Weekend Opens (4/30-5/1/16)

By Dave Fratello | April 30th, 2016

There are 37 listings holding open houses this weekend, down from 49 last week. Inventory is still above 100, after a dip as "low" as 95 earlier in the week.

Our video features the south Strand fixer/teardown at 716 The Strand, the elaborate, a huge estate at 1240 5th (which is open Sunday) and new construction at 860 27th, and the unique custom home at the corner of Blanche/Valley with a huge lot (2100 Blanche), among others. Check it out here:

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To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's new 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.

East MB

1809 Magnolia Avenue Manhattan Beach CA

1809 Magnolia (4br/4ba, 3225 sqft.) should be the sensation of the weekend and the first few days of this week. It's a custom-built, newer (2009) home on an extra-wide 60' lot, allowing for a different sort of floorplan where it just seems like there is plenty of space for all.

You would never be able to stash a guest bedroom in a back corner opening to the yard in a typical 40' wide lot – it would ruin the great room. Here, that's a nice feature – guest or nanny quarters are private, but right off the living spaces. The great room is spacious and everything is high style. 

Upstairs, all 3br are of excellent size. Both kids' bedrooms are suites.

The style, size, fit and finish of this home are all terrific. Sorry, but no way that $2.299M start price survives the rush.

More from the agent's official description:

"Stunning 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom on a beautiful tree-lined street in the Manhattan Heights section of Manhattan Beach... [T]his cape cod inspired home features mahogany hardwoods, quartz counter tops in the kitchen/bathrooms and numerous built-in book shelves, wall units and closet cabinetry. The kitchen includes tumbled stone back splash; the bathrooms offer porcelain and ceramic tiling with artfully-designed murals along the bathtub/master shower walls. Sitting up high on a 6,000 square foot lot, the front balcony offers gorgeous city views. The back balcony, off the expansive master bedroom, overlooks the HGTV-designed backyard. The yard, featuring synthetic grass and an outdoor dining area, artfully blends indoor and outdoor living space. The inside, capped off with finely-detailed crown molding, wainscoting and bead board finishings, includes separate air conditioning/heating units for the upstairs and downstairs."

1809 Magnolia starts at $2.299M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 12-4pm.

1240 5th Street Manhattan Beach CA

1240 5th (6br/7ba, 10,000 sqft.) is your chance to see how the other half lives. If, by "other half," we mean "those who can live in $8 million homes."

Enjoy the sprawling home with multiple entertaining areas, including a wet bar room opening to the backyard, with pool. The basement home theater & wine room are must-have items for a property of this type. There are so many bedroom suites upstairs, they could convert one to a gym and not shortchange anyone in the family. The master suite even gets a separate, attached living room and office.

The owners have tried to sell twice recently at $8M, once in 2013 and once in 2014. The number looks different today than it may have then. The kitchen has been updated since the 2013 listing. More from the agent's official description:

"Truly one of the finest estate properties in Manhattan beach. This magnificent 10,000 ft French Riviera villa sits on a double south facing 15,000 ft lot at the end of MB's only cul-de-sac, offering serenity in style. With 6 beds and 7 baths, a spectacular floorpan offers oak floors, a newly remodeled gourmet kitchen/breakfast room, great room, formal dining room, his and her's offices, home theatre, 300 bottle wine cellar, gym, game room, maids quarters, craft room and 4 car garage. The bedrooms all have ensuite bathrooms, and the luxurious master suite with fireplace includes a spacious sitting room that could double as a 7th bedroom. French doors open to a large private backyard perfect for entertaining, which boasts a 46' saline pool and spa with waterfall, outdoor backlit onyx bar, pizza oven, gas fire pit, outdoor speakers and charming pergola."

1240 5th starts at $8.0M and is open Sun. from 2-5pm.

1643 5th Street Manhattan Beach CA1643 5th (4br/3ba, 3100 sqft.) is a 1979 original featuring an unusual reverse floorplan ("upside-down layout"), no doubt intended to take advantage of city views to the north. Two of the bedrooms, including the master, open out to the backyard with pool.

The upstairs features high cathedral ceilings with stained wood that convey the 70s vintage of the house, but the updated kitchen is very now. More from the official description:

"This turn-key home is an entertainers dream, warm & inviting. The kitchen has been meticulously remodeled with custom cabinetry, soapstone countertops, state of the art stainless steel appliances including a Bosch induction cook-top, Sub-Zero refrigerator and more. The great room features custom cabinets, a fireplace & generous space to relax & enjoy the comforts of your home. Additional rooms on the main floor include a butler’s pantry, powder room, custom built office & a living room which could used as, playroom, or game room complete with a fireplace. The downstairs master bedroom is a tranquil getaway with sliding glass doors that step out to the lush backyard, & includes its resort like master bathroom."

