Weekend Opens (10/15-10/16/16)

By Dave Fratello | October 15th, 2016

Gas up the car if you're going out this weekend to see open houses: There are 48 of them this week, the highest total we've counted here.

1701 Oak Avenue Manhattan Beach CAOn inventory of 103 as of Saturday morning, that's quite nearly half the active listings opening their doors to people like you this weekend. It reflects the feeling sellers have that this is the time to sell this year, if you're going to.

We hope you'll stop by Dave's open house Sunday at 1701 Oak (pictured) on Sunday 2-4pm.

It's a bit improved since the Summer's brief listing, and still a compelling value west of Sepulveda at $2.300M. (Our other Tree Section listing at 2512 Pacific has gotten great reception, but is not publicly open, so please contact Dave or your agent for a showing.)

Our video this week leads off with 1701 Oak but also includes a new construction listing at 419 Altura Way that's not posted as an open house, 316 17th, 321 Carriage Place and more:

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To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!). Our open house link always appears in our weekly wrapups and on the main front page, under "Open Houses."

Below, click any address link to view all photos and property details. And 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.

Tree Section

1701 Oak Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1701 Oak (4br/3ba, 3575 sqft.) is a large corner-lot home that's actually been improved since we listed it in June this year. The kitchen is revamped, as are countertops in the bath and wet bar downstairs.

Since this is Dave's listing, we try not to editorialize too much. Here's the official description:

"So much space for the money west of Sepulveda! This light, bright and open Cape Cod is on a corner lot with a high walkscore. Inside, the flooring is all nearly new, air conditioning is installed and custom-built media and wall cabinets in the family room give this home a distinctive feel. New countertops and appliances grace the kitchen. (Updated photos coming.) Backyard features gracious, shady trees, tiled patio and water-wise, no-maintenance artificial grass. Four bedrooms PLUS office upstairs. Bedrooms are all spacious, including, of course, the master suite, with high ceilings and treetop views. Along this corner lot, the home boasts a rare and distinctive set of redwood trees. Throughout, you will find wonderfully engineered small details, too. The walk to Pacific Elementary is just a few minutes. Absolute move-in condition."

1701 Oak starts at $2.300M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

2417 Oak Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2417 Oak (3br/3ba, 2525 sqft.) is an inspired, open, bright mid-century modern-style home. As with Dave's Oak Ave. listing, this one is on the "right" side of the street, the west side, not backing up to commercial properties. However, Marine Ave. along the north edge of the property does present another factor.

As we noted on the Ticker, this home was acquired for $1.805M in July 2014. It has been rented out since. List price now is 19% over acquisition (+$350K), which will be interesting to watch play out. From the official description:

"[A] rare find in Manhattan Beach’s desirable Tree Section. It is truly one of the most unique homes in Manhattan Beach and has been featured many times as an LA Times Hot Property. Enter from your own private Bali-like wooden bridge walkway, through the double front doors into this modern Manhattan Beach oasis. The bright and airy main level creates a free flowing Zen-like vibe between the kitchen, dining, living and outdoors spaces. The open interior floor plan features lofted ceilings with exposed beams and rows of sliding glass doors leading to multiple outdoor spaces. Designed with influences from Richard Neutra and Gregory Ain, this home feels like a classic Hollywood Hills Mid-Century Modern gem. Descend down the sun-drenched stairs to the lower level where you'll find all three bedrooms. The expansive master suite looks out on the grassy backyard and includes a roomy walk-in closet, contemporary open shower and soaking tub."

2417 Oak starts at $2.155M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

Sand Section

316 17th (5br/3ba, 1800 sqft., 2700 sqft. lot) is a duplex on one of the increasingly valuable east-of-Highland walkstreets near downtown. When it sold quite recently at $3.400M in April 2015, it was part of a wave if mid-3's land sales on 17th-20th.

A lot across the street at 313 17th (aka 312 17th Place) sold for $3.500M just before, in Dec. 2014. The same price, $3.500M, went to 333 17th St. just after, in Aug. 2015. Dave's listing at 316 18th got $3.575M in October 2015, while the highest recent sale was at 404 20th in June this year at $3.995M. (There is a full-size house on that site, although the new owners may have other plans.)

