Sunday Opens (2/22)

By Dave Fratello | February 22nd, 2009
If you're back early from Ski Week, there's a lot to catch up on at MBC. Plenty of new and newsworthy opens to drop in on as well.

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

We ask MBC readers who visit these homes to also report back. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like. Use the comments here to discuss the homes we've highlighted.

Hill Section

620 9th drew MBC's notice the other day for its aggressive pricing (see "Low on the Hill"). Wow, $2.199m for a large (4br/4ba, 4500 sq. ft.) Hill Section property with ocean views and a yard? A location that actually invites you to walk everywhere?

What, was the listing in pesos? No. The home needs some updating, and, more importantly, the sellers don't need to be convinced this market is tough. Expect a busy open. Note the late time: 3-5pm.

How do you feel about life on MBB? Turns out 2 of the 3 new THs at MBB/John St. are open this weekend to offer you the chance to imagine it firsthand.

Yes, they're THs, which MBC doesn't normally cover, but we've already written up this new complex, which includes a commercial element right on MBB, too. (See "A Surprising Development on MBB.")

1106 John (2br/2ba, 1600 sq. ft.) is priced at $1.299m.

1108 John (2br/2ba, 1800 sq. ft.) began at $1.450m, and is now at $1.379m.

Both are Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

2616 Highland is open earliest (Sun. 12-2:30) so we'll mention it first. This is a 3br/4ba, 2400 sq. ft. home with big, big views over Bruce's Beach (pictured) out to the Pacific.

The home's updated, and, while it's not huge for $2.199m, just try to find a beach-close view home that compares. Worth noting, also: the May 2005 acquisition price was a trickle over $2m. Open early Sun. 12-2:30.

229 24th is a brand-new home by a luxury builder whose stuff we often like. (Including the couldn't sell, had-to-rent newbie at 332 20th.) This one is west of Highland, though just one door west, and is maxed out sizewise (5br/4ba, 4230 sq. ft.). There are no pics at this writing so we're waiting to be surprised. Starts at $5.495m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

UPDATE: A reference to the lot purchase price for 229 24th has been deleted.

Tree Section

591 26th is a newer (2001) build that seems to have held up well, with sharp details and plenty of space (5br/5ba, 3650 sq. ft.). Location on 26th is nice but it is quite close to Bell and the school. This one adds something nice to the increasingly intriguing resale market, starting at $1.949m. Acquired new in 2001 for $1.390m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

2509 Palm is open again. We now hear that a buyer grabbed this failed auction house for $1.550m recently after the bank took it back for $1.5m (against $1.8m owed) in January. Last week, apparently no one dropped in and asked why they think they can get $1.799m, after the market rejected the property at $1.499m/$1.640m when it was up for auction. Your chance: Sun. 1-4pm.

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