Weekend Opens (3/18-3/19/17)

By Dave Fratello | March 18th, 2017

Make some time for our video this week: 13 new listings appear, and it's not even clear we got everything! There are 49 listings holding open houses this weekend.

It's just more evidence that we're here in the busy Spring season. Inventory continues to come out, but the sales are rocking, too, keeping a lid on the total number of available homes. 

Our video this week features new construction at 703 Bayview and 3509 Alma, a big East MB Spanish at 1420 3rd, a Hill Section townhouse at 712 MB Blvd, Tree Section family homes at 2804 Palm and 1733 Pine, and more:

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To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!). Our open house link always appears in our weekly wrapups and on the main front page, under "Open Houses."

Below, click any address link to view all photos and property details. And 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.

Listings appearing here come from the whole MB market and may or may not be represented by MB Confidential author/broker Dave Fratello.

Sand Section

704 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach CA704 Manhattan (3br/4ba, 2650 sqft.) is one of 2 new townhomes looking to reach rarefied air: non-Strand multi-unit properties sold with a 4 or 5 in front.

Before now, there have been only two: 3300 Ocean at $4.000M in May 2015 (that's close to The Strand) and 611 Bayview in February last year at $4.650M.

Before either this one or its back neighbor (see below) sells, we may see a third entrant to that club: Smashing, modern 100 Manhattan, under contract now with a list price of $5.250M.

New, with views, south of the pier... that's quite a combination, and it is what elite buyers want in Manhattan Beach today.

More from the official description:

"Located just one block from the sand, in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach, this stunning new coastal plantation townhome ... is the one you’ve been waiting for! Situated on an oversized lot, this 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom 2,450 square foot beauty epitomizes the luxe-life with over-the-top amenities such as huge ocean views, a covered lanai with built-in heaters, designer light fixtures, a 3-stop elevator, Space Pac System with air conditioning, hardwood floors, automated shades, Waterworks fixtures, a master bathroom with steam shower and carrara marble, and so much more. Also included in this gem is a Savant home automation system, a flex room perfect for an office, gym or media room and parking for all SIX of your fancy cars."

704 Manhattan starts at $4.999M and is open Sun. from 2-5pm.

703 Bayview Drive Manhattan Beach CA703 Bayview (4br/5ba, 3000 sqft.) is the even grander rear unit behind 704 Manhattan. This one sports a 4th bedroom (2 are on the lowest level) and a magnificent deck with views that might never be intruded upon or blocked. For those extras, they've added $750K and they're looking to set a new record for the area. From the official description:

"Tipping the scales at 3,000 square feet, this super-sized townhome has everything your heart desires. Situated on an oversized lot just one block to the sand in the heart downtown Manhattan Beach, this home rocks 4 bedrooms plus a flex room, 5 bathrooms, and an oversized garage for all those motorized toys you’ve been collecting. Unobstructable, jaw-dropping, white water ocean views adorn the entire top floor of this coastal plantation masterpiece. With no expense spared, this townhouse includes an ultra-luxe kitchen, custom fireplace and an incredible 400 sq. ft entertainment deck with a slider system. With so many over-the-top amenities to mention, here are just a few….a Savant home automation system, Space Pac System with air conditioning, hardwood floors, automated shades, Waterworks fixtures and a kitchen with a Sub-zero fridge and other high end appliances."

703 Bayview starts at $5.749M and is open Sun. from 2-5pm.

3509 Alma Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3509 Alma (4br/4ba, 2800 sqft.) is new construction on a corner lot in the North End. From the official description:

"Beautiful, custom, new construction Beach Planation Home adorned with the finest designer finishes & fixtures & unblock-able ocean views. Situated on a rare 30’ x 60’ west facing corner lot on top of the sand dune just above North Manhattan Beach’s quaint local village of shops, spas, restaurants, cafes & other services. Designed by Doug Leach in collaboration with Stevy White Design, this custom finished home offers much larger than normal living space with incredible ocean views & direct access to a spacious west facing deck accessed through a 20’ linear wall of sliding glass doors; offering an indoor/outdoor living experience virtually unmatched in the sand section. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream, offering a huge eat-in Carrera Neolith island with veggie sink, wrap around custom lacquered white cabinetry, Ceasarstone counter tops, farmhouse double sink, Thermador Stainless Steel Professional Series appliances, step-in finished pantry all with unfettered ocean views throughout. The great room offers a wet bar with wine fridge, defined dining area with built-in bench wall, and a fireplace with plenty of room around it for lounging & entertaining."

3509 Alma starts at $3.950M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm

217 39th Street Manhattan Beach CA217 39th (4br/4ba, 2275 sqft.) is an El Porto rarity: A full-lot home boasting outdoor space and a price you'd expect to find elsewhere in the Sand Section: $3.349M.

This one was built about 15 years ago, but sports an official build date of 1925, reflecting the original home on the site. You still catch a glimpse of that with the little guest shack in the backyard.