The short story here is: People are discovering the pluses of these quiet walkstreets and bidding bigger and bigger for them. More from the official description:

"This is the ocean view property you've been waiting for! Many options with this A+ lot on a prime Manhattan Beach walk street that's a three minute walk away from downtown Manhattan Beach and a short stroll to the beach. Hold for now and lease a livable structure, move in, or make your plans for your new full lot, Manhattan Beach walk street dream home with beautiful ocean views. Many believe this to be one of the best walk street locations in all of Manhattan Beach."

Disclosure: Dave is friendly with the sellers.

316 17th starts at $3.650M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

815 Crest Drive Manhattan Beach CA815 Crest (4br/4ba, 2550 sqft.) is new construction with a view that's plenty close to downtown, without being right in the thick of it.

The front unit, 814 Highland, with bigger views but some liability for being on Highland, sold for $3.800M before completion. So they brought this one out at $3.799M, but that hasn't worked. It's newly down $204K and looking to find that one buyer they need. From the official description:

"Absolutely stunning new townhome... There are 4 bedrooms plus an elevator in over 2,500 sq feet of luxurious living space. Enjoy ocean and sunset views and take advantage of the close proximity to the vibrant and upscale shopping and dining district of Downtown Manhattan Beach. Amenities include ocean view deck with outdoor fireplace, wide-plank Oak floors, custom kitchen cabinets with Marble and stone counter tops and backsplash, central vac, 3+ car parking and more."

815 Crest starts at $3.595M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 

Hill Section

860 9th Street Manhattan Beach CA860 9th (2br/1ba, 825 sqft.) is a fairly large Hill Section lot on the east side of the hill that traded, as we noted in the Ticker, for $2.350M only last September. (Here's the sold listing.)

With such a tiny - although fully adorable – house on the site, it was, and is, a land-value sale. We'll quote some of the listing description below, but it's almost too much about the joy of the little cottage. It's a plot of land with upside. From the description:

"The living room and dining area are filled with natural light and allow easy flow for entertaining. Two bright bedrooms, plus large walk in closet, and lovely white tile and marble bath round out your simple and elegant life. Good things come in small packages and this home will not disappoint! ... Not many properties come with this amount of inner beauty and gorgeous outdoor space."

860 9th starts at $2.399M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 

East MB

321 CArriage Place Manhattan Beach CA321 Carriage Place (4br/4ba, 3050 sqft.) is a 1970s original that has gotten a flipper re-do.

Carriage Place is one of those blocks of MB that you may not even know exists until suddenly there's a listing to see. There are only 15 homes on the little cul-de-sac street, all apparently built at around the same time.

Here, a frumpy Tudor-inspired design has been completely transformed with all of today's tastes in mind. From the official description:

"Quiet and private, this traditional contemporary home has a warm, soft beach feel and boasts hardwood floors, crown molding, wainscoting, and exquisite finishes that highlight the home’s craftsmanship. The living room with vaulted tongue & groove raised ceiling provides a beachy feel with a large fireplace and wine bar. The adjacent dining room has separate-but-easy access to the kitchen; the oversized kitchen has built-in banquet seating, marble counters, chef’s preparation island, gourmet range, and glass china cabinets, all with soothing color, stylish finishes and a vaulted tongue & groove raised ceiling. The extra-large master bedroom has four large closets and an elegant ensuite bathroom with European soaking tub, huge glass shower, and his ‘n her vanities with Italian marble counter tops. The Jack ‘n Jill bedrooms have ample closet space and a functional bathroom with shower/tub combo and double-sink vanity. Downstairs is a light and airy great multi-purpose room with refrigerated bar leading to the spacious backyard; the guest/maid/office bedroom has its own large bathroom and shower. The multi-level backyard has a sport-basketball court for the kids, a built-in fireplace seating area for the adults and an ample entertaining area."

321 Carriage Pl starts at $2.550M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 

1643 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA1643 8th (3br/2ba 1300 sqft.) is a smallish 1950s house with a big yard thanks to its full-size, 7500 sqft. lot.

Those kinds of lots have been trading in the 1.4s and 1.5s recently, so the start price right at $1.5M shouldn't be a big surprise. From the official description:

"Charming 3 bedroom house with huge yard. Living room with fireplace. Dining room off kitchen. French doors to patio and huge sunny backyard. Original hardwood floors. Live now and add-on or build later. Sold as-is."

1643 8th starts at $1.499M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 



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