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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