Sunday Opens (4/2/17)

By Dave Fratello | April 2nd, 2017

Here's hoping you had some good laughs on Saturday. MBC buried the Gelson's project, while our local-news site, reported on a new parking exemption for realtors. (There are plenty who wish both stories were true!)

Alas, even on April Fool's Day, the world kept turning, business was conducted, vital college basketball games were played and little leaguers scrambled about grassy fields, wondering when it would be time for ice cream.

And 46 homes listed for sale in Manhattan Beach opened their doors up to the public... regular folks like you, to come take a look.

Our video this week is busy busy busy again, with 12 listings featured, including some not on the open house circuit. See huge 1155/1165 Ronda, 2702 The Strand as well as 605 25th, 3405 Manhattan, 2601 Walnut (not on MLS), 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 Dave Fratello.

Sand Section

3405 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach CA3405 Manhattan (5br/5ba, 4300 sqft.) has the exterior look of a Mediterranean, but none of that feel at all on the inside, after a complete and thorough remodel that gives it a classy, beachy feel and takes great advantage of views to the north and south.

More from the official description:

"Four houses to the sand on a coveted, south facing walkstreet corner lot, this classically inspired home was taken down to the studs and completely remodeled in 2015... creating one of the most exquisitely appointed homes ever seen at the beach. With breathtaking white water/sand views, multiple outdoor patios and a beach for a backyard, this home delivers the ultimate in coastal elegance and indoor/outdoor beach living. Stunning kitchen with SubZero fridge, Wolf range and Calcutta marble counter adjoins to family room with bi-fold La Cantina doors, completely opening to huge ocean view deck with built-in grill. Sumptuous, en suite ocean view master with details rarely seen except in the finest custom homes plus three more bedrooms, two bathrooms and laundry room on the main level. Walkstreet level media room opens to a gated patio with unblocked views of sand and surf and a 5th bedroom and bath for guests. Additional features include French cut oak hardwood floors, polished nickel fixtures, zinc bar, plantation shutters, Circa brass lighting, indoor and out ceiling speakers, A/C and 4 car parking."

3405 Manhattan starts at $7.200M and is open Sun. from 1-3pm.

404 9th Street Manhattan Beach CA404 9th (5br/5ba, 3950 sqft.) is a 2008 custom build with a modern aesthetic and prominent Asian stylistic influences.

This one is directly next door to 400 9th, a small cottage/lot sale that hit the public market last week at $3.799M and went into escrow almost instantly. Briefly, there was the chance there for someone to acquire both and expand with a double-lot holding, protect views on the west side, or whatnot. Now it seems these will remain separate.

More from the official description:

"[A]ll your 'Walkstreet Lifestyle' dreams can become a reality without having to wait 3 years to build a new home. This Modern Beach style home was custom built with the finest finishes and touches... Park the car, grab your surfboard and live on one of the best family streets in all of Manhattan Beach, walk to town one block away, walk to beach and walk to award winning Robinson School or American Martyrs School. Complete with all the bells and whistles of radiant floor heating, high end hardwood floors, all Mahogany 8 foot Doors, gourmet kitchen with Sub Zero Fridge, Custom Built Glass enclosed Wine Rack in dining room, Covered rear patio with Jacuzzi, built in fireplace, outdoor built in BBQ and flat screen, Large Nano Doors off Beach Room that open to walkstreet, custom exterior wood trim giving it that Modern Zen feel, attached 3 car garage, ocean views from upper level front balcony, awesome indoor outdoor living on both top and bottom walkstreet level living rooms, 3 stop elevator, and much more."

404 9th starts at $5.999M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

233 5th Street Manhattan Beach CA233 5th (3br/4ba, 2050 sqft.) is a 2001-built Cape Cod on a half lot with some nice views.

Per the official description:

"Single family home with sweeping PV, ocean and white water views... This home features big open spaces all designed with a coastal feel. The large gourmet kitchen has a 6-burner Viking Range, second oven, built-in microwave, and large pantry ideal for entertaining. Enjoy ocean views and sounds from the living room, dining room and kitchen. At night enjoy the lights in Palos Verdes."

233 5th starts at $3.199M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

Tree Section

605 25th Street Manhattan Beach CA605 25th (5br/5ba, 5350 sqft.) is a pretty magnificent custom build with a basement and quite a bit more space than you're typically going to be able to find in the Tree Section.

Location here is quite close to Bell and Grand View school, close enough that you can easily envision a quick walk to the beach from this Tree Section location more so than from almost any other spot in this neighborhood. (People do, actually, walk to the beach from all around here, but for some reason here it seems the hill beckons you to climb over to get to the sand.)

Custom details throughout the home show it off as a labor of love. More from the official description:

"This gorgeous custom is in walking proximity to the beach, downtown MB, Grandview Elementary, Live Oak Park, Dorsey Field, American Martyrs School & Sand Dune Park while also offering a 5,349sf home on a sunny 5,120sf - 40’ x 128’ lot in the coveted Southwestern corner of the Tree Section. When entertaining, it provides dual living areas for the family & guests w/ its 1,800sf basement w/ full AV rack and surround sound theatre set up, game room & bar area. The Great Room is drenched in sunlight, features soaring 12’ vaulted, coffered, TnG, crown molded ceilings, wide plank French White Oak flooring, and a custom large fireplace w/ hand hewn reclaimed wood mantle. The gourmet kitchen offers a huge quartzite island, veggie sink, wine cooler, Top of the line 60” Wolf Range, Sub Zero Fridge/Freezer, and so much more. The second floor offers 4 large bedrooms, 3 full baths & large laundry room. The master suite has abundant natural light, clear, open sunset views & romantic, spa-like master bath & deck retreat. This warm, calming, refined coastal retreat is quite possibly the finest custom Tree Section home ever to hit the market."

