Weekend Opens (12/13-12/14)

By Dave Fratello | December 13th, 2008
Our "Weekend Opens" feature is back after a one-week hiatus, because now, incredible as it seems, we have plenty of new offerings – just 10 days before Christmas.

That's a quirk of timing. New construction is ready when it's ready, and many of this week's first-timers are new homes getting a little jump on the New Year by starting now.

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

We ask MBC readers who visit these homes to also report back. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like. Use the comments here to discuss the homes we've highlighted.

Hill Section

852 8th (5br/6ba, 4650 sq. ft.) is a big new Cape Cod to the west of Poinsettia.

They're showing ocean views, but we're going to need to see that ourselves.

It's a pristine, traditionally styled home that carries plenty of East Coast flavor.

And lots of white paint. We gave this one a little ribbing last month because the pics then (and now) featured action shots of the painters. (See "Road to the White House.")

852 8th starts at $4.250m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

224 7th invites the question: Can the South End show itself to be a healthier market for new construction than the North End?

The size here is the max (5br/5ba, 4200 sq. ft.) and the location is right near downtown.

Put it on the north side of the walkstreet and you might have utter, complete perfection. In theory, this one has so much going for it, you wonder why it didn't pre-sell.

Recall that the highest price we saw this year for new construction in the west-of-Highland walkstreets was $5.6m for 200 19th (see "Spectacular, But Shifting Fast").

Now, 224 7th starts at $5.695m. Open Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm.

517 21st gives us 3 Cape Cods in a row this week. This one also boasts a "certified green home" status thanks to materials and some efficiencies, which will be worth a second look.

They've squeezed 4br/4ba and 3400 sq. ft. onto a 2700 sq. ft. lot with a big basement/media room. Though this feels like the Tree Section, it's the Sand, and it's priced as such. Starts at $2.675m. Open Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm.

517 24th is just a few blocks over, in the gaslamp area, a bit larger that the 21st St. offering at 5br/5ba, 3600 sq. ft. on a significantly larger 4000 sq. ft. lot.

They're calling the style on this one "Plantation," and it does have a very different feel. (But that ends our run of Cape Cods.)

The listing for 24th has been active since June, pre-completion, at $3.275m.

Now it's at $2.995m. Open Sat. & Sun., 2-4pm.

Tree Section

1900 Laurel offers the opportunity to tour a vintage cottage before it's scraped. Not to be cruel, but this corner-lot location in one of the sleepier parts of the Trees cries out for a dream home. The lot's even 25% larger than most Tree Section lots at 6000 sq. ft.

Not so long ago, a builder would have grabbed this for about the $1.499m start price, but the dirt market is different today. Open Sat. 2-4pm, Sun. 1-3pm.

2829 Valley is the only listing we're featuring this week that's not up for viewing for the first time. It is, however, nearly the lowest-priced new construction west of Sepulveda at $1.799m, which bears some notice. (It's also another Cape Cod, which fits with our accidental theme of the week.)

In tough times like this, location matters more, and Valley is a strike. But this 3-level home (5br/4ba, 3425 sq. ft.) doesn't suffer much from being near the road once you're inside. It's fairly tranquil, in fact, and the layout is refreshingly different. Open Sat. 1-4pm, Sun. 2-4pm.

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