Sunday Opens (10/26)

By Dave Fratello | October 26th, 2008
In between heats of the pumpkin races on Sunday, you should have time to drop in on an open house or two.

(Pumpkin races? Click here for the official site and here for last year's MBC story on the races' inaugural run downtown.)

Just as we had a few listings last weekend that were quite near each other, allowing for efficient shopping, this Sunday we point to a few listings within steps of each other in the Hills and Sand. The first option in the Trees is quite close to downtown.

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

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.

Hill Section

There's nothing new and open in the Hills now, but two neighbors are worth a drop-by.

755 11th offers 5br/5ba and 5200 sq. ft. on an ocean-view lot with a sports court. The "Georgian" style on the exterior gets points for uniqueness. The 80s interior – wait, is that blue shag? – requires a deduction. Now at $2.999m, down $400k (-12%) from a $3.399m start in early June (5 months now). Open Sun. 1-4pm.

724 11th
is a fairly large (4br/5ba, 3300 sq. ft.) home with ocean views, but a bit of an East Manhattan look at the curb. (Thinking much further east, the listing says the home design has a "French influence.") Now at $3.199m, down $300k (-9%) from $3.499m in late February (8 months now). Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

Two comparably sized, neighboring cottages in the South End walkstreets are open Sunday. Some differences (and similarities) were discussed just the other day in "Awkwaaard!" It'll be easy to drop by both yourself to compare and contrast – please share your comments here.

429 7th is a 4br/3ba, 2125 sq. ft. remodel with a floor plan that, according to the listing:
... is great for family living with 4 bedrooms on the second level including a very spacious master suite with extensive woodwork.
That's language we took to be a dig, intended or not, at 424 5th (see below), whose layout is unconventional. 7th starts at $2.399m, where 5th started about 6 weeks ago. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

424 5th is just a tad smaller than 7th at 4br/3ba, 1925 sq. ft. Bedrooms are downstairs while living spaces are up. Very cute, but you need to be OK with this setup. Now at $2.099m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

232 5th Pl
is not a new listing, but it's fairly near the two referenced above. It's a pleasant, newer, shingled beach home on a corner with Highland. Offers 3br/3ba and almost 2050 sq. ft. on a half lot (1350 sq. ft.). It's on the market this year – 90 DOM at this point – only about a year after it was last purchased (March 2007). The owner paid $1.750m and now insists on $1.825m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

612 13th
is a large (5br/5ba, 4400 sq. ft.) corner-lot ocean-view home near downtown that gets Mrs. MBC's nod this week. She thinks the home is delightful, open and bright, but it's really the location on this one that's drawing her in.

Until 612 13th became the third home on this short block of Fisher Ave. to hit the market, she was thinking you needed $5m to $6m to get onto this street. (The other 2 are newly completed mega-moderns that we dubbed The Fisher King & Queen in a story in early September.)

612 13th comes in well below those two, at $2.999m. That's also under $700/PSF, not at all typical of the Sand Section and Hill Section homes that you might compare this one to, but definitely in the PPSF ballpark for Tree Section homes selling above the $2m mark recently.

Market movement note: This home was built in 2001 and sold for $1.775m, which seemed like a lot at the time, before the bubble inflated. The markup now: 69% over the 2001 price. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

3109 Oak is a completely different kind of new home in the Trees. A clean, modern feel with a Hawaiian vacation sort of vibe. Starts at $2.329m. Open Sun. 12-4pm.

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