Weekend Opens (3/22-3/23)

By Dave Fratello | March 22nd, 2008
It's a short weekend for open houses given Easter – lots of listings are only open Saturday, while many of the listings that are new this week are not listed as open.

Idea for a drinking game: Browse this week's Beach Reporter ads and take a quaff each time an ad says "Hop on Over!"

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 a dearth of open houses in the Hill Section this weekend. It's a very observant region of MB.

We're happy to call attention to the Easter open at 939 Duncan, a big-time remodel purchased 2 years ago by some flippers. Opulent, overdone, odd, and – hey, you expect this – overpriced. Nearly 6 months on market so far. Along with 534 14th, Duncan shares the remarkable quality of offering access to the pool through the master bedroom. Currently $3.695m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

Sand Section

341 10th is on a South End walkstreet. Need we say more?

Offers 4br/5ba, 3150 sq. ft. Steps to downtown.

Nice, spacious remodel with a rental unit (not much improved) to help you defray the costs of ownership, which are considerable: Starts at $3.3m.

Open Sat. 1-4pm.

Mrs. MBC's pick for the week isn't posted as open (it's a funny weekend that way), but we'll write it up anyway, just in case they throw the doors open after all.

She loves a good project, so her pick is 456 27th. It's a rare Tudor-style home (3br/3ba, 2625 sq. ft.) in a sleepy location up on the plateau above Sand Dune park. (Is it just us, or has this become the busiest area of the Sand Section recently?) The home is a bit dated – OK, really 70s – but one person's ghastly throwback is another person's great remodeling opportunity. Bonus: Roofdeck. Starts at $1.950m.

Tree Section

672 19th
is a square box with little inherent style, but my, how they've gussied it up with paint and decor. (Click the address for pics.) The home offers 3br/2ba and almost 1700 sq. ft. You've just got to see a home that touts a "beautiful hardscape" and tiki lights. Psssst! Nice location. Starts at $1.789m. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

As we mentioned in the MB Market Update the other day, 3412 Pacific was purchased just a year ago (Jan. 2007) for $1.491m. It's up now at $1.199m ($-292k). We don't think they've trashed the place; there are other issues behind the fall. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

A price war is breaking out at the lowest end of Tree Section inventory – 1708 Oak and 3612 Poinsettia keep undercutting each other. Both are 2br/1ba and 850 sq. ft. in off locations. Last week, Oak moved down to $899k; now Poinsettia is at $849k. Take your pick: 1708 Oak is open Saturday 1-4pm; or drop in Sunday (1-4pm) at 3612 Poinsettia and say hi to Kaye Thomas.

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