Sunday Opens (2/8/15)

By Dave Fratello | February 8th, 2015

We have to begin today by saying how proud we are to be part of a Manhattan Beach community that stands together in support of a family which experienced a disturbing crime.

A nearly impromptu candlelight vigil on Friday night drew hundreds of people in a show of solidarity with the Clinton family.

Their home was the target of arson midweek, with the family fearing that the attack could be a hate crime. Local, state and federal authorities are investigating, and have not ruled that out.

Perhaps most important was the way that Manhattan Beach turned out to show the Clinton family that they are welcome and loved, and that there is no tolerance at all for what happened to them. It was an inspiring turn in a story that had seemed so incredible and wrong. (For more on the vigil, see DigMB's coverage: "Manhattan Beach Rallies Behind Family.")

The Clinton family was clearly moved. Having toyed with the idea of leaving the town they've called home for 11 years, they told the assembled crowd that they are staying because they feel the love of the community. It was quite a moment.

Online donations to a reward fund have come from nearly 300 people so far, with more than $28,000 raised as of Sunday morning.

We are online here, though, to discuss real estate, so, we must go back to business now.

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

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.

Sand Section

2412 Alma Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2412 Alma (3br/4ba, 2,400 sq. ft.) is a newer (2005) Cape Cod TH with very good views now across Alma and a 2-story neighbor.

The top floor sells the home, with a large open space, attractive wood flooring and luxurious, open kitchen. It was a little bit of a daring choice to go with divided french doors/windows in a view home, but there's no real loss, and the effect is to add a timeless charm.

The home boasts the modern convenience of an elevator, although that may cramp the space of the secondary bedrooms a bit.

Before a certain point last year with a couple of big TH sales east of Highland, you would not have expected a 3 in the front of this price, but with a name builder, beautiful home and great views – not to mention the heady optimism of the start of the season – they're giving it a shot.

2412 Alma starts at $3.199M and is Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

750 35th Street Manhattan Beach CA750 35th (5br/5ba, 3,700 sq. ft.) is new construction in what they're calling a Cape Cod style, built into a substantially upsloping lot with the garage off an alley in back.

Visitors enter up stairs and into a formal living room with wet bar and wall wine fridge. Up some more stairs, you have, on a single level, an open kitchen, dining area and big family room that opens to a paved courtyard on the side of the house. (That's the yard.)

We found all the bedrooms to be comfortably large. The master's tucked in back, just off the stairs that also go to the garage. Its windows are mainly oriented to the west toward the neighboring (lower) home. The two front bedrooms are bright, but get head-on views of the refinery. 

They knew in launching this project that location could be a challenge, so the builder poured extra into filling the home with well-done, absolutely current details. (In this way, it's got some things in common with last week's featured listing at 1321 Voorhees, although different.) The basic idea is: Give the people what they want.

750 35th starts at $3.275M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

640 30th (5bd/6ba, 3,450 sq. ft) is an opulent Mediterranean with great attention to detail and high-gloss decor. More from the listing description:

"Dramatic living room features 20' ceilings, marble flooring, stone fireplace, & sculpted cherry hardwood stairs. Dining Room has coved ceilings w/ indirect lighting & direct access to the kitchen. Kitchen has granite counters & island, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, Viking range, glazed Alder kitchen cabinets, & breakfast bar. Master Bedroom features crown moldings w/cove lighting & a flat screen mount over the fireplace. The huge master closet has built-in organizers. The Grecian styled master bath displays a radiant marble floor design at the entry & has gorgeous cabinetry w/ His & Hers opposing vanity areas."

640 30th starts at $2.800M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

633 26th Street Manhattan Beach CA633 26th (5bd/5ba, 3,400 sq. ft.) is a custom Mediterranean on a terrific block. From the listing description:

"Beautiful open floor plan with high ceilings and lots of natural sunlight. Gourmet kitchen with Sub Zero, Viking and Bosch appliances, includes a large eating area opening to large family room. Amazing outdoor space including private courtyard and large backyard with built in BBQ, Jacuzzi, lounge and dining area... Walnut floors, custom built-ins, gorgeous master closet, steam shower, custom window treatments, and designer lighting throughout. This home also has air conditioning, sunken basketball hoop."

We did note a peculiarity of the floorplan: While the two upstairs front bedrooms share a bath, jack-and-jill style, there is only a half bath available to the 4th bedroom upstairs. To access that jack-and-jill, the resident of bedroom 4 will need to go through a bedroom.

633 26th is at $2.899M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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