Weekend Opens (6/13-6/14)

By Dave Fratello | June 12th, 2009
This is a weekend for new, big and audacious homes.

Thought the wave of spec construction was over? Not yet. This week, speckies launch priced from $3m to $8m.

That's not all we're featuring, but the big guns are going to dominate discussion here.

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 the featured homes, or any open house, to also report back in the comments here. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like.

Hill Section

645 9th (6br/6ba, 7750 sq. ft.) is the first, and priciest, new home on our weekend list. It starts at $7.95m.

They're not giving much away in the pics as of yet – just 2 exterior shots as we write. All the more reason to drop in.

For now, the listing is heavy on the home's "green" credentials. But here, we're talking about responsible materials, not the carbon footprint. Hey, bravo on the construction, but, in all seriousness, no 8000-sq.-ft. home is "green" unless the residents swear a blood oath to wear sweaters and long johns all Winter and lay off the heat system. And even then...

OK, calmer now. We are sure it's beautiful. Check it out – report back.

Keep in mind, this home is competing – to an extent – with a larger, but less expensive home at 814 10th (5br/7ba, 9000 sq. ft., at $6.995m) which is also open (Sat. 1-4pm). (Can we say "less expensive" about a $7m home?)

645 9th is open Sat. 1-4pm, and Sun. 2-5pm.

Sand Section

517 Longfellow is the south-iest of South End listings – yes, there are a few MB homes on Longfellow, due to a quirk in the map. (Maybe you thought Francisco was the border?)

This newer (2000) home blows away all comparable Sand Section listings with a minuscule PPSF of $534/PSF for a 4br/4ba, 3650 sq. ft. home on a rare 4000 sq. ft. lot. (Few Sand Section listings are below $700/PSF; nearer to $1,000 is common.)

This one poses an interesting question to buyers in the near-$2m range: For about the same money, would you take a smaller home in the Trees, or be near the beach and Robinson?

Starts at $1.949m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

We predict that 216 7th (4br/5ba, 4800 sq. ft.) will generate some strong opinions. You either like this sort of comprehensive Tuscan look and feel, or you don't.

If you do, we'll hint at the long list of extras in a moment. But first, check out this location – west of Highland, near downtown, running along Bayview with no neighbors on one side and more light and views. That's a top-tier lot.

Add to that a home design that was a labor of love, well over 2 years of painstaking effort to fill out the concept. Rustic stone floors, hand-plastered walls, 200-year-old beams from an old farm, custom-designed lighting... it's a complete package, meant to feel authentic wherever you turn.

The start price reflects the idea that this home is something above and beyond: $6.495m.

We must note that a sharp new Cape Cod just 2 doors up at 224 7th just sold for $4.9m about 5 weeks ago. Taking nothing away from 224, the reality is that 216 7th is bigger (by 600 sq. ft., plus extra deck space) and bolder. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

Tree Section

523 14th seems poised to shatter the notion you may first have when we say "new spec home in the Trees."

Low on 14th near downtown, but still high enough for some ocean peeks, this huge home (5br/5ba, 4900 sq. ft.) balances modern features with a traditional Cape Cod style. Good names on the design and build give us some hope that this one will be special.

Priced at $3.375m to begin, the listing says it's "below comparable properties currently on the market," which could be, in part, directed at 514 17th, a terrific, if slightly smaller, 6-year-old home now at $3.599m.

523 14th is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

607 23rd rounds out our feature here on a truly "traditional" note.

It is a little old cottage (3br/1ba, 1000 sq. ft.) on a full-size lot (4400 sq. ft.).

This tiny stretch of 23rd, east of Blanche, is isolated, though Blanche is a factor. The land is the asset here – priced at $1.225m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

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