Weekend Opens (2/1-2/2/14)

By Dave Fratello | February 1st, 2014

As you probably figured from yesterday's post, here at MBC HQ we're pretty excited about the absolutely-dead-certain gridiron classic slated for Sunday afternoon, but...

We're possibly more excited by the promise of Spring. Real estate Spring, that is... which traditionally follows the Super Bowl.

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

This weekend is short, with no Sunday opens. And our reviews are short, with just one new property to emerge this week and post an open house. So enjoy our look at 3207 Vista and a couple more reviews from last week of homes that will be open Saturday. Soon, we hope to have lots more local real estate action to cover. Ready?

Sand Section

3207 Vista (3br/2ba, 1600 sq. ft.) is at least as cute in person as it appears in the photos online, and seems to offer a bit more than expected.

The outside/alley view of this little 1930s Manhattan Beach original isn't much, as it's hard to modernize without major surgery. But walk around the side yard to its entry off the back patio, and the pleasant surprises start to stack up.

That back patio almost qualifies as a "yard" for a Sand Section half lot. (At 1600 sq. ft., this lot is somewhat bigger than "half.") That's a rarity and a clear plus – and it's got favorable south and west exposure for afternoon sun.

Inside, the first level is cozy with a somewhat updated kitchen, built-in dining nook, bright living room and office. (With its closet, they could claim that office as a 4th bedroom, but they don't.) The first-floor bath has a stall shower for rinsing off after a beach day. Downstairs is a smallish basement with the water heater, furnace and some storage space.

Upstairs, at first we weren't sure what to expect. Would there be just 2br because we saw a legal br downstairs? No, there are three.

Are the bedrooms teeny? No. Pretty decent for the beach.

Would the upstairs living room also be kinda tight and cozy? No! Tall ceilings, lots of light, a good amount of space.

OK, a tiny bath? Nope – spacious and nicely done (if a bit throwback). Well, that bath does serve three bedrooms.

Views? You catch a little ocean from the master bedroom in back. Mostly you see trees and neighbors – a typical alley half-lot situation.

The home could benefit from another round of modernization – windows, for sure, maybe upgrades to baths or kitchen to suit more modern tastes. With an older structure, you never know what you'll find upon closer inspection. And having a one-car garage up in this area is going to be hard if you have a modern car, or more than one.

But as-is, this is a fun old-time beach cottage, close to the emerging North End's "second downtown" plus the beach and school.

Disclosure: Dave has toured this property with clients.

3207 Vista starts at $1.399M and is open Sat. 1-4pm.

Hill Section

711 Larsson (4br/2ba, 1800 sq. ft.) is a Hill Section listing with a bit of a location issue, in this case just being on Larsson. It's on the "right" side, with a big lot (6875 sq. ft.) and a sunny western-facing yard.

But the home is really original, dating to the 1950s, and will become a project for someone. You never say never, but it appears that a remodel is beyond the scope here.

At 50 feet wide (a wider lot than both its neighbors) and 137 feet deep, it feels like you'd be able to build a substantial house and still have breathing room.

Of course, then you would have a roughly $3M home on Larsson, with views across the street to the backs of Sepulveda businesses.

711 Larsson is at $1.475M and is open Sat. 2-4pm.

East MB

1161 2nd (5br/5ba, 3600 sq. ft.) is a somewhat newer (2004) Craftsman that looks fantastic, but has a busy-street problem right along 2nd St.

Here's a case where they seem to have tried to "price in" the location, because at $1.980M they're probably $150K-$200K under where the same house could be listed away from 2nd.

This house has a wide-open feel that begins with the two-story entrance foyer. The whole first floor is open from the living area to the dining room and the kitchen. The details lend an authentic Craftsman feel throughout; the breakfast nook is textbook Craftsman (and, speaking of textbooks, offers a great place for kids to do their homework).

Also on the first floor is a spare room/office/playroom with a half bath. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, each with its own balcony (!) and attached full bath. Yes, four suites!

One real head-scratcher: In the master bedroom are two large "window" openings in the wall (like windows but no glass; they can be closed off with shutters) that look out over the two-story foyer. Don't you, er, want to be able to shut off your master bedroom from the first floor?

1161 2nd is at $1.980M and is open Sat. 1-4pm.

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