Weekend Opens (3/27-3/28)

By Dave Fratello | March 27th, 2010
Are you around this weekend? In Mammoth? Off to the desert or a tropical isle?

We'll get some serious beach weather this weekend, so if you're here, you can enjoy the full benefit of the 90266. Without the towel service, unfortunately.

There are a couple of new opens, plus a healthy set of longer-running listings worth checking in on.

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.

Sand Section

A debut worth your time, partly for the home and partly for the views, is 311 26th (4br/5ba, 2475 sq. ft.), a newer (2007) custom home on a 2/3rds-size lot just above Highland.

The other day here we noted the big ocean views over the park, along with great European styling and fantastic detail inside.

Starts at $2.798m, steep for a home of this size, but it's something special. 

311 26th is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

3516 Blanche (3br/3ba, 3000 sq. ft.) is a 50s cottage with various additions and remodels, giving you modern size with some big, soaring ceilings adding to the open feeling.

Starts at $1.525m, easily the largest offering in the almost-$1.5m set. (1605 Elm, at $1.588m, is a tad bigger and much better located, but not open this weekend.)

3516 Blanche is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

The French Normandy remodel at 1724 Pine (4br/4ba, 3525 sq. ft.) has been offered now for most of 2010, somehow escaping the rush of sales activity so far.

The heavy use of stone outside gives it a style that isn't for everyone, but the inside is comfy and very nicely remodeled (it's a 1998 build), with great attention to detail. A quirk: Though the bedrooms are spacious, the master (up front) is cramped a bit by the folded-down roof detail in the front.

Price is down about $150k since the start, newly priced at $1.898m.

1724 Pine is open Sun. 1-4pm.

2708 Pacific (5br/4ba, 3400 sq. ft.) was lucky once, making a deal within its first week back in February.

Alas, that deal fell apart, but, maybe looking for luck again, the sellers marked the listing down from $1.849m to the lucky $1.777m. The triple-7's didn't work over the space of a month, and now we're looking at $1.711m (7/11).

What's next, a raffle at next week's opens?

2708 Pacific is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

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