Sunday Opens (8/31/14)

By Dave Fratello | August 31st, 2014

Happy Labor Day to you. You're running out of days to wear white, and, maybe, to set up group activities at the beach.

Have you noticed, for whatever reason, no matter the weather, that you just don't get the same crowds on the sand when the calendar flips to September?

The kids heading back to school this week brought an abrupt end to the summery feeling of Summer, and next week, as AYSO soccer begins, it's going to feel like October in a hurry.

We did take note of something right away this week – the real estate market seemed to go straight from 0 to 60 from its languorous August pace.

Just a little bit of new listing activity for the moment, but watch out, it's coming.

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.

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512 Highland (3br/3ba, 2135 sq. ft.) is a mid-90s townhome built as one of a set of 4 that all share a common courtyard entry.

There are good views from the common spaces upstairs, thanks to the 5th Place alley directly west.

There are no interior photos online yet, but we can report that we found the home to be in decent shape, while definitely of its period. As we visited, they were still midstream on some of the perfecting and cleanup they want to do to show the place at its best.

An unusual feature is what we have to call the Jack-and-Jill master bath. Yes, the 2 bedrooms on the middle level share the master bath, each with its own door into there. Efficient, but quirky.

And is that really a second bedroom on the middle level? It's got to be the third of the 3 listed, but with no closet anyplace, the smallish, L-shaped room may not technically qualify.

There's a fun backstory here: Almost exactly 7 years ago, this townhome was sold by TV's Peter Brady, known in the real world as Christopher Knight. MBC wrote that up way-back-when in this Sept. 2007 post.

The TH sold then, quickly, for $1.689M, using the now-gone-but-not-forgotten discounters Catalist Homes.

Thinking big here in the new runup, the sellers want $1.100M more (+65% over 2007).

512 Highland starts at $2.789M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

400 16th (3br/2ba, 1200 sq. ft.) seems hardly to be about the current home (duplex actually), but they're holding it open.

Worth a walk to gauge location. There area a few of these little blocks east of Highland extending only to the post office and Live Oak Park that are very private and desirable.

From the official description:

"What a location! Prime Walk Street near the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach. Walk to beach, downtown Manhattan, tennis courts,, basketball courts, and Live Oak Park. This property is a legal duplex. Front house has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Rear house features 1 bedroom and 1 bath. Very charming. Large yard. Two car garage. Plus plenty of public guest parking near the greenbelt and post office. Live in this charming home now and build your dream home later."

400 16th starts at $2.795M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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 in the Summer.

Want to get some ideas for retooling your own parking area and making it a first-class man cave? Drop in.

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 what it gets of 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.

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