Weekend Opens (4/13-4/14/19)

By Dave Fratello | April 13th, 2019

Inventory touched 120 this week and is at 119 as we get you this post.

Of the active listings, 41 will be opening doors to the public this weekend.

Our video this week features homes large and small, from the huge 2-year-old home at 676 18th to the merely large 2301 Pine, new construx on the east side at 1643 8th and the tiny walkstreet house at 325 4th, among others:

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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 and Edge.

Tree Section

2301 Walnut2301 Walnut Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (4br/3ba, 3580 sqft.) is an oversized 1990 original with modern updates in most parts of the house.

2301 Walnut Avenue Manhattan Beach CAThere's a big formal living room at the front by the entry, and the home flows back to a formal dining room, kitchen and family room. The family room opens out to a deck with stairs down to the (mostly paved) backyard. The builder appears to have taken advantage of some natural slope to mostly bury the garage under the front formal living room, though there are some steps inside to get to it.

2301 Walnut Avenue Manhattan Beach CAThe kitchen checks the boxes with newer counters, cabinetry and appliances. Flooring throughout the home has a dark walnut stain, which is less common these days (tastes have moved to lighter finishes) but still feels warm and elegant. Upstairs, the master bath is the one area that hasn't been dramatically updated.

Back in 1990, builders didn't realize that everyone was going to want their own private bathroom, so in this floorplan, bedrooms share a hallway bath.

This is a mainstream family home in the Tree Section, scratching at $3M with a start at $2.849M.

2104 N Poinsettia Avenue Manhattan Beach CAAn obvious point of comparison is Dave's listing, currently in escrow, at 2104 N. Poinsettia (4br/3ba, 3008 sqft.), which began at $2.699M, drew multiple offers and will close soon somewhat above that $2.7-ish asking price. (2104 Poinsettia is pictured here.)

Other recent Tree Section comparable sales of mostly newer homes have come in from $2.6M-$3.0M. (Click here to see those.)

More from the official description:

"[P]erfectly poised on a mature tree lined street is a classically inspired Nantucket style home that checks all the boxes to a dreamy lifestyle. Imagine living in a home that exudes wonderful curb appeal, casual elegance, and also offers the comforts that few homes can measure up to. Striking voluminous living spaces with incredible architectural details that take a home from ordinary to extraordinary. Beautiful clerestory windows, vaulted ceilings, cozy fireplaces, and designer fixtures make this a home to call your own."

2301 Walnut begins at $2.849M and is open Sun. 1-4pm. 

676 18th676 18th Street Manhattan Beach CA (6br/8ba, 5850 sqft.)  is a newer (2017) and huge home on the non-view side of the hill in the Martyrs neighborhood.

676 18th Street Manhattan Beach CAEvery current high-end design trend is on display: wide-open floorplan, light stain to the flooring, a big basement/home theater, good flow from the family room to the covered outdoor room and backyard.

676 18th Street Manhattan Beach CAOf course, the master suite is luxurious, with an extensively outfitted master closet.

Sold new in Feb. 2017 for $6.100M, it's now offered at $6.500M. From the official description:

"One of a kind Custom Coastal Plantation Home in the highly sought after American Martyrs Section of Manhattan Beach. This spacious home is light, bright and drenched in sunlight. The open floor plan features three levels including a full basement with movie theater, wine cellar, game room and guest bedroom/work out studio."

"The family room is open and adjoined to the large chef's kitchen with a dramatic island as the center hub. The main living area opens directly to the large 'South Facing' grassy backyard and perfectly captures the Indoor/Outdoor lifestyle. Perfect for entertaining, this home also boasts an elegant dining room and brilliant formal living room. There is a private office/bedroom on the main level that provides a quiet workspace or retreat. The top floor features four en suite bedrooms. The large master bedroom flows into the spa like master bath and is thoughtfully perched high which provides a picturesque view of the snow capped mountains."

676 18th begins at $6.500M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm. 

Sand Section

325 4th325 4th Street Manhattan Beach CA (2br/1ba, 659 sqft.)  is the little "landlocked" cottage that we first mentioned Friday in a post about the home's almost-unique setup, with a frontage on the walkstreet but no garage.

325 4th Street Manhattan Beach CAIt would be a big change in most people's lifestyle to settle into less than 700 sqft., but maybe good discipline. There is "just enough" space to have a meal, read a book, and catch a sleep.

Perhaps the back and front patios are the lifestyle highlights. The brick offers a throwback/classic look, and if you're going to live on the walkstreets, you really should have an inviting front patio where you can chill and chat with the neighbors. 

325 4th Street Manhattan Beach CAAs we said in yesterday's post, it may be the case that literally living full-time in a home this size isn't practical and the home would really be seen as a fun beach house for a local resident who may not already be as close to the water. We'll see.

