Weekend Opens (4/5-4/6)

By Dave Fratello | April 5th, 2008
This being the Spring Selling Season, we see the ranks of announced open houses growing, along with the typical number of days open – more and more are open both Saturday and Sunday.

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

930 John is a brand-new listing of a brand-new estate home starting just $5k short of $5m. It's what you expect in a grand Hill Section home, except for the views – not ocean, but city. (Two of the pics, surprisingly, feature airplanes taking off and landing, and one has peeks of the refinery's tank farms. Hmph?!?) The home has 5br/6ba and 5400 sq. ft., and lot of custom touches. Luscious. Open Sat. 1-4pm and Sun. 2-4pm.

Two less typical Hill Section offerings are open: 402 Larsson, a crusty 3br/3ba place that was in foreclosure last year and is back as the cheapest in the sub-market. Open Sat. and Sun. 1-4pm.

Also, 612 11th, the odd "flag lot" home with an interesting recent sales history. Recall that it was offered last Spring for $975k and got bid up to sell for $1.275m. The current owner rented it out a while and put it back up for $1.599m just 6 weeks ago. No takers. A $200k cut this week, and now it's at $1.399m. Still we have to ask: Did it get $125k better in 8 months? Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

225 Homer (first pic) is Mrs. MBC's pick for the week. It's a cool contemporary (circa 1992) with big-time ocean views, offering 3br/4ba and 2300 sq. ft. She loves it any time you can find a home without a garage face, particularly in the tighter lots in the Sand. This one starts at $2.3m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Speaking of new listings in the South End without garage faces, Mrs. MBC also smiles upon 437 1st. This one was purchased 50 weeks ago for $1.45m and has recently been rehabbed.

1st offers 4br/3ba (one of those BRs is very small) and 2600 sq. ft. for $1.740m (+$290k/+20% over last year). Open Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm.

Further north, 417 28th (second pic) is a huge newer home with big ocean views. Offers 5br/6ba and 4600 sq. ft. on a corner lot. Owners paid $2.55m 2 1/2 years ago. It now starts at $3.495m (+$945k/+37%). Open Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm.

Tree Section

2505 Pacific is a 2br/2ba, 1100 sq. ft. cottage at the corner with Valley. The lot is smaller than the typical Tree Section lot at 3890 sq. ft. They're hanging their hat on the notion that this home is "adorable." We'll need some convincing. Start price: $995k. Open Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm.

If you're feeling strange Sunday, check out 534 14th, a large contemporary (ca. 1990) with 4br/4ba and 4100 sq. ft. It's really two buildings. Guests & kids get the front tower with its 3br and small hangout rooms. Grownups get the entertainment spaces and a master through which the back yard pool is accessed. Maybe it works for you. Current price: $3.199m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

621 Marine (pictured) is a newer home (2002) with an even more recent sale (March 2007: $2.436m). The "rustic Spanish" home offers 5br/4ba, 3100 sq. ft., and now is up at $2.489m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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