Sunday Opens (6/9)

By Dave Fratello | June 9th, 2013

Inventory this week is up just a tick to 66 as we write on Sunday, and there was a nice rush of new options emerging all week.

There's another chance to see 468 34th this week, so please come by Sunday and check it out.

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

Tree Section

2712 Ardmore (2br/2ba, 1700 sq. ft.) doesn't look like much from the road, but the sunny common spaces and huge yard in back make it unique and easy to love.

It's a very large lot for the Trees at 7500 sq. ft. – 75 feet wide and 100 feet deep. Very different dimensions for this area, too.

The signature of this home is the wide open common spaces in back, all pretty much connected to one another, and with a series of windows spanning the south and western parts of the building. You feel connected to the vast backyard at all times. (That's all the more reason why we'd take that yard space and do lots more with it than the brick-paved spaces with dated landscaping seems to offer now.)

Those two – yes, just two – bedrooms are sizable, which is nice for a home that really can't seem to get a third bedroom without major work. We liked the size of the kitchen, though it probably could be nicer with a tad of work to remove the 90s feel. 

The home's livable as is, a bit quirky, but really seems to have some upside with some landscaping and modest work. There'd be a greater market for it with additional bedrooms.

2712 Ardmore starts at $1.459M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

We were pleasantly surprised by 664 33rd (5br/5ba, 3550 sq. ft.), and its "Coastal Plantation" style inside and out.

Living spaces on the first floor are all cozy and very well decorated, helping the home to shine. The kitchen/great room in back opens to a sunny yard area, which is partly taken up by the garage and partly covered in faux grass currently.

A bonus: A modestly sized basement media room.

The 4770 sq. ft. lot is street-to-alley and narrower, by a tad, than normal at 38 feet wide. We're not sure whether we felt that difference in the dimensions inside.

664 33rd was purchased new in July 2008 for $2.605M.

664 33rd starts now at $2.699M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

228 18th (4br/4ba, 3200 sq. ft.) has certainly got location and style going for it. To be in a prime ocean-view spot near the top of one of the great Teen Streets is nice. To have a fully modern, beachy remodel inside, to boot, is a great bonus.

Ocean views run the full span of the top floor, including a nice view of the pier. They're available now while the building just west is not maxed out; there's some hope that it will remain that way, as we hear it, but you never know.

This is a 1981 original that has been modified and improved so much, you'd almost never know its vintage. But some layout quirks seem to point to the fact that this was once something very different.

The first floor has a den and spare bedroom. On the midfloor there's the master and three more rooms – one a study (no closet), a smallish bedroom with pocket doors and a large bedroom in back. A couple of those rooms used to be patios/decks that got claimed into the home. All those rooms share a hallway bath.

Upstairs, the wide-open living areas connect nicely to multiple decks and get terrific views. The kitchen's been given the full 21st-century beach-modern treatment and is a showpiece.

228 18th starts at $3.500M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

301 2nd (3br/4ba, 2100 sq. ft.) is an early-90s TH with ocean views that's been partly modernized inside.

It's easy to love the South End location, and Highland down this far south tends to be a bit quieter. (Only Manhattan Ave. goes through to Hermosa, so drivers tend to move down there.)

Layout here gives you a fairly spacious 3rd bedroom on the first level, which shows now as a separate living room with slate tile flooring and attached (unimproved) bath.

There are 2br on the midlevel. The master is spacious and has been redone recently with new wood flooring. You get some ocean views there.

Upstairs are the main living spaces. The kitchen boasts mostly newer, high-end appliances, but the cabinets and counters could use an update. There's a dining space in back opening to two balconies, and up front, there's an ocean-view living room. The views are quite nice, but the room is dominated by the fireplace, mantle and glass block surrounding it... we'd love to see this space reimagined.

Besides the master, the baths are very dated.

301 2nd last sold in Oct. 2010 for $1.625M.

301 2nd starts now at $1.779M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

468 34th (4br/5ba, 3525 sq. ft.) is Dave's listing up on the plateau. Here's part of the official description, and here's hoping you'll come by during the open this Sunday:

Your family will enjoy this lovely, newer Cape Cod on a quiet street of the Sand Section plateau.

Spacious common rooms on the first floor feature hardwood flooring, including an open kitchen/family room in back.

All four bedrooms are on one level, including master suite with fireplace and separate "his and hers" walk-in closets.

Upstairs, a family/game room opens to great deck with ocean peeks where you're sure to spend a lot of time.

The photos look great full-screen at the dedicated property website:

www.468-34th.com

468 34th is at $2.725M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

East MB

If there is one segment of MB real estate that MBC consistently downplays, it's the denser housing along MBB and east of Meadows Elementary. Lots of multifamily units and apartment buildings in that area just don't hit our radar.

In keeping with that tendency, we almost ignored 1411 17th St., Unit B (4br/3ba, 2340 sq. ft.)... until we didn't, and saw something impressive.

Who would venture into a 2-on-a-lot TH expecting something nice? But you should. If you are looking for a warm, entry-level home in MB with plenty of space and – really? – a yard, this one could/should hit your radar.

A yard? Yes. We've seen dozens of Tree Section homes with less of a grassy back yard than we saw at 17th St. It's a private space, accessible from a living room downstairs (there may be a closet to make that the official 4th bedroom; we didn't see it). 

The master in this home is upstairs with the main living spaces, while the other bedrooms are down. The living spaces upstairs are very open and bright, and there would be some views of city and mountains to the north. All of the walls have been given a faux painting treatment. The kitchen is mainly original from the 2000 build, quite decent.

1411 17th starts at $1.299M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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