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Want a livable Manhattan Beach home for under $2M?

It can be done. Just adjust your expectations properly. Here are just a few recent sales just under that magic number, each in different parts of town.

In East Manhattan, the sale we're looking at is 1731 9th Street Manhattan Beach CA1731 9th (4br/3ba, 2300 sqft.). It's a 1970s build with updates that are more like 7-8 years old.

The home's pretty far east, but boasts a full-size (7500 sqft.) lot, which is one of the big reasons people go east.

Though the listing sold within about 10 days, they kept it in "backup offer" status nearly until it closed. In that status (the wording is now "Active Under Contract"), the listing accrued Days on Market up until the day of closing, totaling 77 DOM.

It sold technically over asking…

As Turkey Day approaches, there's less and less local housing inventory to consume.

A traditionally slower season is dawning, and that means we're under 100 listings now. The market has been below that point since late October.

There are sales happening – it's not a bad clip for this time of year. You might expect buyers to go hibernate, but they're actually taking what they can get.

We're even aware of recently canceled listings going into escrow soon after coming off the MLS. (Imagine the buyers: "Wait! Wait! I liked that one! Bring it back!")

It's time to offer a post-Summer update on sales at the higher end. You'll recall that MBC made the point a few times as Summer rolled along, and as everyone came back, that there were simply no sales…

Not everyone is getting more today for a property than they might have in, say, 2014 or 2015. If the Manhattan Beach real estate market hasn't turned, its upward momentum has at least paused for a bit.

1800 N Ardmore Avenue Manhattan Beach CABut for the folks who purchased a lot to build on in the Tree Section near town, at 1800 N. Ardmore, there was a modest profit to be made on a 2014 acquisition.

The big lot, a bit over 6500 sqft. on a rising corner, will make for a nifty building site, with the park, greenbelt and downtown all nearby.

1800 N Ardmore Avenue Manhattan Beach CAThe most recent owners went to the trouble of designing a slick, modern new home with a pool in the "front" yard along Ardmore. Or, as the listing put it more precisely, the sale came with:

"fully approved and permitted plans for a 6-bedroom, 5200…

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