Sunday Opens (6/7)

By Dave Fratello June 7th, 2009.

Look, the Laker game doesn't start till 5, so don't say there's no time to drop in on an open or two.

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

Hill Section

Huge 612 John (6br/7ba, 7400 sq. ft.) is calling itself "new" this week (it's not, with 250+ true DOM), on account of a change of agents, but we'll roll with that and suggest you drop in on a true gem on a terrific street.

Grand home with separate guest house, big courtyard and yard (a nearly 10,000 sq. ft. lot) and ocean views – what you expect up on the hill. Splendid.

Purchased new in 2000 for $3.3m, this one began at $7.3m and is currently at $6.3m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

Sand Section

1508 Highland (3br/3ba, 1550 sq. ft.) is a tough sell given the location – not only on busy Highland, but near an intersection and a light that backs up often. That will upset your ocean breezes.

But credit the sellers with this much: They've gussied up the little place nicely since their purchase at the peak in June 2006 ($1.249m), turning a little stucco box into a bright, open home with some beach-cottage echoes and modern appointments. (Though MBC did critique the exterior stone work in a feature almost 2 years ago.)

Not everyone is getting their 2006 prices these days. Reflecting the remodel, this one is marked up to $1.399m. Open Sun. 12-3pm.

420 1st (2br/2ba, 800 sq. ft.) is 2 small buildings totaling 800 sq. ft., priced above the June 2007 price ($1.075m) to reflect some rehabbing (from wreck to livable). Is it now up by $200k over 2 years? We're doubtful. (See "Askew Down South.")

They're stingy with the pics, so a drop-by is your best chance to evaluate. Plenty of parking on weekends at the adjoining Robinson School lot. Priced at $1.275m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

Speaking of folks not getting their 2006 prices, there's a shocker at 620 30th (4br/3ba, 2975 sq. ft.). These sellers are not even trying – not close.
Feb. 2006: $1.995m

June 2009: $1.545m (-$450k/-23%)
You might call this nicely located home aggressively priced, but there's another issue – early-90s builds like this are commanding prices in the 400s/PSF, and here we start at $519/PSF. They're calling it "remodeled," so we're looking for real improvements.

Just one pic in this listing, so – once again – a drop-in is mandatory to get the scoop. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Maybe you're looking at the very low end, and you don't need much. Check out 662 Rosecrans, a very small (2br/1ba, 600 sq. ft.) home with lots of style outside and pretty nice interior as well.

It's really something to see any home priced below $700k ($695k in this case), even with these drastic space limitations. Ah, but there is still a markup over that 2005 price (pre-remodel, we're assuming) – $540k. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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