but we'd bet that was done because the views are really that enjoyable.)

Smaller, neighboring 3211 Valley (3br/2ba, 1450 sq. ft.) did not sell earlier this year, after trying for 3 months at $1.399M down to $1.349M.

3213 Valley starts at $1.499M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

East MB

1501 Magnoia (3br/2ba, 1540 sq. ft.) began life as a late-1940s cottage, but with a smart recent addition and modernization, it's got all that many buyers would want in a 21st-century beach (town) cottage.

The common spaces are all quite open, bedrooms are of good size, the master is quiet, private and the newest part of the house, tucked in back and opening to the rear patio.

The modern kitchen and extremely well-done decor make it a grabber. It's hard not to fall in love with the coastal palette of sandy tans, bright whites and teal accents.

Locationwise, this one is situated on a bluff abutting Target and the car dealer's service areas – there seemed to be some noise from those commercial properties when we visited, if not a lot, but fortunately you don't see those given the home's position up above.

It used to seem fanciful to see homes of this general size hit the $1.3s. We didn't think smaller 1400 Magnolia (3br/2ba, 1320 sq. ft.) would succeed at $1.299M, and it didn't, coming in range, though, at $1.227M in July. Then came very nearby 1509 Magnolia (also smaller at 3br/2ba, 1320 sq. ft.) with a high-caliber flipper remodel and very good-sized yard, which hit $1.335M just 3 weeks ago.

1501 Magnolia starts at $1.295M, but when something is this lovable, all bets are off. It's open Sun. 1-4pm.

1641 21st (3br/1ba, 1000 sq. ft.) makes it 3 out of 3 for the week – each of the homes we're writing up was first built within a decade of each other – this one dating back to 1952.

Unlike our other featured properties above, this one looks pretty much as it began, with no big additions or massive re-dos. It's a familiar cottage layout with the one shared bath, but the kitchen and bath have fairly recent updates and the whole place is clean and pleasant.

There's more yard than you might expect, an L-shaped wraparound grassy area that, oddly, is not really accessible from or featured from the main living areas. (Not that it's so hard to go out back along the side of the house.)

The street's a reasonable walk to school and parks, and not busy in general. This is what you get in MB these days for (a little) under $1M.

1641 21st starts at $950K and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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