1643 5th starts at $2.150M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 

1440 5th Street Manhattan Beach CA

1440 5th (4br/3ba, 4125 sqft.) is a large 1980s house on a sprawling lot. More from the official description:

"[S]pacious, light, bright remodeled home ... features a first floor bedroom, a Master Suite with a spa-like bathroom, all three 2nd floor bedrooms have walk in closets, a second floor laundry room, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, high-end stainless steel appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf range with copper hood, 2 fireplaces, sliding glass doors from the dining room and family room that lead you to the private back patio and yard that is bursting with color from the fruit trees and rose garden."

1440 5th starts at $2.499M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 

Hill Section

933 9th Street Manhattan Beach CA

933 9th (4br/3ba, 3975 sqft.) is a 1990s original with significant updates. Location is in the Hill Section with a large yard. More from the official description:

"This expansive home enjoys nearly 4,000 sf & sits on a large 7,500 flat lot. Spread out w/ 4 bed, 3 bath, formal living room/dining room, office/tv room & beautiful kitchen! This home has an ideal layout w/ 3 bedrooms upstairs including the master, plus addl bonus room that can be converted into another bedroom. Downstairs you'll find the formal entry, living room & dining space, as well as a family room w/ wet bar, 4th bedroom & kitchen. Located in the middle of the lower level, the kitchen has black, top of the line appliances, granite counters, breakfast bar & is open to the family room/breakfast nook. The master bedroom is fit for a King & Queen w/ vaulted ceilings, private balcony overlooking the yard & custom his/hers walk-in closets... All this, plus you get an extremely private, large yard that has a raised wood deck, lush vegetation, organic garden, apple tree & built-in BBQ under the peaceful pergola."

933 9th starts at $3.595M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm.

Sand Section

329 1st Street Manhattan Beach CA

329 1st (4br/3ba, 2075 sqft.) is a single-family home near Robinson school. More from the official description:

"Ideally situated on the sunny north side of the street, on 30 X 45 foot lot, a dream location on the south-end of the Manhattan Beach Sand Section. Meticulously maintained by the same family for more than 40 years, treasured and lovingly improved with the finest of details from fixtures to exquisite cabinetry, A+ schools and an exceptional location - a rare gem at the beach! This striking home features gleaming bamboo floors, sophisticated glass mosaic tiles, caesar stone - warm and inviting at every turn! The spacious floorplan is enhanced by oversized sliding doors allowing the entertaining rooms to be open to the ocean view balcony."

329 1st starts at $2.299M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 

200 Moonstone Street Manhattan Beach CA

200 Moonstone (3br/3ba 1450 sqft.) is an El Porto duplex. More from the official description:

"Ocean View Duplex! Located in the heart of North Manhattan, this coastal duplex features great ocean views from the upper unit and is about a block to the surf and sand! With a total of 1,440 sf of living space the opportunity exists to live in one unit and rent out the other unit for income. 2-car garage. Close to shops, restaurants, freeways, making commutes to LA and the airport a breeze. Bring your paintbrush!"

200 Moonstone starts at $1.575M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 1-4pm. 

Tree Section

860 27th Street Manhattan Beach CA

860 27th (5br/5ba, 3500 sqft.) is new construction in the Tree Section. More from the official description:

"Brand New Beach Coastal Style Home... Large great room open to the kitchen. A solid wood Dutch Door opens to the large entry with 22 foot ceilings. The gourmet kitchen is equipped with a Wolf 6-burner range, griddle and double oven, Bosch dishwasher, Subzero refrigerator/freezer, beverage refrigerator and a roll-out microwave. Large stainless Farmer's sink plus a stainless salad sink in the very large island. The family room opens to a beautifully landscaped backyard including a large patio. Nearly 3500 square feet of living space, with 5 large bedrooms. The Private Master suite is equipped with a fireplace, a large sitting area and French Doors that opens out to a 110+ square foot Balcony. The Master Suite features vaulted ceilings covered with T&G. All Walnut Hardwood Flooring and solid wood doors throughout the home. All bathrooms are designed with stones and tiles from Walker Zanger. The Master Bathroom has a beautiful soaking tub and a separate shower with a handheld and a rain shower. Each bedroom has spacious closets and 3 of them are walk-in's. Plenty of Storage and built-ins. Central Vac, Instant hot water, and plumbed for a future AC."

860 27th starts at $3.495M and is open Sat. and Sun. from 2-4pm. 

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