Sunday Opens (6/1/14)

By Dave Fratello | June 1st, 2014

Before we dive into Manhattan Beach real estate, here's a quick update from the weird and wild world of social media happenings.

A curious, anonymous character going by the Twitter handle @HiddenCash sparked an instant, epic flash mob/scavenger hunt in Hermosa Beach on Saturday morning. Mr. Cash announced that he'd hidden 36 plastic "Angry Birds" toys filled with money on the sand north of the pier. Soon, hundreds upon hundreds descended from all over and began digging – and finding. 

We were nearby and caught the scene. What a happening.

Now, there other people looking for cash in more conventional ways in Manhattan Beach – people looking to sell their homes to the top bidder.

Inventory stood at 57 properties citywide on Saturday afternoon, a little bit below the 64 seen exactly one year ago at the end of May.

There were 16 new listings in the past week, but 14 sales, meaning overall, inventory didn't grow much.

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.

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583 35th (4br/4ba, 3900 sq. ft.) is a spacious, opulent 10-year-old home described as "Tuscan" in the listing, although it sports some finishes in the kitchen and master bath that could be called modern and glam rather than, say, rustic.

The formal living room at the entry has 2-story ceilings and makes a big statement. An office/bedroom just off that, up front, is private and gets good afternoon light and pleasant views of the yard. 

Three of the bedrooms are upstairs in the main house. In back, beyond a patio on this street-to-alley lot, there's a 4th bedroom suite on top of the garage – guest quarters, office, etc.

583 35th starts at $2.899M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

2317 Elm (3br/2ba, 2225 sq. ft.) is a 1950s original with additions and updates.

Enter into a very open family room, and there's a fairly modern kitchen and dining area attached. These common rooms open to a good-seize deck for outdoor dining.

Two bedrooms share one remodeled hallway bath, while the master gets its own. None of the bedrooms is too big, as might be expected.

One bedroom needs to be passed through to access laundry and the garage at the front of the house.

A downstairs family room opens to the back patio, which is shaded by the deck above, and a small grassy area.

2317 Elm starts at $1.629M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

640 26th (4br/2ba, 2600 sq. ft.) offers 2br up and 2br down in a remodel that maybe goes back some years, but is clean and polished up now.

There are good-size common spaces downstairs, with a family room flowing out to a sunny backyard. The garage is in back, taking up some of that yard space. Do as everyone seems to do these days with rear garages: Make it the bonus/playroom, and suddenly that yard will be hopping.

Upstairs, the master bath includes a big shower, while the master itself opens out to a very large deck. The secondary bedroom upstairs is on the small side, while the other 2br downstairs are of moderate size.

If it's a quirky house, there's no disputing the appeal of the location, on lower 26th with a short walk to Grand View and even town and beach.

640 26th starts at $2.099M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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1401 3rd (5br/5ba, 4650 sq. ft.) is hard to grasp from an exterior photo. It's all about the interior, which is outfitted with rich, elaborate, somewhat heavy finishes and décor that aim for the highest in custom luxury. The level of detail is astonishing.

Brightening up the picture quite a bit is the sky-blue media room in the basement as well as some of the bedrooms.

The master was one of our favorite rooms. In an unusual (but great) building design, there is a partially enclosed patio off the master, instead of one of the small, unusable balconies that are often provided. This is a truly inviting space, with double French doors opening out to it. Watching white outdoor curtains billow in the breeze only made it seem more lovely.

Downstairs, the kitchen/great room open to a covered patio that's nicely filled in with vines overhead – that helped crystalize the look and feel they're going for, of an "Italian Villa retreat."

1401 3rd starts at $3.099M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1701 Nelson (5br/5ba, 3620 sq. ft.) is new construction that checks pretty much all of the boxes of current style – Cape Cod, dark flooring, spacious great room, quality woodwork shown off throughout, white marble countertops.

It's bright and solid, with just a couple of obvious drawbacks. One is location along busy Redondo Ave. The second is that the backyard seems to be limited by having a detached garage taking up a big chunk of the lot. There's still plenty of outdoor space, and a rolling gate encloses the driveway and garage for safety.

Take this same home off Redondo and it could go pretty high. It's just about perfectly tailored to give buyers everything they seem to want.

The sellers are probably trying to "price in" the location with the start price just under $2.4M.

1701 Nelson starts at $2.395M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1127 3rd (3br/2ba, 2020 sq. ft.) is explained in the official listing description as "a beautiful beach classic located on a family friendly cul-de-sac."

It's got an unusual flow and some step-up/step-downs. The open kitchen and eating area make for a nice common room. There's plenty of space left for a large, grassy yard.

1127 3rd starts at $1.545M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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