Weekend Opens (4/29-4/30/17)

By Dave Fratello | April 29th, 2017

There are 45 listings open this weekend, 20 of them in the Sand Section, where inventory has now hit an incredible peak of 59 listings - more than half of all listings in Manhattan Beach now. Hmm.

Our video this week features lovely 424 2nd (not publicly open), some of the inside of 316 10th (not well photographed for its listing), great new construx in East MB at 1457 18th that isn't showing as publicly open, 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

232 5th Place Manhattan Beach CA232 5th Place (3br/4ba, 2050 sqft.) is one of two neighboring SFRs built on half lots that are both on the market at the same time. (See the next listing for the other.) This one has been nicely maintained and touched up, with peeks for views down 5th Place and between homes to the southwest. More from the official description:

"Located in the heart of Manhattan Beach's 'South End' this shingle style beach house screams the California Beach Life you have always dreamed about. Set right in the heart of it all, this single family 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home is just steps to the beach, downtown shops and award winning blue ribbon Robinson Elementary school. Park the car and walk everywhere in under 5 minutes with no steep hills to climb. Features include: Large open kitchen with ocean views, all stainless steel appliances that flows into dining area and lovely high vaulted ceiling family room with stacked stone fireplace. Hardwood floors throughout the entire home, do not miss the large master suite with large walk in closet, dual sink vanity bathroom, separate tub and glass enclosed shower. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms plus a powder bathroom on main floor living for guests... Immaculate and requires no work! Rare to find this quality of home at this price in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach."

232 5th Place starts at $2.599M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

233 5th Street Manhattan Beach CA233 5th St. (3br/4ba, 2050 sqft.) is the neighboring twin of the listing above. Here there are substantial views to the south and west, with no neighbor along the 5th St. side. More from the official description:

"Single family home with sweeping PV, ocean and white water views. Located in the exclusive south Manhattan Beach sand section. Enjoy the ideal beach lifestyle with short walks to beach, downtown and Robinson Elementary. 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 St. is at $3.199M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

2211 Bayview Drive Manhattan Beach CA2211 Bayview (4br/4ba, 2650 sqft.) is one of 4 newer "Santa Barbara" style townhomes built in '06 and all still looking pretty good today. The midtown location's nice and there's some ocean view (despite the photo, the home is actually the rear unit).

The Spanish style is lasting, and the 4th bedroom and extra square footage make these units a cut above your typical Sand Section townhome.

2211 Bayview Drive Manhattan Beach CANeighboring 2215 Bayview began too high at $3.699M in late 2015 and took till Sept. 2016 to sell for $3.425M. Here they begin at $3.549M. More from the official description:

"[O]nly 4 houses to the beach w/ocean views that stretch from PV to Point Dume! ... [M]eticulously maintained offering an exceptional floor plan that includes the master bedroom w/private deck & 2-car garage all on the entry level w/only one flight up to the main floor living great room. Top main floor has granite counters & stainless steel Viking kitchen appliances w/an immense central island cooktop, breakfast bar counter, built-in wine cooler & walk-in pantry. Adjacent formal dining area has double french doors to an expansive ocean view deck & two sets of double french doors that open from the deck to the grand living & entertaining area. This level also features a separate ocean view office with a built-in desk, cabinets & drawers, & elegant powder room for your guests. Lower level features 3 bedrooms, full size laundry room, and extra large storage closet. Additional amenities include tall double hung windows, decorative iron trim work, solid wide plank hickory pecan wood floors, ceiling fans, custom light fixtures, plantation shutters, central AC, central vac, 3 skylights, copper gutters, 3 separate outdoor decks/patios, up to 4-car parking, & high voltage charger."

2211 Bayview starts at $3.549M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-5pm.

316 10th Street Manhattan Beach CA316 10th (4br/5ba, 4125 sqft.) is that rarest of Manhattan Beach sales: An openly declared distress sale. In this case, a bankruptcy case.

That might translate to some kind of deal for the would-be buyer. We'll see. With land values in the area in the mid-to-high 3's, a low 4's offering price on this one is automatically compelling.

To see a bit more of the house (there are only two exterior photos in the listing), see our video this week up above. This listing appears last in the set. More from the official description:

BANKRUPTCY SALE! Newer contemporary with ocean views on flat South Manhattan Beach walk street. Approx 4117 sq.ft. with hardwood flooring, elevator, rosewood cabinetry, fireplace. Elegant details. Three car garage. Three patio balconies on upper levels. Centrally located, easy walk to downtown or beach... Final accepted offer is subject to overbid in open court after notice and a hearing."

