Sunday Opens (9/5)

By Dave Fratello | September 5th, 2010
This Labor Day, you're supposed to be away or enjoying a final beach blowout (though the start of school may have disrupted the plans of some). So open-house debuts are few and far between.

Consider this: among the new listings your blog author saw Friday were 2 that are largely unimproved since their late 60s/early 70s construction and one recent foreclosure. We've reviewed just those below.

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.

Sand Section

An El Porto SFR under $1m? Under $900k? That's worth a peek.

212 Seaview (2br/2ba, 1040 sq. ft.) is a clean, but standard-issue home built in the mid-70s, boasting ocean views – albeit through the tangle of wires down the alley street. There are really no updates to speak of, and the current paint and carpet (complete with a forgotten-iron spot in the master) all suggest it's currently a rental unit.

The downstairs bedroom has its own kitchenette and can be sealed off from the top-floor unit, with entry through a sliding-glass door, creating a little duplex – which may be the most attractive option for a buyer who would rather not do a lot of work and views this as an investment property.

A quibble with the flyer: Though the listing itself avoids this wording, the print flyer calls the home a "luxury Cape Cod style single family home." That phrasing really suggests something else.

212 Seaview starts at $899k, $50k above the come-on price for the slightly larger, remodeled short sale across the street at 217 Seaview. (See "A Lease-Option Flop, Now a Shortie.") We don't know the deal price there yet.

212 Seaview is open Sun. 2-5pm.

Tree Section

2612 Poinsettia (5br/5ba, 3250 sq. ft.) is back, as we noted the other day. It's also improved somewhat from its prior incarnation.

The 2006-built home was purchased at a foreclosure auction in June by an investor who took to doing some needed work in the kitchen and baths. The original builder of the home was known for producing some pretty plain homes, and this one needed the improvements.

A fresh look at Poinsettia presents the same home we saw 3 years ago – also vacant then – but at $1.599m, and with decent upgrades, it just feels different. It's possible to appreciate it.

You have a spacious first-floor living room, separate dining room and a kitchen/great room opening to the outdoors – a familiar and popular layout in the Trees. The fifth bedroom with attached bath is downstairs – nice for guests who'd rather not scale the stairs. A loft at the top of the stairs presents an interesting office/homework space or separate play area away from the flow of the rest of the home.

We could do without the slate accents outside and in the master bath, and the overused, plain-vanilla travertine tile that dominates the kitchen/great room and pops up throughout. And the location issue – exposed to Ardmore – may fade in your mind while touring, but it's in stark relief in the upstairs front bedroom, where traffic is actually passing by higher up.

2612 Poinsettia is open Sun. 1-4pm.

East MB

426 S. Redondo (3br/2ba, 1550 sq. ft.) is an early-60s home – mid-century modern? – with just the occasional spot upgrade. A couple of pluses: The 7000 sq. ft. lot and a pool, if that's what you're after.

It's possible to see the potential in a not-so-overwhelming remodel. The rooms are big and the flow of the home is decent. 

426 S. Redondo starts at $999k, and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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