Weekend Opens (12/16-12/17/17)

By Dave Fratello | December 16th, 2017

We're not quite done with open houses for the year, but we're close. Each weekend from now till 2018, there will be little windows of time where some ongoing listings will be shown, maybe mainly to out-of-towners.

Below is our roundup of some of the highlights from this weekend.

Speaking of "lights" and "this weekend," Saturday at 5:30pm is the latest running of the MB Yuletide 5K, now slightly rebranded as the "Glowtide 5K," sponsored by MB Confidential, Confidential Realty and DigMB, and in association with the Village Runner.

We've loved this annual event since the first time we became aware of it (and ran in it, of course), and now we're glad to be long-running supporters.

There's nothing quite like a night run on the beach, with bells and glowsticks and flashing lights and Santa caps and kids & parents and, oh my!

Weather's looking super sharp for this weekend. Hope to see you out there. And if you don't make it this year, remember next time!

(Photo by Scott McFarlane, www.periscopecreative.co)


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 MB

2208 Wendy2208 Wendy Way Manhattan Beach CA (3br/3ba, 1800 sqft.) is a Liberty Village flipper remodel with tons of style and a somewhat larger lot (near 6000 sqft. instead of the typical 5400 sqft. for the LV).

They've just cut the price almost $90K to $1.790M.

The kitchen/great room is set up at the center of the home and oriented more or less toward the southern side of the home, where you'll find a nice covered patio and wide driveway that would likely be a place where kids would play (bikes, trampoline, basketball, etc.).

2208 Wendy Way Manhattan Beach CAWe'd really recommend you check out the full set of interior photos (and visit, of course) to better appreciate the combination of contemporary styling and artistic accents that the builders brought to the project.

The location liability is obvious (Aviation side of Wendy), but the home is configured mostly to mitigate that concern, and two tall and full ficus trees in back shield Aviation noise and potential particulates. The master suite is in back, but seemed quiet in our visit.

2208 Wendy Way Manhattan Beach CAThis home was picked up as an REO back in December last year (here's the past listing) for $1.200M, and transformed in an inspired fashion to reach its current status. It was no small feat.

Here is some more from the (current) official listing description:

"Stunning Coastal Farmhouse style home! Completely renovated, open floor plan with living room and large bay window. Family room with gas fireplace, built-in cabinets and French doors, opening to a large pergola covered deck and private enclosed outdoor area. The elegant and refined design has many windows and doors to stream in an abundance of natural light. The gourmet kitchen features a large island, Carrara marble countertops and a farm style sink. The master suite leads out to the backyard and feels like a retreat with luxurious marble appointed bath. This is a truly delightful home. Located in the quiet and serene neighborhood of Liberty Village."

2208 Wendy is at $1.790M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1531 10th1531 10th Street Manhattan Beach CA (5br/5ba, 3775 sqft.) is a late-90s Mediterranean with a full-size lot and pool.

The position on the hill is favorable, with city and mountain views to the north and east and the hill of the neighborhood dropping down in both directions, enhancing the views.

Most buyers would probably approach this home as a project, as the need for updates is clear, but it's very livable as is, while you start out.

More from the official description:

1531 10th Street Manhattan Beach CA"[Q]uiet East Manhattan Beach street featuring a back yard oasis with all the amenities perfect for lazy days or epic pool and patio parties! All while enjoying views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel mountains. A versatile 1st floor bedroom and nearby 3/4 bath provides access to the shower for pool/beach goers. Two story ceilings in formal living room with skylights and statement fireplace. Elegant dining room w/butler's door to kitchen. Kitchen amenities: center island w/prep sink, wine rack & breakfast bar; Viking double oven, Thermador cooktop, & Sub-Zero refrigerator. A sun-filled breakfast room overlooks the manicured yard. A wall of french doors provides pool/patio views and direct access from large family room to the yard for seamless indoor/outdoor living. The large backyard offers a sparkling pool/spa, outdoor bar area, built-in BBQ & nice grassy area for playtime & pets. Enjoy city lights views from the private master suite which has vaulted ceilings, private fireplace & deck, walk-in closet with organizers, his & hers vanities, & jetted tub. Three en-suite bedrooms with walk-in closets. A large laundry room is also conveniently located on the upper level."

1531 10th begins at $2.549M and is open Sun. 1-4 pm.

