Sunday Opens (8/10)

By Dave Fratello | August 10th, 2008
The lifeguard competition around the pier the last few days was 100 times more serious than last weekend's 6-person volleyball tournament. You want your local beach Olympics? Right there.

Bonus: The lifeguards didn't choke the city like "Hermosa for a Day."

We certainly hope you're enjoying the long days, warm water and cold summer nights. If you're thinking of staying, or upgrading, check out some of these offerings Sunday afternoon.

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

Hill Section

724 11th has been hovering for more than 5 months now, infrequently open, now one of 14 listings in the Hills above $2.999m. But it's worth a look.

The "French-influence[d]" home boasts two undeniable assets – ocean views and easy proximity to downtown. It's not the biggest offering in this price range, with 4br/5ba and 3300 sq. ft.

The sellers shot high at first, asking $3.499m. Alas, the home's vacant, and a deal seems likely to happen – some day. It's down already to $3.199m, and buyers who dig the home's upsides may have some real leverage. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

1031 Boundary is not your CEO's Hill Section estate. It's funkytown, alarmingly near to Sepulveda, and, of course, Boundary Place is an alley. But you do get plenty of space (3br/3ba, 2950 sq. ft.), a large lot (6800 sq. ft.) and some ocean peeks for $1.499m (down $200k/-11% from start). Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

224 32nd is a big-time remodel of a 1989 home. It boasts commanding ocean views, Strand proximity and near-the-max living spaces (4br/5ba, 4250 sq. ft.).

We'll be honest and say it's a bit cold right now; would benefit from some staging and a few potted plants. The finishes leave much to be desired as well.

The building was purchased for $2.8m in Sept. 2005, flipped for $3.090m just 6 months later, before the remodel, and is now offered, nearly all-new, at $4.790m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

232 5th Place (at the corner with Highland) is for sale only about a year after it was last purchased (March 2007).

It's a pleasant, shingled beach home with 3br/3ba and almost 2050 sq. ft. on a half lot (1350 sq. ft.). The owner paid $1.750m and now requests $1.825m.

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

700 35th has been around only about a month. The sellers have lived there just 2 years. They paid $2.482m and now seek $2.649m (+167k/+7%). (They began at $2.697m and quickly re-listed with a cut.)

Mrs. MBC thought about picking 700 35th this week, for its positive attributes, but she balked at the price. (Both the '06 and '08 prices.)

She's all for a spacious (5br/4ba, 3675 sq. ft.), newer home on a corner-lot with a yard. Having walked by several times, she likes this specific home and location. But she prefers steals & deals and unique homes, and that's not 700 35th, not yet. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

2105 Walnut is peculiar; spiffy in parts, very dated in others, featuring a lot of hardscape for the outdoor spaces. For our money, a home that must tout its "potential" and the possibility of adding on, or having grass, is a home that should be sharply discounted. This one, offering 3br/2ba and 1625 sq. ft., began high at $1.299m and is now at $1.175m. You need to see it yourself to know if you see the potential, too. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

841 12th Ct. is a dated fixer with 3br/1ba, almost 1400 sq. ft., and a lot that's 5000 sq. ft. (Featured this week on MBC – see "A Quick Lot Flip.") Purchased only days ago for $950k, it's now offered at $1.1m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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