Sunday Opens (8/3/14)

By Dave Fratello | August 3rd, 2014

Sunday morning was the first of the annual Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier swims to take place after a great white bit a swimmer near the pier in MB.

To judge by the crowd, no one was deterred, although shark sightings during the race seem to have given quite a few participants something more to talk about after the fact.

Hey, it's MB, there have always been sharks here. We just came along and started swimming through their territory. Mostly that's uneventful, and it seems to have wound up that way today. Whew!

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

763 29th (5br/5ba, 3900 sq. ft.) is a 10-year-old Cape Cod in a good location on upper 29th St.

The first floor is pretty open, with nice cherry wood flooring and several bright spaces. The family room in back opens to a side patio that's like a small, covered outdoor room with a fireplace. It's a slight break from what you're used to seeing in a typical great-room layout. We did find the balance of the wraparound backyard to be pretty small, though.

We liked the boxed/coffered ceilings in the family room and all the doors and windows promising nice breezes. The kitchen island is also on the small side, really enough just for the oven/stove and a small breakfast bar.

The master and bedrooms upstairs are fairly spacious, clean, clear and show perfectly.

The bonus: A basement with a media room, small secondary room showing as a home gym and a guest room. Basement spaces like this are all the rage in new construction now, but were more daring and custom when this home was originally built. We found these spaces pretty bright as well.

763 29th is asking $2.749M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

3113 Walnut (3br/3ba, 1900 sq. ft.) is a visually striking 80s remodel with a bit of an awkward layout.

What they were shooting for, they got: Tons of light in a home that seems to be almost all glass in parts. Something very different.

The master's upstairs, accessed off a catwalk-type hallway that looks down over the living room well below. Downstairs, 2 more bedrooms each open to the backyard via sliding doors, sharing a hallway bath. Out back, you have a covered patio and a structure that seems to be an original, large garage (about 20 x 20) that can be used for a game room, gym or art studio – whatever suits you. (We don't believe that space is counted in the 1900 sq. ft. of living space.)

Back inside, the kitchen is the brightest room in the house. It's up at the front, with a towering glass ceiling and all-white cabinets, walls and appliances.

It goes without saying that a super custom house like this is not necessarily what everyone is looking for, but people can make it work. We did come away with one main concern around common space: Though there are 7 photos of the living room in the listing, it's still just one living room.

3113 Walnut starts at $1.749M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

2602 Pacific (3br/3ba, 1310 sq. ft.) is a small, mostly original cottage, with some very basic sprucing-up in the baths and kitchen areas.

There's one main common room up front (as is the case with almost all of these vintage cottages), plus a sizable, added family room in back. Yes, it's a little awkward to enter that through a bedroom, but the space is usable and, in turn, opens to the back patio.

The last purchase here was a terrific get before the market fully turned around, and when land prices were still somewhat depressed. Would you believe $860K back in Sept. 2011? Hey, it wasn't that long ago.

The home's been improved a bit since then, while the market has simply caught fire.

2602 Pacific starts at $1.490M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

747 33rd (5br/5ba, 3800 sq. ft.) is a "Santa Barbara" Spanish that was asking $2.875M.

They posted a deal before their first open house Saturday and seemed not to open up at all, then pulled the MLS listing for a public open Sunday, so we're thinking it's a done deal, no show. But drive by if you're interested.

747 33rd started at $2.875M and had been listed as open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

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 last week.

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 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.

If you're into ocean-view moderns but for some reason 128 14th isn't working for you, give Dave a call or an email. We may have something coming that would be interesting...

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