Sunday Opens (5/30)

By Dave Fratello | May 30th, 2010
Enjoy your weekend and your Monday off, with no need to schedule your holiday around a Lakers-Suns Game 7. (First match against the old green men from Boston is Thursday.)

This week, all of the Tree Section properties that make our list are on busy streets, a quirk of what's new or interesting this weekend.

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

If you do get out & around this weekend, please report back here on what you've seen, what you liked, didn't like, etc.

Hill Section

872 9th (5br/5ba, 4050 sq. ft.) jilted us once before, failing to open up after published promises, but this weekend should be different.

This 1999-vintage Cape Cod boasts big bedrooms and a warm, modern kitchen/great room that's up to par with new construction.

More the details on the property from the listing's website here.

Last purchased in April 2004 for $2.225m, it starts now at $2.699m.

872 9th is open Sun. 1-4pm.

219 N. Dianthus (4br/4ba, 3300 sq. ft.) offers spectacular views from the crest of the Hill on Dianthus. Sunday should be an outstanding day to show off those views – clear and warm.

The home itself is quirky and some of the remodel work is less than high-end, as we noted in greater detail in our first "Weekend Opens" reference to the property last week. Still, it's a lot of Hill Section house, despite the skinny lot, for $2.089m, and it's got one big asset that isn't going anywhere – location.

219 N. Dianthus is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

2708 Pacific (5br/4ba, 3400 sq. ft.) sets an interesting context for the weekend in the Trees.

It's a big 90s home priced aggressively at $1.399m, perhaps intending to draw several offers. (See "Get 'Er Done.")

For the moment, if a house like that defines the 1.4-ish price point, what do you say about others that appear remotely comparable?

2708 Pacific is open Sun. 1-4pm.

2817 N. Valley (4br/4ba, 3600 sq. ft.) is new to the market this week. It's an 11-year-old Cape Cod (per the listing) that's slightly larger than 2708 Pacific, several years newer and on, perhaps, a busier street.  (That's 2 pro's and one con, if you're counting.)

The price starts considerably above Pacific at $1.799m, an extremely healthy markup (+$909k/+102%) over the 2000 acquisition price of $890k.

2817 N. Valley is open Sun. 1-4pm.

3516 Blanche (3br/3ba, 3000 sq. ft.) is a 50s cottage with various additions and remodels, giving you somewhat modern size.

In a competition among busy streets, Blanche probably fares the best among the 3 Tree Section listings we're mentioning here this weekend.

Blanche began 2 months ago at $1.525m, but has gradually cut down to $1.375m, still representing nowhere near the value, on its face, at 2708 Pacific, but we'll see how this one compares later.

The new price is also the same as the Blanche owners paid in June 2005.

3516 Blanche is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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