Sunday Opens (5/24/15)

By Dave Fratello | May 24th, 2015

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start to Summer, one thing Manhattan Beach locals may be wondering is: Are we in for a chilly, cloudy Summer like the one we saw 5 years ago?

We haven't really had many hot and sunny days here since roughly March, and this holiday weekend may not see temps break 70 degrees.

The Summer of 2010 saw more foggy, cool days than sunny ones, it seemed. A stubborn marine layer hung low over the South Bay on days that nature intended for rollicking around outside on the sand. You could still play at the beach – you just needed a sweatshirt.

Some called it the "Bummer Summer." Others were happy about the free air conditioning while inland areas baked.

Well, this is no climate blog. Please take the time this weekend to salute the veterans who gave all they could to give us what we all have now.

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

3102 Blanche (5br/4ba, 3400 sqft.) is a 2001-built Mediterranean at the gateway to one of the Tree Section's great streets, 31st, but also running along busy Blanche. 

The first floor is built around a modest courtyard at the center, with the kitchen/family room to the south side opening to a little patio with some grass and tree cover.

There's also a high-ceiling living room on that first level and the 5th bedroom, which currently is outfitted as an office with built-ins.

Upstairs, there is the expected pair of bedrooms sharing a jack-and-jill bath, plus one separate suite and the master suite.

To us, none of the bedrooms felt especially large, though the master is spacious enough to have a separate seating area. We noted that the listing states that the home is 3400 sqft., but it felt like less. Turns out, the listing notes the 3400 sqft. figure as "taped" (perhaps in financing or a refi), while the tax records show 3100 sqft. and the original listing in 2002 stated 3000 sqft. Buyer, please verify.

3102 Blanche starts at $2.750M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Hill Section

512 North Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CA512 Poinsettia (4br/2ba, 2500 sqft.) is, apparently, what you can get in the Hill Section for the mid-2's nowadays.

The 1970s original on a small lot (3250 sqft.) show as rental-caliber today, wanting updates just about everyplace. The listing is frank about that, urging buyers to "bring your hammer and your dreams" to make the home into something more.

There are some views featured in the listing, but that includes a teeny smidgen of blue to the south and some amount of blue due west, which we can't quite assess because the photo looks to have been cropped to over-emphasize the actual view. This one needs a look.

This property has had ongoing NOD issues on-and-off for about 5 years and is being marketed by a foreclosure-specialist firm.

512 Poinsettia starts at $2.390M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

422 Marine Avenue Manhattan Beach CA422 Marine Ave. (3br/3ba, 1375 sqft.) has something of a misleading address, as we noted last week, because it's actually in back on Marine Place.

The smallish TH back unit has nothing but garage on the lowest level, three small and mostly original-feeling (1970s) bedrooms on the middle level, and a top floor that got a bold re-do in the 80s at some point.

There are some views now toward the north over under-height, older homes, but those would be temporary.

It's got to be viewed as a fixer with walkability to beach & school being its primary pluses.

And price. You can hardly find anything west of Sepulveda for under $2M, certainly in the Sand Section.

422 Marine starts at $1.600M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

464 35th (3bd/3ba, 3,100 sq. ft.) sports an 80s build date and a lot of carpet for the downstairs bedrooms (2), living room and bathroom.

Upstairs, there are wood floors and very wide-open spaces. The master is just off the kitchen. A staircase leads up to a smallish rooftop deck with views over the refinery toward the Hollywood sign. 

Everything's very clean and quite bright, but very much of the period when it was built, more than 25 years ago. So it could stand a refresher. We'll see what someone decides to do.

464 35th is almost at 3 months on market and at $2.399M. It is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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