Weekend Opens (12/10-12/11/16)

By Dave Fratello | December 10th, 2016


You know it's really getting to be that time of year when the city of Manhattan Beach is ready to blow stuff up. 

Fireworks, we mean.

If you were new to MB last year, you may have been bummed out by the early-launched, rain-soaked Holiday Fireworks show.

No such issue this year, if current weather trends hold through Sunday night. And we're getting an "extended finale," according to the good news over at DigMB.com. Music downtown starts Sunday at 4:00pm with the totally awesome you-will-miss-them-if-they-ever-go Hyperion Outfall Serenaders, and continues through the 7:00pm rocket launches.

Plan now, also, for the MB Yuletide 5K, next Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5:30pm. This super fun nighttime run is sponsored by MB Confidential and DigMB. Register online at www.mb5k.com. Want a chance at a free entry? Email Dave.

As to local real estate, we're back up to 32 active listings holding open houses this weekend, including several new listings.

Our video features new construction at 2600 Grandview, with truly different and spectacular views from a high point on the plateau over Grand View Elementary, plus 1000 The Strand (now "only" $24M) and new construx at 1801 Walnut, among others:

Some mobile users and email subscribers will need to use this link to view the video.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!). Our open house link always appears in our weekly wrapups and on the main front page, under "Open Houses."

Below, click any address link to view all photos and property details. And 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. Listings appearing here come from the whole MB market and may or may not be represented by MB Confidential author Dave Fratello.

Tree Section

1801 Walnut Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1801 Walnut (5br/5ba, 3150 sqft.) is Tree Section new construction. (It keeps coming.)

People say, and show, that they want an "open" floorplan. This one challenges you to take that fully seriously. As with its near-twin, 2001 Oak, which sold in September for $2.800M, the layout features a first floor with almost no differentiation of spaces. Everything is open to everything. (Well, there's a hall closet, a guest bedroom and walls enclosing the bath.) It continues back to a small and fully outfitted back patio with firepit.

Some of the finishing details are a significant step up from 2001 Oak, as is the location, which is a partial explanation for the substantially higher start price of $3.399M. More from the official description:

"Situated in the highly desirable Tree Section lies this brand new 'Planation-style' home [sic]... [T]his property has the most open and functional layout you will find in the Trees. Amenities include: 7 1/2” wide Oak floors, two zone AC, Sonos electronics, Nest thermostats, speakers throughout living areas and pre-wired for security cameras. First level features guest bedroom with en-suite bath, living room, family room and kitchen all opening to bi-fold doors with an entertaining backyard, which includes built-in gas fire pit, wrap-around bench seating, built-in BBQ and landscaping. The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances featuring Thermador 48” range, built-in micro, 48” fridge/freezer and wall oven. Stained natural oak cabinets throughout. The kitchen counters are a combination of Calcutta and blue de savoy stones. Master slab is a linac vein cut with sea grass. Windows are custom wood and roof is a mixture of concrete tile and standing seam metal. Tons of Custom woodwork through the home."

1801 Walnut starts at $3.399M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 

3600 Pacific Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3600 Pacific (4br/3ba, 3300 sqft.) is an early 1990s Spanish with a substantial amount of space, small back patio and challenging location near the end of Pacific at Rosecrans. The listing calls it a "[r]are opportunity" and "the essence of Manhattan Beach living at its finest." OK.

More from the official description:

"This spacious home features a magnificent formal living and separate dining area, great room with chef’s kitchen, vaulted ceilings, aquarium, hand painted wall art; large master bedroom suite with double facing fireplace and Jacuzzi tub with separate shower. 3 additional bedrooms with 2 full baths (including a bed/bath on first floor) 2 car attached garage and private backyard perfect for entertaining... [L]ocated close to award winning schools, beaches, parks, shops and fine restaurants."

3600 Pacific starts at $2.195M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 

3508 N Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3508 Poinsettia (5br/3ba, 2275 sqft.) is not exactly new to market, but it's been a long time since you may have seen it last. The property ran 6 weeks in Summer and drew an offer in early September, and has been stuck in escrow ever since.