325 4th Street Manhattan Beach CAWhen we toured, we did take note that the updated kitchen lacks a fridge. There's a spot on one wall where one could go, but it would cramp the room a bit. (Or, maybe you're ready to live so ascetically as to forgo cold beverages and preserved foods?)

More from the official description:

"Unique opportunity to be on a south facing flat walk street and not pay 3.5m+ just for the land. Just a few blocks from the ocean on one of Manhattan Beach’s best walk streets, this home feels so much larger than it is, thanks to its thoughtful layout, smart use of space, bright natural light, modern updates, and the large front patio that flows beautifully onto the walk street. You literally do not need a car as you can enjoy the benefits of living in the most desired 'South End' location with the best beaches and restaurants just a short stroll away. Located in the heart of a classic coastal neighborhood, this home is a nucleus for family and friends. This peaceful retreat unfolds to reveal a thoughtful balance between indoor and outdoor living with many unexpected features."

325 4th begins at $1.795M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm. 

305 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CA305 3rd (3br/4ba, 2320 sqft.) began life as an early-90s townhome. It still very much looked the part when it sold in May 2015 for $2.881M.

305 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CAOh boy, is it different now.

After a multi-hundred-thousand-dollar renovation, the home has much of the feel of "new" throughout. And it's designer/custom new, not all the same old/same old fixtures and finishes that you see in every remodel or new build. While the outside advertises "90s Spanish," the inside is largely modern in style.

305 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CALocation in the treasured South End on a corner lot with views down the 3rd St. walkstreet is great, and the unit is a bit bigger than some typical townhomes. That means good-sized bedrooms as well as a spacious top floor. Nicely done.

This one tried for a while last year at $3.980M, but is back now 10% lighter at $3.599M. It presents an interesting contrast with another comparably sized TH just a few blocks south at 301 Homer (3br/4ba, 2350 sqft.), now one week on market $700K lower at $2.899M. More from the official description:

305 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CA"Ideally located on a wide, south facing corner lot, in the desirable south end sand section of Manhattan Beach, this freestanding town home has unobstructed ocean, beach and city views, from the top floor and master bedroom. Light and airy with cathedral ceilings, skylights and a southwest exposure, the home underwent a stunning, major remodel of the interior in 2016. The top floor is a large open living space connecting the living room, kitchen and dining area to the multiple view decks. The kitchen features a full height glass mosaic back-splash, stone “waterfall” counter, Thermador stainless steel appliances and custom walnut floating shelves. The large, romantic master suite has a fireplace, ocean view deck and huge walk-in closet. A luxurious master bath has Restoration Hardware appointments, Asian statuary marble, a soaking tub and oversized shower with rain shower head and hand held fixture. There are two more spacious, en suite bedrooms, a separate laundry room with ample storage..."

305 3rd begins at $3.599M and is open Sat. 2-4pm. 

East Manhattan Beach

1643 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA1643 8th (5br/6ba, 4835 sqft.)  is a knockout new construction home that somehow achieves a feeling of unusually large volume and openness.

1643 8th Street Manhattan Beach CAYou've seen open floorplans before, but never one quite like this, with slight departures from the typical layout, but still all of the boxes checked.

The width of the great room, plus its high ceilings, seems extraordinary. It's just a typical 50' x 150' lot, but the space inside simply feels bigger.

1643 8th Street Manhattan Beach CABeyond the refreshingly different floorplan, the design and finish of the home are special, matching the high quality that you should expect to find in a home aiming to be the first-ever $4M+ new construction east of Sepulveda.

We'll say this delicately in a public forum, but not all the new construction homes out there seeking top dollar deliver on the promise of luxury and quality implied by their pricetags. We've seen it before: Once the first decision is made to cheap out or improvise or make do with materials and finishes that seem "good enough," the whole home is at risk of being a dog. (And we don't mean anything bad about dogs, which are awesome. If we said "pig," it would be the same problem.)

1643 8th Street Manhattan Beach CAThis home doesn't suffer any of that and will open your eyes as to what can be done differently on a big East Manhattan lot.

More from the official description:

"Overflowing with natural light, spacious surroundings and thoughtful details adorned at every corner, this new home ... features a desirable and rare floorplan perfect to relax, entertain and grow in. Upon entering, two-story ceilings invite you to the many areas to entertain & dine: the breakfast nook, island & peninsula, formal dining room and the spacious outdoor patio with summer kitchen! In the living area, you'll also find a wet bar, modern fireplace, and two sets of tall La Cantina accordion doors facing the backyard with a flat floor-rail transition to flow effortlessly from inside to outside. The kitchen is equipped with a high-end Thermador appliance package, such as a double built-in oven, fridge/freezer, wine reserve, gas range top with griddle, built-in espresso machine & more! The first floor also includes a full bedroom suite and spacious powder room."

