Weekend Opens (10/3-10/4)

By Dave Fratello | October 3rd, 2009
Coming from in-town or out-of-town, this is a great weekend to gather near downtown for the Hometown Fair.

All of this week's featured open houses are nearby, so you could slip away from the fair for a few minutes to drop in on one or more.

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're asking 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.

Tree Section/Near the Fair

Nearly in sight of all the Hometown Fair festivities is 1312 Ardmore (4br/3ba, 2450 sq. ft.), a mid-1980s build with a recent remodel (2007), and an even more recent DOM reset (this week, after ~90 DOM).

The updates are nice here, but the big draws are location and outdoor space – a good-size back yard plus 7-car parking in front (per listing).

If you lived here during the Hometown Fair, each year all your family and friends would be guaranteed a spot to park, gather and retire. It's also nice for beach trips & downtown outings. (Somewhat more common.)

As we noted in an MBC post on Twitter this week, the bogus re-list was accompanied by both a price change (to $1.679m) and a new line in the listing: "SUBMIT ALL OFFERS." That might be a sign that it's time to deal.

If you might be interested, drop in Sun. 2-5pm.

A block further south, just up 12th, is 521 12th (4br/3ba, 3000 sq. ft.), another 80s build with a recent remodel, perhaps grander in ambition than 1312 Ardmore. Lots of bells and whistles are built in, including audio systems, A/C and a wine cellear.

The style seems a bit of a mix, however, lots of contemporary mixed with a homier, perhaps Mediterranean feel.

The current owners took on the remodel after a Jan. 2006 acquisition at $1.760m. They began by asking for a markup of $535k, but at $2.099m now, the bump is $339k.

521 12th is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Trudge up the hill just a bit further to 645 12th, a huge (5br/6ba, 4875 sq. ft.) new home near the top of the hill on 12th St.

It's got all the luxe appointments of a new-era Mediterranean plus disappearing doors that reveal ocean and PV views.

Small, finicky point: the fireplace on the outdoor deck won't provide much warmth to the eventual residents on a chilly day – it's on the east side of the deck, meaning ocean breezes will blow the heat next door.

This one began more than a year ago at $4.499m, and still has a price issue, apparently, even $900k lighter at $3.599m

Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section/Near the Fair

Wind your way up behind the Beer Garden, or otherwise up 21st off of Valley, and you'll find a cluster of 4 new ocean-view townhomes:

429 21st St. / 428 21st Place (modern in style, pictured) and
433 21st St. / 432 21st Place (Mediterraneans)

The 21st St. TH's are each 3br/4ba and about 1900 sq. ft., and priced at $1.795m (down very slightly from $1.825m).

The 21st Place TH's are each 3br/4ba and also about 1900 sq. ft., priced at $1.499m (down from $1.625m).

All are open Sun. 1-4pm.

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