Pitchers & catchers reported this week, certifying that Spring is upon us.
As if those few summery days this week hadn't clued you in.
Here at MBC we're happy with any time of year that means more new listings and more new opens, and this week brings us a goodly new crop.
To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses
Please report back here at MBC on any open houses you visit – what you like, what you don't like, etcetera.Hill Section
(4br/4ba, 3550 sq. ft.) is for lovers of bold, modern style – or even dabblers.
The local architect who custom-designed the home nearly 20 years ago obviously had a forward vision. The exterior remains striking to any passerby, while the interior's sense of height and abundant light and openness keep it all fresh inside.
It helps that the home was recently remodeled as well. The current owner, who paid $2.280m in Aug. 2006, set about reviving the home with a kitchen makeover – high-end stainless appliances, of course – and lot of other details from bath fixtures to carpet to custom paint.
And did we mention ocean views from this quiet Hill Section sidestreet?
929 Highview starts at $2.895m
. It's open Sun. 1-4pm.201 Larsson
(3br/4ba, 3900 sq. ft.) probably won't generate the same kind of enthusiasm from most visitors, but it is a bigger home and is literally at the top of the hill with some good views as a result. It's gradually trying to find its market with a cut this week to $2.690m
201 Larsson is open Sat. only, from 2-4pm.Sand Section
(3br/4ba, 3800 sq. ft.) will call to mind some of the nicer Hill Section homes, but this one offers baseball-field views rather than ocean views. (It's located right above Live Oak Park.)
There's a signature style and opulence to this newer (2006) Spanish, with fine woods and other materials throughout and plenty of extras.
The low number of bedrooms (3) may limit the audience for this one, and you'll have to roll with the location, which has pros and cons. Starts at $2.850m
456 21st is open Sun. 2-4pm.
(4br/3ba, 2025 sq. ft.) began in October at $1.799m, and soon thereafter made some kind of deal. Maybe no big surprise – inventory on the flat walkstreets is typically low and this home has some charms amid its slight funkiness.
Alas, that deal didn't last, and 4 months have passed now without a taker. This weekend is the first we've seen 10th posted as open, and it's worth a drop-by if you are a flat-walkstreet shopper.
There is nothing
run-of-the-mill about the home. Its Old World style, abundant tiles and other unique features will not be for everyone, but the right family could love it. Now priced at $1.579m
435 10th is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.112 Shell
isn't big (2br/1ba, 1000 sq. ft.), but it's clean, contemporary and very close to the water up in El Porto
Norte. Far snazzier than the typical million-dollar surf shack. Starts at $1.049m
112 Shell is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.Tree Section
(5br/4ba, 3350 sq. ft.) first hit the market 3 years ago, brand new, and returns now at something of a discount to its June 2007 price.
There's still a premium sought here, though, for an elegant home from one of the bigger-name builders in town. With exterior styling that's much more Montecito than East Manhattan, a bright living room with soaring ceiling, and great touches like the antique farmhouse beams in the master, you get much more with this package than any typical speckie.
The aforementioned prior sale was for $2.490m at the literal peak of the local market. Can the sellers get $2.349m
this year – a cut above almost every comparable resale last year – or where might they have to go to meet the market?
3104 Maple is open Sun. 1-4pm.3213 Walnut
(3br/2ba, 1850 sq. ft.) is a surprisingly charming remodel, but it seems to be a reach at $1.475m
. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.665 27th
(3br/3ba, 2250 sq. ft.) is just plain surprising – something different around every corner. Lots of updates in this 1950s cottage, not all reflecting one theme. Nice outdoor spaces as well in a good location. Records show the owner paid $1.650m in mid-2008, but now asks $1.499m
665 27th is open Sun. 2-4pm.