605 25th starts at $5.595M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

686 18th Street Manhattan Beach CA686 18th (4br/3ba, 1950 sqft.) features a good location overlooking the playing fields of the nearby school. The 4980 sqft. lot definitely has potential, with no neighbor on one side (a long driveway instead). The existing home would be a tough fit for a lot of families, lacking a master, with small bedrooms and limited common space.

From the official description.

"A+ location in American Martyrs neighborhood featuring charming, family and entertainment 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom immaculate condition home. Close to award winning schools, downtown Manhattan Beach, the beautiful Strand, wonderful wide sandy beaches, and beautiful Pacific Ocean. Sunny, bright updated Kitchen including double ovens, built-in refrigerator/freezer, lots of storage, breakfast area, door to large deck and sun filled south facing backyard. The formal Dining room features French Doors to backyard and is perfect for family dinners, and those who love to entertain. There is a private patio area on west side of backyard with plenty of room for BBQ, tables and chairs. One bedroom and 2 baths on main floor, warm family room/den area on second floor outside three light, bright bedrooms and bath. Two car garage features laundry area and lots of storage."

686 18th starts at $2.100M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

1820 John Street Manhattan Beach CA1820 John (4br/5ba, 4125 sqft.) is an early 90s custom contemporary ("Coastal Modern" in the description) with considerable updates that spent 6 months on the market last year, with prices from $3.500M down to $3.100M.

They're back now showing determination to sell at $2.899M.

It's really a lot of space on a great street, and the somewhat unconventional floorplan has its pluses. Definitely worth a look. From the official description:

"This beautiful Coastal Modern home is on one of the best streets in the Tree Section, sheltered from traffic yet within walking distance to town and local schools. The home has approximately 4,135 square feet (pre-ZORP) of living space with 4 bedrooms plus an office, 5 full bathrooms and plenty of storage space. You will find a private living room in front and a great room in the back that connects to a gourmet kitchen and opens to a private back yard with built in BBQ, a gas fire feature and plenty of space for entertaining. The master suite includes a fireplace, a separate sitting area, a walk-in closet, a large bathroom with two showers and a spa tub. Lot size approx. 5,059, 40 by 126.5. The house was designed to maximize natural light through the large windows around the great room and skylights that illuminate the entire living area."

1820 John starts at $2.899M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

East MB

1541 Nelson Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1541 Nelson (5br/5ba, 4425 sqft.) joins the growing list of new construction homes in East MB. Location is fairly near schools. From the description:

"This gorgeous new south facing, 4,430 sq ft home has it all; 5 large bedrooms, a bathroom in each bedroom, salt water pool, an office on the first floor, 3 fireplaces, 4 skylights and much much more. Pull up a few chairs at an oversized island in the large modern kitchen . Cambria quartz counters and top of the line stainless steel appliances abound. Living room has a towering 11’ height with tung and groove ceiling and beams. Wired with Cat6 cabling for the latest electronics, including wifi, security system includes 7 IP cameras. Weathered engineered hardwood throughout house. The garage is pre-wired for an electric car, rooms are pre-wired for speakers and the house is pre-plumbed for air conditioning."

1541 Nelson starts at $3.199M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

1623 Mathews Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1623 Mathews (5br/4ba, 3525 sqft.) is a 1980s original with some updates and a big backyard. From the official description:

"South facing light filled Cape Cod style home with lots of rooms to relax in! This 5 bedroom, 4 bath home has city and mountain views from the back and wonderful entertaining space indoors and out. This family home boasts a beautiful formal entry, wood floors and an updated kitchen with bay window, granite counters and stainless appliances. There are 3 fireplaces, two decks, a grassy flat yard and hot tub. Additionally there is a separate tandem garage in addition to the 2 car garage that has been converted to a bonus room. This could be used for a home based business or guest house as well as extra living space or storage for a boat. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs along with a bright living room, dining room, breakfast nook and family room with wet bar. The spacious master suite and another 2 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry are downstairs as well as a 2 car garage."

1623 Matthews starts at $2.300M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

1301 19th Street Manhattan Beach CA1301 19th (3br/2ba, 1375 sqft.) is a modernized original cottage with additions and updates. It's a good example of what we were discussing the other day in "What You'll Pay for 3BR in MB." This one's asking $1.499M. From the official description:

"A cross breeze and plenty of natural sunlight welcome you to this great corner lot home consisting of 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus an office. Thoughtful electrical, central heating, window, and layout renovations add to the functionality and sophistication of this move in ready Beach Bungalow. Granite counter tops, slow close drawers, and tile features are just a few of the upgrades found in the remodeled kitchen and bathrooms! Where will you choose to relax? In the open kitchen/living room, the sunken Master Bedroom next to the fireplace, or in the private and spacious backyard? Ample overhead storage can be found in the detached 2 car garage as well as a 175 sq ft bonus room, currently used as an arts and crafts room."

1301 19th starts at $1.499M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

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