Sunday Opens (9/1/19)

By Dave Fratello | September 1st, 2019

While everyone is mostly out Labor Day-ing, we mostly don't have new listings on the market, but here's a roundup of some of the "greatest hits" on the market and open this weekend.

Reviews are recycled from previous posts. Enjoy!

Sand Section

216 Marine Manhattan Beach CA216 Marine / 217 21st Place (3br/4ba, 1950 sqft. & 3br/4ba, 1960 sqft.) are two adjoining new construction townhomes with considerable views. (And a shared wall between.)

216 Marine Manhattan Beach CAIn style, they're familiar, with the beachy-modern "coastal plantation" look. In detail, they're a cut above, with particularly nice choices of materials for counters, lighting and cabinetry. High style with staying power.

The floorplans for each unit mirror each other, with little to no variation. So if you see one, you've seen the other, just with different vantage points for the views.

Picking a favorite is actually a bit of a challenge.

216 Marine Manhattan Beach CAThe rear (alley) unit on 21st Place is $150K less pricey, but has the more coveted south-facing ocean views, including the pier. The front unit's position on Marine offers perhaps bigger views, as Marine is a wide street, putting homes across the way a bit further away. As we visited, we saw Santa Monica and Malibu, pretty interesting views from MB.

Ocean views, in general, are huge, because the two buildings in front are not at maximum height. The well-cared-for building directly in front has a brand-new roof and seems not to be going anywhere any time soon. That would be nice. The 180-degree view of blue is a nice asset for each of these new townhomes.

216 Marine Manhattan Beach CAMore from the official description:

"Stunning New Construction Coastal Plantation Townhome ... showcasing stunning 180-degree ocean views from Malibu to Catalina and Palos Verdes from the entire top floor and Master bedroom... 3 bedrooms each with their own ensuite bathroom and a top floor powder room. A romantic master suite features a luxurious bathroom & walk-in closet. Stylish kitchen with Bianco Lasa Covelano marble countertop and Stainless Steel Thermador appliances. Filled with natural light via skylights and bi-folding door systems. Control 4 system with wiring for lights, audio/visual systems, security, Central Air Conditioning, electronic shades (top floor) and 3 stop Dumbwaiter. High-end finishes and attention to detail throughout. Just one block to the beach surf and sand, walking distance to downtown Manhattan Beach famous restaurants and shops."

216 Marine / 217 21st Place are at $4.100M / $3.950M and are open Sun. 1-4pm.


460 29th460 29th Street Manhattan Beach CA (4br/6ba, 3850 sqft.) is a super custom 3-story new construction home on the plateau.

When you see hundreds of houses per year, you come to see that there are only so many ways to lay out a home, especially on a narrow beach lot. And yet... this one's truly different.

We liked the first-floor den and second-floor living room, but there is a split-level feeling starting in the middle of the home, breaking things up and defining the spaces. The kitchen/great room in back opens to a covered balcony/outdoor room.

There are no views to be had from this location, so the design mostly uses windows for light and focuses attention on the internal spaces. Finishes are just a little different, a signature of this builder, as first advertised by the faux red brick on the exterior. That's a look you don't see much now.

460 29th Street Manhattan Beach CADefinitely worth a visit to see that it can, in fact, all be done differently.

From the official description:

460 29th Street Manhattan Beach CA"Just completed NEW ‘Rustic Beach Contemporary' home... Every square foot of this home was meticulously considered in design and perfectly executed. In the 3,853 sq ft of ultra high end living space, you will find four bedrooms and six bathrooms (two half). The home is highlighted by four distinct and functional living spaces including a unique and very cool 'wet room' with a sunny outdoor patio. The master suite is one you would find in a world class resort with dual walk in closets, sunny west facing deck, and a master bath you won't want to leave. The floorpan brings with it the rare combination of privacy and open flow. The positioning of the windows and doors brings an incredible amount of natural light that is unprecedented in a home like this. The kitchen leaves nothing to be desired. The dining room is equipped with a wet bar, open access to an incredible deck, built-ins, pantry, top of the line appliances, cabinets, and more. Situated on a great street-to-alley lot, the rear of the home opens to a quiet cul-de-sac type alley that is perfect for traffic free activities."

460 29th is at $4.200M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

424 1st Street Manhattan Beach CA424 1st (5br/5ba, 4400 sqft.) is new construction in the South End overlooking Robinson Elementary. From the official description:

424 1st Street Manhattan Beach CA"Stunning brand new custom Napa Coastal situated on an oversized 30x100 lot and just a short stroll to the beach, parks, and downtown Manhattan Beach... [T]his home is perched in one of Manhattan's hottest neighborhoods south of the pier where you will find some of most beautiful estates in all of 90266. No expenses spared on this outstanding three-story masterpiece featuring Thermador appliances, three stop elevator, oak hardwood floors throughout, designer fixtures and tile. The sun-drenched great room on the 3rd level features 11-foot ceilings, built in state of the art audio system, and two large outdoor patio spaces. On the 2nd floor entry level you’ll find an exquisite master suite, spacious laundry room, and two en suite bedrooms on the south end of the house. On the 1st floor of the residence you'll find a large 3 car garage, media room, 2 additional bedrooms as well as a bathroom and access to backyard area."

424 1st is now at $4.799M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

Tree Section

653 27th653 27th Street Manhattan Beach CA (5br/6ba, 4670 sqft.) is a marvel, taking all the expectations you may have for a new 3-level home in MB to a new place.

It's the designer elements, for sure, that pop and make you see there's something special afoot.

