Weekend Opens (5/10-5/11)

By Dave Fratello | May 10th, 2008
If you want to do right by mom this weekend, you're probably not doing much in the way of open-house visiting. Well, maybe Saturday.

There are fewer "new" opens this weekend than most, reflecting the holiday. But this is one of those weeks where a few of the ads in the Beach Reporter semi-comically strain to draw in a reference to the occasion. (Remember "Hop On Over!" in all the Easter ads?):
  • "Give the Gift of Home for Mother's Day!"
  • "Gourmet Kitchen for Mom"
  • "Remodeled Tree Section Home 4 Mom"
That's right, if you didn't get a card, why not a new mortgage?

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

Mom had better not be looking in the Hill Section, for there are but two posted opens:

930 John, a new home we've made mention of several times, priced at $4.995m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

511 N. Dianthus, Kaye Thomas' "entry-level" offering at $1.479m, which we featured last week. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

2319 Grandview is a townhome (detached), we know, but it's one of the classier new opens of the weekend. This one offers 3br/4ba and 2300 sq. ft. and is just a year old. The ad copy notes its "unrivaled, unblockable, panoramic" views of the Tree Section. Not noted: Grandview School across the street. Starts at $1.950m, a tick above its purchase price in Spring 2007. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

448 27th is a fairly nice & different remodel (don't judge a book by its cover) with the surprising feature of just 2 bedrooms spread out among 2650 sq. ft. A former bedroom was converted to a terrific family room in front, over the garage. It would be a crime to convert it back, but it would also be unusual to share your master with the kids. (Question for mom: At what age, again, is "co-sleeping" supposed to end?) Now at $1.899m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

Mrs. MBC is drawn in totally by the promise of 2504 Poinsettia's pitch – "Not your typical cookie-cutter home!" Finally?!?

The profile is typical – 4br/4ba and 3200 sq. ft., but they're promising a "one-of-a-kind design & floor plan," plus all kinds of nice details. (We'll be honest, the listing writeup is one of the most literate and imaginative we've seen in months. Check it out.)

Now, don't disappoint Mrs. MBC on Mother's Day weekend. Starts at $2.499m. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

Also new this week is 769 33rd, a 5000 sq. ft. home (6br/5ba) on a nearly double-size lot. A beauty with a Spanish flair that starts at $4.4m. The listing pitches an 11oo-sq.-ft. master (no "green" home here) and it once pitched the 2500-sq. -ft. yard. Here's hoping this one works out better than 3305 Laurel. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Now, we're not going to pretend that 1829 Poinsettia is a "new" listing, as the newest agents seem to insist, but it does have a new price, and that's been like pulling teeth over there. The listing began 51 weeks ago at $1.785m, shocking even in those go-go days for a tricked-out cottage with 3br/2ba, 1450 sq. ft. and virtually no yard. Now it's at $1.475m (-$310k/-17%) and perhaps creeping toward reality. Perhaps. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Nearby, 1821 Walnut isn't new, either, but it's back after a blown escrow with a new price: $2.399m. It began at $2.750m a full 50 weeks ago. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

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