Weekend Opens (5/17-5/18)

By Dave Fratello | May 17th, 2008
Lakers are off for the weekend, so do your duty and drop in on a few opens. Who knows when your next break might be?

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

Mrs. MBC doesn't pick many Hill Section listings, but an interesting option presents itself this week – 619 9th.

The home is comfortably large at 4br/4ba and about 3800 sq. ft. (BTV – public records say closer to 3400) on a nice, large lot – almost 10,000 sq. ft. It's attractively landscaped (includes a "meditation garden") with a pool. A sweet great room, but you must like brick. And if you find some of the décor a bit frumpy, remember that stuff is easy to change.

619 9th is close to downtown, not a view home. The buzz is that it's high at $4.195m, but the first question is: Could it be a great home? Mrs. MBC thinks it could be. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

Folks have been too busy buying and selling in the Sand (7 sales in the first half of May) to open up anything new this week. Retread time.

There's that attractive downtown walkstreet home, 341 10th – a bit of a head-scratcher because a chunk of the living space is tied up in a rental unit. It gets another mention this week because it's now down 10% from its ambitious $3.3m start in March. Can anyone explain why the walkstreet homes aren't moving? Now $2.999m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Another walkstreet home not moving yet: 317 5th, still at $3.2m, which seemed pretty aggressive (we mean low, not absurd) when it began. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

There's a contemporary (90s) home in El Norte that's actually located on El Porto St. – they haven't changed that yet? – but hasn't had any takers after a few months. 125 El Porto offers 3br/4ba and 2000 sq. ft. It has squeeked down just a bit to $1.599m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

721 36th
is a newer Cape Cod with 5br/5ba and 3450 sq. ft. It was purchased last year, in March 2007, for $2.327m. The markup after a year: +$172k/+7% to $2.499m.

Did we mention that this is 36th St.? And 2008? Good luck with that. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Worth another mention this week is 621 Marine, a newer home (2002) that – get this – was also purchased in March 2007 (for $2.436m). The "rustic Spanish" home offers 5br/4ba, 3100 sq. ft., but it is now priced below last year's purchase price. Now $2.419m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Looking for something on the more affordable end of the spectrum? Suck up the busy street and you can have 2905 Valley for $1.239m. It's got 3br/2ba and 1500 sq. ft. The listing calls it "sophisticated." Remember, there are no regulations on the use of that word to promote real estate. It's a comfy, clean cottage. Open Sat. 2:30-5pm, Sun. 3-5pm.

2901 Oak is a new home with perhaps the most defensive – no, we'll say "proactive" – listing language we can recall. It begins with:
This property is situated on a very quite [sic] part of oak st. There is no ingress off sepulveda at 30th st.
They're right, it's not a terrible part of Oak. Home is essentially Spanish, 5br/5ba and 3250 sq. ft. Starts a hair below $2m at $1.995m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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