Sunday Opens (10/26/14)

By Dave Fratello | October 25th, 2014

It's one of the busiest weekends of the Fall here in MB, with everything from craft beer tastings to downtown Trick-or-Treating to the pier-to-pier Friendship Walk to...

Orange squashes running downhill. Really. The World-Famous Pumpkin Race runs again by the pier on Sunday.

We love to remind people that the Pinewood Derby (blocks of wood rolling downhill) was invented by a Manhattan Beach scout troop. It's only natural that someone here thought to attach wheels to pumpkins and race them.

It's now huge. And just as weird and wonderful as ever.

But if you've got a spare moment between walking, running, costuming up the kids, building your racer, and whatever else people do in Manhattan Beach, take a gander at some real estate.

This weekend is no ghost town like last week. We saw several new listings Friday. To capture them all here, we're going to offer minimal reviews with some language from the official descriptions.

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

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right above the main listing photo to get immediate display of all the listing photos at once.

Tree Section

3012 Poinsettia (4br/4ba, 3140 sq. ft.) is a 1981 original with a good floorplan and updated baths. The corner lot is favorable and touches one of our favorite strips of the Tree Section, the block of Poinsettia between Valley and 31st, which has a distinct, quaint and neighborly feel to it.

Inside, there's something of a wraparound flow to the first floor and its common spaces. The kitchen is spacious and open to a big family room, though almost everyone will want to update that kitchen pretty thoroughly.

One of the 4br is downstairs and may be better suited as an office-type space. The master upstairs is spacious and has its own separate seating area and fireplace, opening out to a deck.

The garage is a massive 3-car spread along 31st, not really imposing on the look and feel of the house. Your backyard is on the small side, but hey, it's the Tree Section.

There's work to be done here, but it need not be a lot.

This one comes out at a time when demand seems to be peaking for homes with the traditional family-home parameters: 4br and around 3000 sq. ft., but there is little supply. There will be buyers.

3012 Poinsettia starts at $2.199M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

3204 Oak (3br/3ba, 1500 sq. ft.) is an attractive flipper remodel with an open great room and newly added full master suite. From the listing:

Contemporary yet traditional, this home boasts an open kitchen with high beam ceilings, skylight, Thermador stainless steel appliances, “Asian Statuary Marble” countertops, custom “Shaker Style” paneled cabinetry, and built in breakfast area. Two Bathrooms boast glass mosaic tiling, quartz countertops, Kohler sinks, and decorative ceramic tile floors.

It goes without saying that the location here is on the commercial side of Oak, with the backyard opening to a parking lot and some noise from Sepulveda audible. The tradeoff in a case like this is always getting more for your money – a nearly new home, in this case – at a discount.

Flippers bought this one in February for $865K, did their work (including addition) and now invite the public to see the result.

3204 Oak starts at $1.419M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

1708 Pine (5br/5ba, 3130 sq. ft.) is a newer (2010) custom Mediterranean with a common great-room floorplan, guest suite on the first level and 2-story ceilings for the formal living room off the entry. From the listing:

The interior features detailed archways, columns, a staircase with wrought iron railings, beautiful mahogany floors with coordinating trim and 8' doors. The spacious kitchen has granite counters, island with prep sink, double oven, GE Monogram appliances, pantry, breakfast nook and other custom features. The adjacent family room has French doors leading to the outside patio area and private backyard. The dining area and large step-down living room with fireplace have towering ceilings and get plenty of natural light.

Getting the full 5br plus laundry plus a big living room and great room all within 3100-odd square feet puts a bit of a pinch on some of the interior spaces.

We took note that the owners grabbed this lot at the deepest dip in the local market: On 9/9/09, they paid $850K for the lot. (See, we weren't being casual about the data when, in our recent Tree Section land values post, we spoke of lots trading in the $800s.)

They've priced this one almost like new construction. Consider the neighbor at 1733 Pine that sold earlier this year for $2.749M.

1708 Pine starts at $2.689M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

653 MBB #D (2br/3ba, 1350 sq. ft.) is a smallish TH with decent ocean/PV views and a walk-to-everything location. It's part of a multi-unit building with parking underground (including guest spots).

This one has been nicely updated, with a newer kitchen and baths.

You'll enter into the main living spaces, passing a small dining room and then an open, if midsize, kitchen and big living area. Downstairs, each bedroom is a suite and each is something of a mirror image of the other. There is a top floor, also, which is just the roof deck, with even better views – a decent entertaining space.

The building seems very well cared for, with common areas in ship shape, as is the roof deck. Though the building dates to 1979, constant TLC seems to keep it very respectable.

If you're looking for a turn-key home with ocean views, you don't have many choices near this price point.

653 MBB #D starts at $1.229M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Side note: They've categorized this listing as "Sand Section," but it formally lands along the border of the Tree Section on MBB. Across the street, homes on MBB are technically in the Hill Section.

East MB

1450 5th (5br/6ba 4300 sq. ft.) is a nicely upgraded Mediterranean on a great block that is set to trade for what could be its third time in just over 3 years. 

In March 2011, the home sold for $2.070M, then got a classy remodel. Soon that new owner was unloading it (no, it was not meant as a flip), selling for $2.490M in Nov. 2012. The world's different again, now, so they're asking $2.850M.

What you have here is a big home with grand spaces and an especially nice backyard with pool, hot tub and nice hardscape and landscaping. It all but begs you to entertain.

From the listing:

Sliding glass doors from the family room invite indoor-outdoor living to the professionally landscaped sunny south facing private enclosed backyard w/custom pool, spa, fire pit, plus mature palm trees. Grand master suite w/separate sitting area & 2-sided fplc, master bath w/dual sink countertop, separate vanity area, spa tub, glass enclosed steam shower system, & custom walk in closet. All bedrooms are en suite w/full bathrooms & walk-in closets, dark walnut hdwd flooring throughout the entire upstairs, 8 foot solid core Baldwin hardware doors, ceiling fans, skylights, & more.

1450 5th starts at $2.850M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1231 Shelley (4br/3ba, 2000 sq. ft.) is a reasonably spacious home on a corner lot near the high school. From the listing:

This home features a large wrap around private yard and patio with plenty of space for entertaining and outdoor activities. Three bedrooms are up, including the master suite with tastefully just-remodeled bathroom and new walk in closet. The home also features two separate living spaces as well as a dining area that opens up to that great yard. The updated kitchen has granite counters, stainless appliances and all the bells and whistles. The floorplan is open and light.

1231 Shelley starts at $1.679M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.


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