Sunday Opens (10/4/15)

By Dave Fratello | October 4th, 2015

And, they were off!

Saturday's MB 10K was the 38th running, with more than 2700 runners, walkers, strollers and waddlers enjoying a signature local event. Approximately 2500 were called out by name by longtime emcee Susie Young – amazing!

See here for more info, a photo gallery and links to race results via

Enjoy the last day of the Hometown Fair. What was that we were saying about it always being so darn hot?

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

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can always click "Open All Images" right above the main listing photo to get immediate display of all the listing photos at once.

Sand Section

537 5th (4br/3ba, 3000 sqft) is a unique 1980s house running very much the long way along a walkstreet (ending at Valley).

The floorplan is unusual, for sure, with 3br on the bottom level, multiple split-level living areas above that, and the master way up in a top corner.

But the home has received a total modernization and some tweaks to the layout that mark a nice improvement. There is a ton of walkstreet space, maybe two and a half times the amount you'd get in a typical walkstreet patio, even though the literal lot size here is quite a bit smaller than the standard 2700 at just 2000 sqft.

A bit more from the official description:

"The owner spared no expense designing the perfect Coastal Home. The high end finishes, and detail, are warm, inviting and exude elegance. Uniquely located on the corner of 5th St and Valley Dr, this beautiful property provides close proximity to the Popular Green Belt/Wood Chip trail, Trendy Downtown Manhattan Beach Restaurants..."

537 5th starts at $3.5M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

Tree Section

3605 North Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3605 North Poinsettia (3br/2ba, 1500 sqft) is a smallish but remodeled cottage on a steeply downsloping lot near Rosecrans.

All 3br (none big) are found upstairs, sharing one bath. Downstairs, a bonus room of sorts opens to the backyard and has a bathroom also.

More from the official description:

"The minute you enter the front door, you are struck by the Sophisticated Simplicity and the Warm and Inviting Atmosphere of this MB Tree Section Beauty.... Carefully Appointed with an Artistic Flair. Lower level features Family Room with Bar, and French Doors leading to a Private Outdoor Stone Patio and West Facing Back Yard. Perfect for Family, and Indoor/Outdoor Living and Entertaining. Nicely Landscaped Front Yard with Tangerine and Peach Trees offers an inviting place to sit for a glass of wine and a visit with neighbors."

3605 North Poinsettia starts at $1.749M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

East MB

1200 5th Street Manhattan Beach CA1200 5th (5br/5ba, 5075 sqft) is a very spacious and bright 90s Spanish in a favorable location right at the entry to the private section of 5th St., sometimes called the "5th Street Forest" or by similar names.

More from the official description:

"Located on an elevated oversized lot on the SE corner of the most prestigious and only private streets in MB, offering whole house western exposure that drenches this cheerful home with an abundance natural light, plentiful cooling ocean breezes & high sunset views. Surrounded by 19 mature Palm trees, a bevy mature ficus trees, and new drought friendly turf gives a feeling of calming serenity and privacy... Custom built & designed to take advantage of its premier corner location, this home has bountiful windows & French doors, offering spectacular views & almost constant ocean breezes. The gourmet kitchen, with huge island, butler sized pantry is open to the cozy family room with fireplace that looks through French Doors to the south facing backyard pool and spa. The beautiful master suite with fireplace and balcony has views of lush greenery, with a spacious master bathroom and huge walk in closet."

1200 5th starts at $2.779M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

1765 Curtis Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1765 Curtis (5br/4ba, 3875 sqft) was offered for sale not many weeks ago at the same price, but now has a new agent and somewhat different presentation (not drastic). From the official description:

"[R]emodeled luxury! The entry opens to high ceilings that boast skylights with abundant natural light and Italian Marble flooring throughout the Entry, Living Room and Dining area. Note the grand floor-plan for entertaining with a sizeable formal living room with fireplace, a formal dining area with Trey ceilings, an inspiring chefs kitchen with top quality professional series stainless-steel built ins, gorgeous granite, farmhouse sink and adorable window seating with bay windows overlooking a lushly landscaped backyard with fruit trees and garden area! The impressive family room has coffered ceilings and a central fireplace with a full wall of beautiful French doors opening onto a spacious patio and backyard with built in B-B-Q for entertaining."

1765 Curtis starts (again) at $2.395M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

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