Weekend Opens (4/18-4/19)

By Dave Fratello | April 18th, 2009
There's a minor explosion of opens this weekend, after a quiet weekend last week for Easter and despite a dearth of new listings.

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

877 8th (6br/6ba, 5000 sq. ft.) is a short-term hold, a newer Cape Cod (2007 build) purchased new for $3.650m in Sept. 2007.

This one hit the market this year at $3.599m and is down already to $3.399m. That would be a loss.

Available for public viewing for the first time we've seen. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

509 N. Dianthus (3br/3ba, 2250 sq. ft.) is a mid-60s home that has been completely redone and resembles some newer construction. Began recently at $1.35m, now at $1.199m. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

132 2nd (4br/5ba, 4300 sq. ft.) is a newer home fronting the 2nd St. walkstreet and running along Manhattan Ave.

This one was the subject of a story at MBC a month ago (see "A 2nd Try on 2nd") that noted, among other things, that the sellers had a deal last year at $6.225m that failed before coming to market at $6.0m later.

Now at $4.5m, still +$1m from the April 2005 price. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

2719 Manhattan Ave., a fairly big (4br/5ba, 3450 sq. ft.), high-concept modern was also purchased in April 2005, just like 132 2nd, in this case for $4.3m. We've seen this one around for a while, but this weekend appears to offer the first look to John Q. Public. Sellers now seek a nice $1.7m markup to $5.999m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

468 33rd (5br/5ba, 4250 sq. ft.) is up on a friendly block on the plateau. This one has been on and off the market for the better part of 2 years, last at $3.4m before a long break, now at $2.890m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

132 El Porto (2br/2ba, 1200 sq. ft.) has been marked down 25% over a few months, and is now among the cheaper and more charming beach-close offerings at $899k. Open Sun. 1-4pm.


If you're walking or driving to the beach Satuday, plan your route strategically and pick up a free lunch (per the Beach Reporter) at 229 24th, a lush new home that chopped this week to $4.999m. There are restaurants all over town that didn't cost that much to build. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

1600 Elm (3br/3ba, 1975 sq. ft.) is just plain cute.

A 50s cottage with some 80s additions, this one has some nice throwback appeal, and just. enough. space... almost. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Not picky on size, but just want the MB address?

How about 1301 Oak (3br/1ba, 1000 sq. ft.), rated a "starter" by the listing, well below $1m at $865k. Sellers paid $605k in Jan. 2003. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

2808 Maple offers lots of space (5br/3ba, 3600 sq. ft.) in an updated late-80s home. This one calls to mind 1728 Poinsettia, about the same size and vintage, which closed for $1.6m in early March. Maple has a tad more space, but the location is less desirable than Poinsettia's. Maple starts at $1.675m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

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