Sunday Opens (5/18/14)

By Dave Fratello | May 18th, 2014

In the week since Mother's Day, we've been thinking a lot about dads. 

This year's Summer MB 5K, proudly sponsored by MBC, will be held on Father's Day, bright and early four weeks from now on the flat, wet sand under the MB pier. Click here to register now

In MB real estate, we are still seeing a steady flow of new listings, but demand outstripped supply in the past week. We saw 11 new listings in the past 7 days, but 21 properties went into escrow. Another quit. That leaves inventory down at just 58 citywide on Sunday morning.

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.

Tree Section

2417 Oak (3br/3ba, 2535 sq. ft.) is a smartly reimagined and remodeled mid-century modern style home with bright and open common areas and a modern/cool kitchen with stainless steel counters.

The top floor is entered over a "bridge" from the front, flowing into the big living room in back with lots of glass offering treetop views. Open up the sliders, and there's nice indoor/outdoor flow to the deck. From this position high up and along Marine, the views are compelling as the hill drops down sharply to the west.

Downstairs, the master is positively enormous, taking up what seems like more than half the home's footprint, with both a huge sleeping room with fireplace and big, open closet and great bath.

Two more bedrooms are downstairs, not very big in and of themselves, and one seemed darker than the other; both are subterranean, so this is not a total surprise.

The backyard is accessible off the master or, also, down a spiral staircase from the top-level deck.

Cool digs like this can only be found at the list price of $1.649M these days because of location. Oak is its own factor, the commercial across the street is another and busy Marine right along the north side of the house is another. It's pretty clear where the compromise is here, and the benefits.

2417 Oak starts at $1.649M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

2500 Maple (4br/4ba, 2600 sq. ft.) really takes some exploring. This nicely remodeled home is the creature of a couple of stages of remodeling and additions, so the layout sprawls a bit, and you may need a guide to be sure to see it all.

You've got a modestly sized kitchen up front that's been very nicely updated and opened up to the dining area right up at the entry.

There's one living room and 2br right off this area up front, then a step-down, large family room further toward the back. Upstairs is the master suite. A fourth bed/bath combo is also upstairs – styled as guest quarters, the suite is accessible by outdoor stairs or by walking along the shared balcony off the master. The guest quarters/4th br even has a kitchenette with fridge and electric range.

You might easily miss the basement. It's not outfitted as much right now, with a raw concrete floor, but could serve as storage, workshop or maybe a lot more with a bit of work.

Across the board here, the home is nicely updated with gleaming hardwood flooring, fresh paint and updated baths.

The corner-lot location along busy Valley should translate into something of a discount, but we'll note that this one starts $200K over 2417 Oak, which has comparable square footage. 

2500 Maple starts at $1.850M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

2813 Oak (5br/4ba, 3445 sq. ft.) presents at first as an 80s house that's gotten a recent remodel, but the build date goes back to the 50s, which suggests that the newest re-do is the second major reboot on the house after additions in past years.

The layout is pretty much of today, with a spare bedroom suite on the first floor among the large and bright common rooms. The kitchen has been compellingly upgraded with a modern feel, including an island with white quartzite counters. 

Fresh paint, carpet and polished floors are all part of the package as they've gone through the whole home top to bottom to make it move-in ready. 

This one calls to mind the 80s remodels at 2812 Maple (in escrow, list: $2.195M) and 3314 Laurel (in escrow, list: $2.399M), but, given the Oak location, starts quite a bit below.

2813 Oak starts at $1.800M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

632 12th (3br/3ba, 3000 sq. ft.) is a cousin of recently sold 648 12th (4br/3ba, 3065 sq. ft.), that of the incredible (grandfathered) roof deck, which went for $2.160M.

The mid-80s build has been refreshed a great deal, although not, evidently, remodeled completely in either kitchen or baths.

We were not able to preview this one, and therefore cannot offer a further review, but here's a bit more from the listing description:

Bright, white & beach chic with ocean & Catalina views. This home sits on the top of the American Martyrs Hill, a stones throw from the beach, Metlox, downtowns trendy shops & restaurants, and award-winning schools... A beautiful open floor plan spans from entry-to-dining-to-living room enhancing all that this home has to offer. Dramatic vaulted 12' to 15' ceilings on both the upper & lower floors... The media & entertainment room open to an ample backyard, which provides both light & privacy.  

632 12th starts at $2.295M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

577 31st (3br/1ba, 1250 sq. ft.) offers a little original cottage on a bigger-than-normal 5025 sq. ft., street-to-alley lot.

The location is quite nice, west of Blanche, with both Sand Dune park and a nice open grassy area just at the bottom of the block.

We imagine that most people viewing this one will see it as a lot sale, though it is always possible someone will try to work with the existing structure.

577 31st starts at $1.699M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

524 24th (6br/5ba, 3475 sq. ft.) may be one of the most wonderful listings of the weekend, but we missed the chance to preview it.

It's a compelling Spanish with a basement to add square footage. Here's more from the listing description:

This custom built, Spanish inspired villa home is located in Manhattan Beach's Gas Light neighborhood 5 blocks to the beach. Dark stained distressed hardwood, Spanish pavers and hand painted tile flooring throughout. The great room with fireplace opens to a spacious, one of a kind, gourmet kitchen with custom, cabinetry and granite counter tops. Accordion window/doors open to the courtyard for useable outdoor entertaining space. Beamed ceilings with custom wrought iron work on the railings. Features A/C as well. The basement area includes an entertainment room, wine cellar and an additional bedroom.

524 24th starts at $3.300M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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