Weekend Opens (1/16-1/17)

By Dave Fratello | January 16th, 2010
Hello, New Year!

Inventory is surging early this year, and we've got a raft of debut opens to prove it.

Most of the truly new listings are in the Trees, as you'll see.

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

Please report back here at MBC on any open houses you visit – what you like, what you don't like, etcetera.  And while there, why not tell the listing agent that MBC sent you?

Hill Section

201 Larsson (3br/4ba, 3900 sq. ft.) is literally at the top of the hill, and sports some good views as a result. It was on the market briefly in Spring 2009 before renting out and now returning to market.

The home's got some modern and some frat boy in it. Last year, when offered at $3.299m, MBC said:
We're afraid buyers will find the 1980s/90s updates a bit, well, dated – more "Miami Vice" than 21st-century MB.
Since then, the price is down $500k to $2.790m to begin this time.

Did we really opine, way back when, that this one might sell nearer to $2.3m? Yes, we did. We also said, "Time will tell."

Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

801 1st (4br/3ba, 2800 sq. ft.) is back after a holiday hiatus, now asking $270k less than it began at last May, re-starting at $1.829m.

It's a comfy Cape Cod with surprising views, nice breezes, but a strike against it due to the location right above busy Ardmore. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

1516 Highland (3br/3ba, 2225 sq. ft.) is a newer (2005) contemporary looking for its third set of owners in 5 years.

Big ocean views, extreme downtown proximity, comfortable living spaces. It's a good package, with that big Highland location asterisk.

Current owners paid $1.795m in March 2007, and hope to get out closer to $1.650m.

Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm. Be sure to tell the listing agent MBC sent you.

A few doors down, 1704 Highland, featured last weekend, is still at $2.099m and also looking for its third set of owners since 2005. Is there something we should know about Highland? Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

1413 Pine (4br/3ba, 2275 sq. ft.) is the subject of MBC's currently active pricing poll.

As we detailed in the poll setup story (see "Re-Poll: 1413 Pine"), it's a 90s remodel with a "plain-vanilla feel" to go with its Craftsman-inspired exterior. (Not much of that theme inside.)

Priced at $1.389m, and open all weekend – Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Just a few doors down, you'll find bigger, grander, Frencher (Frenchier?) 1724 Pine (4br/4ba, 3525 sq. ft.).

We're noting the French aspect because the listing language hits the theme hard, saying the home is "reminiscent of the manor homes of the Provence," and calling the style "Normandy." The heavy use of stone outside as well as some of the flair inside do provide a nice break from the standard-issue in these parts, whatever you call it.

The 1998 build has been modernized in important parts, and shows great.

Starts at $2.049m; open Sun. 1-4pm.

3113 Laurel (5br/5ba, 3400 sq. ft.) brings us back to America, where a clean Cape Cod on a 4300 sq. ft. lot is all we really need.

Here's another newer home (2006 build) looking for new owners already. If it finds some, they'll wind up with a sharp, family-friendly home in a decent pocket of the Trees, though one a bit close to the refinery for some tastes.

Current owners paid $2.350m in March 2007 (same month/year as 1516 Highland above), and now start out offering the home to the general public for $2.195m.

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

763 33rd (5br/6ba, 3825 sq. ft.) is just a few doors up and over from 3113 Laurel, making for another nice two-fer if you're out.

This 10-year-old Spanish is a good bit bigger than your average home in the Trees thanks to the 5400 sq. ft. lot. Starts at $2.097m.

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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