Weekend Opens (3/15-3/16)

By Dave Fratello | March 15th, 2008
It might be a challenging weekend for open houses, if that rain comes in either day. Maybe just as well, with comparably few new listings to see. Below we offer a few nice options to drop in on between showers.

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

There's nothing new this week, so we'll repeat the top option from last week: 218 N. Dianthus. It's quite big, with 5600 sq. ft. of living space, although just 4br. It's opulent and the living spaces vast, but you might agree with us that the layout is a bit strange. Asking $6.75m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

3200 Alma
is described as "the Spanish charmer that everyone knows and loves." Hey, sounds like nearby 3116 Alma, which MBC loved and called cool, but which never sold. (See "Old's Cool.") This one is quite a bit smaller and priced $400k lower at $1.899m. Open Sat. & Sun., 2-4pm.

337 16th is back after a 2-months-plus hiatus and $250k in cuts. This one is a very big 10-year-old Mediterranean (4500+ sq. ft.) that was once said to have been "transformed... through an enchanting fusion of color, texture and animal magic." That part of the pitch is gone now, but maybe the animal magic is still blowing around. Asking $3.85m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

Last week, Mrs. MBC's pick was 738 26th. It was so hot, gone so fast, they didn't even open it up on Sunday – it was already in escrow. That escrow failed, though. So here's a thought: No matter how strongly the buyer insists, go forward with the open houses. It's not their house, yet, right? Open this weekend?

That experience with 26th leads us to Mrs. MBC's pick for this week: 1906 Flournoy (pictured). This one, offering 4br/2ba, 1800 sq. ft. at $1.689m, is already in escrow as we write. (It really was Mrs. MBC's pick before the escrow; we're not just puffing up her rep.) The agents posted open houses for Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm. We'd go through with the opens – who knows, maybe the buyers turn out to work for Bear Stearns.

2005 Oak is a 3br/3ba remodel with 1950 sq. ft. that features a "huge entertaining kitchen" (listing). (Note: no pics in the listing at this writing.) The current owners have been in just over a year, having paid $1.350m in Nov. 2006 – a nice discount off the $1.460m list price. They now start at $1.479m. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

Finally, the Twins in the Trees (3307/09 Poinsettia) are both open both days (Sat. & Sun.) from 1-4pm. MBC just finished a pricing poll this week, with a very broad consensus that they're great, but high by at least $300k. Probably best not to mention that if you tour.

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