Weekend Opens (6/14-6/15)

By Dave Fratello | June 14th, 2008
After seeing how much ink Easter and Mother's Day got in the Beach Reporter RE ads recently, please understand a certain peevishness on the part of your blog author now.

It's like Father's Day doesn't exist.

Just one ad offers "Happy Father's Day" wishes, and just one more suggests that a person might purchase a home for a dad in recognition of this Hallmark holiday. By contrast, in recent years, all kinds of routine ads suggested you should buy a home for mom on Mother's Day.

Surely there are lots of "kept men" around MB who would very much like for their wives to buy them new ocean-adjacent homes to accentuate their leisure lifestyles. But the wishes and desires of these people are completely ignored in a pedestrian round of RE ads. Thanks for nothing.

It's not like agents aren't aware of the holiday. Many open houses are only open Saturday, and it's not because of a conflict with the Laker game (cue deflated, depressed feelings – sorry), but out of respect for the paternal elders.

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

808 Highview gives you most of what you could ask of a Hill Section estate: newer construction (2002), a good-sized house (5br/5ba, 4100 sq. ft.) and nice views in a quiet location.

You'll need $5.250m to move in. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

You might amble down the road to 619 9th, between Highview and Ardmore, which now sports a new price: $3.969mdown $226k from start. Sweet, a bit dated and flawed. Open Sat. 12-3pm.

Sand Section

She doesn't want to be predictable – no one does – but Mrs. MBC is picking another South End walkstreet home this week, 532 6th.

It's for good reason. This home, with 4br/4ba and 2700 sq. ft., was briefly offered last year around Thanksgiving, and she was taken by it.

You might have to see it to see what Mrs. MBC sees. On paper, it's a stark contemporary backing up on Valley. The exterior pics may be a turnoff.

But inside, the spaces flow very nicely, the home is warm despite the modern touches, and the master is a retreat with treetop views. The home felt clean and efficient, not "modern" in the imposing, stylistic way that neighboring 528 6th did. (That one had the same architect; it recently quit the market.)

532 6th is up at $2.350m this time, having tried for a couple weeks at $2.7m last year. The sellers purchased it for $1.818m in March 2005. If you like numbers, here's a coincidence – 532 6th is now priced $532k higher than the purchase price – that's 29% over 3 years. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

Oh, Santa, say it ain't so. 633 15th has become a bit of a local treasure because, at Christmastime, the owner goes all-out – no, wait, way above all-out with neon – with a bright display and life-sized characters and a beach theme and... all of that will end if he sells the house, as he apparently intends to do.

Some harsh initial reviews for this $5.495m home – the style ain't special, the spaces are just inflated, the kitchen a low-end mismatch, the furniture forgettable. Surely there are redeeming qualities to a 6br, 6000 sq. ft. home on a double-plus lot (12,500 sq. ft.) near Martyrs. Open Sat. 2-4pm.

No doubt 737 36th is going to draw interest this weekend for the first time in months. As MBC noted a couple of days ago (see "Surrender on 36th"), the home has been on the market almost continuously for 21 months, but always at preposterous prices. Frankly we can't recall seeing it posted as open.

Now it's down $240k from its last price to $1.299m. With 4br/4ba and almost 3000 sq. ft. (including the guest quarters), 36th appears to be the cheapest home by price-per-square-foot ($435/PSF) in all of MB. That will help. Open Sat. & Sun. 2-5pm.

Just as we liked 532 6th in the Sand, we found 560 36th to be a warm version of a new contemporary. This one began at $2.999m, slashed to $2.499m, and is finally open again. Worth a look. Open Sat. 12-2pm. (Yes, 12-2pm.)

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