Weekend Opens (3/12-3/13)

By Dave Fratello | March 12th, 2011
We'll remember this week for a while as the one with a huge, stinky fish kill in Redondo and tsunami watches.

It's like the ocean is rebelling. (Plus, it's cold.)

But life goes on. There are homes to see and/or sell.

This week – a bonus North Hermosa Strand option.

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

Hill Section

813 Duncan (5br/4ba, 4075 sq. ft.) is a large, early-90s home low on the Hill with an upside-down layout to feature its top-floor views of PV and peeks of the ocean blue.

It was offered late last Summer at $2.585m with a dated kitchen.  It's back now at $2.399m with a much sharper, remodeled kitchen, and it seems a few more remodeling touches over the first time it was offered.

There is plenty of space, with a big great room and patio upstairs in back, plus a view living room up front. A middle room upstairs now hosts a pool table – a clear sign that there's no space crunch anywhere. All 5 bedrooms are on the middle level.

Location is quite nearly across the street from the local elementary school, and closer to the beach than you may realize.

813 Duncan is priced at $2.399m, and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

2301 Vista (3br./3ba, 2420 sq. ft.) is a newer (2002) modern TH with significant ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows on the glorious top level.

The layout is fairly typical of a Sand Section TH, with one smallish bedroom plus chill room (now gym) on the lowest level, master plus another bedroom on the middle level and a spectacular, bright great room on top.

A couple of bonuses: A cool step-up office space that rises above the great room and looks over the living space to get its ocean views. Also, a little hot tub sunken into the top-floor patio.

The near-twin to 2301 Vista, 2300 Alma, is in escrow now – last listed at $2.249m.

2301 Vista traded for $2.099m in Jan. 2007, $1.9m in Nov. 2009, and is offered now at $2.099m. It's open Sun. 2-4pm.

4314 Strand (3br/3ba, 2650 sq. ft.) adds to the relative proliferation of Strand offerings already this year – see last weekend's post for just a sampling.

The 1990-built condo building isn't much to look at outside, but the unit has been fully redone inside with a luxurious touch and fine details. The stone flooring upstairs (the building's middle level) is adorned with lines of mosaic tile and inlaid designs in a few places that speak to the style and craftsmanship seen in several parts of the home.

The downstairs master suite, abutting The Strand, is a world unto itself – a big hideaway with warm wood floors, extra living area plus fireplace and access to the beachfront patio.

The condo last traded in Sept. 2006 for $2.375m, and while we're not certain, we'd guess that's before the big remodel that's in evidence now.

4314 The Strand starts now, ambitiously, at $3.250m, or $1,227/PSF in the most northern part of El Porto Norte. It's open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

2604 Pine (5br/4ba, 3400 sq. ft.) is a newer (2006) Caliterranean with a slightly different layout than your typical speckie of the era. You'll enter into a wide-open space that hosts the dining room before heading back toward the (expected) great room. There's a little bonus room downstairs on the garage level and – more as you'd expect – 4 of the 5 br upstairs.

There's another home on the market with much the same layout: 2808 Elm, though it's made up in a far different Cape Cod style. (And priced much differently at $1.979m.)

2604 Pine was customized by the current owners during construction to give it an "old world" flair. There are accents here and there, such as arched doorways, brick along a few walls, dark-stained ceiling beams and doors, and so forth, which keep a modern feel with those nods toward the past.

The next-door neighbor is 2600 Pine, the double-lot 50s cottage that might make a nice re-do, or might wind up as a lot split – it's in escrow now (last at $1.749m) and we couldn't nail down the property's likely fate before press time. (See "Double the Fun?" for more on 2600 Pine and a couple others.)

2604 Pine was purchased new in Sept. 2006 for $2.550m, and is now offered back at $2.399m. It's open Sun. 1-4pm.

728 12th (5br/3ba, 2375 sq. ft.) packs an astonishing 5br into a remodeled version of a typical 60s home. The location, barely off MBB and technically in the Martyrs neighborhood, is fairly quiet but just moments away from the bustle of downtown.

You're thinking, maybe, that 5br in less than 2400 sq. ft. means a squish to the living spaces? Not so much. There are 2 living rooms, one up and one down, and one now hosts a pool table – a sign, we'll say once again, that there's no big space crunch.

The front deck, jutting off the living room, is a spacious and nice addition, while the concrete back patio – sunny as it is – is a forgotten space that could use some love.

728 12th starts at $1.449m and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Hermosa Strand

It was a minor shock the other day during a Strand jog to see the "Foot of Longfellow" (3205 The Strand, Hermosa) post a "for sale" sign.

The home's a minor landmark that last sold more than 30 years ago.

It's a mid-1930s build that has clearly been opened up and updated over the years, though you'll feel a 60s/70s vibe in parts today. The big, open kitchen with island, skylights, eating area and windows into the main living spaces is a custom treat.

The top-floor master may be the pinnacle, with the home's most modern bath, plus high ceilings and – of course – endless ocean views, with a balcony to boot. A first-floor entertaining room boasts the 3rd pool table in our roundup for this weekend, which we'll have to take – once again – as a sign that there's space to spare.

Due to its history, the home's built out in ways you couldn't achieve today. The first floor, at Strand level, is higher than new construction nearby, which often needs to be built partly subterranean to achieve 3 stories under new height limits. The home's built out to the property line, at least on the Longfellow side, and juts forward closer to The Strand than newer homes – a plus that seemed, only temporarily, like a potential minus as those supposed tsunami waves churned offshore during our tour. It coulda been worse.

3205 The Strand (HB) starts at $6.299m and is open Sun. 1-4pm.


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