Weekend Opens (5/10-5/11/14)

By Dave Fratello | May 10th, 2014

Before we celebrate moms on Sunday, today's a day for (mostly) dads to do battle on the pitch, for a good cause.

All day Saturday, teams of parents from all the local schools – including two private schools – are competing (often fiercely) in the annual Jeff Goodrich Parents' Soccer Classic (click for more), a charity event out on the artificial turf football field at Mira Costa High School.

MB Confidential is one of the proud sponsors of this event, but Dave hung up his spikes after one successful tourney followed immediately by one successful surgery.

The championship game is at 3:30PM Saturday at Waller Stadium. Stop by any time all day and you will see a couple of games going on, good fun for all.

In terms of real estate, you might think this weekend would feature only Saturday opens on account of Mothers' Day, but no. You can see most of the options either day.

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

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.

Tree Section

600 35th (3br/3ba, 3075 sq. ft.) runs along busy Blanche, and likely has to sell at a discount for that. But this custom, spacious Spanish has undeniable appeal.

It's yet another example of the diversity of Manhattan Beach real estate. You never know what you'll find around a given corner. Or on a corner.

The first floor features a fairly large and bright living room and very open, remodeled kitchen. The dining area and family room in back open to a large patio, partly covered, that invites indoor/outdoor living.

All 3br are upstairs, with custom remodeled baths that keep consistent with the Spanish style. Everywhere throughout the home there's nice wood, and well-chosen stone and tile.

This one was a pleasant surprise. 

600 35th starts at $1.999M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

576 33rd (3br/2ba, 2000 sq. ft.) was last seen on the public market in late 2011 at $1.475M, but rented out instead of selling. It's back at a 22% markup to that offering price at $1.800M.

What might you get for that money?

Let's dial back to our 2011 review to set the scene:

It's an extremely pleasing, updated, warmly modern home on a larger lot (5025 sq. ft.) west of Blanche and near the (now quiet) Sand Dune.

As this pic prominently displays, the main living room – just off the modern kitchen – opens out to a big front patio are that gives you the indoor/outdoor living that people in California really ought to be taking advantage of.

Inside, besides the stunning kitchen, all the baths are fully updated and attractive.

There is this issue, though, of having just 2 bedrooms in the main house.

The third is in a separate building above the garage. It's a full-fledged, self-contained guest suite with a modern bath and built-in shelving, etc., but it's totally separate.

In the main house, the master is almost huge, again with lots of stylish built-ins, opening out to the back patio/yard area.

It's the same house now, 3 years later.

576 33rd starts at $1.800M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

436 28th (3br/3ba, 1720 sq. ft.) is a 1960s SFR on a half lot that, in recent years, was given a full retro modernization. They aimed for a sleek 60s chic look – the listing description invokes "Mad Men" – and carried it off pretty well, though they didn't go back in time for important things like the appliances. Those are strictly 21st-century.

You'll enter straight into staircase that takes you upstairs, but behind the door you'll find a full bedroom suite and spacious secondary living room. It's almost like a second unit. 

Up top is that modern kitchen and a living room opening to a small balcony with a little glimpse of ocean views. The master suite and a secondary bedroom area also on the second floor.

Everything is high-style and fairly compact, with that top floor needing to host so much. But it works. Hint: Buy the staging stuff, keep the vibe.

436 28th starts at $1.899M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Hill Section

1023 N. Dianthus (3br/2ba, 1250 sq. ft.) is a recently remodeled original cottage, not too big but opened up, refreshed and modernized in the important areas.

It's listed both for rent and for sale (here's the rental listing at $5,800/mo.), and we're not sure how they'll settle the question of what to do. It may just be a question of who writes the first check.

The main living space includes an open, modern kitchen and a common area with high ceilings. That room opens out to a small deck and substantial, grassy yard.

The original wood flooring has been refreshed. Two of the bedrooms are notably on the small side, but you knew that when you saw the 1250 sq. ft. total for the interior. 

1023 N. Dianthus starts at $1.799M and is open Sat. 2-4pm, & Sun. 12-2pm.

East MB

It's hard not to love little 205 Harkness (2br/1ba, 1075 sq. ft.), but it will be hard for most families to contemplate living there.

That's simply a size issue. The home is officially 2br and shows now as 1br with a den. The buyer is likely a first-timer or someone who's downsizing. But no worries, there are plenty of those.

A recent modernization here was complete, adding windows and two separate, terrific outdoor-living spaces, one just off the kitchen and living areas, one off of the main bedroom. You feel like you're outside and these patios beckon. One's even got an outdoor fireplace.

They did everything here that people say they want to do when they see a small, original home – opened it up, fully updated it and made the whole home and (small) lot livable, integrated. You would not change a thing.

205 Harkness starts at $929K and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

1457 6th (5br/6ba, 4425 sq. ft.) is an enormous and quite different Craftsman-inspired home with the air of a something completely new.

It's not new, it's a 2006 build, but it was well kept and has been refreshed anyplace that was needed.

The flow of the first floor is familiar, with a huge living room with 2-story ceilings, kitchen/great room in back opening to the sizable yard and paved patio. But the little pocket courtyard (with fountain) is an unexpected plus for bringing extra light and air into the first level. The backyard is attractive for entertaining, and hosts a naturalistic, in-ground hot tub with waterfall.

The 3-car garage is a nice surprise as well, offering more than enough parking and storage.

There aren't many photos, so your best chance to drink this one in is to stop by Saturday afternoon.

1457 6th began at $3.100M a month ago, and is now at $2.985M. It is open Sat. 2-5pm.

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