Weekend Opens (3/20-3/21)

By Dave Fratello | March 20th, 2010
Funny how the rush of new offerings hasn't fully continued. Very little is new this weekend – perhaps some sort of madness has temporarily consumed half the population. Or maybe everyone was just busy prepping for the Robinson Fun Run.

We're still happy to suggest a couple listings that have popped up here previously, and there are new offerings among Sand Section THs and in the Trees. We encourage you to find the gems among the opens this weekend and report back.

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

Please report back here at MBC on any open houses you visit – what you like, what you don't like, etcetera.

Hill Section

901 Pacific (5br/6ba, 7300 sq. ft.) draws a second mention here at MBC on hopes that they'll hold true to the listing's promise of 2 open houses this weekend. (Prior opens did not all happen.)

A fairly conservative Spanish design keeps the home on the modest side, but behind the façade it's a huge new custom home with ocean views in abundance, and all the trappings you'd expect in a higher-end Hill Section estate.

With the sale this week of 645 9th (in escrow), Pacific is now the priciest listing in the Hills at $6.995m.

Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm, they say.

Sand Section

We're still looking for more reactions to the Tudor at 456 27th (3br/3ba, 2625 sq. ft.), one of 3 "Old World" style listings referenced in "Kickin' It Old World."

Though the build is late-70s officially, the home's been updated in important ways, building on the original style. The kitchen is very inspired, modern, European.

Locationwise, as plateau streets go, 27th is one of the quietest. The home offers a bonus roof deck as well.

456 27th starts at $1.690m; open Sun. 1-4pm.

South End TH Dept.:

97 Bayview (3br/3ba, 1500 sq. ft.) is a 1980 build with some updates and big ocean views, thanks to a favored location a bump up above surrounding homes. Why won't they show you the exterior in these pics, though? Starts at $1.399m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

105 Crest (3br/3ba, 2325 sq. ft.) is a 1991 build with a nice location, but more tired inside than the pics suggest. Nearing 4 months on market now, currently at $1.325m. Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

728 26th (5br/5ba, 4700 sq. ft.) first came on offer almost exactly one year ago at $2.999m. You may recall, this turned out to be awful timing, and an excessive price didn't help.

Though the listing dipped to $2.495 at some point, there was no umph or energy around it, just a sign out front pleading for a knock at the door some day.

This week there's a new agent, great staging (or they were hiding this all along), and the first open we can recall.

Look back at that home size: 4700 sq. ft. inside, on a lot and half on a corner. The block is pretty sleepy. Though the mid-90s build has shown its age a bit too much, the core here is a spacious Mediterranean that could be glammed up with some attention. A lot of people in MB do buy Mediterraneans, so it can't be such a tough sell, can it?

728 26th starts anew at $2.499m (yes, same price as before), and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

3517 Oak (5br/4ba, 3125 sq. ft.) is a late-90s build that's been updated and given some nice personal flair. (You can decide if the dark marble bath qualifies as updated or flaired.)

The sunny home compares reasonably against new or newer construction, and the start price, at $1.525m, will prove a temptation as well.

But there's this: Location. You already picked that up from the Oak address. It's also straight across the street from the Barnabey's Belamar hotel parking lot, which is a distraction. Although if you've got frequent of out-of-town guests, it may be nice to know you can offer them a place to stay that's just a stone's throw away.

3517 Oak is open Sun. 2-4pm.

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