Among the few non-Strand properties ever sold north of Rosecrans that come close to this price:

• New construction at 4101 Crest, a larger home on a smaller lot high up at the top of the hill. 4101 Crest sold for $2.800M last year.

• New construction at 228 38th St., a townhome on a wide lot with unobstructed views. Sold for $2.800M in Feb. 2015. (The back unit, 229 Rosecrans Place, sold for $2.565M.)

• A large modern townhome at 113 El Porto St. (on Ocean Drive) sold for $2.775M in Aug. 2014.

As to the actual property here, you'll find 3br in the main (modern) house, with an expansive, open, top level that had killer views on very foggy day when we visited. It could really be something on a sunny day, and as long as the neighbor stays low. More from the official description:

"Smartly designed, this artistic contemporary home gives maximum enjoyment for beach living. Broad ocean views of the sand, surf, Catalina Island and PV are part of the experience from the 2 decks, living room, dining, kitchen and powder bath of the main house. Downstairs has 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a small tv area/room. Because this is a full lot + approximately 200 sq.ft. , there is an entertainment back yard with deck, area for bbq and outdoor tables - a rare occurrence so close to the beach! In addition, your guests can stay in their own cottage. There is a quaint 1 bedroom + bathroom guest quarters that is fully separate from the main house. Not only that...the garage is another area all to itself. Plenty of room for 2 cars +, there is a bathroom, additional storage AND workshop! ... A lot of thought has gone into the functionality of the home and the creation of space. The beautifully designed appointments capture the essence of the sunsets and ocean views."

217 39th starts at $3.349M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

1205 Bayview Drive Manhattan Beach CA1205 Bayview (3br/4ba, 2125 sqft.) tried to sell for 3 months last year at a higher price: $3.399M. At $2.800M now, it's down $600K and 18%, a steep correction that should draw attention.

The downtown location is a nice thing for sure, and there are significant views. Views to the south may not last forever, with an old, undersized structure there on the corner for now. Overall, this one clearly wants an update, with the kitchen and baths each dating back to another era. More from the official description:

"Stunning ocean, whitewater and Manhattan Pier views where the light of day shines through from sunrise to sunset... 2 car garage parking with guest space, lower level-above ground guest quarters with separate entrance 'n' patio access, skylights, hardwood floors, east-west balconies as well as a great floor plan for a single person, a couple or a family. A residence like this is easy to come home to, because your foyer offers the space to unwind and drop off your stuff. Then, you can just relax in your living room with fireplace or kitchen with SubZero-Viking appliances and dining room...all of which has amazing views. Another option may be to draw a hot bath in your spa tub or steam shower and just enjoy the master suite complete with fireplace and large walk-in closet."

1205 Bayview starts at $2.800M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm. 

Hill Section

712 Manhattan Beach Boulevard Manhattan Beach CA712 MB Blvd (3br/3ba, 1675 sqft.) is a nicely refreshed ocean-view home that's just steps to town in a building that has recently gotten a nice facelift.

Since Dave is friendly with the sellers, we're going to stick mainly with the official description here:

"[S]tunning ocean views... gorgeous interior unit townhome has the walkability to downtown, the pier and the beach. The home is perfect for entertaining with a light and bright living room, which opens to a beautiful kitchen and a spacious terrace with gorgeous, panoramic ocean and Catalina views. Many custom features include beautiful hand-scraped walnut hardwood floors throughout, a custom mantle and marble hearth, marble accents, crown moulding throughout, custom built-ins and finished carpentry, recessed lighting, designer touches and much more. The master suite includes french doors that open to a private balcony, custom built-ins, a large walk-in closet, and a master bath with jacuzzi tub, separate shower and dual sinks. The spacious second and third bedrooms feature custom built-ins, a private balcony, and adjoining Jack and Jill bathroom... [O]versized two car garage with an abundance of storage, plus an additional covered parking space."

712 MB Blvd starts at $1.639M and is open Sat. from 1-4pm. 

Tree Section

1733 Pine Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1733 Pine (5br/5ba, 3125 sqft.) was new just a few years ago, and the current owners have customized the home, particularly by building out the backyard into a nice dining/entertaining space. The styles are still familiar. More from the official description:

"Cape Cod home in the coveted Tree Section of Manhattan Beach - Sitting high on the street allows for a spectacular front elevation... Five bedrooms including a Master Suite - Four bedrooms up and a Guest Suite on the lower level - wide plank oak floors throughout - zoned surround sound and upgraded lighting throughout the house - magnificent kitchen with extra large marble island and top drawer appliances - additional custom touches make this a move-in ready home to be proud of..."