316 10th starts at $4.250M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

125 17th Street Manhattan Beach CA125 17th (4br/4ba, 4325 sqft.) boasts a great lower walkstreet location near the beach and town. The '97 architectural modern is a very custom space, updated at stages later. Top floor is very open although tiered a bit. The front patio is surprisingly private for a walkstreet. More from the official description:

"[T]his home exudes the timeless elegance, clean lines and extraordinary attention to detail that are the hallmark of all KAA homes. Highlighted by a birch paneled barrel vaulted ceiling on the top floor, the upstairs features a wide open floorplan that includes a three island oversized kitchen with two breakfast bars, state of the art stainless appliances (Subzero, Viking, Thermodor), a family room with fireplace and BBQ deck (built in Lynx BBQ) and an expansive great room and dining area and large walkstreet deck boasting lovely ocean and some whitewater views. Master suite includes elegant raised hearth fireplace and barrel vaulted ceiling, large marble clad master bath and walk in closet. Three secondary bedrooms (two spacious ones on middle floor and third downstairs). Large beach room off of walkstreet with custom birch built-ins, and separate executive office with custom built ins. Walkstreet patio features turf patio and stylish concrete bench seating. Too many extras to mention..."

125 17th starts at $8.275M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

409 15th Street 1 Manhattan Beach CA409 15th #1 (3br/4ba, 1925 sqft.) is the front townhome of a set, looking out over downtown and toward PV over the (permanent?) city center parking lot. There are not many locations that give you such a deep feeling of being "in the thick of downtown."

The 1980s build wants some updates, but it's mainly cosmetic. View it as a chance to put your stamp on a place in a location that won't get old. More from the official description:

"Whether this is your full-time home or a 2nd home, you will enjoy living in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach... just steps from the sand, great restaurants and shops, Manhattan Beach Public Library, Live Oak Park and more! With a spacious master bedroom with an en-suite, spa-like master bath and spacious secondary bedrooms, you’ll have plenty of room for your family and/or guests. Two balconies, one off of the master and one off the upper level living area enjoy peeks of ocean views and a fresh coastal breeze. The upper level flows nicely with the kitchen, dining area, living space with fireplace and ½ bath adjacent to one another - all soaking in tons of natural light. The kitchen has custom Italian cabinets, beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a Gaggenau cooktop..."

409 15th starts at $2.400M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

Hill Section

923 1st Street Manhattan Beach CA923 1st (6br/7ba, 7750 sqft.) is a large home on a very large view lot in the Hill Section (almost 11,000 sqft.), which makes the property very valuable, even if the existing home raises some questions.

The listing agents have made MBC's job a bit easier here by hinting repeatedly that this may be a lot value sale, offering "conceptual plans" for a new house and speaking to "a potential new build."

923 1st Street Manhattan Beach CAYou can see and try to appreciate the sprawling, expansive, existing home, which already gets pretty good views. But the early-90s build sure has its quirks.

If you don't mind a quick diversion, well, MBC nearly got in some trouble back in early 2008 when we slid into a quasi-open house and then reviewed 923 1st in a post called "Unpredictable." Back then, Dave was anonymous and we kinda let our guard down, posting about a listing in such a way that the author could be identified from among the few visitors that day. The post called the home "strange and wild and custom," not to mention dizzying, and we captured unique details such as "two rather large depictions of partially naked women in harems."

Aha! they said, once the post went live. It was that schlubby mid-50s guy with the t-shirt and ratty sneakers! Everyone, look out for that guy!

Alas, that wasn't the guy.

923 1st was on and off the market frequently in 2008-2010, priced as high as $7.998M and as low as $4.000M in 2010 as a short sale. (That's when you should have bought it, BTW.) The home appears to have foreclosed in 2013 and the bank appears to have sold it to an investor last month.

