Weekend Opens (1/27-1/28/18)

By Dave Fratello | January 27th, 2018

There's a little more new inventory this week, the last before Super Bowl weekend, the traditional "kickoff" of the Spring market in Manhattan Beach.

The headliner is the new construction at 3300 Palm, featured second in our video below. The video begins with 108 The Strand, featured in one of this week's posts, but not publicly open. (If you're interested in that $17.500M house, Dave will make time to show it to you!) The walkstreet cottage at 317 10th is also in the video, among others:

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

Tree Section

3300 Palm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3300 Palm (5br/5ba, 3950 sqft.) is new construction that puts a little bit of a new spin on styles that have become familiar to buyers during this real estate building cycle.

Yes, it's a big house with a basement entertainment room, a big, open kitchen/great room and double sliding doors opening to a patio and yard. In terms of overall feel and floorplan, it's on a par with most new builds and very familiar.

But it is in the finer details - materials, colors, flooring, finishes - that this one stands out.

3300 Palm Avenue Manhattan Beach CAWhereas most new homes these days use a palette of whites and soft greys, sometimes pale blues, 3300 Palm uses a palette of tans and taupes, with natural browns for flooring and some cabinetry. It's warm and different, reflecting the "country farm house" aspiration of the designer. The stone tiles chosen for the kitchen backsplash, various fireplaces and showers have interesting, tactile patterns. That's even true of an unexpected, large backyard wall fountain.

3300 Palm Avenue Manhattan Beach CAMost of the home features a wide-plank wood flooring with a finish that puts a soft, dark grey "stripe" down the middle of each board, which creates an interesting effect across large sections of floor. The entry steps and covered rear patio area also have a faux-woodgrain tile with similar coloring.

The designer influence across each room makes for lots of little "discoveries." Rather than go with the same materials and look and feel everywhere, there is a bit of experimentation. In the hands of a good designer like this, the themes hold together rather than coming off as chaotic. Each light fixture, faucet, or drawer pull has a new thought behind it. The master closet is elegant.

This home really continues a trend by which some of the better new spec homes in town have included an expert designer from the ground up, not only at the time of staging. (Though the staging of 3300 Palm is excellent, also.)

Something different and elegant is definitely welcome.

3300 Palm is at $3.995M and is open Sat & Sun. 1-4pm.

1728 Pine Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1728 Pine (3br/2ba, 1725 sqft.) was originally a 50s cottage, but had some additions above and in back. When it was on the market 5 years ago - and sold quickly - we said it was "quirky and sorely lacking in updates."

The property has been listed for rent twice since selling way-back-when (for $1.350M), and current photos show it looking pretty much the same as before. From the official description:

"[A] unique opportunity for buyers to buy now and build later. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home comes complete with wood-burning fireplace, washer/dryer, spacious master suite on second level, beamed ceilings, living and family rooms and plenty of storage space. Complimented by a wonderful front yard and spacious back yard with deck, this home is a wonderful opportunity to create your dream home. A quiet street with great neighbors, walk to schools, parks and downtown..."

1728 Pine is at $1.900M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

2615 Pacific2615 Pacific Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (3br/2ba, 1450 sqft.) is, much like 1728 Pine (and maybe 3515 Pine), a case of a Tree Section house that's livable/acceptable as is, but the value is primarily in the land. 

The sellers hope to appeal to both would-be builder buyers and those who might just spiff it up and move in for a while.

From the official description: 

"Opportunity to build a new house in Manhattan Beach! The current house is in clean condition, could be lived in while plans to build new house are in the works. Between Ardmore and Rosecrans. Surrounded by many larger, beautiful homes."

2615 Pacific is at $1.850M and is open Sat & Sun. 1:30-4pm.

East MB

3 Cambridge3 CAmbridge Manhattan Beach CA (4br/4ba, 3150 sqft.) is one of the SFRs in the Village in the "Estate Homes" section. There has been a little spurt of trades of these homes recently after a long drought. 

The mid-1980s original had some upgrades along the way, with maple cabinetry, newer appliances and brand-new carpet, for instance. The green/black marble from the entry hallway continues to the dining room and fireplace surround in the living room in back. (The finishes are called "classic" and "timeless" in the descriptions.)

3 CAmbridge Manhattan Beach CAThis floorplan has the master on the first floor, with additional bedrooms, a large bonus room (didn't we call these "rumpus rooms" at one point?) and an office-type room open to the lower floors.

