Sunday Opens (9/7/14)

By Dave Fratello | September 7th, 2014

And so begins Fall soccer season.

It's hard to get back in the swing of things with all the practicing, the running around, the screaming, the jawing at refs, the thrill of each great play or goal, the agony of defeat.

And that's just the parents. Imagine how the kids feel.

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

329 11th (5br/5ba, 4100 sq. ft.) is new construction right in the middle of downtown on a short, flat walkstreet.

The home is built in a "Tropical Beach Plantation" style and has all the feeling of beautiful 5-star island resort.

The home was only recently completed and staged, so, despite the 5 months on market, now for the first time you can get a serious look inside, thanks to the newly posted full set of photos. Although, what's better than a tour inside?

The signature of the home is its completely open top floor, with kitchen, family room, dining area and – what's that? a bonus! – a separate "covered lanai," really an enclosed porch at the back with a full roof and sliding shutters. Call it a second family room – it will invite you out for what feels like indoor/outdoor living done perfectly.

The master suite is ample, covering about half of the middle floor, with a patio in front and a very large walk-in closet in back (not yet built out). There are 3 more bedrooms and a homework station on the mid level, one bedroom in back a suite. Mostly, these are "beach bedrooms," not too large, just enough.

Downstairs, an entertaining room opens out to a very large, flat walkstreet patio. A sub-space downstairs that is not (yet) fully walled off could be an open office, or, with truly a little work, the 5th bedroom (it already has a closet).

Laundry is also on the bottom floor, a slight demerit, but the home has an elevator (as so much new construction does these days), so that mitigates the problem of lugging stuff around. 

Pricewise, the asking price of $4.750M would set a record for the flat walkstreets east of Highland. So far, the highest sale we've seen was on the treasured flat walkstreet of 7th, new construction at 337 7th, way back in July 2013, at $4.500M. (OK, not so long ago.) That one had a premium builder, prime location, top-of-the-line everything and competition as it became available suddenly off-market as it neared completion.

The location here on 11th St., backing up to commercial properties on the alley, and with a selection of mostly older multifamily units around it on 11th, poses the biggest challenge in valuing the home properly. For some, location will be a no-go or a reason for a discount; for others, the absolute imminence of downtown will be a big plus. Or you could hold both perspectives at once.

Disclosure: Dave has toured this property with clients.

329 11th is priced at $4.750M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

East MB

1234 2nd (4br/3ba, 2620 sq. ft.) is a pleasant Spanish hiding way off of 2nd Street at the back of a large, 3-home lot. The shared driveway and blacktop area in back make it unusual and limit the curb appeal some – but then again, there's no "curb" from which to appeal.

It's inside where this one makes the sale.

This is a warm and somewhat sprawling home with lots of authentic-feeling old-world Spanish details, from the saltillo tile to the dark-stained wood-beam ceilings. (It helps that the current owners have furnished it fully in keeping with the theme.)

But just as you start to notice older details in this 1948-built original, you see modern upgrades, like the spacious and tastefully updated master bath.

The kitchen has newer granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

As to the overall floor plan, it's a bit broken up, not the modern "great room" style. You'll enter into a formal living room. Formal dining is in back, opening to the smallish patio/yard, and a separate family room is off to one side. Bedrooms are mainly back toward the front of the house.

The home does notably consist of plenty of brick walls, including the interior walls, dating to the original construction. That's different and we're not sure what to make of it here in 2014.

Bonus room: The home has 2 separate 1-car garages entered from different sides. The current owners have taken one out of use and installed wood flooring and wall board to create a bonus/game room.

For a time, visiting this home, we started thinking of old Palm Springs. We were shaken out of that, of course, hitting the blacktop of the shared driveway, but there's no doubting the cozy appeal of this one.

1234 2nd starts at $1.700M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1701 1st (3br/2ba, 1400 sq. ft.) poses the question: When was the last time you saw a decent house under $1.2M in Manhattan Beach?

Answer: Seems like a long time, and there's no guarantee this one stays under $1.2M before it's all done.

It's a pleasantly remodeled cottage, with whimsical features like the dormer-style windows in front. The kitchen is open, and also kind of a hallway toward the rooms in back (master and family room). 

1701 1st starts at $1.179M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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