Alas, that deal did not work out and the property is back at a somewhat inopportune time of year. But that doesn't change what it is: More space for the money than you can typically find west of the highway, a quirky floorplan resulting from staged additions over the years, plus a pool (!). From the official description:

"Tree Section charmer. Enter though french doors to the family room featuring beachy vaulted open-beam ceilings, wood floors, a fireplace and dining area. Just beside the family room is the recently remodeled kitchen highlighted by Caesarstone countertops, Thermador range and dishwasher, recessed lighting and freshly painted open-window cabinets. Just past the main living area is the first bedroom with en-suite bathroom. On this level there are two additional bedrooms and a refreshed bathroom with tile floors and shower. Head upstairs to find two more bedrooms, one with a sliding glass door allowing roof access. The upstairs master suite has an expanded closet with built-in organization system, a ceiling fan, and a master bath with marble countertops and jetted tub. The backyard has a swimming pool and room for a grill, and there’s a one car oversized garage with laundry area. With French doors throughout, wood plank beamed ceilings, wood floors and decorative touches, this home feels truly unique!"

3508 Poinsettia starts at $1.595M and is open Sat. from 12-2pm. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

664 Rosecrans Avenue Manhattan Beach CA664 Rosecrans (2br/2ba, 625 sqft.) is just a little bit of house with a lot of thoughtful remodeling applied.

It shows as 2br but you have to account for the fact that one used to be the garage. So there's that.

Very nice baths are attached to each bedroom. The kitchen is a little galley that's updated. The living room opens to a huge yard. Want to take a soak? There's a hot tub set up against the fence at Rosecrans.

This home has been listed in 3 short bursts earlier this year (the former agent had a penchant for bogus re-lists). The price is a tad lower as the seller is trying to show motivation. Is this what someone needs?

From the official description:

"This remodeled beach bungalow will capture your heart. Renovations include hardwood flooring, remodeled bathrooms, ceiling fans, recessed lighting, interior laundry, and a remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The gated and fenced yard area is incredible. Ocean breezes, a private spa, several patio gathering spaces, and an open air dining area adorn this space. It’s a remarkably private setting for being so conveniently located to beaches, Sand Dune Park and Manhattan Village."

664 Rosecrans starts at $1.149M and is open Sat. from 12-3pm. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

Hill Section 

917 Highview Avenue Manhattan Beach CA917 Highview (5br/5ba, 6350 sqft.) appears to be having its first-ever public open house.

In an "Insider" post here the other day, we called 917 Highview "the quintessential Hill Section estate," with "Beverly Hills ambition, with enough space to spread out a wide and sprawling home plus pool, sports court and party cabana."

Price obviously held it back: $8.350M. It has been recently re-listed and the price adjusted to $7.550M. One to see. Fun to see. More from the official description:

"Sprawling down the north western slope on one of the Hill Sections largest lots (12,238s.f.), is a magnificent 6,352s.f. 5 bdrm, 4.5 ba Coastal Mediterranean home with an additional guest home/pool house. This home was originally constructed in 1989, but was completely gutted in 2006 & updated with exceptional quality finishes. Offering a traditional floor plan, gated street frontage and a travertine entry patio, the home opens into the western view with a huge multi-level yard that features dining patio, large outdoor bar, pool and spa area, a sports court, a fire pit and a large guest/pool house with its own garage spot. Gourmet kitchen with breakfast area, center island with pewter counter top, custom cabinetry, stainless Thermador range, convection oven, microwave & warming drawer, Subzero refrigerator/freezers...including extra drawers, travertine country sink, custom stone hood, & travertine flooring. Master suite featuring master bedroom with large lounging view balcony, raised hearth fireplace & elegant master bath with silver dipped plumbing fixtures, multi-fixture steam shower, heated towel bars, electronic blinds and his and her walk in closets (hers with additional pull down stairs to finished attic closet space.)"