The backyard is very small, really a narrow, paved patio, with a steeply rising hillside behind that. You might get a case of neighbor envy looking out over the yard to the immediate north, which is larger, flatter, and features grass and a hot tub. More from the official description:

"[L]ocated on unique Cul-de-Sac street of Developer/Builder's Estate Home Models creates a charming setting for this popular Plan 5 with Bonus Room (Only available in select locations!) and Master Suite on ground level. Classic appointments create a timeless charm beginning in the Foyer with gorgeous Marble flooring and custom chandelier; Living/Dining rooms enhanced by the grandness of the multi level ceilings creating an open and bright ambiance. All Stainless Steel Kitchen appliances include Viking Stove with Hood/Vent; KitchenAid Dishwasher and Oven; Subzero Refrigerator framed in custom Maple Cabinetry that beautifully compliments the quality Maple Cabinetry throughout kitchen; Pantry and Island complete with custom pull-out drawers. Kitchen is flooded with natural light from the garden window and the timeless charm abounds with the artist painted backsplash and accent border tiles. Both the formal dining and family room open to side yard through French doors for added charm. Master Suite includes Fireplace with beautiful Marble surround; cedar lined walk-in closet; bath area with Jacuzzi tub, accented with custom tile and all mirrors accented with beveled edges. Recessed lighting t/o, all new carpeting t/o, Maple wood floors, quality plantation shutters, Casablanca/Hunter fans and custom chandeliers are some of the additional quality appointments/upgrades."

3 Cambridge is at $2.630M and is open Sat & Sun. 12-4pm.

Sand Section

317 10th Street Manhattan Beach CA317 10th (3br/3ba, 1820 sqft.) is a sincerely charming, if very much obsolete, 1930s cottage on a corner lot along the flat walkstreet of 10th and super close to downtown.

As with many listings this week, the value is in the land.

Flat walkstreet lots settled into the mid-3's a while ago, and haven't changed much since a similar corner lot on the Crest alley/street (316 4th) sold for $3.770M in March 2015.

This corner may be favored or disfavored for its proximity to town - that'll be in the eye of the beholder. There would be ocean views down 10th Street to the west.

As to the current house, the spaces are compact, obviously dated, but with a certain Spanish-inspired charm and warmth. The home is essentially a duplex, with a unit over the garage featuring a kitchenette, 1br and living room.

The whole property could be rented out as 2 units for a decent return pending the construction of a new home on the site, the most likely outcome.

From the official description:

"PRIME SOUTH FACING CORNER WALK STREET LOT! Beach House with all the Charm and Character from Simple Beach Living. Hardwood floors throughout. Vaulted Ceilings in Living Room, Dining Room, and upstairs living area. Attached 2nd Living Room with Mini Kitchen, Bedroom and Bath and Private balcony over garage. Enjoy Living on a Beautiful Flat Tree Lined Walk Street and Walk to Town, Beach and Robinson School. Renovate and Live in now and/or Build Your Ocean View Dream House later. Being Sold As-Is."

317 10th is at $3.500M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

81 Morningside81 Morningside Drive Manhattan Beach CA (5br/6ba, 4250 sqft.) is not a new listing, but we're re-upping it here in case you haven't noted it or walked through.

The home is somewhat stunningly different, despite its commonalities with most new construction these days.

The differences seem to come out of its "modern brownstone" inspiration, with a brick (or bricklike) exterior blending with other elements of today's favored beach/plantation styling. 

One stunner is the sheer number and size of the windows. It's not exactly a "glass house," but it's bright inside as a result. And the grid pattern of the windows across the face of the house is appealing in making a first impression.

Inside, there is a living room and secluded guest bedroom on the first floor, common areas (kitchen/living/dining) on the middle floor with some interesting views, and 4br on the top level. The master gets compelling views encompassing the Hermosa Hill Section south and west to PV, with ocean peeks. All the bedrooms get some kind of view.

Some might question the decision to put the bedrooms on the top floor instead of having the living areas up there, where they could enjoy the best views. But the midfloor/top floor debate is a pretty common one, and no position is obviously right.

Locationwise, it's impossible to miss the Robinson Elementary campus just across the street. It is really present in the feeling around the house as well as some of its views from those ample windows. There is traffic a few times a day that will impact the property.

It's never clear that being near a school is a pure negative; it's certainly convenient for a family while the kids are in the school, and the background noise of children playing should only upset the more curmudgeonly among us. We'll just call Robinson the x-factor for this inspired property (and its price).

There aren't many photos yet in the listing, so see our video or drop by to enjoy the home. From the official description:

"This newly constructed modern brownstone is unique in its attention to design detail and quality... [T]his exceptional beachside home is perfectly located in the highly desired Sand Section of Manhattan Beach; a few blocks to the water and a short walk to town. Situated on a NW corner lot, this ideal location allows for abundant natural light to fill the home with spectacular panoramic hill section views. The ground floor features a large entertainment room with a built-in bar, a secluded guest room with en suite bath, a private office, and mud room next to a three-car garage. The second level showcases vaulted ceilings, a great room with fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with built in dining nook, top of the line Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances and two large balconies. The top floor offers a total of four bedrooms with an exquisite master suite which features a balcony with ocean views, a massive walk-in closet and spa-like master bath with Calacatta Classico marble. Inspired by classic NY brownstone manors, elegant details can be found throughout this modern-traditional..."

81 Morningside is at $5.975M, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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