653 27th Street Manhattan Beach CAA large "floating staircase" opens wide to the basement level below, blending upstairs and downstairs common areas in an unexpectedly effective manner.

The backyard, faced with a challenge of being positioned up against a zero-lot-line structure behind the home (a game room or pool cabana related to the double-lot home behind), features a tall, brick wall painted soft white, giving the yard unexpected definition and texture, almost a feeling of being in the city.

653 27th Street Manhattan Beach CADefinitely check this one out. More from the official description:

"This brand new home features an on-trend modern coastal farmhouse design... White-washed brick accent walls, blonde wide-plank wood flooring, gleaming nickel hardware finishes, stately coffered ceilings, reclaimed wood, and touches of black wrought iron are design details that deliver livable luxury. The entry welcomes visitors to enjoy open concept living and entertaining areas, with a gathering area that flows directly to the open dining area and then steps up to the formal living room. A wood-encased floating stairway serves as a central focal point while separating the more formal spaces from the casual entertaining areas. The modern chef’s kitchen seamlessly connects to the family room and opens by way of double sets of panoramic doors to the very large and private yard beyond. The kitchen is stocked with a premium Miele appliances including a built-in espresso maker. The lower level finds a light-filled, finished basement with a large wet-bar, game room and lounge area, family media room, private guest suite, and mudroom. The private master suite is located on the upper level, along with 3 addt'l bedrooms + laundry room. The property enjoys an abundantly sized backyard. A high wall of white-washed brick provides very rare feeling of privacy."

653 27th begins at $5.350M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.


1411 Pacific1411 Pacific Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (4br/3ba, 1995 sqft.) is a 1960s beachy cottage with additions and complete modernizations to the kitchen and baths.

After a Summer without a sale, they've cut $100K to $2.199M.

More from the official description:

1411 Pacific Avenue Manhattan Beach CA"This fully renovated sunny beach house is centrally located and walking distance from downtown Manhattan Beach. This home has beautiful high end finishes coupled with new technology that make living by the beach comfortable and enjoyable for many years to come. The spacious living room with beautifully restored wood floors has French doors with beveled glass that open up to a large deck for entertaining. The kitchen is open to the dining room and features Kitchen Aid stainless appliances including a professional grade stove and hood, Microwave drawer, farmhouse sink and quartz counter tops. The beautifully remodeled bathrooms feature quartz counter tops, custom mosaic tile, Pottery barn mirrors and lights, Restoration Hardware faucets and Velux skylights. The office/bedroom has two sets of French doors giving this home an open and airy feeling. The renovation also included new dual pane Milgard Tuscany windows, designer lighting, wood floors, window coverings, new paint, vinyl fencing, door hardware and closet doors."

1411 Pacific begins at $2.199M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

742 27th Street Manhattan Beach CA742 27th (4br/4ba, 3550 sqft.) is a late-80s Cape Cod on a prime street that benefits from a gorgeous, custom remodel.

Unlike some homes of the era, which lack an en suite bedroom upstairs, this one does feature one (in front), while two bedrooms share a hallway bath.

The master suite features high ceilings and a separate room for use as an office, workout room or similar.

742 27th Street Manhattan Beach CAMore from the official description:

"Gorgeous Cape Cod on one of the best Tree Section streets in Manhattan Beach. This pre-ZORP home has 3,500 sq ft of living space, all of which has been recently redesigned and refreshed. The home boasts 4 substantial bedrooms and 3.5 baths with an office/yoga room that could easily be converted into a 5th bedroom if desired. The large master suite includes an exceptionally high ceiling, an enticing sun deck, and a very generous closet. Skylights throughout the upstairs pull in copious amounts of sunlight. The larger than typical lot size- 5,148 sq ft- allows for an ample south-facing backyard, with room enough for a pool. The kitchen features a Viking range, Sub Zero refrigerator, comfortable breakfast nook, gorgeous Calacatta Oro topped island, a sizeable pantry, and bespoke light fixtures. The formal dining room is flanked by a generous family room and spacious living room. Exquisite newly-refinished oak floors are found throughout the home. 3 fireplaces- two on the first floor and one in the master- provide warmth to the home. Walk to the beach, downtown, and award-winning Grand View Elementary. A beautiful home on a picturesque street!"

742 27th is at $3.099M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Hill Section

861 8th861 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA (5br/7ba, 5650 sqft.) is new construction in the Hill Section, on the "city side" of the hill.

That means impressive views to the northeast, with downtown LA and the snow-capped mountains (as of today) in the distance.

861 8th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe warm/modern home is spacious with basement and decks. More from the official description:

861 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA"[S]tunning, meticulously-crafted warm, modern transitional home that features panoramic mountain, downtown LA, city and jetliner views... Enjoy the outdoors with an ample backyard and nearly 1,000sf of exterior living area accessed via floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood sliding doors. Also included is a large covered deck with skylights, ceiling mounted outdoor heaters, outdoor fireplace & a beautiful summer kitchen which spans the wind-shielded Eastern side of the home’s top floor, offering the lucky owner an unmatched year-long exterior dining & entertaining experience. The entry level offers 4 full bedroom suites, including a spa-like master bathroom with a separate parlor & direct access to a covered, private patio with a romantic fireplace opening to the backyard... The full basement has a large recreational area, a wall of built-ins with a microwave, sink, under-counter beverage fridge, plus a designated TV area, a walk-in wine cellar, a 5th bedroom or gym, a 3/4 bathroom, 2 huge storage rooms & a spacious theatre with a large, custom, automated screen."

861 8th is now at $5.899M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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