Sunday Opens (7/5/15)

By Dave Fratello | July 5th, 2015

The holiday weekend is fairly light on real estate activity in Manhattan Beach, but there are a few new and newer listings worth your time.

Here's hoping you had a great 4th and are ready to continue with an awesome Summer.

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

This week, we're must pointing to Tree Section listings, though there are a few more sprinkles around town.

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.

Tree Section

2300 Elm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2300 Elm (4br/3ba, 2800 sqft.) is an inspired remodel of a formerly tired, creaking 1980s house.

Now redone with a nod toward a beachy modern Craftsman-y style, the home is a delight.

It's almost not worth mentioning how poor the original design was, except to appreciate what the owners have accomplished here in the renovation.

Among other issues, the entry used to be on the side of the house (why was that ever popular?), the kitchen was a small galley squished between the back living room and a small formal dining room, and that living room opened to the backyard by means of just one door.

Now the entry is welcoming up front with a proper porch, and the first-floor common areas are wide-open with a tricked-out modern kitchen, spacious family-room area and bifold doors that open that family room completely to the backyard.

That work set the tone for a head-to-toe architectural modernization that delivers on its promises. Worth a look.

2300 Elm starts at $2.499M and is open Sun. 2-4:30pm.

625 26th (4br/4ba, 3625 sqft.) is a 1980s Spanish with updates, in a prime location.

From the official description:

"Classic tree section family home that is both upscale and comfortable--and in a great location!... Gourmet kitchen with 6-burner Wolf stove and Sub Zero refrigerator * Updated bathrooms with high-end touches such as Toto bidet toilets * Gorgeous glass-tiled fireplaces in living and family rooms * French doors lead from the family room to a private backyard with fruit bearing tangerine and lemon trees, grass to play on, and a stone patio dining area * Built-ins and tons of storage * Vaulted ceiling in large master bedroom, luxurious bathroom with freestanding jetted tub, shower and designer glass tiles..."

625 26th starts at $2.850M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

660 35th Street Manhattan Beach CA660 35th (3br/2ba, 1800 sqft.) is a respectable expansion of an original little cottage on a street-to-alley lot.

You know it's a 50s cottage (well, 1947) from the living room up front and two average-sized bedrooms that were surely pretty much the rest of the original house. But now the kitchen is somewhat open to that front living/dining area and the house now continues back, past one cozy family room and to another sunny living room (with wet bar) and the fairly large master suite in back.

If the kitchen has a bit of an 80s/90s throwback feel, with oak cabinets and dark appliances, it's still fairly easy to get past while seeing the whole home in perspective. Likewise, the master bath is neither modern nor horribly dated, and, like the rest of the home, everything shows clean and move-in ready.

The curb appeal is there for sure, with tidy front lawn & flowers and white picket fence. Locationwise, it's a reasonably close walk to Grand View elementary and the park from this spot on a tree-lined street.

Today, a modest little place like this might set you back the better part of $2M.

660 35th is asking $1.969M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

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