Sunday Opens (8/9/15)

By Dave Fratello | August 9th, 2015

316 18th Street Manhattan Beach CAOn your way to the beach today (or back), see if you can adjust your route and drop by our open house on the walkstreet at 316 18th between 1-5pm Sunday.

It's a great street, with the portion east of Highland almost unknown and unsung.

Come pick up a little bit of quintessential Manhattan Beach atmosphere to add to your great Summer day.

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.

Sand Section

316 18th Street Manhattan Beach CA316 18th (3br/3ba, 1225 sqft.) is Dave's new walkstreet listing near downtown.

We're open 1-5pm Sunday and hope to see you there.

From the official description:

"Enjoy a private, quiet Manhattan Beach walkstreet in this lovely beach house. You almost can’t be closer to everything: Downtown, the beach and Live Oak Park. This little street has very little foot traffic other than friendly neighbors. In addition to its lifestyle pluses, this home has ocean views now from the front deck. By building up, you could enjoy some terrific views both to the northwest and to the south. This 1950s original home is built solidly - like they all were one day - and is bright and refreshed... Sliding doors from the living and dining rooms open to the front deck and walkstreet, inviting breezes throughout the whole home. Tucked away downstairs is a nice bonus: A wonderful wine room. This is a home with a location you’ll love, with potential that’s easy to see and feel."

There are several recent sales right smack in the same neighborhood: 316 17th St. at $3.400M in June this year, 313 17th St. (aka 312 17th Place) at $3.500M in January this year (see "Another Big East-of-Highland Number," from February 2015) and 309 18th St. at $3.250M in November last year.

Currently on the market is 333 17th, asking $3.595M.

316 18th starts at $3.500M and is open (long) on Sunday, 1-5pm.

404 20th (4br/5ba, 4000 sqft.) is a 2001-built modern that might be called experimental.

On the plus side, the entire home is very bright, and when opened up, pulls a wonderful ocean breeze throughout the upstairs and downstairs living spaces. (A retracting frosted-glass garage door on the third floor opens to a rear balcony and opens up the wind-tunnel effect there.) There's also a little courtyard, which not everyone puts into a maxed-out Sand Section home.

Where this one gets challenging is in the layout. There's no two ways about it: The choices were interesting. Three bedrooms on the first floor are each on the small side, separated from one another mainly by sliding plexiglass-and-wood walls/doors. The ceiling is open between the rooms (the walls don't go all the way up). A shared bathroom features a sink out in the bedroom.

To reach the second floor, you go up stairs right into the master bedroom, and continue through that bedroom to the stairs up to the common rooms on the top floor. There's no other route that we found.

Up top, all is very open. Living, dining, kitchen and laundry all run the length of the top floor. There are no-doubt-about-it views to the north.

The official description lists the home as a "stunning architectural" and states that is is an AIA Award-Winning Showplace Home Featured in "LA Architect" Magazine.

404 20th is asking at $4.750M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

Tree Section

621 19th Street Manhattan Beach CA621 19th (3br/3ba, 2330 sqft.) is on 19th just up from Ardmore to the west and towering over Ardmore and the greenbelt off the backyard. There are commanding views of the treetops and rooftops to the west and south.

The home sports a remodel that may date to the 1980s or 90s, which expanded a 50s original. Two bedrooms and a small living room are downstairs, while the master and very open kitchen and common areas are upstairs. The master gets a private deck over the garage. 

More from the official description:

"This warm contemporary style home elevates on the west side of the American Martyrs area and features 41’ of frontage, a gated entry for privacy, 3 view balconies, a backyard-patio-garden, skylights and hardwood floors. Three large bedrooms, two and one-half bathrooms, living and dining rooms as well as a separate den are all remodeled and exude light and positive energy."

621 19th starts at $2.425M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

2904 Laurel 2904 Laurel Avenue Manhattan Beach CA(3br/3ba, 1850 sqft.) took a big price cut just one week into the listing. It's now $100K cheaper than it was just last Sunday, now asking $1.749M.

Last week we called this a straightforward, remodeled cottage type home. Where it's different, of necessity, is in how the home was built into a steep downslope, which you see here and there around the Tree Section. This puts 2br and the laundry room downstairs, while the main common areas and master are on the entry level (also down some steps from street level). More from the official description:

"Remodeled and upgraded modern kitchen has professional quality stainless steel appliances (double ovens), granite counter tops, breakfast bar and side door opening to BBQ deck. The dining area has French doors that open out to a huge, sunny, front bricked patio/landscaped courtyard with plenty of space for alfresco dining & entertaining. Beautiful living room is comfy & cozy with fireplace. Main floor master suite with large walk-in closet and bathroom with spa tub and French doors with view of backyard and morning sun! Downstairs are 2 more bedrooms and a playroom with built-in TV area and French doors leading to the back patio and yard."

2904 Laurel is now at $1.749M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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