Sunday Opens (7/6/14)

By Dave Fratello | July 6th, 2014

This holiday weekend began with fireworks, then took a turn for the strange.

Saturday's shark bite incident by the MB Pier could mean many different things over time.

Will ours become more of a locals-only beach as tourists stay away?

Or will more jerks start coming out here looking to snag their own carcharadon carcharias?

Will the city or county start to regulate, or prohibit, fishing off the pier?

A modest proposal: No chumming off the pier. Ever.

Some things are so obvious, you can't believe they need to be said.

It seems the best local coverage is on in this post.

As to local real estate, there are fewer open houses on a holiday weekend, for sure, but it's not a strikeout situation. There are some debuts and several good options. If you're leery of the water, why not pop in and see a house?

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.

Tree Section

3300 Poinsettia (5br/5ba, 3430 sq. ft.) is Dave's listing in the Tree Section. (Co-listed with our broker, Jim Orland.) In the the official description, we say:

"This inspired, spacious family home in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section offers a large, sunny yard connecting to a bright, open kitchen and family room with high ceilings. It's that "great room" layout that families love, with more outdoor space than you might expect."

What's that? Can't make the open today?

Here's the video for 3300 Poinsettia. Email subscribers and some others may need to view it by using this link to YouTube.

3300 Poinsettia is at $2.520M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

500 3rd (4br/4ba, 3000 sq. ft.) could maybe use a little exterior shave, but let's not let that fact detract from its location (ahhhhh, the South End, walkstreet-adjacent) or somewhat stylish, open interior.

The remodel is fairly fresh. Worth a look.

How else are you going to get into Robinson before classes start?

500 3rd begins at $2.699M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

East MB

1605 Meadows (4br/4ba, 3200 sq. ft.) is new construction right across the street from Meadows Elementary.

With a start price at $2.195M, this one is aiming to be the highest-priced sale ever of a home literally on Meadows, by about $200K. The highest to date was nearby 1701 Meadows (5br/5ba, 4000 sq. ft.) at $1.925M a decade ago. (The much more recent sale at 438 S. Meadows for $2.595M was for a home tucked behind gates about 100 yards from the traffic on Meadows.)

This speculative new construction features an open layout and lots of crowd-pleasing features. It hasn't been previewed yet for brokers, so we'll reserve any review until next week when we have toured.

1605 Meadows starts at $2.195M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1400 Chestnut (3br/2ba, 1550 sq. ft.) is yet another way to remodel one of the prefab late-1940s cottages east of the highway.

They've opened it up and highly customized the house inside and out.

The original builders would, if they could, stand and applaud.

1400 Chestnut starts at $1.499M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

1601 Ruhland (5br/5ba, 4100 sq. ft.) is a newer (2006) Tuscan on a corner lot.

It looks like it was a good get back in early 2009 at $1.750M, a cool $450K off the start price.

Well, that was a time when people were more afraid to buy houses than they are now to swim past the break. You see how the bold benefit.

We haven't seen this home yet, either, but from all the pics it would appear to be conventional for the era. Worth a look.

1601 Ruhland starts at $2.350M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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