Sunday Opens (12/18)

By Dave Fratello | December 18th, 2011
It's basically the last open-house day of the year, with basketball season starting Christmas next week and the new year just beyond.

We've got just one debut listing and a couple more "greatest hits" to point to as we conclude this feature for the year 2011.

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Check out this post from South Bay Sparkle (a project of Mrs. MBC), with gift ideas from such local shops as Sol Baby, Pages and Uncorked.

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

416 Highland (3br/4ba, 2150 sq. ft.) could be called the last new TH listing of 2011, or the first of 2012, just a little early.

It's one of 13 active THs between $1.2m and $1.85m, and above average for both square footage and ocean views.

Top-floor views, nicely featured throughout the living spaces and off a nice deck, are really special – an ultra-clear day Friday, during our tour, revealed Catalina and Malibu on the horizon. (Note: Some stock photos of MB beach areas in the listing are not views from the unit.) 

Tile pattern on a balcony.
The 1994 build has an exterior that must be French/European by inspiration, but feels somewhat Spanish throughout thanks to the terra cotta tile covering every floor surface, inside and out, all over the home, and the flat-stained wood. (The pattern and shapes of the tile make for a nice break from the square saltillo-type tile you would be accustomed to seeing.)

The master bath has been nicely updated/upgraded, though the listing pics barely show how well. Likewise, the kitchen has a 21st-century update. The other baths retain a 90s flavor.

View protection bonus: The home immediately to the north is older and the front part is built low enough to preserve light and views for this TH unit. A deed restriction on the neighboring property restricts its height and protects views at 416 Highland, we're told – an artifact of the properties both once having the same owner.

416 Highland starts at $1.669m and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

2909 Bayview (3br/4ba, 2450 sq. ft.) is a remodeled, mid-80s SFR with world-class ocean panoramas from the second and top floors, which appear to be unblockable.

The home surprises upon walking in, with its curious, semicircular staircase taking center stage, and the bedrooms on the bottom and midlevels all featuring strange corners and hideaway spaces. You can tell that it was an 80s original that folks have updated – particularly with the new, dark flooring and 21st-century baths. Check out the super-wow ocean views from the master bath shower.

The top-floor living space is well planned to draw in those views, with a conversational space, dining space and deck capitalizing on this asset, and even the step-up kitchen area benefiting.

2909 Bayview was last sold in Feb. 2006 for $2.150m, and for $1.440m just 3 years earlier. Obviously some remodeling has been done along the way – from a glance at the history, it looks like most of that was before 2006. This will be an interesting one to watch as they find their level.

2909 Bayview starts at $2.299m and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Hill Section

510 Poinsettia (5br/5ba, 4300 sq. ft.) is a warm, custom home with ocean views. Now in its third month on market, it has been consistently open and available each weekend, beckoning drive-bys to drop in.

The home, with an "upside-down" layout to maximize views, has lots of thoughtful and even whimsical extras that make it feel special. (For instance: reclaimed, imported brick floors in the kitchen, nice but not garish woodwork, snappy tiles here, little paint flourishes there.)

It's a delight worth treating a guest to – or maybe it would look nice with one of those giant ribbons around it.

510 Poinsettia is at $3.499m and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

763 31st (5br/5ba, 3575 sq. ft.) is a home we called "a custom masterpiece" when it hit the market last year, pointing to its "inspired, timeless European design."

Much like 510 Poinsettia, this is a warm, custom home that is a special one to treat your out-of-town guests to if they just want to check out some quality local RE.

It's a beaut, a special, solid, and unique property on one of the Tree Section's best streets.

Last year, it was $3.3m. This year, $2.890m – probably needing greater adjustment to find its market than the sellers have so far been willing to contemplate.

763 31st is at $2.890m and is open Sun. 12-4pm.

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