Weekend Opens (2/28-3/1)

By Dave Fratello | February 28th, 2009
One of the upsides to the slower RE market is the proliferation of houses to go see, if that's your sort of thing. And increasingly, there are great homes in MB being opened to John Q. Public to browse, ponder and be inspired by.

Certainly all 3 of our Hill Section listings this weekend are like that. (Note: One, 717 Poinsettia, is open Saturday only.)

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

We ask MBC readers who visit these homes to also report back. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like. Use the comments here to discuss the homes we've highlighted.

Hill Section

814 10th is a new home that dominates a double corner lot with huge interior square footage – 5br/7ba and 9,000 sq. ft. of living space. Great Cape Cod styling and big-time city/mountain views. Starts at $6.995m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

A bit further east and also boasting city views is 906 9th, a new Mediterranean with 6br/6ba, 5300 sq. ft. Lots of unique touches. There have been nibbles already. Starts at $4.9m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Not new, but very classy, is 717 Poinsettia (4br/5ba, 4200 sq. ft.), making its open-house debut after about 4 months on market. This one's another double corner lot, but instead of views you get gorgeous, lush landscaping unmatched in most of MB (huge plus in our book), and a big, secluded south-facing back yard. Currently at $4.499m. NOTE: Open Sat. only, 2-4pm.

Sand Section

429 31st (4br/4ba, 3800 sq. ft.) is a newer Cape Cod up on the plateau. Starts at $2.199m, almost $300k below its May 2005 purchase price. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

228 16th is west of Highland on one of the great walkstreets near downtown. What else do you need to know?

It's a remodel, smaller than the maxed-out new homes more common on the market, with part of the 4br/6ba, 2950 sq. ft. coming from the apartment/guest suite in back. Starts at $2.950m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

2407 Manhattan Ave. baffles us a bit. The listing shows just 1br in the 1940-vintage, spiffed-up, 1200 sq. ft. cottage. Is that what $1.075m buys near the beach? Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

3505 Pacific drew a mention here at MBC the other day as one of several listings to start out below their acquisition prices (Jan. 2004: $1.350m; now: $1.299m).

But that's not the only reason it is worth a serious look. More-than-adequate family living space (4br/3ba, 2850 sq. ft.) and some sweet common areas open up to the bigger-than-average yard on this double lot. Not so much curb appeal, a busy street, the refinery, sure, but you live inside, and this home is warm. Starts at $1.299m. Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

3413 Pacific is a new home (5br/6ba, 3400 sq. ft.) just across the street form 3505 Pacific, so it's easy to drop in. We don't really recommend the home, a mishmash of styles outside that happens to be well-staged inside. Despite a recent cut to $1.849m, we think it's here to stay a while without major price changes. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

1821 Palm is an 18-year-old home with some thorough updating. It's on the big side (4br/4ba, 3525 sq. ft.) and offers a nice location. Even $2.175m, the recently adjusted price, is going to be rough given the competition these days. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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