Weekend Opens (5/9-5/10)

By Dave Fratello | May 9th, 2009
It's a tradition around major holidays – even Hallmark holidays – for RE ads to try to squeeze in some reference to the event.

In past years, the week's Beach Reporter ads were a little more exuberant in trying to suggest you should buy a home for mom this weekend.

This week, just 2 that we saw:
  • "A Mother's Day Gift to Remember..." – ad for 1817 Pacific, $1.799m, Open Sun. 1-4pm (yes, on Mother's Day)
  • "For a Special Mother... because she deserves it!" – ad for 217 21st St. (TH), $1.625m, Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.
Sweet, no?

Here's some news: Someone agreed on 1817 Pacific – it's in "backup offer" status now, a deal in the making.

Remember, most opens (the pro-mom ones anyway) are on Saturday only this weekend.

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

We ask MBC readers who visit these homes – or any open houses – to also report back in the comments here. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like.

Hill Section

If mom is looking for a good-size house but has no particular need of views – ocean, city or otherwise – there's 607 Anderson (5br/5ba, 3600 sq. ft.).

It's an attractive 10-year-old home with plenty of space, plenty of light, some updates. Not too different from your typical recent-vintage Tree Section home, except you get a bit more yard and, well, it's the Hills.

Sellers paid $1.939m in May 2004, and ask $2.340m (+$401k/+21%) to start now. If we're now living in 2005 prices in MB, that's a tad high. Open Sat. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

Tell mom that MBC is not obsessed with South End walkstreets, it's just that we keep getting new listings down there.

This week, it's 221 3rd (4br/5ba, 4075 sq. ft.), a bold, newer Mediterranean that is beach-close with big ocean views. The top level, with the main living spaces, draws that all in, while first-floor entertainment spaces connect to an outdoor patio on the walkstreet.

This is what the South End west of Highland is all about. Starts at $4.790m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

If mom loves being near downtown, it seems like all of 16th St. has been for sale over the past year. This week, 203 16th joined the mix at $3.1m.

It's a duplex with a 2br/2ba, 1850 sq. ft. owner's unit up top, and another 2br with 1050 sq. ft. down below. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

Other active 16th St. listings (not open) include: 120 16th, 209 16th, 228 16th and 316 16th.

Tree Section

Mom could definitely love a freshly redone home near downtown at 717 12th.

This 3br/2ba, 1600 sq. ft. home won't be enough for every family, but the space flows nicely and includes 2 outdoor decks and a little yard.

All the important stuff is newly remodeled: kitchen, baths and master.

Sellers paid $1.512m in Aug. 2007, before much of the work, but now offer the end product for $1.386m. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

After visiting, strut down the hill a bit with mom to 2 new townhomes at 1126 & 1130 Laurel (priced at $1.289m & $1.349m, respectively). Open Sat. 1-3pm.

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