Sunday Opens (11/2/14)

By Dave Fratello | November 2nd, 2014

Don't you love how a little rain can cause such a stir among a whole population?

We had that little storm Friday night/Saturday morning that was all the talk before and after.

We got some serious perspective Saturday while at our AYSO soccer game, played in slightly muddy conditions.

While the kids dodged the occasional puddle, Facebook let us know that the cousins back east were playing soccer, too: In 40 degree weather, and a driving rain. It seemed that our kids had it pretty easy dodging the occasional soft patch of mud.

But at least we can say, here in November, that it finally feels like Fall here in Manhattan Beach.

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

708 Marine (4br/4ba, 3100 sq. ft.) is a custom Moroccan-inspired home built by a builder for his family.

It features a series of indoor/outdoor spaces and lots of authentic, custom tiles and other details. It's a very nice break from the traditional layouts you've seen again and again.

Among the outdoor spaces: A large side courtyard off the kitchen for al fresco dining; a more conventional backyard/patio area off the family room in back; and a covered dining/seating area off the dining room on another side of the house. Doors fold away to open some of those spaces completely to the outdoors.

We liked the very large, open kitchen and the wide, arched hallway inviting you back to the family room. Upstairs, the hallway to the bedrooms is a series of French doors, bringing lots of light and, if needed, air.

There's a lot of greenery on all sides of the house – some planted to adorn this home, some a lucky benefit of having neighbors with mature trees that happen to be in view of the main windows. It's quite a combined effect.

Marine Ave. in this particular stretch near Valley seems not as busy as the segment west of Blanche, and, in fact, as we toured Friday, we were seeing this much-talked-about, close-knit neighborhood as all the neighbors were preparing for their annual Halloween block party. The way these neighbors keep a great vibe going is an intangible location plus.

It wasn't long ago that a similarly custom home on the same block sold.

649 Marine (4br/4ba, 3650 sq. ft.) was also touted as having Moroccan inspiration. Bigger by 550 sq. ft., it sold for $2.950M in June.

708 Marine starts at $2.625M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

220 8th St. (4br/5ba, 4200 sq. ft.) is a newer (2007) Cape Cod on a quiet walkstreet near downtown with nice ocean views.

The floorplan features 3br on the middle (entry) level, including a spacious master with ocean views and a large master bath. There's a step-up master closet beyond the bath.

Downstairs, as might be expected in a walkstreet floorplan, is a large den opening to a walkstreet patio, along with both a spare bedroom and an office-type room that could also serve as a sleeping room in a pinch.

The top floor features high ceilings, open living spaces, and a rear deck with nice views. The open kitchen/great room area has tons of light, a nice casual dining nook and, shall we say, a family-room corner. (It's not maximally set up now as a major family space.)

The knotty hardwood flooring (we thought perhaps hickory) used on most floors sets a modest, classic tone for the home. It's a part of the understated elegance of the whole package.

This home was sold new in 2007 for $5.400M. But now it's 2014.

220 8th St. starts at $6.490M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.Hill Section

504 Larsson (3br/2ba, 1450 sq. ft.) ran more than 4 months earlier this year with a different agent, asking $1.575M down to $1.475M.

It's back now with a different price ($1.395M), but also a surprising pitch, which begins by talking about the "[a]mazing location" that is "close the MB Pier and beach," which can be said with only the loosest definitions of key terms.

It's a little simpler to call it what it is: A clean, tall-and-skinny 60s house with a wide-open top floor, smallish downstairs bedrooms, open kitchen with island and a bright master.

The backyard is, yes, surprisingly more than expected, a little grassier and bigger than you might think on a 3440 sq. ft. lot.

We don't need to pretend it's something it's not.

It's just an affordable, respectable home that compares well against other options at this price point west of Sepulveda, and where the compromises are fully on display. (See fully remodeled 3204 Oak, with a more challenged location, already in escrow a week after listing at $1.419M.)

Plus, here, you get Robinson Elementary. (Go Riptides!)

504 Larsson starts (this time) at $1.395M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

East MB

21 Santa Rosa Ct. (2br/3ba, 1585 sq. ft.) is one of the "court homes" The Village. It was not shown to brokers Friday, hitting the MLS just after our normal tour times, but it is open Sunday so we'll give it a mention. The language below is the official description:

Very Light Plan "2" End Unit. Shows Beautiful with newly refinished Hardwood floors, the exterior painted and shutters up stairs. Lush landscaped patio plus 2 balconies. Enjoy any of the nearby spas and pool. Close to a private tennis club and public golf course, shopping and fine dining.

21 Santa Rosa Ct. starts at $875K and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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