Weekend Opens (3/5-3/6/16)

By Dave Fratello | March 5th, 2016

We're going to start out this week's new listings below with two beachy, brand-new homes in the Sand Section in the $5M+ range.

But first, the kids.

Manhattan Beach hosts one of the largest Little Leagues in the USA, and we doubt any of the others has as great of a long-running tradition as the annual Little League Parade downtown. (C'mon, there's still snow on the ground in half the possibly competing Little League cities.)

Our favorite photographer, Mrs. MBC, captured the event for DigMB.com Saturday and posted a gallery here.

Enjoy, and, kids... play ball!

In our real estate world, perhaps you saw that inventory shot back up to a new 3-year high this week, hitting 88 listings. This week, in a 100% match for last week, 38 listings in Manhattan Beach are hosting weekend open houses.

If it rains Sunday, you're going to rely even more on our video – the biggest ever now – which features a nice custom build at 724 29th ($3.450M), a Hill Section pool estate at 917 Highview ($8.350M) which isn't publicly open and new construction at 441 3rd ($5.800M start):

Some mobile users and email subscribers will need to use this link to view the video.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's new 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."

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.

Sand Section

221 Homer (4br/4ba, 2500 sqft.) is new construction in the furthest southern part of MB. From the official description:

"Beautiful New Cape Cod Style Home with Gorgeous Ocean Views... Sunny and bright throughout with ocean views from most rooms. Only two blocks to one of the most pristine beaches in California. Gorgeous, wide plank hardwood floors, custom cabinetry, dumbwaiter, dual zoned heating and air conditioning. Wired for audio, security, and lighting throughout. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and ship-lap, wood paneling create a light and breezy beach feeling."

221 Homer starts at $4.950M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

441 3rd (5br/5ba, 4325 sqft.) is new construction near, but not on, the famed South End family walkstreets. This one runs along Ingleside, which carries slow-speed traffic consisting mostly of neighbors. More from the official description:

"[T]his exceptional newly constructed home stands above the crowd in terms of design, attention to detail, and quality. Located in the heart of 'Old Manhattan' the hidden gem of the Sand Section, this peaceful enclave is the only area of MB that offers tree-lined streets with sidewalks & parking on both sides of the street. The ideal NW corner lot location allows for abundant full-day natural light, panoramic hill section views & a beautiful bank of lush landscaping along the Eastern side yard. The ground floor features a large family room, secluded bedroom suite, mud room & a three-car garage. The second level showcases a striking vaulted-beamed ceiling, great room with fireplace, private office, gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, dining nook, walk-in butler’s pantry, cozy den with fireplace & a BBQ deck. The top floor offers four large bedrooms & is anchored by the exquisite master suite, which features a view deck, massive walk-in closet and a spa-like master bath. Inspired by classic Hampton’s interiors, elegant details can be found throughout this custom home."

441 3rd starts at $5.800M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 

4109 Crest (3br/4ba, 1950 sqft.) is about as far north as you can get, backing up to our famous neighbor to the north, the tank farm. From this spot at the top of the hill, you get some of the best views in El Porto. From the official description:

"As you step inside this immaculate single family home you will find that this is the perfect place for to call your own. This beautifully updated property features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and is situated a few short blocks to the beach! Enjoy unblock-able panoramic views from the top floor as well as stunning ocean views from the lower two levels. The bright and open top floor features beautifully refinished hardwood floors and provides a great room feel, this directs all attention to the endless views off of the well appointed deck. Perfect for entertaining and relaxing the home truly has it all!"

4109 Crest starts at $2.100M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 

433 Marine (3br/4ba, 1825 sqft.) is a remodeled TH near the top of the hill up off Highland. More from the official description:

"Stunning remodeled 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath warm contemporary townhome... This house features new beautiful European white oak floors throughout the house, plantain shutters [sic], all new dual pane windows, new central vacuum system, new interior doors and fixtures. The living room is light and bright with a new custom fireplace with built-ins opening into kitchen. A spacious deck off the living room is perfect for entertaining."

433 Marine starts at $2.099M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

Tree Section

3008 Elm (5br/6ba, 3225 sqft.) is a 2005 Mediterranean. From the official description:

"Dark stained hardwood and carpet upstairs with a travertine tiled ground floor. The great room with fireplace opens to a spacious, one of a kind, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite counter tops. Note the vaulted ceilings, sky lights and open floor plan. There are top end appliances in the kitchen and a breakfast nook eating area. The master suite includes a fireplace, a walk in closet and a large bathroom with spa tub. There are also balconies off the front and master bedrooms... The back yard also includes a free standing built in fireplace feature with professional hardscape finishes."

3008 starts at $2.699M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

3312 Maple (4br/3ba, 2250 sqft.) definitely qualifies as different. Had enough of "Plantation" and "Mediterranean" and little old cottages? How about "Hollywood Regency" with a sculpture garden? More from the official description:

"On a tree lined block of Maple, this lovingly restored & updated 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,240s.f. (approx.) Hollywood Regency home beckons you to the glamour of a bygone era. From the blue stone lined walkway past the Sunset Garden table out front, you approach this jewel through a sculpture garden highlighted by two mature liquid amber trees, that immediately makes it one of the most unique homes in the Tree Section. Modern kitchen featuring white 3” slab Caesarstone counters, stainless Kitchen Aid and DCS appliances with built in office and quaint breakfast area off of the family room. Formal dining room has views of sculpture garden... The backyard is entertainers delight with 600s.f. composite driftwood deck, built-in fire-pit, BBQ, built in planters, and strings of twinkly lights."

