Sunday Opens (12/22)

By Dave Fratello | December 22nd, 2013

Here's hoping you can take a load off this week. Santa's sure going to try. (Presumably after his work is done.)

Our congrats to all who came out for Saturday's MB Yuletide 5K, and thanks to those who pulled Dave aside to say "hi." We're proud of one of our little MBCs who ran the race, too.

Real estate-wise, we've got a couple more weeks like this one, with limited inventory (24 now) and few open houses. We're sharing excerpts of our past reviews of the active opens below.

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

3603 Manhattan Ave. (3br/4ba, 1900 sq. ft.) is a mid-90s Spanish style TH fairly near Rosecrans offering what are described as "Fully Executive Ocean Views."

In our prior reviews here at MBC, when they launched at too ambitious a price, we said there were "shooting for something special here, pricewise, at $2.499M." Then 3603 Manhattan made a big $200K cut and became the example used in "December Ain't March," as a home whose owners probably really mean to sell, and are trying to communicate such as the year draws to a close.

The home itself does not feel like many TH's we've been in, and that's a clear plus. We like variety. The builder brought a slightly different style to this set, some good Spanish accents and limiting the common walls of the 2 units to the backs of the kitchen cabinets upstairs. There's a little open hallway/atrium between the units. Nice touch.

The views are a major selling point, so it's necessary for a buyer to take note of the little 1-story cottage just to the west. If/when that gets built up, not all of this Executive panorama will survive.

The kitchen, upstairs with major views, also has newer appliances and counters. Among the baths, the master bath has gotten the most substantial update, though the white marble plus dark wood – while very now – does not seem very "Spanish."

3603 Manhattan Ave. is at $2.299M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

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).

They're aiming much higher now after the re-do, $1.884M, which may pencil out based on recent sales and given the square footage, but it's tough for a home on busy Blanche and limited to 3br.

We've given you our rundown on this one before, but you might want to check out Blake Roberts' take on the home in his own blog post. He lets you know what he really thinks.

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

3213 Valley (3br/3ba, 1975 sq. ft.) is a remodeled tall and skinny overlooking the greenbelt.

As is often the case with these layouts, the bedrooms are split – one on the main (middle) level along with kitchen and other common spaces, then the master and one other up top. That main-level bedroom also provides the main access back to the (snazzy) back patio with built-in bbq, limiting its value as a sleeping room and making it feel more like a family room. Fortunately, the secondary bedroom upstairs is sizable and could comfortably host two kids. (As it seems to now.)

KItchen and baths all sport fairly recent remodels with good style. Location and lot size bring the price down, comparatively, for this much updated square footage, with a start price at $1.499M.

3213 Valley is at $1.499M, two months into the listing, and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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