Sand Section

420 31st Street Manhattan Beach CA420 31st (5br/6ba, 4300 sqft.) is new construction up on the plateau (aka, the flats) in a comfortably familiar beachy style. From the official description:

"[N]ewly built coastal plantation design features a spacious and cohesive floor plan. French oak wood floors and spacious hallways flow through out the house. Boasting with natural light, entertain guests indoor or outdoors in this deliberately thought out floor plan. Master suite features beautiful calacatta marble fireplace, along with a luxe and stylish en-suite bathroom and spacious walk in closet. Additional 3 bedrooms each with their own bathrooms and a separate laundry room occupy the second floor. Step up to the third floor with an open floor plan that includes the living room, dining room, kitchen and spacious deck area. Expansive kitchen with a large calacutta marble island makes entertaining a breeze. Thermador appliances flow throughout the kitchen with wine cooler. Outdoor living space features built-in ceiling heaters by Infratech. Spacious front yard patio to entertaining guests & enjoy the sunset. A full-size elevator, three car garage and plenty of storage space encompass this beautiful home."

420 31st St. is at $4.995M after 2+ months and is open Sat & Sun. 1-4pm.

320 35th Street Manhattan Beach CA320 35th (4br/5ba, 2450 sqft.) & 319 34th Place (3br/4ba, 2000 sqft) are both nearly identical modern new townhomes far up in the North End and right in the thick of our "second downtown." You can see Four Daughters from the front deck along with a goodly amount of ocean blue from there and some windows in each unit.

The front unit adds a basement level with a room that's officially a 4th bedroom, but may more likely serve as a media room - a rarity in the Sand or in a typical townhome. More from the official description:

"[G]orgeous brand new construction town home... Ocean and white water views from the top floor living area, along with your over-sized decks... Some of the many features include white washed European oak hardwood flooring and a neutral color palette throughout. The kitchen boasts a custom designed waterfall island in Carrara quartz with a three dimensional back splash. Appliances are all stainless steel Thermador with a six burner range and dual ovens. The powder room boasts a Newport brass cross handle wall mount faucet in gun metal, Vox oval vessel sink, Hudson Valley cage pendant, and modern wall covering... An expansive master bedroom sports his and her closets with one large walk-in, and the bathroom includes a stand-alone tub and custom marble artistic tile mosaics. Turn the 4th bedroom/basement into a cinema, play room, sports bar, large home office, or anything else you can imagine. This stylish coastal contemporary is one of the most affordably priced new construction town homes in the past few years. It will not last long!"

320 35th & 319 34th Place are at $2.999M and $2.599M, respectively, after 5 months, and are open Sat. & Sun. 12-3pm.

Tree Section

3001 Poinsettia3001 N Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (5br/4ba, 3360 sqft.) is a 2002-built Cape Cod that has gotten a complete, modern update with designer everything from head to toe.

Even the (smallish) backyard has been fully built out for outdoor entertaining.

We'd hope you know the nice block where this home is located. The little stretch of Poinsettia between Valley and 31st may be a bit narrow, but it's got a delightful tree canopy and an abundance of beautiful homes. Call it a micro-micro-market, a little block that the listing describes as a "storybook" street, one where often listings do not last long because people love the location.

3001 N Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CAJust last year (April 2016), a newer nearby neighbor at 3009 Poinsettia (4br/4ba, 3600 sqft.) sold within 2 weeks for $3.700M, a truly big number presumably reflecting the glamour of that home, a little extra square footage and... location.

They begin near that price at $3.500M for this beaut, hoping to make someone's holiday season. From the official description:

"Luxury living awaits on this highly sought after 'storybook' street. Professionally landscaped walkway leads to the front entrance. Soaring ceilings and skylights allow the entry and living room to be drenched in sunshine. The main level offers an enviable chefs kitchen with center island, banquette seating, formal dining and a family room with beautifully designed cabinetry and wood burning fireplace. For families that prefer a bedroom and bathroom on the main level, this home offers that convenient option. Upstairs you will find four more bedrooms, three baths and an oversized laundry room with two counter areas and cabinetry. There is air conditioning throughout and two patio decks off of the upstairs bedrooms. The owners recently finished customizing the entire west facing backyard. The hardscape is spectacular and the way it was designed, offers a high degree of privacy. Amenities include: Built-in BBQ, refrigerator, commercial style outdoor heaters, high countertop bar, a cozy fireplace and seating for eight around an elegant fire-pit."

3001 Poinsettia is at $3.500M and is open Sun. 2-4 pm.

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