Sunday Opens (5/4/14)

By Dave Fratello | May 4th, 2014

It's another busy week for opens. Inventory hit 70 this week but has been trimmed back to 65 at the moment. Still, it's a Spring with choices – a nice change.

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.

East MB

419 Chabela (5br/5ba, 3900 sq. ft.) is recognizably an early-90s creation, a spacious Spanish on an out-of-the-way block east of the Highway in the "Poets' Section."

What's that? Ocean views from East MB for $2M? Yes, the listing makes that claim, and they're not kidding. Head up to the master and a picture window looking south picks up the whole of the PV peninsula and a good smattering of blue. (All views are over rooftops and commercial property to the west – Chabela is the first residential street east of Sepulveda in this area.)

The layout has an unusual angular configuration and some split-level action on the first floor. One bedroom downstairs seems really intended as an office, as it shows, with double French doors opening to a front patio – a nice space. The balance of bedrooms is to be found upstairs.

The home's saltillo tile and white carpeting are just part of what mark the home as vintage early 90s, very clean and well-presented but probably wanting updates by the next owner. The good news is that for 5br on a quiet block with a big lot (6900+ sq. ft.), this one is very attractively priced.

Question: Was "Chabela" a poet? Not sure. We'll set our research team on that one and report back some day. We do know that this is a nickname for Elizabeth (Isabela) in Spanish.

419 Chabela starts at $2.035M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

1612 5th (5br/4ba, 4400 sq. ft.) is also an early-90s Spanish in East MB, but on a more conventional 7500 sq. ft. lot with a big backyard and nice midblock location.

The layout is also different, in a good way. A courtyard on the sunny western side of the home invites indoor/outdoor living. Then a big kitchen/family room in back opens to the yard, adding to the great flow all across the first floor. A formal living room with high ceilings and lots of light is up a few stairs near the entry. (A bit out of the flow, admittedly.)

Bedrooms upstairs are mostly large – especially the master suite, as was de rigueur for homes of the era.

Though this home, like 419 Chabela, has not been drastically updated since its 1991 build, it is more elaborate in its initial design and seems to demand updates a bit less urgently. (Wood flooring in the family room in back helps.) 

1612 5th starts at $2.577M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

444 29th (5br/5ba, 4235 sq. ft.) is a newer (2006) home with a surprising "walkstreet" feel and, even more surprisingly, good ocean views.

We say "walkstreet" feel because of the way the first floor hosts a large den/family room that opens to a big front patio. This allows both nice indoor/outdoor flow and a sense of sharing and hanging out among the neighbors. Also downstairs are 2br, both on the small side.

The midfloor hosts the master up front, two more bedrooms and laundry. On this floor, as on each, there are steps half way back. The top floor is utterly wide open, with very good ocean views to the southwest and even to the north. This midblock location just happens to be higher up than most of the neighbors, and homes that might some day block views just happen not to have been built up yet.

The home is warm and modern, an engaging family home with the extra space if you need it.

This one set a record for the plateau when it sold new in 2006 for $2.989M. Nothing in the 400 blocks north of Grand View school had sold for more than $2.850M previously. The current high for the area is for 2012 new construction with ocean views at 417 34th St., which sold for $3.230M in Aug. 2012. Only one other Plateau home sold with a 3 in front, that being 440 32nd at exactly $3.000M in 2007.

444 29th St. starts now at $3.295M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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