1733 Pine starts at $3.150M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

2804 Palm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2804 Palm (5br/4ba, 3675 sqft.) in a 1980s original that's not altogether different from Dave's recent sale at 1701 Oak ($2.230M), sporting much the same floorplan, although with one extra bath and a few more updates. Location here is on a nice block north of Valley with several newer homes. More from the official description:

"Cape Cod perfect in the heart of one of the best locations in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section on a Flat street. This home offers over 3600 square feet of living space which you will not find at this price point anywhere in Manhattan Beach... [U]pgraded to make this home perfect for a 'plug and play' buyer. Highlights include: Gourmet lover's kitchen with all stainless steel appliances open to a large family room and lovely flagstone backyard with custom built in BBQ. Large Master suite with stand alone soaking tub and separate glass shower. Large bedrooms make this oversized Tree Section home a rare find. Hardwood floors throughout, formal dining room, formal living room and freshly painted exterior complete with 2 car attached garage."

2804 Palm start at $2.750M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 

East MB

101 S Meadows Avenue Manhattan Beach CA101 S. Meadows (3br/2ba, 1700 sqft.) is, per the official description:

"[A] great family home in Manhattan Beach! This 3 bed/2 bath home boasts an open and bright floor plan. The entry area and formal living room offer a place to relax and enjoy a fire. The upgraded kitchen and family area provide a perfect space daily life. Large master suite and bath with private access to back patio. Exceptional indoor/outdoor living with space for dining and room for kids to play. With hardwood oak floors and large windows the abundance of light is always available. Detached 2-car garage, private driveway and beautifully landscaped front yard with white picket fence."

101 S. Meadows starts at $1.699M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

1730 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CA1730 3rd (4br/3ba, 3225 sqft.) is, per the official description:

"[T]he ultimate family home located on a quiet, less traveled street in East Manhattan! Settle in for a lifetime of memories that this peaceful, open floor plan with high ceilings allows. Natural light finds its' way into the home via skylights and plenty of dual paned windows. Step down into your living room and relax in front of one of the 3 fireplaces that add to the warmth of this home. A spacious office can easily be used as a 5th bedroom! French doors open the way from the living areas to a private, fenced backyard that is perfect for a family pet, entertaining, or playing. Enjoy views of your own citrus trees and landscaping from the breakfast nook, and the serenity that this house affords. Granite counters form the well thought-out kitchen and overlooks the fireplace and wet bar lined family room. Generous use of natural stone materials throughout."

1730 3rd starts at $2.199M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

1420 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CA1420 3rd (4br/5ba, 4775 sqft.) is, per the official description:

"Newer Spanish with all the design, features and efficiency of what today's buyers are looking for. Located in arguably the best block and street in the area, this 4,764 sqft home, on a 6,645 sqft lot, will not disappoint! ... [T]his spectacular home combines location, quality and an atmosphere desirable for family and entertaining. A chef's kitchen with a 60" Wolf range, dual Sub Zero's, double Bosch dishwashers, walk in pantry and a huge custom island. The family room, dining room and formal living room all flow together for an open living space. The Master bedroom upstairs looks out to both mountain and City views, with a master bath that includes a huge walk in shower w/steamer and a fireplace over the Jacuzzi tub. Three additional bedroom suites that are inclusive of baths and walk in closets. A laundry and homework area completes the top level. Outdoor space includes an elevated covered patio with fireplace in the front, along with a private rear yard that combines a firepit with dedicated BBQ surrounded by mature landscaping."

1420 3rd was at $3.649M late last year, now it re-starts at $3.299M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

1775 Mathews Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1775 Mathews (3br/3ba, 1900 sqft.) is a newer TH with modern style. From the official description:

"[W]arm, contemporary finishes and clean, architectural lines with a family friendly layout. All 3 bedrooms are on the middle level and the open concept living space with glass fireplace and outside patio are located on the top floor. Enjoy lovely breezes and sunsets to the south-west while you relax on the large balcony off of the living room. The Bulthaup design kitchen incorporates design simplicity with functionality and elegance. Huge laundry / storage room, attached 2 car garage with additional storage room and a small "dog run" size yard. This unique, urban style complex in the suburbs, incorporates a Zen influenced, community garden with raised planters, located at the end of the building. Private and serene, the community garden is a great place to relax or entertain."

1775 Matthews starts at $1.050M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

1900 Lynngrove Drive Manhattan Beach CA1900 Lynngrove (2br/1ba, 925 sqft.) is a small cottage on a corner lot, near or at land value. From the official description:

"Great corner lot location in Liberty Village within walking distance of Pollywog Park and Manhattan Beach Middle School. Conveniently close to nearby shopping and within easy access to local commuter routes. The corner lot influence keeps the property nice and sunny and open feeling with a direct neighbor to one side only. Current home is a 2 bed, 1 bath original beach bungalow with 2 car detached garage and large yard. Measures appx. 918 sf. and sits on an appx. 5,808 sf corner lot* (Buyer to verify) There is a lot pf potential to either build to suit or remodel and give the home a fresh start."

1900 Lynngrove starts at $1.299M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 

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