Sunday Opens (7/27/14)

By Dave Fratello | July 27th, 2014

This year as we fail to see any Dodgers games on TV (Sunday night on ESPN will be a welcome exception), the thought occurs over and over: Should have watched more last year to catch Vin Scully. What if we're missing his last year now?

In a similar vein, maybe we're all too accustomed to the Hyperion Outfall Serenaders just always being there. You take it for granted that there's this great little Dixieland band that will pop up from time to time at a party on the Strand, or at the December fireworks, or the start line of the MB 10K, or, like this afternoon, at Polliwog Park to kick off one of the Summer concerts in the park. 

Take a shot at seeing the band today, starting at 3:45PM at Polliwog. They've been a treasured part of MB for 40 years. And while we hope there will be another 40, you don't want to say you missed their last season, do you? (Here's a nice profile from a few years back in the Easy Reader, in case you're for some reason unaware of the band.)

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.

Sand Section

128 14th (4br/5ba, 4000 sq. ft.) is a new modern near downtown with good views and a completely different kind of first floor.

That's the "Radical Garage" we wrote about just the other day.

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Don't miss the second and third floors, though. We like the high style of the master and the fact that all the extra bedrooms are sizable – no forgettable mini spaces masquerading as bedrooms, which you sometimes find in beach houses.

The top floor shows off its permanent views today, with a fully built house to the west, good glimpses of ocean down 14th, and even a pier view from the back balcony.

Worth noting: There are high ceilings on the second floor, lower ceilings on the top floor, particularly in the middle and back, where a "step up" is built in to grant you the best possible views over the neighbor.

128 14th is asking $6.399M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

563 33rd (4br/2ba, 1650 sq. ft.) has an unusual layout and no true master, but is very nicely refreshed from when we last saw it in late 2010. (See our review from then here.)

Up front is a small combined living/dining room and an alley kitchen, partly opened up. The kitchen is all-new, as are the flooring, paint and windows.

Down the hallway you'll find 2br and a smallish second living room or office space opening to the backyard.

Upstairs there are 2 more bedrooms sharing a hallway bath.

One of the attractions here has to be the enormous (for the Trees) backyard. That's thanks to the 5400 sq. ft. lot. The lot is street-to-alley, but the garage is not tucked all the way to the back. We had halfheartedly suggested in 2010 that maybe the next owner would up and move the garage to the back to enhance the outdoor space. Alas, that's a ton of work, and it wasn't done (yet).

Have we mentioned before that it was good to buy in 2010? This one, in very tired condition, sold for $1.050M at the end of 2010.

Now, 563 33rd is asking $1.850M. It's open Sun. 2-4pm.

East MB

1515 Ruhland (5br/5ba, 4765 sq. ft.) is a very large custom home from the early 90s.

What surprised us most about the layout was the lower level. We had not quite appreciated that the home is built on a downslope. So what might be called a basement is a bona fide third level opening to the backyard. There are 2br and two other sizable rooms – showing as a family room and large office.

Meantime, the kitchen/great room in back on the main level have only a small balcony to open out onto, no direct access to the yard.

The home is bright and open from the first steps in, with a large living room up front and the open great room in back. Toward the garage, there's also a space that's been carved out for a home gym and a large laundry room.

The top floor has 3br including the spacious master with a "floating" fireplace between the bed and a seating area. The bath is clean but pretty much original.

Even with its quirks, it's easy to see that this is a lot of house for the money today in East Manhattan.

1515 Ruhland starts at $2.125M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1642 Nelson (3br/3ba, 2350 sq. ft.) is definitely unusual, a custom remodel that they're touting as Craftsman-inspired. It could probably use another round of updates.

From the listing description:

"Great natural light, beautiful hardwood flooring, window shutters, French doors & recessed lighting. Living Room, Formal Dining, large Family Room with wetbar and fireplace. Kitchen with center island and breakfast area. Spacious Master Suite with vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet, spa tub and balcony. Separate laundry/utility room. Great easy flowing floorplan. Lush landscaping with gorgeous mature tree and rolling lawns."

1642 Nelson starts at $1.595M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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