Sunday Opens (9/30)

By Dave Fratello | September 30th, 2012
Another 80+ weekend day here as October nears, and you're starting to think: Santa had better come to MB in a swimsuit.

It's a funny time for listings. Who chooses to launch in (basically) October? But we've got an intriguing new crop. That includes 2 in prime Tree Section locations.

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

If you're thinking about getting into the market as a buyer or seller, please consider asking MB Confidential author Dave Fratello for help. For more, see MBC's Need an Agent?" page.

Tree Section

2400 Palm (4br/5ba, 3100 sq. ft.) is a classy and surprisingly warm architectural modern.

It's nowhere near the typical house or layout, so don't go in thinking you can predict any aspect of it based on other typical MB homes. It's just different, refreshing.

The first floor of this newer (2004) build sports a big and open great room with terrific high-end kitchen at its center, and a very nice feature – floor-to-ceiling glass sliding door that opens up the dining area to a backyard deck. It's great indoor/outdoor flow. (Though the yard itself, not so big and kind of shady, is down a level more.)

The main floor has a guest bedroom; go downstairs and you find a well-proportioned family/media room with great built-ins. Top floor has 3br, with nice treetop views to the east from the master. Both kids' rooms upstairs have their own baths.

A lot of folks won't go for modern styling, or certainly aren't looking for it, but this one has the capacity to surprise you pleasantly, even if it's not normally your cup of tea.

The location on Palm – one of the great, low-traffic streets near Pacific school – is quite good. Marine doesn't quite impinge, and this is one of those nice blocks with kids out playing in the street.

2400 Palm starts at $1.975m and is open Sun. 1-4pm. 

2301 John (4br/3ba, 2600 sq. ft.) is a 1960s modern that has gotten updates along the way, but could really use another go-round in terms of updates. The corner lot location on one of the Trees' great streets (just a stone's throw from 2400 Palm) is a big draw.

It's a very livable space, with a bedroom wing to one side off the entry and all the living spaces to the other side. Though ceilings are somewhat low (perhaps 8'), the space feels fairly open and bright. For yard space, there's a stone-paved patio area on the sunny western edge of the lot, and also a walled-in deck off two kids' rooms that could be a good, private play area as well.

Here the lot is unusually large – about 5900 sq. ft. – though the current structure spreads out across it, not maximizing yard space. Instead, the design pushes an open feeling and adequate space in more or less single-level living. 

Expect lots of interest on this one. Disclosure: Dave has toured the property with clients.

2301 John starts at $1.519m, and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

Could it be fun to live at 229 9th St.? Why, yes.

And it's a million less than a neighbor, 217 9th that's also on the market (and open Sunday). So, this one's more "affordable," if you will, at $1.539m.

This is a smallish 1970s house (2br/2ba, 1500 sq. ft.) that really could use a refresher, but probably won't be scraped any time soon. (Never say never.)

Layout is a bit surprising, with one bedroom among the living spaces downstairs, another upstairs with a large, secondary living room and access to the ocean-view deck.

Ocean view, steps to downtown, a little piece of fun/funky 1970s MB... for some, that's a good combination.

229 9th starts at $1.539m and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

East MB

1205 20th (3br/3ba, 2100 sq. ft.) is a curious but pretty nice remodel in an underrated pocket of East MB, a quiet street with decent walkability. And while the roughly 5500 sq. ft. lot delivers only a moderately sized yard, it's more than you'd get in the Trees in most cases.

Common spaces downstairs are pinched, with a smallish living room and a very narrow pocket of a family room off the kitchen, opening to the yard. It's too small to call a "great room," even if the concept is there. The kitchen is fully modern – that's the most recent work done here. 

Maybe the main liability is the layout. There's one bedroom downstairs and 2 up, including a more-than-adequate master suite. In that way, it lives like a 2br with an extra room. A quite large laundry room is upstairs.

A bonus: The unusual width of the front part of the lot (it's a wedge shape narrowing toward the back) permits a very deep garage.

They seem have priced this one to help people get over the issues and recognize a nice, livable house in a good location.

1205 20th starts at $1.249m, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

8 Malaga (3br/3ba, 2050 sq. ft.) in Manhattan Village is a standalone SFR near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. The kitchen and master bath have joined the 21st century with nice upgrades done a few years back.

Layout puts the master on the ground floor, opening to a private patio. Two other br are upstairs.

This listing is into its 5th month now, but we just happened by Friday.

Last sold in 2005 in similar condition, 8 Malaga traded for $1.295m.

It's offered now at a discount to that, at $1.199m. It is open Sun. 2-4:30pm.

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