Sunday Opens (2/22/15)

By Dave Fratello | February 22nd, 2015

Here's hoping you've enjoyed Ski Week, that (sadly) endangered tradition of our school system here.

If you're back in time, check out some of the new options on the market.

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.

Sand Section

3300 Ocean Drive Manhattan Beach CA3300 Ocean Drive (3bd/2ba, 2,000 sq. ft.) is definitely a wow-er of a beach-close TH.

And it's one to watch, because it would really be something to see a nearly $2,200/PSF sale come to fruition. (Tip: Don't bet against it.)

You won't see any hint of the 1992 original TH here. A recent (2011) total redesign gave it very much a modern flavor, and amped up the property's considerable views with nearly floor-to-ceiling windows and accordion doors opening to the deck.

Views? Yes. The Strand homes in front of this property for almost as far as you can see in either direction are 2-story homes, giving you a complete blue panorama. (The lots slope down toward the beach, so a 3rd floor is typically available at the front, but the height in back is what you'd care about.) Without straining too much, you can see the MB pier (yes, from 33rd St.!) and even a glimpse of the Hermosa pier.

This one's as close to The Strand as you can get, priced just a bit lower than a comparable property across Ocean Drive.

3300 Ocean Drive starts at $4.350M and is open Sunday 1-4pm.

328 6th Street Manhattan Beach CA328 6th (2bd/2ba, 1,300 sq. ft.) is such a darling, charming, inspired remodel of the 1940s original, you just want to see someone cuddle up with it and keep it.

And if they put a pricetag on it like $1.8M, there'd be a line from here to El Segundo to Playa Vista to Santa Monica of buyers ready to make their pitch and grab the keys.

But no. Today, land values on the flat, South End walkstreets of Manhattan Beach have gone so totally bananas, the start price of $3.199M for this 2br cottage can actually come off sounding cheap.

And it's that very, very rare buyer who's going to plunk down $3M and be happy with 2br and a darling cottage that works nicely.

Last year, a couple of interior lots like this on the flat walkstreets traded at $2.8M.

Now, the corner lot (with ocean views) at 316 4th is in escrow at quite nearly $3.8M

So, this one falls somewhere in between. Where, exactly?

328 6th starts at $3.199M and is open Sunday 1-4pm229 Rosecrans Place Manhattan Beach CA.

229 Rosecrans Place (3bd/2ba, 2,200 sq. ft.) is a brand-new TH that stands out, first and foremost, for its extensive use of glass.

It's as if the builder was fearful that this new, 3-level TH would somehow fail to be bright enough, or modern enough, or daring enough.

So they built an all-glass, 3-level staircase.

Plus a skylight way, way above to supply light all the way down.

Plus... huge glass panels embedded in the floors, so that 3rd floor light goes all the way down to level one.

Quirk: A person on the level below another can pretty much look up the dress of a person just above. Not that anyone would, but ladies we toured with Friday expressed this rather specific concern.

229 Rosecrans Place Manhattan Beach CAThe glass staircase is just a hint of the high-end, modern ambitions of the home. The master is spacious and open with a slick master bath. There are some ocean peeks from the bedroom and its attached balcony.

A second bedroom is on that middle level with the master, while the lower level has a bedroom that feels absolutely huge if you're familiar with more typical 3-level Sand Section TH layouts.

That's because this property was built on a slightly bigger-than-normal lot, with a 35-foot width as opposed the the typical 30 feet. You feel that extra square footage downstairs, but you really feel it up top.

229 Rosecrans Place Manhattan Beach CAThe open-concept common area on the 3rd level is very bright, with disappearing glass doors that open the space completely to the sunny southern side.

Yes, the style is modern, but the softer colors of the hardwood floors and cabinetry keep the feeling warm. There are ocean views over rooftops to the south and west. It is hard to gauge how protected they might be.

The front unit of this new 2-unit complex sold recently before any formal marketing. That one, 228 38th St. (3br/4ba, 2175 sq. ft.) closed on Friday for an amazing $2.800M. Such numbers just have not been seen in El Porto, but here we go.

229 Rosecrans starts at $2.700M and is open Sunday 2-4pm.

Hill Section

1106 John Street Manhattan Beach CA1106 John (2bd/2ba, 1,680 sq. ft.) is pretty slick, city living. It does not feel like MB's past, but could it be a glimpse of MB's future?

The 2br condo was built just a few years ago as part of a mixed-use development right on MB Blvd. This one is the most favorably located of the residential units, tucked back off MBB and with windows pointing south and east, capturing treetop views and much less of MBB than you'd get from the front half.

The top floor is completely wide-open, with the living room opening to a "green roof" balcony with... really? yes, actual growing grass and plants. 

In addition to a parking spot right under the unit, there's a 2-car, subterranean garage with direct access into the home.

1106 John starts at $1.249M and is open Sunday 1-4pm.

East MB

1521 2nd Street Manhattan Beach CA1521 2nd (5bd/4ba, 3,300 sq. ft.) is a fairly impressive remodel with a very homey feel.

The first floor is very wide-open and bright, with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors opening to the backyard, with saltwater pool, built-in bbq and firepit. It makes for very inviting indoor/outdoor living.

Heading upstairs, one bedroom suite, showing as an office, is on a landing partway up, with the balance on the top floor all the way up. Two bedrooms, including the master, open via sliders to the backyard and get very good light despite the northern exposure.

The master bath has a spa-like feel, although for a newer build/remodel (2010), the choice of maple cabinetry there and in the kitchen was a bit surprising. It's attractive, but more of a choice from days past.

The listing pushes the energy efficiency and "sustainability" aesthetic that drove the remodel, including the low-water native plantings in the front yard, LED lighting and dual furnaces for better zone control. Even the pool is solar heated.


1521 2nd starts at $2.499M and is open Sunday 1-4pm.

Tree Section

3400 North Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3400 Poinsettia (2bd/2ba, 1,450 sq. ft.) is openly called a "FIXER" in all-caps in the description so that you'll know, basically, what you'll find, even if there are no photos to share. (As we visited, the property was getting a quick paint job to show clean.)

The home is almost all original, though at some point a master was added over a family room tacked on to the back of the home. The garage is in back, imposing some on the potential yard space.

As with most of these 1950s cottages, the kitchen and main living room are up front. That family room in back is an extra.

The next owners will, at a minimum, want to update the baths and kitchen. Maybe something more ambitious? 

Next door to the west, there are 2 new homes under construction on a double lot that was just split.

We found ourselves wondering what market value for this lot might be.

3400 Poinsettia starts at $1.599M and is open Sunday 1-4pm.


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