Weekend Opens (1/23-1/24/15)

By Dave Fratello | January 24th, 2015

A good day and happy January weekend to you.

On occasion of the first notable snowstorm to hit our family, friends (and clients) back East, we thought we'd take a moment to share a Saturday morning image from Manhattan Beach.

Temp: 73 degrees. Clouds: None. Line at Uncle Bill's: About 25 minutes for brunch.

There are nonstop flights here from many parts of the country.

As we noted in yesterday's post, there's a nice little buzz and extra optimism building here in MB real estate at the moment, as new options have begun to proliferate. Buyers may well have some choice this year.  We're able to review 7 below, but there are even more.

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

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.

Tree Section

3011 Elm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3011 Elm (5br/5ba, 3,600 sq. ft.) is a quite unique courtyard Spanish home in a serene location.

The saltillo-tiled courtyard is seen off the comfy living room at the entry, off the dining room in the middle of the home, and of course off the kitchen/family room out back. In this sense it is part of the whole first level, beckoning you to treat it as just another room.

The rear family room opens also to a smallish backyard with – what's that? – a little in-ground hot tub disguised as part of a water feature.

Upstairs, curiously, all the bedrooms have stone tile flooring, where we might have expected a continuation of the knotty hardwood that prevails on the first floor. The master is entered through an interesting octagonal anteroom. There are treetop views to the west from the master itself.

Despite its charms, the home has changed hands quite a bit in its 10 years: 3 times, in fact. It seems that each time, the owners went on to bigger and better things. (Good luck?) The home's looking for its 4th owner now.

3011 Elm starts at $3.299M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

2913 Elm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2913 Elm  (5br/3ba, 2,600 sq. ft.) is definitely unusual, a 1960s original with additions and a Swedish vibe – including the master bath sauna, literally imported from Sweden.

Popcorn ceilings, small secondary bedrooms, a galley kitchen and an overall dated character are going to make this one a challenge and, at the least, a candidate for a serious remodel. Some things, like some tiny secondary bedrooms, can't easily be changed.

The corner-lot location is pretty nice – just steps from 3011 Elm, described above – although outdoor space is lacking. There are smallish patios out front and out back, the latter hosting a sunken hot tub and fire pit which may, or may not, actually work currently.

For extra living space, the current owners more or less claimed the garage, adding wood paneling and saltillo tile. So the big, open space shows as a convincing family room, albeit one with spring-hinged doors ready to pop up one wall... for indoor/outdoor living.

We're curious to see if and how someone tries to make this one work.

2913 Elm starts at $1.899M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm

Sand Section

3215 Vista   (3br/3ba, 2,400 sq. ft.) is a brand-new, modern-style TH off the back alley that's got a splashy sense of style.

Having seen a bunch of townhomes with the traditional 3-level layout, we can say this one feels large everywhere.

Big first-floor bedroom, big master and master bath, sizable top floor with what feels like an enormous kitchen for a place so close to the beach.

There are custom-type details here and there – eye-catching wasabi-green counters in one bath, an ocean-inspired blue marble bar in the kitchen area, a sliding barn door with metal wheels to the master bath.

Time was, there was no such thing as a townhome east of Highland fetching $2.8M, but that happened last year a couple times, including at nearby neighbor 408 32nd (4br/4ba, 2650 sq. ft., $2.815M), also brand-new modern-style construction, although with views and style on another level above. 

3215 Vista starts at $2.880M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

East MB

1137 9th Street Manhattan Beach CA1137 9th (4br/4ba, 2,700 sq. ft.) is a recent down-to-the-studs remodel that's been nicely outfitted inside and out – including an elaborate outdoor living space in back.

The place sells itself nicely from the outset, with a flagstone paved driveway and front garden path, nice plantings and a charming "beach plantation" inspiration to the exterior.

Inside, the first floor has pretty good flow, with an open living room, fine dining area and large, open kitchen in back opening to the yard. Sure, this is mostly the floorplan of newer construction – what you've come to expect – but in this case, it's been created by tweaking and adding onto a 1950s cottage. It's practically all-new, too.

One artifact of that original floorplan: 2br are downstairs, off a small hallway. That means in the 4br layout, you have 2 up, 2 down.

1137 9th Street Manhattan Beach CABesides the 2 bedrooms upstairs, there's an office/landing area. The secondary bedroom has its own bath, albeit with no door, and is bright with treetop views to the south. The master is fairly spacious, with high ceilings and exposed beams. We were surprised by a couple of details that didn't match, like the tan travertine tile in the bath matched up against white cabinets and white marble counter tops.

We noted the elaborate backyard outdoor living space. This full 7500 sq. ft. lot stretches back quite a ways from the smaller-than-average home. A large patio area has been paved with stone, a built-in BBQ and kitchen area added – with a pergola – and they're showing it with a fully covered dining area. Faux grass lines a long strip on the west side of the yard in an area that could host a decent pool, if that's your preference. And the huge, old tree right at the center of it all is a nice feature. 

We haven't seen a house quite like this among the run of recent flips or new construction in town. Pleasant.

1137 9th starts at $2.099M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

1603 9th Street Manhattan Beach CA1603 9th (3br/3ba, 1,900 sq. ft.) is snugly fit onto a corner lot along Herrin. It's a 50s cottage original with add-ons, including a step-down family room opening to the pool.

You first enter into a very wide-open living space up front. It's currently under-furnished by a lot, so you have to imagine how to use it all. A formal dining area is just off the living room and flows into the very well-done, remodeled kitchen.

There are 2br in addition to the master, each pretty typically sized for the vintage, although one has a nice window seat. The master bath looks, at first, to be more modern than it actually is on closer inspection. 

1603 9th starts at $1.499M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1540 2nd Street Manhattan Beach CA1540 2nd (4br/3ba, 2,800 sq. ft.) is the third 50s original we saw in East MB this week. It's got a different kind of remodel, where they pushed all of the living spaces upstairs, keeping the bedrooms down.

There's been some relatively recent remodeling to the baths. The kitchen has a bit more of a 90s feel.

Soaring cathedral ceilings give the totally open floorplan upstairs an even great sense of space, and it's quite bright. It probably helps more to see the home so sparsely staged – you get the idea that it's enormous.

1540 2nd starts at $1.679M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

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