Sunday Opens (9/27)

By Dave Fratello | September 27th, 2009
Do you know they're frying all over the L.A. basin?

Did you see anything but fog for most of Saturday?

This, folks, is a selling point.

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

We ask MBC readers who visit the featured homes, or any open house, to also report back in the comments here. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like.

Hill Section

713 Anderson (3br/3ba, 2550) is a newer (2004) custom-built home with on one of the street's trademark half-wide lots (3250 sq. ft.).

They've done a lot of good on this skinny (25') lot, with a nice great room as the hub plus a bright 2-story living room. You rarely get a full, separate laundry room in a home of this size, but you do at Anderson.

From the look of things, the sellers have moved along already and the home is staged.

Starts at $1.785m.

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

407 Larsson (6br/5ba, 5000 sq. ft.) recently passed a full year on market (as of 9/18; don't believe the listing's 150ish-day count) and chopped to $2.599m, down from Nov. 2005 acquisition price of $2.980m. (As noted in "Pushing Into '04?")

Plenty of space, plenty of yard, plenty to recommend it – and plenty of competition at the price point or below.

We haven't seen this one open publicly recently, but it is open Sun. 1-4pm.

822 John (5br/4ba, 3725 sq. ft.) has the best location of the 3 Hillies we're mentioning this weekend. That corner lot on John, exciting though it sounds, isn't going to deliver primo ocean views, however, not in the current unit. A little city view, though.

There are some updates on the late-80s build, a curiously bricky house that's not really what you find around here these days.

Over a few months, the price is now down nearly $400k to $1.998m.

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

We rave for 332 20th (5br/5ba, 4300 sq. ft.) whenever given the chance. And here's another one, as it's back on market.

The once-new home has been a rental for a while as the spec build just could not sell at the price originally set: $4.795m in Feb. 2008, or a bit lower as time went on. It's back at $3.895m.

Stretching back into memory, here's what what we loved – a unique and warm, Spanish-inspired build, gargantuan ocean views from one of the highest points in the midtown Sand Section, nurtured by clever window placement throughout the top floor.

The location has a family-friendly bonus of Live Oak Park just down some steps at the top of the walkstreet, and the beach just 3 blocks downhill.

At the bottom of the same block, quite near Highland, 305 20th (5br/6ba, 4100 sq. ft.) just closed for $3.265m. (See "Sand Moderns Move.")

332 20th is open Sun. 1-4pm.

325 2nd (3br/4ba, 1875 sq. ft.) is a TH that got a (rare) mention at MBC the other day because it's a 2004 acquisition priced below what the owners paid. (See "Pushing Into '04?")

Priced at $1.379m, acquired in July 2004 for $1.430m.

Open Sun. 2-5pm.

Tree Section

2508 Walnut (3br/2ba, 1725 sq. ft.) is a 1950s cottage with, er, not so many updates.

It seems that comparable cottages are trading near $800k-$950k, but here we're starting at $1.099m.

Did we mention that the property was 3 doors in from Marine? Well, that is a super block.

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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