Weekend Opens (11/21-11/22/15)

By Dave Fratello | November 21st, 2015

The Turkeys are coming, and normally this would be a week where the open houses drop off a lot, but...

Not so fast. There are some interesting options. Some are new, and some have been with us a while. 

We begin with our video accompaniment to MBC's long-running weekend open-house feature. We've got an inside look at new listings, shot during the Friday brokers' open houses. Enjoy!

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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.

Tree Section

756 36th Street Manhattan Beach CA756 36th (6br/6.5ba, 3600 sqft.) is not on the MLS, but this new construction home is having its debut this weekend.

The style is becoming very familiar now – a crowd-pleasing "Coastal-Plantation style home" (per the listing) with a big great room in back, high ceilings and lots of light.

On this street-to-alley lot, there's a twist. The sunny, south-facing backyard partly features the garage and a guest unit/office upstairs. More from the official description:

"[C]lassic lap siding w/batten details and accented with Louvered window shutters. ... [A] detached guest quarters over the garage. Large gourmet chef-quality kitchen w/ Thermador appliances, Caesar stone counters, and custom rustic oak cabinets. Open and fluid floor plan featuring bathrooms in every bedroom... Maple hardwood floors throughout."

756 36th starts at $3.579M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

2900 Ardmore Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2900 Ardmore (5br/7ba, 4475 sqft.) is a very special, custom new home on a nearly double-wide lot. It's been on the market just a while, but if you haven't stopped through yet, do.

The home style is without recent precedent in Manhattan Beach, but make no mistake – this modern interpretation of a "farm house" style has lots of elements to be a crowd-pleaser.

You'll enter into a hallway that draws you to the back. A modest living room is off to one side and formal dining room to the other. In back, the kitchen opens to a family room and the backyard with a small pool & spa. 

Upstairs amid the 4 bedrooms there's a spacious, bright, open second living room or shared office type space. We sometimes call these "kids' living rooms" because they're up and out of the flow of the main floor and lend themselves to (perhaps) a messier, more chaotic way of living for the younger ones. One thing's for sure: This sort of room – like much of the floorplan – wouldn't be found in an "authentic" farmhouse, but here that's really quite good, because here they're not selling a museum piece or a modest house on a farm... they're selling Manhattan Beach new construction at nearly $4.5M.

More from the official description:

"This Majestic Manhattan Beach Farm House is truly one of a kind. Perched high off the street on this oversized tree section lot. The grand entry way has 26' high ceiling and Wide Plank European Oak floors in a herringbone design... The lower level 11' ceilings and upper level vaulted ceilings adds to the spaciousness and grandiose feel. The kitchen is designed for the master chef/entertainer with Wolf appliances, Pure White Carrera [sic] Marble counter tops, Walnut bar, and breakfast nook all open to the family room with matching marble fireplace all leading out to the beautiful backyard. A big bonus for the tree section is the heated saline pool and spa with glass water line tile lined with Pebble Tech and surrounded with Pennsylvania Blue Stone. There is also an outdoor shower and a bathroom. Upstairs features 4 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and fully built walk in closets."

2900 Ardmore is at $4.449M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

794 27th (5br/4ba, 3100 sqft.) has been on the market over 6 months and has cut 15% from an ambitious start at $3.290M, but it might now be nearing the right level. TBD.

Here at MBC, we once called this a "supercool Asian-modern remodel... extremely high-style but with some nice family spaces." It is truly a unique space, with many thoughtful details in the original design and construction. But it's going to require just the right buyer who matches up with it.

No doubt there are concerns about the location at a busy corner with Pacific Ave. that get added to concerns about the highly custom design and layout. You know how these things get solved, though. More from the official description:

"[B]eautifully inspired... executive home. The peaked pagoda-like roof of a Japanese tea house enhances the unique design of this luxury home with five bedrooms, and three and one-half baths. This home has a beautiful high ceiling, open living design with informal great room, dining and gourmet kitchen fully equipped with built-in and professional grade appliances all make this home a must-see. The exquisite concrete floor brings just the right touch of modern elegance to the main living area of this thoughtfully design home. The master suite features a beautifully detailed bath, walk-in shower as well as a walk-in closet with multiple built-ins... This immaculate spa-like home offers modern life style living with ultimate pleasure and relaxation of the coast."

794 27th is at $2.799M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

621 19th Street Manhattan Beach CA621 19th (3br/3ba, 2325 sqft.) has been around a while, too, and just emerged from its second failed escrow.

It's now down $250K from its start price in August, asking $2.200M for a modestly sized, custom house that will unquestionably need work from its next owner.

It's not at land value yet (for a 4270 sqft. lot on the periphery of the Martyrs neighborhood), but it's approaching that.

At this time of year, buyers are going to recognize the deal to be had here, we'll predict.

621 19th is now at $2.200M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

East MB

1506 Gates Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1506 Gates (5br/6ba, 4700 sqft.) is a 2006 Mediterranean that's quite close to Pennekamp elementary, not to mention the high school.

It's somewhat oversized thanks to the spacious basement. You'll actually see more in our video tour above than in the listing online, where there's only one pic for now. More from the official description:

"[E]ntry level features a living room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen with huge island and Viking range, and butler's pantry, breakfast nook, formal dining room and a separate family room with fireplace. The spacious finished basement has surround sound and basements. The large master suite features a fireplace, walk-in closet and a master bath with marble countertops and floors, oversized tub and separate stand alone shower. Large grassy backyard with a large patio area, perfect for entertaining."

1506 Gates starts at $2.999M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

626 S. Peck (4br/5ba, 3625 sqft.) might take some explaining.

It's a project that's part way under way. Late last year, showing as a dated duplex (a single-family home split down the middle), it sold for $1.025M, arguably around (under?) lot value.

Now, they've more or less converted it to a single home, removing a bunch of walls and various barriers, deleting some other odd features like a very-hard-to-access storage area in the attic. There is work under way, and plans available to see where they're going with it.

But now? There's kind of one bedroom and there are large, sprawling open spaces. Everything you see needs an update. As we said, it's a project under way. The question is: Do you buy it now and take on the project, or wait till next year to see what they pull off? (In the listing, they pledge: "you have to pay over $2m in March 2016.")

626 S. Peck starts at $1.499M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-3pm.

Hill Section

319 South Dianthus Street Manhattan Beach CA319 South Dianthus (3br/1ba, 1225 sqft.) offers a dated little home with some charm, but the value is in the land.

The listing launched in August at $2.450M and drew an offer fairly soon. However, that deal did not pan out, and it's been back on market for 6 weeks.

A new price cut to $2.250M before Turkey Day might do the trick. More from the description:

"Rare opportunity to get a premium ocean view Hill Section property. Live in now or build your dream home with panoramic ocean views. Situated on a quiet street with alley access for garage. It's a large lot 47 x 125 with good elevations."

319 South Dianthus is at $2.250M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm. 

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