Sunday Opens (4/6/14)

By Dave Fratello | April 6th, 2014

Though there are only a few debuts this week, the total open-house inventory is pretty extensive.

If you're out Sunday to look, you may experience a strange and welcome new feeling from seeing more inventory.

Active listings as of Sunday morning: 47 total, citywide.

Meantime, we are counting the days till next week's launch of the Napa farmhouse-style home at 743 29th (pictured).

Mark your calendar. Next Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm we'll hold open this gorgeous, unique and very special property.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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

There are lots of options for Sunday.

Tree Section

1821 Pine (4br/5ba, 3065 sq. ft.) is a 1990 build with fairly recent updates to the kitchen, master and flooring, among other spaces.

There's a modestly sized open living room up front that's now set up as a very bright office. Also up front, according to the staging, is the formal dining area, right off the entry. Lots of windows make both rooms shine even in the afternoon, when the sun is on the other side of the house.

The kitchen is quite open and pulls you through back to the large family room.

Access to the newly outfitted backyard is off the breakfast area or on the side off the family room. It's a fun outdoor living space with built-in BBQ, attractive stone pavers, a dining area and outdoor living room with fire pit. A calming sound comes from the little waterfall into the sunken hot tub.

One good-sized bedroom is almost hidden on the first floor. Upstairs are two medium sized kids' rooms and the master.

1821 Pine starts ambitiously at $2.395M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

2812 Maple (4br/3ba, 3600 sq. ft.) is a big 1980s build that's gotten a recent refresher and looks ready to go.

There are big formal living and dining rooms up front, while in back, the kitchen opens partly to a very spacious family room with French doors out to the bricked patio in back. Recently installed and refinished wood flooring has a dark stain and low-gloss finish.

There are no spare bedrooms downstairs, but up, along with the 4 full-size bedrooms, there's a big office that could easily be used as a 5th. Note that in the 1980s, buyers weren't insisting on everyone getting their own bath, so in this home, all the secondary bedrooms (and the office) share a hallway bath.

The kitchen, attractive and with newer appliances, still uses the original cabinets and drawers. That seems to be the case across the home, with mostly cosmetic upgrades. 

This particular block of Maple is a very attractive, quiet stretch with nicely kept homes.

This home shares a floorplan with 3314 Laurel (4br/3ba, 3335 sq. ft.), now lingering a bit at 56 DOM with a much higher price at $2.599M. Laurel is the more opulent remodel, going along with the bigger number.

2812 Maple starts at $2.199M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Hill Section

606 9th (5br/5ba, 5000 sq. ft.) is a large and flowing 2000 build right near downtown, recently refreshed for sale.

We liked the outdoor space that the home is built around – an attractive pool and outdoor living room with firepit. There are trees seemingly everywhere around the property, including on the property and nearby – even the greenbelt's tall eucalyptuses– that give the home a naturalistic sense of place.

Inside, there's a grand 2-story entry with a big living room opening to a large deck for entertaining. That area is shielded from Ardmore and downtown by tall hedges. 

The main common areas are upstairs, including a very large great room off the kitchen. Everything opens to a long balcony running more or less the length of the upstairs. One room upstairs, a smallish octagonal room that seems to qualify as a bedroom, is windowed on all sides and currently mirrored, too – apparently it was a home gym. Could be a nice home office (presumably) without the mirrors; or even a nice music room for the artists in the family.

The master is opulent, in keeping with the grand aspirations of the entire home. It floor-to-ceiling shoe closet was one of Mrs. MBC's favorite features.

A downstairs basement-level home theater room is a nice plus. The low ceiling is fine for a space like this; wood and soft cloth panels give the room a true "screening room" feeling.

One recent sale in the neighborhood was at 620 8th (6br/7ba, 7250 sq. ft.) at $6.950M. That home has a bigger lot, great views and about 45% greater interior square footage.

606 9th starts at $6.495M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

Sand Section

116 Rosecrans (3br/4ba, 1820 sq. ft.) is an ocean-view TH build in 2008.

It's got a very attractive warm-modern style, with reddish wide-plank flooring they call Brazilian teak (cool), sharp-looking cabinetry and countertops in the baths and kitchen, and quite good views up top – especially toward Malibu.

Call this the benefit of a Rosecrans location – the wide street toward the north side of the home means less obstruction of ocean views.

The layout is that of a typical view TH, with 1 smallish bedroom on the lowest (garage) level, entry at the mid-level with 2br there, and common spaces on top. The kitchen is a bit smaller and more in an alley/pocket style than in some floorplans where everything is wide open the the living areas.

116 Rosecrans starts at $2.185M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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