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A new listing at 1308 Ardmore shows the power of real estate appreciation over time.

But maybe first and foremost, the staying power of this home is what impresses.

An original cottage was built at 1308 Ardmore way back in 1905.

The city of Manhattan Beach was not even formally founded for another 7 years.

There weren't so many residents in the area then, but MB was becoming a tourist destination. Most folks came to splash around at the beach by way of the Red Car electric trains, on tracks running along the sand, right about where volleyball courts predominate now.

The little cottage soon had neighbors as Manhattan Beach was built out. Fast forward a great deal, and we see in tax records the last time this property changed hands: 1973, for the…

It's time for one of our twice-monthly updates on Manhattan Beach real estate market activity, with updated spreadsheets on inventory and sales.

This was one of the busiest periods of our 'Spring' season so far, with a rush of new listings outpacing sales enough so that we're now +10 on inventory compared to March 1. Haha, now, 52 active listings is no glut, but at least we are seeing more choices.

Even as the market rolls, we saw 2 notable quitters and several price cuts here in the heart of Spring. What does that say to you?

640 30th (5br/5ba, 3450 sq. ft.) is a glamorous Mediterranean complete with 'Grecian styled' master bath.

Alas, it's heavy on that style in an area that's more informal and beachy.

They launched at $2.800M and chopped to

If you want to get a little extra juice for your listing while it's gotten slow, what do you need to do? Chop the price.

Do that, and it pops up on all the local agents' MLS hot sheets as a price reduction. Websites like MB Confidential and Redfin will feature the price cut. Buyers may take a second look.

And if you're the seller, here's the great news: There's no minimum price cut to get all the benefits of extra attention from agents, buyers and the Internets.

As is proved by the new $1.00 price cut at 1208 Oak (5br/4ba, 3125 sq. ft.).

Yes, $1.00 and no cents.

From the nice, round figure of $2,000,000 to $1,999,999.

Our morning email from Redfin was even confused: "Price Change to $2M on 1208 Oak," it was headlined.

Nope, sorry robot. You've been…

A couple of typos made the Manhattan Beach real estate market look a bit weird in this past week.

In maybe a glimpse of a future our kids or grandkids may see, 3011 Elm sold for a price (initially) reported as $32,125,000.

We like the Spanish "courtyard" home just fine, but for a 5br/5ba, 3600 sq. ft. house on a quiet, tree-lined block far from The Strand, that price made no sense. Not even in this market.

Alas, there was an extra "0" typed in, which was fixed 3-4 days later. Actual price: $3,212,500.

Now, this house will sell again. It's already sold 4 times in 10 years. This is the highest price yet. Even without the extra zero.

Meantime, in a window into the past, 2413 John (4br/2ba, 1900 sq. ft.) sold for $1,145,000

Well, that's what the