Sunday Opens (10/25/15)

By Dave Fratello | October 25th, 2015

Whether you're walking or rolling – or both – Sunday's a busy day in MB.

The Pier to Pier fundraising walk starts at the MB Pier at 9am Sunday. (For more, see DigMB's "Skechers Friendship Walk Wants You.")

Later at the pier, it's the 25th Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race. But you already knew that – you were up all night engineering your squash, were you not?

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of open houses (it's mobile-friendly!).

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.

East MB

1813 Meadows Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1813 Meadows (3br/2ba, 1575 sqft.) is a very tasteful, fairly recent remodel that delivers the sort of open-concept central living areas that so many people want.

How many times have we come into a 1940s/50s-era home with buyers whose first comment was: "What if we could just open up that wall and that wall and open this whole thing up... ?"

Well, here they've done it.

The owners also created a true master suite in back – not standard in the original cottages.

The remodel is done with something of a Craftsman-esque feeling, a love of warm woods all around.

This one stands more or less alone right now in its market tier – an easily livable 3br family home under $1.500M. More from the official description"

"...[E]xtensively remodeled in 2005. This property sits high on the lot and offers great curb appeal with the dark brown shakes, crisp white trim, a wonderful front porch and the perfect front yard and tree. The home offers a great-room floor plan with vaulted ceilings and French doors that open to a lush and private backyard. There's a large open granite and stainless steel kitchen with an over-sized island/bar and walk-in pantry. The master suite flows to the backyard thru French Doors as well. The master bath showcases a dressing area with lovely built-ins with computer area offering quiet and privacy. The flexible 3rd bedroom/office/TV room presents many options for the homeowner. Private and sunny, the yard, which you can see the minute you open the front door, is the perfect size for play and entertaining."

1813 Meadows starts at $1.459M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

Sand Section

404 20th (4br/5ba, 4000 sqft.) is a 2001-built modern that might be called experimental.

You've seen this one on the market for a while. It ran 85 DOM without too much action starting in late July, at a list price of $4.750M. They've now chopped $455K down to $4.295M and made one notable change to the layout. More on that in a moment.

On the plus side, this entire home is very bright, and when opened up, pulls a wonderful ocean breeze throughout the upstairs and downstairs living spaces. (A retracting frosted-glass garage door on the third floor opens to a rear balcony and opens up the wind-tunnel effect there.) There's also a little courtyard, which not everyone puts into a maxed-out Sand Section home.

Where this one gets challenging is in the layout. There's no two ways about it: The choices were interesting. Three bedrooms on the first floor are each on the small side, separated from one another mainly by sliding plexiglass-and-wood walls/doors – one would close to the main entry hallway by means of a curtain, not a door – if the curtain were present (it's not). The ceiling is open between the downstairs bedrooms (the walls don't go all the way up). A shared bathroom features a sink out in one bedroom.

To reach the second floor, you go up stairs right into a room that was designed as – and which recently showed as – the master bedroom. That's the way to the top living level with kitchen, living, dining etc.

In the new "redesigned" layout, that front master bedroom has been blocked off from its open-concept bathroom by a new wood-and-plastic sliding door, and the former bedroom is now staged as a spare living room. (This got us to notice the fireplace in the room.) In a sense, this improves the layout because people aren't forced to tromp through the bedroom to go up and downstairs. On the other hand, what now shows as the master bedroom is the space in back – a room designed as a spare/rental unit in back with its own entry and its own existing bathroom.

Up top, all is very open. Living, dining, kitchen and laundry all run the length of the top floor. There are no-doubt-about-it views to the north. Lots of glass sliders can open up and draw great amounts of fresh air into the common areas.

The official description lists the home as a "stunning architectural" and states that is is an AIA Award-Winning Showplace Home Featured in "LA Architect" Magazine.

404 20th is asking at $4.295M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

232 20th (5br/5ba, 4550 sqft.) is a fairly recent (2001) build with an even more recent (2013) series of updates/upgrades.

Contemporary style, an open top floor, and a walkstreet near town with ocean views. The difficult factor is location along Highland. We'll see how the market responds there.

More from the official description: "Over 4500sqft, 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, a 3-stop elevator, new central air conditioning, a gourmet kitchen with a over-sized granite island and high-end Viking appliances, centralize audio system, Cat5 wiring and a security camera system. Every SoCal Night you’ll be enjoying sunsets from your master suite balcony, and unwinding in your luxurious White Marble Steam Shower or over-sized Jacuzzi Tub. The Entertainment Room offers a high ceilings, a large wet bar, refrigerator, and opens to your walk street patio."

232 20th starts at $5.495M and is open Sun. from 1-5pm.

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