Sunday Opens (11/8/15)

By Dave Fratello | November 8th, 2015

Ready to experiment with us? 

This week we're beginning a new video accompaniment to MBC's long-running weekend open-house feature. We've got an inside look at several new listings, shot during the Friday brokers' open houses. Enjoy!

Here's our new video.

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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.

Hill Section

511 N. Dianthus (3br/3ba, 1900 sqft.) is a remodeled "tall and skinny" (not all that tall, frankly) with a super sharp sense of style for the common areas, but tiny secondary bedrooms.

It's priced at $1.899M, precisely the same as the similarly sized Hill Section "tall and skinny" at 706 Anderson, which is lingering now at ~100 DOM. (That, after price cuts from $2.095M.)

Comparing Dianthus to Anderson is pretty straightforward: Anderson has common areas and bedrooms split between levels, with the kitchen and master up. Dianthus has flowing common areas downstairs, with all bedrooms up. Anderson's kitchen is a showpiece of white marble and cabinetry, while Dianthus' has a mid-century/modern vibe going on. Both have little yards, but Dianthus' is more lush, and features a turtle pond. (This is the first time this year on MBC we've had occasion to say "turtle pond.")

Both are effectively starter homes for the Hill Section.

More from the official description:

"Sitting up high on the hill, this completely upgraded Manhattan Beach Hill Section home has it all. With ... an optimal floor plan with all 3 bedrooms on the same level and a first level great room that opens up to the private backyard. A few of the upgrades include new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and a new roof in 2013. The well equipped kitchen boasts stainless appliances, new Caesar Stone counters, double convection ovens, and a farmhouse sink. Walker-Zanger tiles featured in all three Euro-modern bathrooms. The large grass backyard is lined with mature trees, new sod, and a tranquil turtle pond with a waterfall to complement the outdoor dining area."

511 N. Dianthus starts at $1.899M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm. 

937 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA937 8th (5br/6ba, 5150 sqft.) is a recently completed remodel of a 2007 build, restyled now as a "Montecito" modern Spanish.

Dave is friendly with the owners and has shown the property to clients, so we're going to stick to the official description here:

"[T]he property has gone through an extensive remodel that was just completed in November 2015. This city view home features 5 bedroom, 5.5 baths in 5151 sq ft (per last appraisal) with a 3-car garage sitting on a 7200 sq. ft. lot. The entrance is grand…a mixture of new and mature landscaping, gated entry and Walker Zanger tiles. You enter into an elegant foyer with high wood beam ceilings, finished walnut floors and a light and bright open floor plan. Custom gourmet kitchen with Calcutta, Limestone, Ann Sacks tiles and Walnut Butcher compliment the top of the line appliances. Open living space that opens up to outside entertainment Logia w/fireplace, pool, spa and sport court. Incredible Master Bedroom and Bath with fireplace, private balcony and views of the mountains and city lights. Downstairs basement has an Entertainment Great Room w/windows for natural light, a fitness gym, Au Pair or guest bedroom, separate bath, 500 bottle refrigerated wine cellar and Media Center. Top of the line Audio/Visual and Entertainment system throughout the property."

937 8th starts at $5.500M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

1015 Boundary Place Manhattan Beach CA1015 Boundary (3br/4ba, 2450 sqft.) offers a bedroom and living room downstairs, with the master & another bedroom up along with kitchen and living/dining areas. There's a little pool in the pocket yard.

Though it's not really built as a view home, we did find ourselves wishing – on behalf of this owner or the next – that the next-door neighbor would shave down the extensive trees in their front yard, which basically rule out any views toward the south. More from the description:

"Hill Section Mid-Century / Plantation Home with Newly Refinished Gleaming Hardwood Floors... The upper level features a living room and dining room with ocean views, kitchen with granite countertops, Viking range, Bosch dishwasher and KitchenAid refrigerator. The master suite with partial ocean views, new carpet, walk-in closet and a master bath with extensive use of marble and dual sinks are on the upper level... Other features include wood beamed ceilings, individual laundry room, built-ins and a wine refrigerator."

1015 Boundary starts at $2.099M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

873 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA873 8th (4br/5ba, 4975 sqft.) is an early-90s Spanish with a bona fide third level – the "basement" level here legitimately opens to a covered patio and something of a yard area.

