Weekend Opens (11/19-11/20)

By Dave Fratello | November 19th, 2011
We don't want to say there's nothing to see this weekend, but with a holiday approaching, the truly new options have dried up.

Think sun & sand this weekend... ah, Cabo.
Drying up – that's not the order for Sunday. "Light rain" and sub-60 temps could literally put a damper on weekend tours. A good weekend to someplace like Cabo. (Weather Sunday: 78 and sunny.)

But there are still plenty of options worth visiting or revisiting among the inventory that's hanging around. Here's something of a "greatest hits" tour list to help you cover the good stuff.

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

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Sand Section

337 16th  
337 16th (4br/5ba, 4550 sq. ft.) offers a huge home, a relatively modern feel and ocean views from a quiet, but close-to-everything, downtown location. It's even got that walkstreet feel, with a good-size living room downstairs opening to the patio.

Somehow, though, despite the pluses, this version of the listing recently tolled a full 1 year on the market and is nearing 13 months.

Price is down to $2.699m, a bit down from the price when we last mentioned the home and said, "hey, they're trying to sell, and it just might work." (By contrast, the start at $3.850m in early 2008 didn't make the sellers look so much like sellers.)

Maybe you'd want to do some updating, but nothing's urgent. A sale in the low-to-mid 2s would make this one of the most compelling sales in the Sand – if they can ever get it done.

337 16th is priced at $2.699m and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

88 Manhattan Ave. (3br/4ba, 2150 sq. ft.) is an updated, 1996 TH with generous ocean views right down a wide street to the west.

To fit 3br on the middle level, as this TH does, requires that none be large, though the master suite has just enough space – plus the views.

The flooring, wall colors and cabinetry all give the midfloor a casual, slick, modern feel that very much suits MB. Laundry, storage and garage dominate the lowest floor – a dumbwaiter helps get groceries up top.

The spacious kitchen/living/dining areas on the top floor open out to a good-sized deck that gets the best of those views. The kitchen sparkles with modern updates.

This one sold in 2007 for $2.2m but is down 14% to an asking price of $1.899m.

88 Manhattan Ave. is up at $1.899m, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

325 Homer (3br/4ba, 1975 sq. ft.) is the newest entry into the quite full market for THs around $1.6m.

On the plus side, it's a newer (2000) build with some ocean views, albeit through wires. (If you want to see a listing pic's fish-eye lens totally give itself away, check out the view pic in this listing. Either the electrical wires are warped or an artsy lens was used.)

The home is just across from Hermosa – Homer is one of the funny streets that is half paved by asphalt from the city of MB and half paved by concrete from the city of Hermosa. To say it's "steps" from Robinson elementary is almost to overstate it. If you trip and fall the wrong direction from the driveway, you're on the campus.

We haven't toured Homer so we'll reserve further comment for our readers. We do see that this unit traded in Feb. 2006, a hard-charging bubble year, for $1.580m. Now they'd like a little markup. OK.

325 Homer starts at $1.595m and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

The Strand under $3m? It can be done.

4314 Strand (3br/3ba, 2650 sq. ft.) is half of a 2-unit condo building dating back to 1990. It's far up at the northern end of town, but just a 2-minute sandy shuffle to the best surf in the area.

Though this one isn't much to look at outside, the unit has been fully redone inside with a luxurious touch and fine details. The stone flooring upstairs (the building's middle level) is adorned with lines of mosaic tile and inlaid designs in a few places that speak to the style and craftsmanship seen in several parts of the home.

The downstairs master suite, abutting The Strand, is a world unto itself – a big hideaway with warm wood floors, extra living area plus fireplace and access to the beachfront patio.

4314 The Strand has lingered most of the year, launching in March and running more than 8 months at this moment. At $2.999m, it's down 7% from its start, but that's all. It's open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

598 27th (5br/6ba, 4200 sq. ft.) is a huge and fairly gorgeous, newer (2005) Cape Cod with a yard. But it's now into its 4th month on market due to both price and location.

A big part of the extra square footage is the big basement/media room, a pricey plus that's pretty rare in the Trees. And the builder made a dramatic statement with the great room, with very high, coffered ceilings (perhaps 13'). Now that's a "great" room.

Each bedroom has its own bath, an extra plus as the kids get older. 

The hard-to-cope-with downside is the location right along Blanche, one of the busier streets in this part of town down by The Dune. For whatever reason, the listing says this "[c]orner location is amazingly quiet," but we think traffic noise will irk residents, and in turn, this is concerning buyers.

Location was an afterthought back in May 2005, when this one was new and got bid up over a $2.395m asking price to $2.504m. We sense that it's going to need to become a deal to trade now. Current list price is $2.199m, still a reach. Disclosure: We recently toured 27th with a client.

598 27th is at $2.199m and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

763 31st (5br/5ba, 3575 sq. ft.) is a home we called "a custom masterpiece" when it hit the market last year, pointing to its "inspired, timeless European design."

Yep, it's a beaut, a special, solid, and unique property on one of the Tree Section's best streets.

If it's about to cross 90 DOM, and maybe that's due to price.

Last year, it was $3.3m. This year, $2.890m – more than $800/PSF if you go by that measure. That's a serious step above the norm, even on 31st.

763 31st is at $2.890m and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

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