Weekend Opens (2/16-2/17/19)

By Dave Fratello | February 16th, 2019

You know that old saw: "They're not making any more land around here."

In the real estate context, that's an argument about scarcity. Get what you can, while you can.

This week, a number of new listings are land-value sales.

So it's true, they're not making any more land around here, but some of the land that's already here is now available for recycling.

Not one, but two, are big lots in East Manhattan at the crest of a hill. There's land in the Sand Section, three listings in all.

And there is more. Our video this week features all the listings referenced below and more:

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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."

Below, click any address link to view all photos and property details. And 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. 

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

East Manhattan Beach

1190 Duncan Drive Manhattan Beach CA1190 Duncan Drive (3br/2ba, 2035 sqft.) is a large lot at the edge of a hill that drops down toward the east, revealing views of downtown LA and the mountains and foothills. More on the home in a moment.

Duncan Drive is actually host to 2 new listings this week, this one and an even larger lot at 1161 Duncan Drive (formerly 300 Kuhn).

This may get you asking:

Where the heck is Duncan Drive?

And who is this "Duncan" for whom 3 different MB streets are named?

1190 Duncan Drive Manhattan Beach CATurns out, we answered those questions and more 7 years ago (!) in a blog post with a video. (Click to read "A Third Duncan?" with video embedded.)

Short version: Col. Blanton Duncan was the son of a Kentucky congressman and both a Civil War soldier and profiteer. He was the first major landowner in Manhattan Beach, before it was Manhattan or Manhattan Beach, in the late 1800s. His story is larded up with myths (?) involving secret tunnels out to the beach, the murder of smugglers delivering him contraband, hidden stashes of gold bars and a haunting.

And you thought there was no life east of Sepulveda!

1190 Duncan Drive Manhattan Beach CACol. Duncan's land was eventually divided into pieces now found in the Hill Section and this part of the rolling hills east of the highway. Duncan Drive is like a private street, which is why you've never seen it, unless invited.

From 1190 Duncan, these days, on a clear day, you should see the snow-capped mountains in the distance. (Nice market timing!)

1190 Duncan Drive Manhattan Beach CAThe flat-roofed, single-level 1960s structure is dated, and the grounds overgrown. And while those observations would lead anyone to think, "oh, it's a lot sale," you can never be sure. 

Nearby 1160 Duncan Drive (5br/3ba, 3500 sqft.) was offered in 2012 in severe disrepair, and one might have thought it a scraper. But no, it's been lovingly revived and is now a modern-style view home. Sometimes people like to stick with the classics.

1190 Duncan Drive Manhattan Beach CAMore from the official description:

"Listed for the first time ever, this is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to own a ~14,000 sq ft lot in the coveted Poet Section of Manhattan Beach! Bask in the spectacular view of the entire Los Angeles Basin from Downtown to Long Beach while also enjoying the privacy at the end of a secluded cul-de-sac. This one of a kind mid-century modern home was built with an indoor/outdoor open floor plan to entertain your private guests flowing from the kitchen, living room, dining room to the large covered deck and spa over lush, stepped gardens and epic views all the way to the snow-capped mountains! Folks with a green thumb will love the greenhouse and the abundance of stepped land for gardening. This three bedroom home includes a master suite with a large, custom-built walk in closet, master bath and an attached sitting room/office with beautiful custom crafted cabinets, two desks, and a mantle and fireplace..."

1190 Duncan Drive begins at $4.250M and is open Sat. only 1-4pm.

1191 Shelley1191 Shelley Street Manhattan Beach CA (3br/2ba, 1715 sqft.) is a typical 1960s SFR, with reasonable common spaces including a family room in back.

It could benefit from upgrades but is a straightforward proposition overall.

Just one block over at the same price is 1181 Tennyson, a home that's larger and more updated but, well, just different. It's good to be able to compare and contrast.

