Sunday Opens (2/27)

By Dave Fratello | February 27th, 2011
MB seems to be one of the only places where it didn't snow Saturday, but who knows – one of these days...

As Ski Week wraps up, it's time to get back to clear vistas, school schedules and regular commutes – whoops! a day early! – it's definitely time for the vistas, perhaps none better than you'll find this weekend at 304 30th (see 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!).

Hill Section

We griped mildly the other day about there being so little activity in the Hill Section.

1022 2nd (3br/3ba, 2850 sq. ft.) is something new, and it packs a surprise or two in a tall-and-kinda-skinny home at the top of the hill.

There's a classic opulence to the living spaces and (smallish) kitchen downstairs, where 2 of the bedrooms are. The dining room doubles as a potential library with lots of built-in shelves.

Upstairs is a surprisingly vast-feeling entertaining area – high ceilings and extra space open out to a bright, sunny southern exposure, with a deck featuring views of treetops, PV and peeks of ocean and Catalina. The master is also upstairs, up front, unfortunately quite a distance from the kid bedrooms downstairs in back.

1022 2nd was last purchased in Dec. 2005 for $1.799m, and starts now at the same price. Neighboring 1018 2nd, with a smaller lot (4000 vs. 4800 at 1022) sold in May last year for $1.545m, though it's slated to be scraped and the lot joined to the 3 lots that surround it.

1022 2nd is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

We took a video of the ocean-view Sand Section TH at 304 30th (3br/4ba, 2275 sq. ft.), but ran into a technical problem almost too embarrassing to mention. (OK, the video's upside-down. This does not happen to professional cameramen.)

Video or no, it's worth a drop-by to check out the 180 degree panorama (see pic above) from the home's newly legal roofdeck. The 2003 build was constructed at a time when Sand Section roofdecks were not permitted, but the home was designed then to allow for a snazzy deck right off the main living space if they were ever re-legalized  – as they have been. The builders just put in the roofdeck, and it's now a central feature.

The TH itself offers 2br downstairs, a good-sized master with ocean views on the midfloor and a big great room with oversized kitchen area on top, all drinking in those views.

304 30th starts at $2.049m and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

The description for 204 Morningside (3br/3ba, 2275 sq. ft.) begins, "Finally!" This suggests the home is the definitive answer to some quest or question, but in fact it poses lots of questions.

For instance: "Is this a 1br home, or maybe 2, 3 or 4br?" (Officially it's 3.)

Or: "Do I really want to do my laundry in my kitchen?"

No doubt, the home's got a great location, great beachy décor and a bright and unique feel to it. The small English garden in front is inspired, while a massive Aussie import, a Eucalyptus that can be seen from the Hill Section, is a minor landmark.

But as we suggested above, the only bedroom that's clearly a bedroom is the proud master on the entry floor up front, just off the living space. High, arched ceilings, bonus space and a big, timeless, classic bath are all draws. The other 2 official bedrooms are downstairs, off a living room and each with glass doors (?). A potential fourth bedroom could be created upstairs by closing some pocket doors.

Delightful, if peculiar, 204 Morningside starts at $1.895m, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

448 28th (2br/2ba, 1425 sq. ft.) is a pretty typical Sand Section half-lot home, a smallish late-50s build that's been freshened up nicely in places. Officially, by the tax records, it's just 2br, but extra space downstairs was converted to a 3rd, which vastly expands the potential audience for the home.
Also, that half-lot's bigger than some at 1550 sq. ft., allowing for a sunny patio/yard area out back that isn't so much smaller than some Tree Section yards.

448 28th starts at $1.099m and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

Near the very low end of MB offerings is 3521 Pacific (2br/1ba, 800 sq. ft.), which spent the latter half of 2010 trying to find a buyer. It's back again after a break, with a new agent and a new price, $820k, that's more realistic than the start last year at $935k.

There's a location issue, and the home's remarkably small – just one living area in the main home and a single bath that's almost impossibly crunched. But the home is spiffed up in lots of places, surprisingly charming for what it is.

Speaking of surprises, there's lots of unofficial space out back off the yard, where a playroom/office space has been built off to one side of the garage, with lots of windows. This bonus space could almost make up for the crunch in the main house.

Certainly the location, size and condition aren't for everyone, but there could be a way for some to make it work.

3521 Pacific is priced at $820k, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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