1643 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA"The backyard features a huge patio, as well as a large, flat grass area.... The second story includes a bonus loft area, four bedroom suites, including the master suite, & the laundry room, which spotlights Picasso floor tile, quartz countertop and an undermount sink. Upon entering the master suite, a spacious & light-filled ambiance awaits, along with a fireplace, an ample north-facing deck to enjoy the beautiful mountain views & more!"

1643 8th begins at $4.199M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm. 

300 N Meadows300 N Meadows Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (4br/3ba, 2185 sqft.) is a 1960s original that has been expertly cleaned out and presented with light staging so that one might imagine it for its potential as a remodel.

300 N Meadows Avenue Manhattan Beach CAYet the property's most obvious and unique asset is the land, with 25% more dirt than normal on a 75' wide plot, 9300 sqft. in total.

There are a lot of options, although $2.649M for dirt alone would be a very big bite before beginning work. More from the official description:

300 N Meadows Avenue Manhattan Beach CA"A rare opportunity awaits you to acquire a unique property in the Mira Costa section of East Manhattan Beach. Warm, inviting, single level home that sits on a uniquely large 9,300 square foot lot measuring 75’ x 124’. This home was ahead of it’s time [sic] with a large, open kitchen that flows into the dining area, family room and living room… perfect for gatherings with friends and loved ones. There is also a sun room that is bright and spacious. The grounds are landscaped beautifully and meticulously, complete with citrus trees and a dream playhouse. A 'one of a kind' must see ... affords you the opportunity to enjoy the existing home, remodel the existing home or build from the ground up your estate dream home someday in the future."

300 N Meadows begins at $2.649M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm. 

1216 18th1216 18th Street Manhattan Beach CA (3br/1ba, 1000 sqft.) is a cottage a couple of blocks east of Sepulveda and fairly near to Meadows school.

Benefiting from some remodeling to the 1 bath and the kitchen, it's a straightforward option to keep as is or to redevelop in time.

From the official description:

"Fantastic opportunity to own a charming 3 bedroom home in an A+ neighborhood. One level home featuring hardwood floors throughout w/ updated kitchen and bathroom too. Sunny south facing backyard with plenty of room to add on or create your own backyard paradise. Buyer's [sic] will appreciate the long driveway leading to the detached double car garage - perfect place for kids to play or guests to park."

1216 18th begins at $1.425M and is open Sun. 2-4pm. 

1540 Curtis1540 Curtis Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (5br/5ba, 4400 sqft.) is a truly unique modern built for the spec market and first sold in Nov. 2017 for $3.455M.

(This is the 2nd newer home listed this week that first sold new in 2017.)

As you know, we try to promote recycling here at MBC, and that means when we've very recently reviewed a home on the market, we'll call back to the prior description. This is a good case for that.

Back in Oct. 2017, when it debuted, we said:

1540 Curtis Avenue Manhattan Beach CA"[This home] is different enough throughout to get you to realize there are lots and lots of ways to build a 5br house in East Manhattan."

1540 Curtis Avenue Manhattan Beach CA"Perhaps the basics of the first floor are familiar. Enter into a lounge-y living room and continue back to the kitchen/great room. Single, short steps mark the transitions ... dining room and wet bar, giving you the sense that you are building toward something."

"You are. The family room opens nicely to a covered outdoor room. (There's also a segment of grass in the backyard that could make for a nice pool area.) The modern style of the home is softened a bit by the use of brick on the family room fireplace and as the backsplash behind the stove and cabinets."

"If the ceilings downstairs sometimes feel a bit low, that's the tradeoff for the drama of the second floor."

1540 Curtis Avenue Manhattan Beach CA"Just about every bedroom, and especially the master, has very high ceilings - perhaps 12-14' in places. At the roof line, smallish horizontal windows give you the feeling that the ceiling is 'floating' above the house, and bring in plenty of light. It's a dramatic effect even in the ensuite baths. Finally, there's an upstairs 'kids' living room' among the secondary bedrooms, a nice and practical touch that pulls some of the activity away from the main common spaces downstairs."

"It's really enough to make you say 'wow' more than once."

Now here's more from this year's official description:

1540 Curtis Avenue Manhattan Beach CA"[U]nique & spectacular home... has a fresh layout & design. This 4,400 sf home sits up high above the street on a full lot allowing for large front/back yards. The 1st floor is all open living space. The living room & kitchen open up nicely to the hardscaped patio & grassy rear yard. Everyone's dream kitchen w/ 2 full size sinks,2 dishwashers, 2 islands and a 48" Thermador range... Upstairs you are continually flooded with natural light from the 24+ windows around the ceilings. 5 beds and 4 baths are all upstairs along with a laundry room. The master bedroom suite is extremely private with massive volume and natural light. The 'not so Jack n Jill' bedrooms are on the other end of the home with hotel style layout that allows for each bedroom to have its own private space from the other. The house is fully smart and wired with Savant Home Automation that can control 4k TVs and in ceiling speakers throughout the home and master bathroom."

1540 Curtis begins at $3.699M and is open Sat. 1-3pm. 

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