1191 Shelley Street Manhattan Beach CAFrom the official description.

"Single level home located in the quiet Poets Section of Manhattan Beach. Truly a neighborhood where families know one another.... Architecturally, has a little bit of mid century modern with beamed/slightly vaulted ceilings, two fireplaces, family room opens to backyard (loads of potential for this area), good size living room with fireplace, dining area, three good size bedrooms. Master bedroom is very large and looks out to backyard. Kitchen was remodeled several years ago with nice quality cabinets, built ins, with a laundry room off the kitchen. One and 3/4 baths. New carpeting, interior and exterior paint, all ready for a new family."

1191 Shelley begins at $1.650M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

700 36th700 36th Street Manhattan Beach CA (4br/3ba, 2950 sqft.) is a custom-built (2000) Mediterranean-inspired home, with finishes and features reminiscent of that time.

The corner lot along a fairly quiet neighborhood street (Flournoy) gives the home the advantage of a corner (no neighbor) without too much of the disadvantage (traffic). And the lot is street-to-alley, with garage tucked back off of 35th Place, so the yard is open and bright, bigger than you might expect for a Tree Section home.

700 36th Street Manhattan Beach CAFloorplan offers 3br upstairs and one down. The typical great-room setup opens the kitchen & family areas out to the yard.

More from the official description:

700 36th Street Manhattan Beach CA"This home has amazing Floor plan, Yard, and Natural Light throughout Custom built family home on a large tree section corner lot with lots of sunlight and privacy. This home offers a grand entry area opening to formal living room with 15ft ceilings. On the main floor there is 1 bedroom/office/den with large closet next to full bathroom. The gourmet kitchen has stainless appliances, large island and lots of cabinets, large walk in pantry, and butlers area. The kitchen opens up to large great room and kitchen eating area with access out to the large grassy yard. This home has an oversized garage with plenty of space for 2 cars and lots of storage area. Upstairs has a large master suite with walk in closet and private bathroom suite with 2 vanities. Two other bedrooms are upstairs sharing a jack and jill bathroom and separate laundry room."

700 36th is at $2.799M after 1 month, and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

3311 Elm3311 Elm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (6br/7ba, 5320 sqft.) is not a new listing but it is worth a look Saturday. It's a newer property with classic styling and an unusually big yard. Since we're talking so much about "land" this week, we thought to feature a home with a good amount of it.

3311 Elm Avenue Manhattan Beach CAMore from the official description:

"Double sized tree section lot with a park like back yard... All the living space is on the lower level that wraps around the large peaceful and private organic yard. There is one ensuite bedroom downstairs that is great for guests and 5 ensuite bath rooms upstairs including a Master retreat with an exquisite bathroom and a large walk in closet. The indoor and outdoor space of this home is truly unique with a Chef’s Kitchen in between the living and family rooms and four connected eating areas all moving around the outdoors, allowing the natural air and sunshine to fill the space... The serene and private back yard is a peaceful retreat as it sits but is large enough for a sport court and a pool."

3311 Elm is at $4.990M and is open Sat. only 1-3pm.

Sand Section

435 29th435 29th Street Manhattan Beach CA (3br/2ba, 1950 sqft.) sports a double-wide, 5400 sqft. lot, which is the value proposition here.

After all, whatever the charms of this unique 3br home with pool – and, hey, it's charming! – it's not a $5M+ house that's being offered. It's the dirt.

A year ago (Feb. 2018), a single lot in the same area at 441 34th closed for $1.805M, and more recently, a major fixer/land value sale at 428 34th closed for $1.964M and  just last month, 453 31st closed for $1.953M.

435 29th Street Manhattan Beach CAOf these, 29th is plainly the best street (a close call re: 31st) and there is special value in the unique opportunity to get a double lot. More from the official description:

"Set within a prime location on an oversized lot in Manhattan Beach, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath home presents a unique buying opportunity. Exuding Old World charm and character, this brick and stucco beach home offers many discerning qualities including horseshoe brick driveway at the entrance, 2 fireplaces and a full-sized pool. Incorporated into the home are a stand-alone bar, covered patio, original bay windows and skylights throughout.""