So: Quirky house or epic lot? Your choice for $6M. From the official description:

"This may be one of finest opportunities presented to savvy Hill Section buyers. This pre-ZORP property is nearly 7,800 square feet showcasing expansive ocean views from multiple vantage points. A rare 10,797 sf lot offers a virtually un-blockable view corridor from the existing home or a potential new build. Skylights flood the home with natural light & the nearly floor-to-ceiling windows draw ocean breezes through. An open concept kitchen features an expansive butler's pantry. A large wet-bar area transitions to the living room, while the ocean view dining area offers the perfect backdrop for formal entertaining. Atrium style windows allow continued enjoyment of the views as you move to the master retreat. The suite overlooks the pool & backyard; multiple sets of french doors allow for pure enjoyment of the breezes & sounds of the nearby ocean. The retreat features a private fireplace, ambient cove lighting, a huge walk-in master closet room, & a luxurious master bath. The suite is connected to home gym area featuring private steam room. A bonus library/den/home office with private wet bar is on the lower level with 4 en suite bedrooms + bonus indoor-outdoor living room that opens to the built-in outdoor kitchen. The circular drive & 2 car garage offers plenty of parking. Ideally located close to Downtown, schools & the beach. This may be one of the last, great build-able ocean view lots in the Hill Section. Conceptual plans for potential new project available on request."

923 1st starts at $5.999M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

Tree Section

1204 Elm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1204 Elm (3br/3ba, 2300 sqft.) is a 70s original with updates. Per the official description:

"This terrific home has an awesome floor plan with a super open and airy feeling from the moment you enter! You’ll love the tall vaulted ceilings and the wonderful natural lighting. The living room is large, and opens to the beautiful adjacent formal dining room. You can enjoy the soaring fireplace from both rooms! The kitchen is completely remodeled and opens directly onto the giant family room. Kitchen has all newer cabinetry, stainless appliances, Corian counters, recessed lighting, and a great bar counter. Giant family room is located right in the middle of everything! It has a vaulted wood ceiling and a slider that opens to the rear yard/deck. There’s a nice permitted sunroom (included in SqFt) that’s off the living room which could be a great playroom, craft room, or reading room. The master suite is large, and features tall vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet, and new remodeled bathrooms, which includes an additional ½ bath with a tiled soaking tub and a sink/makeup counter! Both additional bedrooms have vaulted ceilings & walk-in closets too. One of the bedrooms has a slider opening to the rear yard/deck."

1204 Elm starts at $2.100M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm.

East MB

1629 2nd Street Manhattan Beach CA1629 2nd (3br/2ba, 1200 sqft.) is a small but remodeled little cottage (you know how we like to see those) on a 6600+ sqft. lot. The listing description has a mini-novella quality to it that we will reprint here for your appreciation:

"You just enjoyed a scorching summer day on the sand. Returning home, you might forget you live in one of the country’s iconic beach towns. As you walk up the stone lined path to the front door, more than a dozen fruit trees, vegetable and herb gardens welcome you. Break off some Aloe Vera from the yard to sooth your light burn, but there’s no time to waste. Guests will be arriving soon for the BBQ. Carefully select the best Meyer and Eureka lemons and start squeezing. It will be a thirsty crowd! Prepare the table on the patio because the temperature will be perfect for alfresco dining. Retreat to the backyard and be enveloped by the aroma of flowers and fruit trees specifically chosen to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Recline next to a field of gorgeous green grass, a perfect spot for a competitive game of croquet!"

1629 2nd start at $1.399M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

1769 1st Street Manhattan Beach CA1769 1st (5br/5ba, 2875 sqft.) is unusually small for a newer (2002) build east of Sepulveda, but they did the most they could with the lot they had (4140 sqft.).

It's a competent, simple home though it really lacks a yard. That's why it's under $2M. More from the official description:

"Light, Bright & Beautiful. W/ 2880 sft of Living Space, this Spacious & Airy Home features... Contemporary Upgrades & Gorgeous Hardwood Floors thruout. There are 4 Bdrms Upstairs, Master En-suite has Hi Ceilings, Fp, Granite Master Ba w/ Sep Tub & Shower, Walk-In & Pvt Balcony. Also, there's an En-Suite Bdrm Downstairs, ideal for Guest, Nanny or Office. The Chef's Kitchen was Remodeled in 2014 and is Commercial Quality w/ "Wolf" 6 Burner Stove, Oven & Hood, "Sub-Zero", Granite, Custom Cabinets & Breakfast Nook. The Living Rm is Open and has Hi Ceilings & Fp, the Formal Dining will Seat 12+. The Large Family Rm has Fp & Opens to the Kitchen & Backyard."

1769 1st starts at $1.988M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

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