Weekend Opens (10/11-10/12)

By Dave Fratello | October 11th, 2008
It might seem a gloomy time for real estate, but we have a couple of new opens this weekend that could help turn that frown upside-down.

We'll even spoil the surprise – if you see just one home, see 220 35th, Sunday 1-4pm. Schedule around it.

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 these homes to also report back. Tell us what you see, what you like, what you don't like, what you'd change if you owned a particular home, and so on. Use the comments here to discuss the homes we've highlighted.

Hill Section

1011 Pacific is huge, with 6br/5ba and 6875 sq. ft. of living space on an 8000 sq. ft. lot. Ocean views out the back.

The listing has been around a month but this is the first open.

Priced at $5.995m. Open Sun. 2-4pm

1042 2nd, which we've mentioned before, is a large, newer (2003) home with views of the city, and a location next to a commercial building and Sepulveda. Offers 5br/4ba and 4400+ sq. ft, listed at$2.395m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

Do not miss 220 35th, which debuts this weekend. It's not on the MLS yet, so you'll have to settle for live and in-person. (You can grab a flyer there or from the listing agent's website here.)

What you've got here is a unique, new modern that is simply spectacular, by early accounts. The details – 4br/4ba, 4200 sq. ft. on an uptown walkstreet west of Highland. Starts at $5.5m.

Mrs. MBC hasn't even seen it yet, but she's going on pics and buzz to make it her pick for the week. (Yes, we're aware that her picks are actually getting more expensive, even as just about everyone's net worth is dropping. Well, she likes what she likes.)

220 35th is open Sun. 1-4pm.

221 34th is a new home just the next street over, so it's an easy matter to shuffle over and check it out. Nice for comparison shopping.

Indeed, if you've previously checked out 221 34th, out the back deck off the top-floor kitchen, you've seen the nearly-completed 220 35th with a big banner advertising the builder of that home. They certainly get points for cleverness – hoisting a banner for the express purpose of reaching potential buyers of a neighboring home.

The big news this week was that 221 34th took a sudden, huge chop of $699k, now dropping a total of $1.1m over 5+ months to $4.3m. This provides a cautionary tale for 220 35th, which is starting up about where 221 34th started. Hmmmm. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Back in the realm of the somewhat more broadly affordable, 609 N. Valley is a very recent, modern remodel offering 3br/3ba, 1675 sq. ft. Starts this week at $1.449m. Open Saturday only from 1-4pm.

Tree Section

We see nothing this week in the Trees that we haven't featured before – though there are plenty of offerings. Worth your attention:

1400 Elm
is a late-90s home with 5br/4ba and 3100 sq. ft. You'll find the overall design familiar, but the interior details are very well done.

This one was purchased for $1.7m in May 2005, and tried to sell last year for $2.35m. Ambitions have been reduced. It's at $1.949m currently. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

1801 John is quite large (5br/4ba, 4000 sq. ft.) and very nicely located. (John!) It's priced near the pinnacle of comparable listings in the Trees at $2.850m. Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

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