917 Highview is at $7.550M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

Sand Section

445 21st Street Manhattan Beach CA445 21st (3br/4ba, 2650 sqft.) is a new modern-style TH on a wide lot whose views toward the Martyrs steeple and over the baseball field at Live Oak Park (Dorsey) are interesting. This particular spot doesn't seem to have the feeling of crowding or density that one might expect in the Sand generally, and on 21st in particular.

The build is tight and confident, but we'd prefer to see it furnished to have some soul. Also, while we don't doubt that the size is notably bigger than the typical 1900-2100 sqft. for a Sand Section townhome, it's hard to really "feel" that extra space. You still have 1br on the garage level, two in the middle and one open living space up top. Probably they are all just a bit bigger than you'd get in a more conventional TH floorplan, with the master bath and closet getting more generous space here than expected.

More from the official description:

"Brand new contemporary townhome located in one of the most sought after areas of Manhattan Beach... Enjoy cool ocean breezes on the oversize balcony along with some ocean view... Upper level features a large gourmet kitchen with top of the line stainless steel appliances,center island counter with additional sink and garbage disposal. Living area features built in fireplace, French white oak flooring, oversize balcony with plenty of room to entertain. Master bedroom located mid level with large custom walk in closet. Master bath features separate shower and bathtub, dual sinks. Additional bedroom on mid level with its own bathroom. Lower level features a bedroom with its own bathroom, laundry room with sink. This home features a 3 stop elevator, custom windows, air conditioning, tank less water heater and water conditioning system."

445 21st starts at $3.649M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

448 21st Place Manhattan Beach CA448 21st Place (3br/4ba, 2275 sqft.) is the twin back unit for 445 21st.

From the official description:

"This brand new townhome ... features two large balconies offering plenty of outdoor space. Mid level Master bedroom features large walk in closet, in-suite bathroom with separate bathtub and shower and dual sinks. Mid level also has additional bedroom with its own bathroom. Lower level offers third bedroom also with its own bathroom along with separate laundry room with sink. Upper level features gourmet kitchen with top of the line stainless steel appliances, Wolf range and custom cabinets. Large balcony off kitchen makes for a great outdoor entertainment area. French white oak floors compliment this home throughout."

448 21st starts at $2.899M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

East MB

225 Aviation Place Manhattan Beach CA225 Aviation Place (3br/3ba, 1650 sqft.) is the 5th unit in the "Manhattan Pointe" complex of rowhouse-inspired townhomes just east of Aviation Blvd. to come up for sale this year. That's pretty startling after a full 4-year drought.

There were 5 public-market sales in the complex in 2012, all with 7's in front. Values rose in between.

A nicely upgraded unit at 301 Aviation Place started the year at a bold $1.075M, apparently the first listing ever to ask more than $1M in the complex, and sold for $1.077M. No one has repeated the feat.

213 Aviation Place came out later in February at $1.049M, but quit without selling. 209 Aviation Place came out in March at the same price, but "settled" $100 short at $999,900 in a sale closing in May.

207 Aviation Place tried to sell twice this year but recently dropped out, having sought $1.019M each time.

Now 225 Aviation Place is asking $1.050M, the second-highest-ever asking price. For now, it's got the field to itself. More from the official description:

"Lowest priced home currently for sale in Manhattan Beach!! This town home is located in the gated Manhattan Pointe complex in Manhattan Beach. Entry level is a light, bright, open floor plan with lots of windows and neighborhood and sunset views. Living room with fireplace open to kitchen and dining. Gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counters, Jenn-air pro-style range, hood and dishwasher. Three bedrooms are all located upstairs. Master bedroom with fireplace and en suite bathroom along with a second full bath and two additional bedrooms on the upper level. Enclosed front patio looks out onto charming courtyard and west facing balcony for enjoying sunset views. Community playground area, fun for all ages! Direct access from home into a large, two car garage. "

225 Aviation Place starts at $1.050M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

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