Weekend Opens (1/30-1/31)

By Dave Fratello | January 30th, 2010
There continues to be just a bit more each week that's new to see, and we're still a week away from the Super Bowl.

The Sand Section is quiet, though, with no new SFRs – a few townhomes are open, but we don't (yet) cover that ground so we'll skip the beach this weekend.

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

Please report back here at MBC on any open houses you visit – what you like, what you don't like, etcetera.

Hill Section

1011 Pacific (6br/5ba, 6050 sq. ft.) is huge and boasts big ocean and PV views out the back, to the west. The newer (2003) home is oriented to maximize views, including an "upside-down" layout that puts the living spaces up top.

Taking full advantage, the sizable rear balcony lets you drink in the ocean while sipping a beverage of your choice.

Bedrooms downstairs have high ceilings and, in some, tasteful murals. There's also a big room downstairs that could be a game room or, perhaps, a home theater.

The dearth of pics in the current (new) listing means a drop-in is necessary to capture all the features.

As noted earlier this week, 1011 Pacific is returning to market after attempts over the past year to sell for $6 million and then $5 million. Those markups having failed, the current price is $4.199m, about $225k above the acquisition price from August 2004.

The home compares favorably to 923 8th, featured here last week, which offers 1700 sq. ft. less of interior square footage and features city views, not the ocean, at $3.599m.

1011 Pacific is open Sun. 2-4.

800 N. Poinsettia is all about potential.

You are free to walk the existing structure, but, in doing so, you'll be thinking about how to garner the same kind of city and mountain views from the new home someone will build some day on this corner lot at the crest of the hill. (Views are to the north.)

The current home is called "very habitable" in the listing, which you could call charitable or, really, damning by faint praise.

The start price here is $1.899m, certainly ambitious. The views are sweet, but the house does run along busy Poinsettia, the Hill Section's main thoroughfare.

Across the street, a big, newly built home at 718 N. Poinsettia just sold for $3.225m. The dirt under it was acquired during the runup for $1.850m, back when prices were still rising (Sept. 2005) and builders were buying up lots – neither phenomenon is present today.

Visit the home and the lot at 800 Poinsettia Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

560 35th is a big Craftsman (6br/6ba, 3600 sq. ft.) with bonus square footage from a studio over the garage.

The charm here is in the styling, which comes from a dedicated effort outside and some good, but inconsistent, work inside. As we've noted before, the baths, for instance, are more of the construction period (1992) than showing inspiration from the Craftsman style.  A small, nice touch: Built-ins in all the bedroom closets, not just the master.

We're all for something different. Mrs. MBC even picked 560 35th as a must-see one weekend back in 2008, the last time it was offered for sale – then at $2.425m. This year it's tracing closer to its 2004 price, starting out now at $1.895m

560 35th is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Two entry-level homes on the "wrong" side of Oak (east side/commercial-adjacent) are now available at some of the lowest prices west of Sepulveda. Low enough? We'll see:

2900 Oak (pictured) and 3004 Oak were both built in 1947. Only 2900 (3br/1ba, 1125 sq. ft.) has seen much remodeling – at least the one bath is nicely redone.  3004 is smaller (2br/1ba, 1125 sq. ft.) and in much more original condition, with some of the extra square footage from a living room added to the original house. Bonus: A pool.

2900 Oak is priced at $899k and open Sun. 2-4pm.

3004 Oak, which began in October 2009 at $849k and found a buyer at one point, is back on the market at $799k, and open both Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Finally, though 3113 Laurel appears on the Beach Reporter list of opens, the home – featured here a couple of times in January – is in escrow after multiple offers.

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