Weekend Opens (4/25-4/26)

By Dave Fratello | April 25th, 2009
First things first, we're making a small change to the comment system – disabling the "threading" that was initially an attraction of the new system.

They've done some "upgrades" recently to the system, and you know what that means: bugs.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!).

We ask MBC readers who visit these homes – or any open houses – to also report back in the comments here. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like.

Sand Section

501 4th (5br/5b, 4100 sq. ft.) just got a mention Friday, too. It qualifies as a must-see this Sunday.

The home is a newer build (2005) down in the quiet South End, on a corner along Ingleside. Offers big bedrooms, nice outdoor spaces and a bright kitchen.

Purchase price in June 2006: $2.750m, now at $2.599m.

Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

599 26th (5br/4ba, 3525 sq. ft.) is less than 10 years old (2001 build) and has lots of charm, but its corner lot also abuts fairly busy Blanche Rd. That'll be a problem.

A fantastic great room heads the list of our favorite parts. The lot's a bit bigger than the norm (5120 sq. ft.) and that affords a little more outdoor space, which is nice, if shady.

Pricing is interesting: acquired new in early 2001 for $1.275m, which was a lot back then. Now begins at $1.995m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

3528 Palm does not look like much, by profile.

Officially, it's 2br/1ba, 840 sq. ft. That's what $925k buys?

The listing explains that there's more to it – 2 additional structures that can't be counted, officially, but which you can enjoy nonetheless: a "large separate back house" and a "zen room."

Wow, a cottage had babies. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

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