Sunday Opens (10/5/14)

By Dave Fratello | October 5th, 2014

It's another Hometown kind of weekend in MB. While you might take it for granted by now, please keep in mind: Most towns don't do all this stuff.

Saturday morn led off with a warm MB 10K and settled into a blazing couple of days of Hometown Fair activities. Here's hoping you and yours have some fun out there.

We're glad to share this DigMB.com feature on the voice of the MB 10K, Susie Young. She's called the "Vin Scully of the Manhattan Beach 10K" for her indispensable, longtime role as cheerleader and spotter of hometown runners, from her vantage points at the start and finish lines.

Also, if you like free stuff, enter DigMB's Hometown Fair Photo Contest. There are lots of great prizes – gift cards from local restaurants, especially. Three categories to enter. See the link for more. Entries are due Monday morning. Good luck!

And oh, yes, if you're out and about, you might want to drop in on an open house or two.

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.

Sand Section

220 15th Place (4br/3ba, 1670 sq. ft.) is a remodeled 1960s-era TH near downtown.

It's some kind of amazing that they have packed 4 bedrooms into this space. And while that does limit the common space, you've got one little living room downstairs plus another up. (One of the downstairs bedrooms has only a half bath attached; access to a shower is through the other bedroom.)

The TH notably has its entry off a shared patio midway between the 2 units. Be friendly to your neighbors.

They're calling this "deceptively understated" on the outside, which is to say, don't mind the boxy 60s look, the inside is modern!

Which it is, with attractive re-dos of the bathrooms, stainless appliances in the upgraded kitchen and dark wood flooring.

The are some ocean views from the living room, from one bedroom window and from the back "deck" (we'll call it a small balcony). 

City living by the beach these days will set you back about $1.8M.

220 15th Place starts at $1.799M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

127 Shell (3br/2ba, 1170 sq. ft.) is a pretty typical 1950s El Porto duplex that's been converted to an SFR by way of a (small) spiral staircase and upgraded quite a bit.

So instead of the typical surfer studio on the lower level here, you have a decent-sized master with a substantial master bath. Upstairs, the bedrooms are none too big, just the norm. There's the one open living room and a very modern kitchen.

While everything is painted and polished up nicely, we noted that the walls upstairs were a rustic, rough hewn wood, painted white.

It's a nice refurbishment and alteration of what might be expected. Steps to the best surf. They say this one performs very well as a vacation rental, which is not hard to imagine.

Disclosure: Dave has a listing for an SFR in El Porto coming out next week.

127 Shell starts at $1.400M and is open Sun. 1-5pm.

Tree Section

3521 Poinsettia (3br/4ba, 1700 sq. ft.) is a well-done flipper remodel of a home you might have seen on the market last year (although it was not open to the public and was poorly marketed at the time). Last year, they sought $1.4M and got $1.075M, leading to this big project.

The redone property features a big open great room at the entry, bright, white kitchen, and soft-toned wide-plank oak flooring. There's a true master upstairs, which no doubt required some reconfiguring of the original home.

Downstairs, there's a large third bedroom and family room opening to the backyard.

This property does have the unusual feature of a shared driveway, sloping down to the back of the lot where the garage is found.

Up front, there's a very private, enclosed patio that's got a built-in BBQ and outdoor fridge.

3521 Poinsettia starts at $1.689M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

East MB

2209 Wendy (4br/2ba, 1780 sq. ft.) is in a state you might call "pre-flip." Or, as the listing language approaches the issue, "a home ready for your personalized updates."

It's a project for someone, head-to-toe. 

The corner-lot location seems like a plus, with a bit of extra lot square footage, and a sunny west-facing backyard. Here one of the original Liberty Village cottages got an addition at some point to add a bedroom and extra living space. However, the baths are small in the current configuration.

We'll see what someone can do with it.

2209 Wendy starts at $1.195M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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