This one recently chopped $250K to $3.250M as it hit 100 DOM. No doubt it poses a challenge to buyers because it wants a round of significant updates. More from the official description:

"Perfectly poised in the sought after Hill Section of Manhattan Beach, this home truly has it all- Within 4,969 sq ft of extraordinary living you will find 4 bedrooms, an office that could be utilized as a 5th Bedroom, 3 full baths and 2 powder rooms, 3 fireplaces, bonus room, 4 car garage with additional parking for guest. This is an entertainer's dream home with architectural details throughout."

873 8th has newly cut to $3.250 and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

Tree Section

652 Rosecrans Avenue Manhattan Beach CA652 Rosecrans (6br/6ba, 4725 sqft.) is lining up to become the knock-it-out-of-the-park, highest-priced single-family home sale ever on Rosecrans, maybe for as long as we'll all share this planet.

And we're saying this just a couple of days after 808 Rosecrans closed for $1.862M.

It starts with a double-size lot, 7300-odd sqft., and continues with a home maxed to the lot size: 4700+ sqft. inside. These are East Manhattan numbers, folks. Hence the pricing: $2.999M, which is somewhere in the vicinity of recent sales there. (See, for instance, "Quick East MB New Construx Catchup.")

Layout features 2br up front, a smaller living room and flow toward a great room in back. Rather than a true backyard, it's more of a side yard and patio, given that the garage is in back on the 36th Place alley. There's a lot of style and weight to the place, and – as you already noticed – a ton of square footage west of Sepulveda. More from the official description:

"Spanish masterpiece featuring an unprecendented 6 bed + office + bonus room w/ 3 car garage on this premier estate situated on a 50' x 146' lot in the MB tree section. Some may even call it a 7 bedroom.... The home is set back from the street & private. Once you walk through the two-story dramatic entry w/ light which seems to come from 5 different directions, you realize you're home in a world all its own.... Huge kitchen w/ island, 3 fireplaces, high-end stainless steel featuring a Viking 6 burner w/ griddle, aluminum clad exterior stain-grade wood windows & 8' solid core doors. Beautiful courtyard-backyard"

652 Rosecrans starts at $2.99M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

2201 Oak Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2201 Oak (3br/2ba, 1875 sqft.) is an original home (well, some of those upgrades conjure the 1970s very strongly!) with an above-average amount of interior square footage looking for a reboot.

The most recent lot sale on Oak just closed at 1829 Oak for $1.450M. More from this one's official description:

"Wonderful original home! 2 Bedrooms plus an extra bonus room (was used as a bedroom) and 1.75 Baths. Sold As-Is. Large backyard. Property is situated on the West side of Oak Avenue, lot has a nice elevation and mid-block location. Large picture window in the front lets the light stream in. Kitchen has a built in eating area and a door opening to the side yard. Family room/dining room as you enter."

2201 Oak starts at $1.349M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

Sand Section

524 23rd Street Manhattan Beach CA524 23rd (4br/3ba, 1675 sqft.) is a modestly sized, partly upgraded but clean 1950s cottage on one of the great gaslamp streets. 

There's no doubt it's a $2M+ home, because neighbors have recently sold in that territory: 513 23rd (3br/2ba, 1160 sqft. at $2.100M) and 532 24th (3br/3ba, 1750 sqft. at $2.300M).

Plus, the lot size here just over 3250 sqft. should give this one an additional boost over comps with 2700 sqft. lots. More from the official description:

"[S]treet to alley lot... mid century feel reminiscent of an Eichler home. 3 bedrooms + 2 baths, one en suite, located at front of house, 4th bed/bath located at the rear of house with separate entrance. Hardwood floors & wood beams throughout, fireplace in living room. Both living & dining room open to private courtyard with access to 2 car garage."

524 23rd starts at $2.250M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

East MB

1641 23rd Street Manhattan Beach CA1641 23rd (3br/1ba, 1125 sqft.) is an original home on a 5000 sqft. lot. More from the official description:

"Starter home in Manhattan Beach! First time on market in decades. Walking distance to Polliwog and Marine Parks, schools, Manhattan Village Mall, restaurants. Sunny south facing exposure, 3 bd. 1 bath bungalow with original oak hardwood floors, fireplace, galley kitchen. Newer windows, paint, and roof, 2 car garage, floor furnace, laundry area adjacent to kitchen."

1641 23rd starts at $1.250M and is open Sun. from 12-3pm.

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