Weekend Opens (5/11-5/12)

By Dave Fratello | May 11th, 2013

Moms don't ask much, but they do like to get a little respect. And maybe a rose, or a nice brunch.

So this weekend we do our best to say "thanks," and typically the open-house caravan is shut down for Sunday. (What if mom wants to look at houses for kicks? There are some opens, after all.)

So focus your tours on Saturday, and focus on mom 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!).

East MB

Modest little 1150 Keats (3br/2ba, 1275 sq. ft.) could be the must-see property of the weekend, simply because it presents an affordable entry-level option, is somewhat updated and conventional enough to draw fairly wide interest.

This single-level 1950s cottage last sold in March 2007 in very original condition and has been updated since. You still see the original hardwood flooring, but nicely refinished. The kitchen was probably opened up from a closed-up alley before, and now connects better to the family spaces in back. It's a more modern kitchen, if not 100% high end – just nice.

The one main living/dining room is bright, facing the south and getting lots of light from the sunny backyard. That yard – it's not huge, more like a patio plus grassy patch, but it's what you come to expect in MB.

Bonus: Standing up, we caught a glimpse of blue ocean over the rooftops of commercial bulidings on Sepulveda. It would seem you could get a little bigger ocean glimpse if building a second story. (At least while the neighbor to the south remains one story.)

Bedrooms include two behind a hallway door, which share a hallway bath. (No bedroom, "master" or otherwise, has its own bath.) The third is smallish and out of the way.

The baths were redone within the past few years, but while clean, they won't be to everyone's taste. (Marble tile covering all the walls, with a little colored stripe.)

You might think that a smallish home in sight of Sepulveda, with no true master and updates that could use updating would have less-than-average market appeal. But no. Here come the multiple offers.

1150 Keats starts at $1.075M and is open Sat. 1-3pm.

Sand Section

232 30th Place (3br/3ba, 1375 sq. ft.) feels like a former duplex with its separate-entry bedroom downstairs (with fridge and wet bar) and the exterior stairway up to the "main" entry upstairs.

It's got the notable liability of being along Highland (true story: the former address was 3009 Highland), but a nice perk of ocean views over the smaller house to the west.

The space is compact, as you might expect, and the updates plain and middle-of-the-road. To their credit, they're not selling this as a dream house, but as the "[b]est value in the sand section."

232 30th Place sold in 2005 for $1.225M, tried to sell unsuccessfully in both 2006 and (a lot of) 2007, then traded for $1.271M in early 2008. It's back now asking $1.250M. It is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

421 32nd (4br/5ba, 4250 sq. ft.) is a 10-year-old Cape Cod on the plateau with a reverse floorplan – principal living spaces are on the top level, with 3br on the midlevel and another downstairs.

Dave has a very comparable listing right in the same area coming out next week (see this link), so discretion argues against MBC presenting a formal review right now. So we will stick to the listing description, which calls the home:

[A] refreshing coastal cape cod on one of North Manhattan's best streets, located just 4 blocks to the ocean on a family friendly cul-de-sac... [O]pen floorplan, featuring 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, with volume and natural light bathing the three-story staircase down to the entry. The top floor offers amazing openness perfect for entertaining and family time, with a gourmet cook's kitchen sure to be the hub of the home, boasting a Viking 48 inch open burner range w/ top-of-the-line S.S. appliances. Other highlights include the huge 19x15' ocean view deck in front, a copper mansard roof detail in front, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors throughout , and the relaxing beach room that opens to a private front patio. Each generous bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, highlighted w/a designer perfect Master Bedroom with spa like master bath. The home has a rare amount of storage and closet space, plus a 3-car garage and 3- stop elevator. All of this in a quaint package with modern conveniences, that is walking distance to the beach, North Manhattan restaurants, yoga, sand dune park & award winning Grand View Elementary.

421 32nd starts at $2.995M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

308 Manhattan Ave. (3br/3ba, 1700 sq. ft.) is an SFR with decent ocean views and a pleasant, remodeled feel – although the 2002 remodel may not match up all the way to current tastes.

You enter on the middle level up a flight of outdoor stairs, and this is really just 2-level living, not your typical TH layout with one bedroom stuck along with the garage downstairs.

There's really just the one common room serving triple duty: Kitchen, formal dining and your living room. It works, but could get cramped.

One bedroom on the level with the living spaces is somewhat small, but hey, it opens to a little patio with a bubbling hot tub.

Upstairs, each bedroom gets its own bath, but the master suite is really where it's at. Not only do you get lying-down views of the ocean over rooftops across the street, there's also a built-in office at the front corner, with views of the Pacific.

308 Manhattan Ave. last sold in June 2006 for $2.200M, and is offered now at $2.299M. It is open Sat. 1-4pm.

Rental Watch

We don't normally discuss rentals, but the huge pricetag on El Porto's 224 39th caught our attention. 

They're asking $21K/mo. for this remodeled half-lot home near Highland. Maybe that doesn't sound workable, but they've thrown in lots of extras: daily maid service, a personal chef on Tuesdays, and all the beach amenities you could ask for (surfboards, wetsuits, beach chairs, boogie boards, bicycles and skateboards).

It's more like a vacation hotel than a rental. A hotel that charges $700/night.

224 39th is open Sat. 1-4pm.

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