Weekend Opens (5/9-5/10/15)

By Dave Fratello | May 9th, 2015

It's a weekend to celebrate mom!

If it so happens that she's looking for a home in Manhattan Beach, the good news is there are several new options. But mainly you'll want to take her Saturday. Real estate agents seem this year to be even more respectful of Mother's Day than Easter, by limiting Sunday showings.

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.

Sand Section

217 27th Street Manhattan Beach CA217 27th (3br/3ba, 2850 sqft.) offers a world-class, prime Manhattan Beach lot.

West of Highland, with unobstructable views southward across Bruce's Beach park, this may be one of the most exciting individual plots to hit the public market in 2 years or more.

Yes, there's a single-family/sorta duplex on the site now, but the value is in the 30'x80' (2400 sqft.) lot.

With no neighbor to the west (it's on an alley) and absolutely nothing but the grassy hill of the park to the south, any structure on this site will boast some of the best views possible in Manhattan Beach. (Click the address above for the listing details and several view photos.)

They're starting the bidding at $4M, which, at $1,428/PSF for dirt, may sound pretty high, but in this case, you could stick any number on it.

Where it goes from there is anyone's guess.

217 27th starts at $3.995M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2:00-4:00pm.

Hill Section

701 N. Dianthus (5br/4ba, 3600 sqft.) is just one of 3 new listings to come out in the Hill Section this week – quite a bump for the small but prestigious area – but it's the only one open for the weekend.

It's a fairly elaborate "Tuscan" that we recognize from its past runs on the market. In 2008, the ask was $2.775M, and in 2011, $2.299M, but it turns out the owners were lucky not to sell either time.

The market has more than recovered since those prior attempts, and this year's start price is $3.800M.

To promote recycling, we'll simply recap what we had to say here at MBC in our August 2011 review:

701 Dianthus is a fairly big and customized, newer (2005) home with a good-size yard, despite the average lot size (5200 sq. ft.). 

The current owners poured money and effort into giving the home extra style – $150k they say – including Venetian plaster, hardwood floors and custom painting, with elaborate designs on some walls and ceilings. Pretty glam.

Among the bedrooms, 4 are upstairs, including a great master suite, while a smallish 5th br is well-suited to its current purpose: home office.

The grassy yard is more than adequate for some outdoor living space (patio with tables, etc.) plus a lot of play area.

701 N. Dianthus starts at $3.800M and is open Sat 2:00-4:30pm.

Tree Section 

765 36th Street Manhattan Beach CA765 36th (3br/2ba, 1625 sqft.)  is a nicely remodeled 3br on a street-to-alley lot.

We know some buyers won't be excited to be so far north and toward Rosecrans, but that's the opportunity as well. Take this same home southward a bit, or over by Pacific School, and you'd be in the $1.8s perhaps. 

We made notes that the kitchen is fine but the tile might want an update; the tile flooring throughout the home is a specific choice (a lot of people today would prefer wood) and the master shower is quite small (and very open). One bedroom was hosting a lot of stuff as we toured but you can still see it.

As to location, the listing description makes note of some pluses: "[L]ocated on a block with a real sense of community - kids playing in the streets and everything." They also state: "The 2-Car Garage (Off Alley) is currently being used as a recreation room/storage area."

765 36th starts at $1.550M and is open Sat. 1:00-4:00pm.

719 19th Street Manhattan Beach CA719 19th (3br/2ba, 1475 sqft.) is something of a dream fixer opportunity.

When people tell us (as they often do) that they'd like to find an original older house with a good location and go to work on it to make it their own... they're talking about places like this. 

A few years ago, clients of Dave's bought a similar house, also on a prime corner lot, took it down to studs and crafted a near-perfect, modest, modern home with a sensible scale to it and forward-looking style.

2300 Laurel Avenue Manhattan Beach CAThat home, 2300 Laurel (3br/3ba, 2000 sqft.) (pictured) eventually came to market long after the work was done, in the midst of last year's runup. It closed for $2.425M in August 2014.

Here at 719 19th, the location and lot size are similar, though the plot is 10% bigger at 5200 sqft. and the location is somewhat notably closer to Martyrs than even 2300 Laurel.

It's a big opportunity for someone.

719 19th starts at $2.400M and is open Sat. 1:00-4:00pm.

East MB

1135 21st Street Manhattan Beach CA1135 21st (3br/3ba, 1575 sqft.) is a nice flipper remodel just east of Sepulveda and with close access to light commercial – walk to bagels, Rubio's and the new (under-construction) Chalk preschool.

From the official description:

"[C]ompletely re-built with the finest materials & finishes throughout.... [G]ourmet kitchen, living room, dining area & outdoor living space. The kitchen opens up to the living room & dining room perfect for cooking dinner & entertaining guests. Kitchen cabinets are white, with dark hardware, grey kitchen island, custom backsplash tile, Carrera [sic] marble counters & stainless steel appliances. There is also access to the backyard off the dining room/kitchen which is great for kids or summer barbecues."

Note: We just know they mean Carrara marble. (See "Carrara and Carreras," from February.)

1135 21st starts at $1.695M and is open Sat. and Sun. 1:00-4:00pm.

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