Weekend Opens (11/17-11/18)

By Dave Fratello | November 17th, 2012
Think real estate is the biggest story in Manhattan Beach this weekend? Ha ha.

You might look to the gridiron instead. Both the UCLA and USC coaches live in MB, causing the USC coach to call Manhattan Beach "a town divided" this Spring.

And when the new UCLA football coach was asked recently about his first "rivalry game" against USC, he said of MB:

"Every morning, when I wake up and walk out the front door, there's my neighbor's house with a big USC flag. I drive out and make a left and the house on the right has a gigantic USC flag. It seems like that's what everyone has been talking about for the last week, as much as I have tried to avoid it."
Well, coach, there's no avoiding it Saturday at high noon. Not in Pasadena, not in MB.

Maybe by Saturday night, we can all just get along.

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

Tree Section

1813 Oak (2br/1ba, 1000 sq. ft.) is a small and awkward original cottage (1950s).

You know when they're screaming "BUY NOW, BUILD LATER!!" in the listing, they are admitting that the house ain't much as it is.

This one's unusual, not like the predictable sameness you'd find in Liberty Village, for instance. The home's built with a courtyard off the main living spaces (alas, the less-sunny north side), and you actually enter through that and into the main living spaces.

The 2br are in back, sharing the hallway bath. One has a little extension and sliding doors that open to the (mostly forlorn) back yard. It's too bad there's no real connection of the living spaces to the yard, nor much potential for it, barring a massive remodel.

Is someone going to build new on Oak? On this 4480 sq. ft. lot? Perhaps some day. Otherwise this is mainly a low-cost way in to the 90266.

1813 Oak starts at $849k and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

229 Seaview  
229 Seaview (3br/4ba, 1900 sq. ft.) is a newer (2006) TH near the top of the hill in El Porto Norte, one door off Highland.

We called this "a splendid execution of a traditional TH layout" in a post last year that also showed off the ocean views with video footage. (See "A View of the Blue.") That means a bed/bath suite downstairs on the garage level, 2br on the midlevel and living spaces up top.

There are nice details all around, with quality materials, nice wood flooring and a high-end kitchen leading the charge. The big difference this year from when we saw it last: The house is vacant, empty, and seems far plainer.

Now, about those views. The TH is mainly oriented southward, picking up most of its views toward PV. On a clear day, you'll get Catalina in the picture. Looming in the view from the front deck is a power pole – no getting around that unless/until El Norte votes to underground utilities – though it's worth nothing that views from inside mostly work around the pole. The kitchen window has its own clear view of the ocean as well.

229 Seaview was purchased new in Nov. 2006 for $1.650m, offered for a while in 2009 for $1.7m, and offered again in 2011 for $1.599m.

Though it didn't sell last year for less, 229 Seaview is marked up this year to $1.679m, above the late 2006 acquisition price. It's open Sun. 2-4pm.

East MB

1536 21st (3br/2ba, 2175 sq. ft.) is a 1960s build on a flat, wide street. The home's been given a pretty major polishing-up recently, with new carpet, fresh paint and some effort to round off every rough edge without really updating the house beyond that.

This is one of those "Roth" built homes that proliferate in an area of East MB. For some, that's a must-have label. But this layout includes some oddities that made it a no-go for clients we brought through.

The main issue is the master, which connects directly to the garage, for no obvious reason. You are invited to walk from the car to the kitchen with groceries through your bedroom. That's the shortest path. Why?

The master also has two odd bonus rooms – one right off the garage which feels like a mud room, and another sort of dressing area by the bath that is not quite usable. The other 2br are in back, sharing an original (though clean) bath.

There are two separate, large living rooms, one with a dated-looking rock fireplace. There are skylights all over the house, with the surprising bonus of fluorescent lighting within the boxes. It's dark? Flick a switch and you get faux light from the skylights. Surprising.

The home is move-in ready in its way, but really wants updates, and would benefit most from getting some walls moved around. Here's hoping the next owner doesn't pay too much for this polished version of the original to make the updates feasible.

1536 21st starts at $1.199m and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

2418 Peck (3br/2ba, 2000 sq. ft.) is a very nicely remodeled 60s original with a location challenge. It's right at the corner of fairly busy Peck and very busy Marine.

That's how you get 2000 sq. ft. under $1.1m.

We haven't seen the home yet, so we can't vouch for (or criticize) the layout. The remodeling work looks to have been done before the last trade in Feb. 2007, when this one sold for $1.124m. (They had shot for nearly $1.3m.)

2418 Peck starts at $1.095m and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

Hill Section

1034 Duncan Place (5br/4ba, 3150 sq. ft.) is a 2000-built home with some views that has now cut 23% from start, really hoping for a deal soon.

We've said it has "a 90s feel, though it has been refreshed and updated and is sharp in places." And it's got the upside-down layout to take advantage of the views up top.

The alley location is clearly a challenge, but things like that get addressed with price.

1034 Duncan Place is now at $1.849m and is open for the unusually long periods of Sat. & Sun. 2pm-5:30pm. 

They'd like you to catch a sunset there, if Mother Nature cooperates.

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