Weekend Opens (12/3-12/4/16)

By Dave Fratello | December 3rd, 2016

445 21st Street Manhattan Beach CAY'know, we work hard to make our new listings/open house posts comprehensive, and then someone comes along and adds one at the last minute.

So we're leading off here quickly with 445 21st (3br/4ba, 2650 sqft.). 

They style it as a "[b]rand new contemporary townhome ... [offering] cool ocean breezes on the oversize balcony along with some ocean view."

They're open Sun. 1-4pm, asking $3.649M. Enjoy.

Our video this week features 3416 The Strand (a mere $15.000M) and a look at 3301 Palm, the latest new construction in the Trees, among others:

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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." Listings appearing here come from the whole MB market and may or may not be represented by MB Confidential author Dave Fratello.

Tree Section

709 27th Street Manhattan Beach CA709 27th (4br/3ba, 3150 sqft.) is a 1980s build on a good block of a Grand View-adjacent Tree Section neighborhood.

Though distinctly 80s in overall feel and design, the home has a kitchen that's been upgraded (dark cabinets, green granite) and a master bath that's got something of a slick, modern spa feel to it.

Everything was big in the 80s. Yuuuuge. And so it is with the master suite, big enough to host a separate lounge area or small living room up a step from the sleeping area. You have got to see the custom paint/wallpaper combo in the room as it stands now. Bold.

But also in the 1980s, we put the laundry downstairs and made all of the upstairs bedrooms (3 in this case, in addition to the master) share the one hallway bath. New construction doesn't repeat these... design preferences anymore. There's also a step-down living room. More from the official description:

"Sought after prime tree section location... This family friendly home offers a main level with hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen with granite counters and tons of storage, formal living and dining rooms, plus a separate family eating area and inviting family room that leads to the backyard for playtime or entertaining. Upstairs are all 4 bedrooms. The master is en suite with hardwood floors and is amazing! 2 walk-in closets, separate sitting area with fireplace, beautifully remodeled master bath with separate tub and shower with multiple shower heads and static heat setting. The home offers three fireplaces and a backyard with environmentally friendly "faux grass" and a greenhouse to satisfy your green thumb."

709 27th starts at $2.550M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

1813 Oak Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1813 Oak (3br/1ba, 1000 sqft.) is a little cottage on the "right" side of Oak that was purchased in February this year for $1.400M. This is the second attempt late in the year to resell for $1.499M.

The house isn't much different, but there's a slightly different look to it from the last couple of times it was publicly on market. From the official description:

"Located in the Tree Section neighborhood of Manhattan Beach this cozy single family home has 2 bedrooms 1 bath, 1007 sqft with a one car garage. The room off the Master Bedroom is the perfect office or nursery and can easily be turned into a 3rd bedroom. The high ceilings create a light and bright atmosphere. The ample outdoor space with enclosed courtyard and spacious backyard is perfect for entertaining. The kitchen boasts stainless steel Viking appliances and a breakfast nook."

1813 Oak starts at $1.499M and is open Sat. from 1-4pm.

3301 Palm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3301 Palm (5br/6ba, 4200 sqft.) is new construction that came out late in the season here.

We've finally had the chance to walk through. Finishes are very much in today's styles and quality seems good.

While much repeats from other new construction – and we've seen and sold quite a few this year – we noted a couple of questions. The kitchen seemed on the small side and a bit closed off, given the home size. Downstairs, a bedroom in the basement has no window, which was a big surprise. And lastly, the overall configuration and definition of space in the ample basement was a head-scratcher – a smallish den, a large carpeted room (media room?) plus a wet bar that's somewhat in the hallway.