3312 Maple starts at $2.399M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

3520 Walnut (3br/2ba, 2250 sqft.) delivers a lot of remodeled house for the money west of Sepulveda. Perhaps not sure what buyers would make of the location, they're asking "only" about $1.7M for a move-in-ready house – albeit one with an unusual layout. Same size as the Hollywood Regency above, for $700K less... More from the official description:

"Main floor features include a formal living room w/fplc & french doors to balcony, formal dining area, & multi-purpose family room adjacent to updated gourmet chef's kitchen w/granite counters, stainless steel appliances, & spacious breakfast dining area. 2 main floor bedrooms for your growing family or use as office/den & guest bedroom. Recently remodeled main floor full bath w/seamless glass enclosed tub/shower & marble counter/flooring. Separate upstairs master suite w/french doors to balcony, study/sitting room alcove, walk-in closet, & master bathroom w/granite counters, towel warming rack, separate spa tub & glass enclosed shower. 2 level private enclosed backyard area has two separate patio areas, as well as a large grassy yard area perfect for kids & pets. Amenities include new energy efficient roof, newly installed wide plank french oak hdwd flooring, new Pella windows, security system, recessed lighting, skylights, & more!! 2-car attached garage has direct access."

3520 Walnut starts at $1.695M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

Hill Section

701 Dianthus (5br/4ba, 3600 sqft.) is a Hill Section Mediterranean Spanish that's been on and off the market in recent years, but for the first time looks a lot different, refreshed with beachy colors in lieu of the more authentic – and perhaps tired – European look that we'd seen a few times before.

This one has the familiar feel of a lot of Tree Section homes, but with a big, flat, sunny yard.

More from the official description:

"Come see the fresh new look of this classically beautiful and sophisticated... Spanish Hill Section home... Perfectly configured with one bedroom downstairs & 4 bedrooms upstairs. Upon entering this one-of-a-kind home you immediately feel the comfort of the free flowing, open floor plan featuring vaulted beamed ceilings, custom stone work, and rich wide-plank hardwood floors throughout. Kitchen is anchored by a large center island & stainless appliances opening to the comfortable family room with fireplace. Step outside into your private, sunny, west-facing backyard surrounded by mature trees, grassy lawn & patio with outdoor fireplace. Upstairs is flooded with natural light and features a gorgeous master suite with relaxing spa bathroom. Oversized three car garage with enclosed bonus room/office."

701 Dianthus starts at $3.469M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4:30pm.

East MB

1430 21st (5br/6ba, 3825 sqft.) is, per the official description, an "absolutely delightful Mediterranean style home in Liberty Heights." More:

"[F]abulous floorplan with vaulted ceilings in the Living Room and an expansive Great Room overlooking the massive, flat, south facing park-like backyard. All the bedrooms are spacious and each has its own private bath. Beautifully maintained and appointed - you will agree that this will make your ideal next home... Rich interior touches throughout. The living room has two story ceiling height with skylights... A 50' pine tree in the front yard provides an established feel, on a block that includes many newer and recently remodeled homes."

1430 21st starts at $2.795M and is open Sunday from 1-4pm.

15 Nantucket (3br/3ba, 2625 sqft.) is a Village TH with a first-floor master. Did anyone else notice how fast $1.8M became normal for some of these? From the official description:

"[T]his rare plan 8F Townhouse has its master bedroom suite on the ground level. Tastefully remodeled and updated throughout, the home exhibits class and elegance in its refined features. It has an easy, natural flow ideal for daily living or elaborate entertaining, either inside or outside on its huge wrap-around patio with water and fire features. All flooring is hardwood or travertine. Stairway trim, stair railings and fireplace mantel are mahogany. Vaulted ceilings and natural stone fireplace in living room. Kitchen features high-end appliances, bread drawer, warming drawer, oversized sink, honed granite countertops, walnut cabinetry and pantry... Upstairs features two additional bedrooms, a bathroom, a bright, dedicated office with built-ins and a large bonus room."

15 Nantucket starts at $1.895M and is open Sat. from 1-4pm. 

1501 3rd (3br/2ba, 1050 sqft.) is a small but charming house on a 5000-plus sqft. lot along Peck near Pennekamp school. More from the official description:

"Incredibly enchanting bright and light Manhattan Beach home... Opportunities to live now and build later are endless from the second you step foot onto your new property; unwind in your front yard with a patio perfect for barbecuing and family gatherings or choose to enjoy the quiet life in your large private backyard. This inviting single level home boasts plenty of natural light and open space with converted 3 bedrooms to 2 bedrooms plus a den/office area, 1.5 bathrooms, an upgraded kitchen with granite counter tops, Sub Zero refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher, interior laundry room with built-in storage, 2 car attached garage and beautifully refinished solid hardwood floors throughout. Home is also equipped with central heating and a/c."

1501 3rd starts at $1.299M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

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