Weekend Opens (12/15-12/16/18)

By Dave Fratello | December 15th, 2018

Santa is making his rounds around the neighborhood, the kids are facing finals and we've reached that stage of the holiday season where foreheads are being slapped by palms: "Wait, it's a week till Christmas?!? And I still have to..."

At this time of year, it ought to be quiet on the real estate front.

And it largely is quiet.

But 83 listings are still out there actively competing for buyers' attention. We were at 62 this time last year.

Of those, 28 will be holding open houses this weekend, but just one is new.

It's arguably the last weekend for open houses this year, though some stalwarts will try later in the month.

That one new listing this week: 1500 6th in East Manhattan.

We're also re-upping a couple of other favorites that are definitely worth your time.

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.

East Manhattan Beach

1500 6th1500 6th Street Manhattan Beach CA (5br/6ba, 4275 sqft.) is a 1987 original with some updates on an wide-but-shallow corner lot.

It's about 80' wide, in fact, but only 75' deep. This makes for a sprawling floorplan, but allows for little in the way of backyard space.

1500 6th Street Manhattan Beach CAFormal living and dining are up front, with an open kitchen and large family room in back. Between those rooms, a prominent, step-down wet bar is positioned, plus casual dining by a window.

1500 6th Street Manhattan Beach CAAn outdoor area in back is fully paved and low-maintenance, with built-in bbq, seating and a fire pit.

The first floor concludes with a full-size guest bedroom suite.

Upstairs, there are two sizable bedrooms (on en suite) and a sizable office with one open wall (could be closed in to make it a full bedroom).

The master suite is large, with a fireplace and separate seating area. There are his-and-hers walk-in closets.

1500 6th Street Manhattan Beach CA1500 6th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe home, in places, shows its vintage, and the furnishings and custom colors are not today's styles. Vacant, with simpler paint, you'd actually have a very spacious home with little that "needs" to be done. For instance, it's nice to see the upstairs offering 2 baths for 3 bedrooms (besides the master), which wasn't common in the buildings of the day, but is demanded today.

More from the official description:

"Every inch of the spacious home is curated for ease, entertainment, and true comfort. From the exquisite open kitchen flowing to the casual dining room, bar, and family room, each space beckons you to gather with friends and loved ones for game nights, book club, and endless laughs. The glistening entryway water feature, the rolling grand staircase, and the ravishing master suite all detail the craftsmanship intrinsic to this family home. The outdoor kitchen and fire pit lounge areas provide the perfect spot for entertaining from day to evening. Pairing splendor with warmth, this remodeled house purposefully rivals your notions of 'home.'"

1500 6th is at $2.675M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

 

 

Sand Section

212 16th212 16th Street Manhattan Beach CA (4br/5ba, 4100 sqft.) is a new walkstreet modern with good views from the front and back (currently).

This is a really special property. It jumps to an elite level thanks to confident, warm, designer details.

As with any higher-end listing, the photos make a good impression. The reality is better. It's must-see stuff.

They've built this with 4br, with one being a guest room downstairs by the walkstreet-adjacent den. The choice can be controversial, because some feel you need 5br in this size of home. But the rationale is clear: With 3br on the middle level, you don't have any compromise with the master (it's huge), and the secondary bedroom suites are of more than ample size. Plus there's laundry on that level. Squeeze 4br on a single level like this, and everything shrinks.

212 16th Street Manhattan Beach CAThroughout the home, all of the drawers and cabinets - even the fridge - have no handles. They're all push-to-open and soft-close. The frames appear seamless. It's a very slick look. The white oak used for much of the cabinetry feels very natural and warm (there's that word again). Over the kitchen and dining area, the ceiling is adorned uniquely with polished wood planks. It's a striking detail.

The top floor features an outdoor room with the best current views, to the south. Indeed, from one spot you can see the Manhattan Beach Pier. Views on Friday, after this week's rain, were unbelievable, and may be very clear and gorgeous again on Saturday.

212 16th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe outdoor room features a large wet bar with a slot for a TV behind it. There's also a built-in BBQ. The rest of the space isn't built out and could be developed with some flexibility. 

That outdoor room makes up about 20% of the top floor, a design that is becoming a trend that we support fully. If you can live outside 10 months out of the year, the home should be built to encourage and allow for that.

The obvious comp for 212 16th is a new construction modern home nearby, lower, at 130 19th (4br/5ba, 4200 sqft.). It closed for $8.085M in early October, more than a full year after first listing at $9.250M.

212 16th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe homes bear many similarities in size, style and views. 212 16th is, on balance, a step up from 130 19th. It's priced about $700K (9%) higher at $8.795M.

One worry for now: It's next door to a just-begun new construction project. However, in Manhattan Beach, there's no getting away from that. At least you'll know once that's done, it's done.

More from the official description:

212 16th Street Manhattan Beach CA"[T]he best finished most well executed brand new ocean view single family walk street home to ever hit the open market... [A] Warm Modern masterpiece that a lucky family will be able to call their home. Enjoy Ocean Views from the entire top floor as every detail comes together to make you want to never leave. Finishes include•Exterior Peterson Brick from Denmark- French White Oak Wood Flooring•Free Floating Wood Stair Case•White Oak Cabinetry•3rd Floor Ceiling Clear Cedars•1st Floor Flooring - 12" x 24" Cream Limestone•Master Bathroom Flooring is Slab Perla River Vein Cut. Walls are 12" x 24" Peral River Tiles. Master bath sinks are integrated stone sinks•Secondary Bathrooms• Calcatta Mosaic Wall Tiles with Indiana Buff Limestone shower floors and benches.•Kitchen Countertop Perla Venata Quartzite•Powder Bath-Neolith Calcutta Free Floating vanity w/integrated sink.•Plumbing Fixtures - Graff - with Bronze Finish•Kitchen Appliances - Miele 48" Range• Miele Microwave• 2 Miele Dishwashers ... La Cantina Full Height Multi-Slide Doors - Slate Exterior/White Oak Interior..."

212 16th begins at $8.795M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

2805 Poinsettia2805 Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (5br/4ba, 3400 sqft.) is an inspired '02 Mediterranean with upgrades, including the fully outfitted backyard entertaining spaces.

It's probably the best home for the money still on the market in the Tree Section.

The location is at one end of a special block of Poinsettia between Valley and 31st that is the very definition of a special pocket of the Tree Section. Great street.

More from the official description:

2805 Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CA"Beautiful family home on arguably one of the best Tree Section streets in Manhattan Beach. Five bedrooms and four baths in over 3,400 sq ft of fine living space. The finishes were recently refreshed... The west facing backyard is amazing, having been completely redesigned to include outdoor kitchen and dining, fountain, pergola, and fire pit...perfect for entertaining. All of the bedrooms are spacious including the master suite with sunny deck and large master closet. The kitchen has all of the bells and whistles with high end appliances, recently refreshed cabinets, and breakfast nook. This enchanting block with its tree lined streets and quiet neighborhood vibe is one of the most sought after in town."

2805 Poinsettia is now at $3.299M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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