Sunday Opens (7/5)

By Dave Fratello | July 4th, 2009
Oh yes, they're holding open houses this weekend, including a few on Saturday. You never know when someone might be inspired to buy.

One of our favorite sub-genres of RE advertising is the attempted holiday tie-ins in the newspaper ads. This week, lots of fireworks images in the ads, but just one clear attempt to connect the 4th to home-buying:
Celebrate Your Independence & Pursuit of Happiness in One of These Incomparable Homes
Yes, it's our nation's birthday, so let's blow stuff up and sign a new mortgage.

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.

And if you're on vacation, unable to see opens for now: Maybe tell us where you are.

Hill Section

645 9th (6br/6ba, 7750 sq. ft.), a splendid new "green" home, was on our minds this week as the new water limitations kicked in. (See "The Browning of MB?") That's because, among the home's many environmentally friendly features, the grassy back yard is watered from underneath with "grey water" – water from laundry, dishwashing and bathing.

Once they get people into this house, generating some actual grey water, the lawn could be the best in town, as everyone else cuts back on watering. If it were economical to set up, and not merely the right idea, more of us would start installing these sorts of systems.

We're recommending a drop-by for the second time in just a few weeks. The entire home is a real achievement, worth anyone's time. Fine details, cool quirks (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.

Astute readers will recall that MBC was down on the idea that any home could be both "green" and 8000 sq. ft. – it takes a lot of energy to run an operation that big. And we're agnostic on the price, still the same as the start: $7.95m. As is typical of our "Weekend Opens," all we mean to say here is: Check it out. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

South End walkstreet, corner lot, new Cape Cod... yes, we're listening. That's a rare combination on the open market.

440 6th (6br/6ba, 4200 sq. ft.) delivers on the promise. The interior photos don't do it justice. Definitely worth your time.

If the layout of 6th seems familiar, that's because it's typical of newer Sand Section homes, especially those on walkstreets closer to the beach. The lowest level opens to a patio connecting to the walkstreet; the midlevel also opens out to the street life. MBC always applauds those details, and downgrades walkstreet homes that turn away from the walkstreet lifestyle.

This is not a spec home per se, but rather a planned custom build that the owners switched gears on midstream and decided to sell. That's evident in some extra attention to detail in a solid overall build. Starts at $4.495m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

Here's one that's not like the others so far: A smallish, affordable, spiffed-up older cottage on a busy street.

3204 Pacific (3br/2ba, 1275 sq. ft.) starts at $1.029m, making it one of the 5 least-pricey Tree Section homes.

Plenty of back yard space is a nice plus.

Open Sun. 2-5pm.

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