Weekend Opens (5/24-5/25)

By Dave Fratello | May 24th, 2008
May and June may be great selling months, in general, but Memorial Day weekend is a time for car races, barbeques and beach time, not new listings or open houses.

Literally 1 new SFR listing west of Sepulveda has come on since last week, and that's a $6m+ Sand Section home (2719 Manhattan Ave.) that isn't open this weekend. So we'll pick out listings worth special attention for one reason or another.

The way the weather is shaping up this weekend, don a parka if you dare to trod from open to open.

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

Everyone talks about the big money and even bigger estates in the Hills, but regular folks live there, too. They snatch up houses like 511 N. Dianthus (open Sat. 1-4pm) and 1100 John (open Sun. 1-4pm) and then make it a point to be overheard in crowded restaurants talking about their "home up in the Hill Section."

Sand Section

We've said it before, we'll say it again – 332 20th (pictured), up at the top of the 20th St. walkstreet above Highland, is splendid, plush, unique and offers great ocean views, plus back-door access to Live Oak Park. You would think it'd be taken by Summer, but that's just around the corner. Currently at $4.495m. Open Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm.

Another wower is at 228 29th Place, which we've urged readers to drop in on previously.

The fall from great heights would seem to be nearly complete – this one began at $3.049m last year and now stands (after a legit re-list) at $2.499m. Contemporary, custom, big views and 4 levels, if memory serves – seems like 6. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

560 36th is a new home that's really trying to move. After just 2 months on market, the price is down $500k/17%. The listing screams "please submit all reasonable offers!"

36th is surprisingly warm for a concrete-glass-and-steel modern home. It's new construction with 4br/4ba, 4000 sq. ft. and a different flavor – not what you expect in the neighborhood and not the sort of stark, soulless contemporary that you might find elsewhere. (The listing has pics but they don't do it much justice.) Overall, the project is pretty daring for a speckie and for this location – steps from the armory and Sand Dune Park. That's why it's down already to $2.499m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

2812 Elm recently crossed a shocking threshold – 600 days on market. It began Sept. 13, 2006, and if it has taken 7 total days off market since then, we've got monkeys for nephews.

When the listing urged buyers, in January, to "Hurry, this home will not last!" MBC said, "Really, Don't Hurry," because we thought they must be kidding.

But now, partly with Mrs. MBC's urging, we're changing our tune completely. It's a weekend must-see.

The sad part about this case is that it's a very charming house, great curb, nice kitchen, and yet challenged by a layout that is just too hard to swallow, with 2 of the 4 bedrooms in awkward places downstairs.

Homes that haven't sold have a way of not selling, so this one's been stuck in a feedback loop for months. The first problem was that shoot-the-moon start price 600+ days ago: $1.769m. Current price of $1.599m means the sellers lose something if they make a deal – they paid just $15k less in June 2005.

It's time folks, it's time. First, drop by, even if it's just for moral support. Give the layout and location and other charms a serious thought. Somebody, please make an offer. Have some holiday spirit. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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