Sunday Opens (7/19)

By Dave Fratello | July 19th, 2009
Much of the real estate world seems to recognize that this is a holiday weekend, of sorts, in MB. It can be tough driving anywhere near town, and impossible to get around downtown – except in flip-flops. But the volleyball's good.

The open-house list below offers just one debut for the week, plus a few others worth a drop-by if you haven't seen them yet.

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

We ask MBC readers who visit these homes – or any open houses – to also report back in the comments here. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like.

Hill Section

645 9th (6br/6ba, 7750 sq. ft.) is a huge new "green" home that could top the charts among MB listings if only it had some real views.

The entire home is a real achievement, worth anyone's time. Fine details, cool bonuses (that awesome movie theater) and a step-by-step lesson in green materials (with placards scattered around the house) make the trip much more of an experience than your typical open house.

Still priced at $7.95m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

822 John is a boxy, brick house with plenty of space (5br/4ba, 3725 sq. ft.) that's hogging a semi-prime John corner-lot.

The home has some updates since its 1989 construction. We haven't seen much feedback from readers on this one yet.

After its first cut this week it's at $2.198m.
Open Sun 1-4pm.

Sand Section

228 20th (pictured) is a 10-year-old, maxed-out (5br/5ba, 4150 sq. ft.) midtown walkstreet home with the expected big ocean views.

New homes just a stone's throw from here are fetching high-$4m to $5m or more; after a big cut this week, 228 20th is at $3.2m.

The listing began late last year – this was the first significant adjustment. Open Sun. 3-5pm.

216 7th (4br/5ba, 4800 sq. ft.) may see a little extra traffic with its downtown proximity.

Whether you're coming from or going to the beach this Sunday afternoon, this voluptuous, new, Tuscan-inspired home is worth a look.

Currently priced at $6.295m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

636 30th (4br/3ba, 3550 sq. ft.) is an early-90s build that has been updated some. The home wields a desert-resort vibe, and boasts a nice mid-block location in a sleepy part of the Trees.

Priced at $500/PSF, it's got another thing going for it – for what you get, it's not far out of line coming off the blocks. But that start price of $1.775m is in a range that will get you newer and nicer homes, depending. One to watch.

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

1312 Ardmore (4br/3ba, 2450 sq. ft.) is one of the closest listings to downtown, begging for a little spillover foot traffic from the pierside events.

It's a mid-1980s build, with a recent remodel. The listing actually boasts of 7 parking spaces – wouldn't that make you popular on a weekend like this?

There's also a sunny little yard out back, a rarity so close to beach & town. Priced at $1.789m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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