More from the official description:

"Fabulous brand new construction in Manhattan’s wonderful 'Tree Section' neighborhood. .. 3 levels including a basement with a private media room, a full size bar, exercise room and an additional bedroom or home office! Entry level is a massive living space and an adjacent family room with high volume coffered ceilings. Stunning plantation style finishes throughout that is open and basking in natural light. Gourmet kitchen is all set to cook those holiday meals and serve in the spacious formal dining room. Top level has a large master suite plus three secondary bedrooms each with their own bathroom. Private backyard and a 3 car tandem garage with plenty of storage room."

3301 Palm starts at $3.699M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 12-4pm. 

East MB

1622 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA1622 8th (5br/4ba, 5000 sqft.) got us thinking about the Mira Costa gym.

The vast, cavernous, bright living room at the entry really conjures the feeling of something that big at first. What could you do in this much space? Too many jokes suggest themselves.

But aside from that yuuuuge living room, just about everything else is big, too. The downstairs guest bedroom. The master. This room, that room.

In this mix, the kitchen and associated family room are actually a bit on the small side. Or the medium side, anyway, in a space that's gigantic overall.

There is no way of saying this any simpler: This is an enormous fixer, in both senses of the word. The original everything from the 1990 build is present. But this is not an era that is generally getting preservationists all worked up. The home is a major project. It's one that someone will take on, for sure. They just have to be that family that says, "we need this much space, and we'll take the blank slate to make it ours."

How do you comp out a project like this? Square footage? Condition? Both? How to adjust? This will be interesting to watch come together – over whatever time that might take. 

From the official description:

"You have to see the size of this home to believe it! With 5 oversized bedrooms (one downstairs and four upstairs), including an absolutely ENORMOUS master suite with his and hers walk-in closets, a den (with potential to become a 6th bedroom), 4 full baths, separate laundry room, and 5,008 sq. ft. of living space on a full-sized 7,500 sq. ft., lot there isn't much you couldn't do with this wonderful opportunity. Parking consists of a spacious, attached 3 car garage with parking for 3 more in the driveway for a total of 6 parking spots. Backyard includes a pond, built-in BBQ area, and mature fruit trees lining the perimeter of the yard. 1622 8th St. represents a unique opportunity for a buyer to acquire one of the most expansive homes in East Manhattan Beach without having to incur the substantially greater cost of a complete ground-up construction project of this size...so bring your imagination!"

1622 8th starts at $2.199M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 

Hill Section

629 6th Street Manhattan Beach CA629 6th (6br/8ba, 5600 sqft.) is new construction that has taken the mantle of "finest home to ever hit the market in the Hill Section," daring anyone to contradict. (Reports to date: None.)

Enjoy a home that somehow balances luxe modern style with epic views and a general feeling of humble simplicity. (Did you just say "humble," Dave?") From the official description:

"This Silicon Bay Modern masterpiece is the finest home to ever hit the market in the Hill Section...Features 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, 2 family rooms, a gym and an office over 3 magnificent levels. The panoramic ocean views and suspended mahogany trellis spans the entire top floor from the rear ocean view BBQ deck, thru the interior space to the large exterior ocean view front deck. The great room features travertine fireplace wall, stone slab flooring, integrated storage and seating, cantilevered dark sandstone bar, refrigerated glass wine wall, gourmet kitchen with Miele professional appliances, Calcutta slab counters, and breakfast nook seating. Mid-level entry opens to foyer with white oak flooring and signature floating stairwell, Master suite with mahogany paneling and built-ins, marble fireplace, his and her walk-in closets, custom build out and under counter LED lighting strips. Ocean view master bath features floor to ceiling vein cut marble, back lit suspended mirrors, Fantini fixtures, free standing tub and spa shower. 3 secondary suites, family room with large built ins off a covered patio with built in seating around fire pit, large grassy yard, stainless out door kitchen and in ground infinity spa. Bottom floor features sky-lit gym, hemlock sauna, deluxe custom bath with steam shower, 2 additional bdrm suites, a 2nd laundry room and mudroom lead to a large 4 car garage."

629 6th begins at $10.900M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-5pm.

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