Sunday Opens (11/17)

By Dave Fratello | November 17th, 2013

It's somewhat surprising to say, but with inventory crashing to new lows, we actually have 5 new listings to review for the weekend.

Meantime, total SFR + TH inventory citywide is down to 37 listings. This is the way the Fall and Winter may go.

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

Sand Section

607 Bayview (3br/3ba, 2075 sq. ft.) is a 90s TH with quite good views over the roof of the companion front unit, but maybe a need for some updates.

The layout is a bit unusual for a TH, with just the master on the middle (entry) level, then two smallish bedrooms downstairs which open to a little patio. There's a shag-like carpet in the master and faux saltillo tiles in the downstairs bedrooms. (Those secondary bedrooms are not shown in the listing photos.)

The top floor is what it's all about – a big, wide open space with plenty of light and those views. Flooring is a recently refinished light maple. The kitchen is noticeably 90s with white appliances and a dated granite.   

The way prices have moved recently, one question that occurred to us was: What's this South End view TH worth after being updated?

607 Bayview starts at $1.999M, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

2211 Vista (3br/4ba, 2250 sq. ft.) is a rear-unit TH that gets just a partial ocean view from the kitchen right now, though that could go if/when the neighbor builds up.

It's a solidly built newer (2005) Mediterranean with all the bells and whistles of the style.

We happened to notice that the listing language describing this home is 100% identical to the language used in 2005 by a different agent to sell the property. It's a complete copy-and-paste job with only the extraneous period at the start to distinguish the verbiage from '05. Well, let's hear it for recycling.

2211 Vista starts at $2.079M and is open, well... You won't see this one on the public lists of opens, for whatever reason, but we were told it would be open Sunday, so assume the regular hours 1-4pm if you want to drop by.

Tree Section

3516 Blanche (3br/3ba, 3000 sq. ft.) sports a recently completed remodel that brought new baths and other fixes to a home that looked pretty decent when it last traded in 2010 (for $1.337M).

The layout sprawls along the length of the lot, with both garages and the entry near the back and coming off of busy Blanche, and two of the bedrooms at the very front of the lot facing out to a garden on 36th St. The big master suite with its terrific bath takes up the 2nd floor.

With 3000 sq. ft. and so much of that spread along the first floor, you'd be tempted to look for a place to add a 4th bedroom, but no. As a result of the way this home's been added onto over the years, there's really no place to get that 4th.

The kitchen here is newer, the hardwood flooring in good shape, and the living spaces fairly bright.

There's no getting around the noise factor from Blanche. It's a busy street for this area of the Tree Section and the home's close to Rosecrans, to boot. And while you'll see a nice outside patio in the listing photos, be aware that it's accessed through the garages at the very southern end of the lot – not directly off any living areas.

3516 Blanche starts at $1.884M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

East MB

1126 11th (4br/4ba, 2300 sq. ft.) is a well-built 2-on-a-lot TH with a location issue. It's noticeably near Sepulveda and right across from the large parking lot of a commercial building – through the archway of that building, you can see and hear traffic from MBB as well. 

Still, they've done just about the best they could do here, with a modern-feeling home with good detail work that has held up nicely since its 2006 build.

All 4 bedrooms are upstairs, with ample living spaces spread around the first floor – more of a pocketed approach with discrete spaces rather than a completely open layout.

A little side patio on the western edge off the living room features a waterfall.

You might remember this one from its long run on the market in 2011-12. It racked up 9 months' worth of DOM and sold $100K under asking price at $971K in July 2012. Yes, but, in case you haven't noticed, people are getting markups to their 2012 purchases all over town. Can it happen here?

1126 11th starts at $1.299M (+34% over last year) and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

38 Fairway Dr. (3br/3ba, 1820 sq. ft.) is a mostly original condo that backs up to the golf course.

It's got the same layout as the recently sold 10 East Sausalito (listed at $1.099M and sold higher, pending now) but a better location than the Sausalito unit.

This one really begs to be refreshed everywhere, with a newer kitchen, removal of the carpet and some unification of the flooring, now a mishmash of different styles of wood and faux wood. Frilly, frumpy wallpaper used as accents in some rooms further dates the place.

Accounting for the condition, this one comes out priced notably under 10 East Sausalito, but watch and see what the market does to it.

Disclosure: Dave has toured this property with a client.

38 Fairway Drive starts at $975K and is open Sun. 2-4pm. (Open not listed publicly but confirmed.)

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