435 29th begins at $5.500M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

217 1st / 218 1st Place217 1st Street Manhattan Beach CA (3br/4ba, 2015 sqft.) are new townhomes in a modern style in the South End.

With a new price cut just under $4M for the front TH, these units have now been joined on the market by next-door neighbors built by the same crew. (See below.)

So, for a while, anyone seeking a new construction, modern-style 3br townhome in the South End is going to have choices.

Our video (above) tours you through all 4 townhomes.

More from the official description:

"[T]his stunning new light-infused contemporary townhome has it all. Featuring 3 bedrooms and 4 baths, 3 stop elevator, air conditioning, central vac, auto shades and spacious decks with OTIIMA Fleetwood doors and windows overlooking panoramic ocean views as far as the eyes can see. Built with only the highest end finishes including Spanish cedar wood siding, Waterworks fixtures, Ann Sacks tiles, oversized 60" Sub-Zero fridge/freezer and Wolfe appliances and Vantage LED lighting throughout."

217 1st is at $3.999M and 218 1st Place is at $3.749M; both are open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

221 1st / 222 1st Place221 1st Street Manhattan Beach CA (3br/4ba, 2000 sqft.) are just up from the aforementioned jointly built townhomes. The major difference is that, without an alley to the west side, bedrooms and, to an extent, the living spaces upstairs, look at the building next door. More from the official description:

"Perfectly positioned in the south end, just one block to the beach and a short stroll to downtown Manhattan Beach, this stunning new light-infused contemporary townhome has it all. Featuring 3 bedrooms and 4 baths, 3 stop elevator, air conditioning, central vac, auto shades and spacious decks with OTIIMA Fleetwood doors and windows overlooking panoramic ocean views as far as the eyes can see. Built with only the highest end finishes including Waterworks fixtures, Ann Sacks tiles, oversized 60" Sub-Zero fridge/freezer and Wolfe appliances, custom fireplace and Vantage LED lighting throughout."

221 1st begins at $3.999M and 222 1st Place at $3.749M; both are open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

507 Crest507 Crest Drive Manhattan Beach CA (2br/2ba, 1450 sqft.) is a half lot SFR tucked near the renowned family walkstreets.

It's not at all fair to view this as a land sale, not purely, because the little cottage has been spiffed up and modernized nicely. But you can't ignore the fact that $1.8M+ as an asking price comes largely from the great value of the sand underneath.

It may be the prototypical "weekend beach house" for a nearby family or second home for folks from LA or the Bay Area.

507 Crest Drive Manhattan Beach CAMore from the official description:

"In the heart of South Manhattan Beach, a short walk to the Beach, the shops and restaurants of Downtown, and award winning Robinson Elementary sits a classic Southern California Beach House. Enjoy the beach life that we all cherish at a value that can't be ignored in this neighborhood. This Cape Cod shingled style home offers a beautifully designed master suite with a dual sink vanity, separate shower and soaking tub. The living room offers an open Kitchen with a center island to sit around and top of the line stainless steel appliances. The vaulted ceilings in the family room, allows the room to be filled with natural sunlight and opens to a west facing balcony that offers a pleasant space to relax... Other recent enhancements include a new HVAC system with Air Conditioning and new landscaping with a drip irrigation system."

507 Crest begins at $1.835M and is open Sat. 1-4pm & Sun. 2-4pm.


2221 Highland2221 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (3br/2ba, 1500 sqft.) offers good ocean views from a half lot location very close to downtown. You already know it's on busy Highland because that's in the address.

From the official description:

"Opportunity blocks from the beach. This 3 bed 2 bath SFR with views offers a great option to update and make it your home or live in now while planning for a future build. With a location like this the opportunity won’t last long. This bright corner location allows for breathtaking ocean views towards Malibu."

2221 Highland begins at $2.200M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

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