Weekend Opens (5/12-5/13)

By Dave Fratello | May 12th, 2012
We're tumbling toward Summer here, and there would seem to be some pressure if you're selling to get your listing out there and find a buyer. But Mother's Day weekend is one of those with comparably few debuts.

Yes, it'd be very nice to buy mom a new house for Mother's Day, but everything has to fall together just right.

A note to readers: We appreciate your indulgence as MBC's been a little bit light on content recently. Some of you have been keeping Dave very busy working on offers, negotiations and all of the details of pending deals, and that has sometimes cut into blog writing time. We're trying to keep up with everything, though.

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

Tree Section

2000 Palm (5br/5ba, 3550 sq. ft.) is a quality Mediterranean on a plus-plus block of the Trees, quiet, flat Palm – near to school and town.

The traditional great-room floorplan offers formal living with 2-story ceiling just off the entry and a big kitchen/great room in back, opening to the substantial yard – really impressive for the Trees on a 4480 sq. ft. lot like this. There's also formal dining and an office/bedroom suite just off the living room, with a nice, unique feature – glass doors out to a small, sunny courtyard.

Big bonus: A finished basement room that's no little wine cellar or small-kids' playroom, it's big enough for a good-sized home theater. Ceilings are of regular height, and there's a closet and bath downstairs as well. This is how they get the larger square footage for the home plus a more than decent yard.

Layout upstairs is as you might expect, 2 bedrooms up front sharing a hallway bath, another bedroom with its own bath, and a big and plush master suite.

It's impossible to miss how formally and custom decorated the home is, including elaborate murals. Not everyone is going to appreciate that, but if you had to tone it all down, those are easy steps to take.

One of the first questions we had after previewing Palm was: Why didn't this just sell off-market? And the answer is that it did, but the buyer needed to walk so the sellers brought it to market. With this plus location and a beautiful, spacious home, we doubt we'll be writing about too many more open houses here.

2000 Palm starts at $2.2m and is open Sat. 1-4pm.

2904 Pacific (3br/2ba, 1100 sq. ft.) is quite cute, boasting nice, newer wood flooring and a newer kitchen that's sizable for a 1000-odd-square-foot house. There's a nice little yard in back in addition to 2 patios. And the huge 3-car garage in back is a nice bonus – you could easily see using some of that space as an extra game room ("man cave" per the listing).

Of some concern, however, none of the 3br is in any way spacious, including the one you would have to call the master in back. Just big enough for a bed and maybe a couple small pieces of furniture, plus a quite small bath with a tile stall shower that would be a bit claustrophobic.

The driveway accessing the garage in back is shared with the neighbor – an unusual arrangement in MB. On the plus side, the neighbor has outfitted the rear area of the driveway with a full-blow sports court, and you ought to be able to share.

This one last traded in July 2004 for $900k, and they're asking pretty much the same now: $899,900.

2904 Pacific is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

609 Valley (2br/3ba, 1670 sq. ft.) is city living at the beach.

It's a custom re-do of a much older house (1958), with an artistic and modern flair, some quirky angles and custom, Asian-inspired details, including the "Zen garden" at the entry.

You might recognize it from its past runs on the market, in 2008, 2009 and 2010, when it has been offered for as much as $1.449m and down to $1.127m.

Some past listings have called this a 2br home, others 3. We're going with 2 despite the current listing saying 3br. There's an open "loft" style master on the top level (visible from the kitchen/dining areas), a smallish bedroom on the midlevel and another room off the entry downstairs on the first level that could be pressed into service as a 3rd br, with its closet just outside in the entry hallway and direct access to the garage, where a 3/4 bath is located. (Really.) Having toured this home with a client who needed the 3rd br, we weren't really seeing it.

It's a unique space, cool in its way. Location, it should be noted, has not just the traffic liability of Valley but also the intersection at 6th Place/6th St., which cuts through to the Hill Section side of Valley/Ardmore and therefore offers a way east for everyone west of Valley. (Or back home from travels out of the area.)

609 Valley starts this time at $1.199m and is open Sat. 2-4pm. 

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