Update: A 4th Big East MB Lot Sale

By Dave Fratello | November 1st, 2017

Only yesterday we pointed to 3 recent extra-large East Manhattan lot sales.

Turns out, we initially missed a fourth that occurred in the same time frame.

1155 Longfellow Drive Manhattan Beach CAOver the Summer, a private sale was arranged for 1155 Longfellow, yet another half-acre plot in a favorable position near the bottom of the hill. (The photos and links here are from a 2015 sale, not the 2017 sale, just so we can show you images, maps & key info.)

The sold price in late August: $4.635M.

That's $215/PSF for the dirt, second-highest of these 4 sales and just $15/PSF behind 300 Kuhn Drive.

The $4.635M sold price for 1155 was very near the $4.650M paid for a somewhat larger (and quite different) lot across the street at 1158 Longfellow (26,650 sqft.), which sold for $4.650M early in August.

1155 Longfellow Drive Manhattan Beach CAThis plot at 1155 Longfellow is more directly comparable to the sale at 1187 Longfellow (22,100 sqft., $4.500M), given the similar lot shapes for both 1155 and 1187 and the way both start near the bottom of the hill, but rise up.

Views from new homes on each location could be quite impressive over the treetops and rooftops to the east, given the natural upward grade.

The addition of this sale to our list makes for a total of $18.585M (call it $18.6M) paid for just 4 large plots in the same area within less than 90 days.

You could be forgiven if you'd lived in Manhattan Beach for a period of years without even knowing that these big lots existed in the city, or where they are. Indeed, that's a big part of the appeal of this private little neighborhood that we once dubbed Brentwood-by-the-Sea.

This astonishing gold rush in the area over such a short period of time further adds to the amazement over how much demand there is just beneath the surface, apparently.

There were really 5 recent sales in the area (we add at 1155/1165 Ronda to the mix of pure lot sales).

Did these sales satisfy demand?

Land arbitrage note: It is especially interesting to see how values rose on two of the lots that traded here recently. 

We noted yesterday that 1158 Longfellow sold for $4.000M in June 2015, only to resell for $4.650M in Aug. 2017 (+16%).

1155 Longfellow was purchased on the public market in Nov. 2015 for $3.550M. The resale here at $4.635M was well over $1M higher, a 31% boost in less than 2 years.

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