Weekend Opens (6/21-6/22)

By Dave Fratello | June 20th, 2008
Bad weather: Bad for open houses. Good weather: Bad for open houses.

This is the received wisdom.

So what about high-80s plus getaway weekend with schools now closed for Summer? Good for open houses?

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

1100 John (pictured) is a corner lot in the Hill Section, but it's not that exciting – it backs up onto a new commercial building and is steps to MBB.

It's freshly below $1m (at $995k, down from $1.259m). Now that's a little more exciting. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

953 9th is easy to miss, but don't. Offers 5br/4ba and 4100 sq. ft., a nice family layout and surprisingly sweet back yard. Offered for $2.650m, a mil below where it'd be with a better location. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

815 2nd has cut again, now at $4.275m (-$520k from start). It's still high by the opinion of MBC readers – only 12% thought it would sell over $4.250m, but it's moving where it needs to go (see story on pricing poll results). Open Sun. 2-5pm.

Sand Section

In a week when all the MB RE chatter is about a grandiose estate sold for $11m, Mrs. MBC is suddenly nostalgic for simpler times. (She's a real contrarian.) She's grooving on the tidy, mid-century beach cottage at 3404 Alma (pictured).

Not a Cape Cod, not a Mediterranean, just a nice 50s-vintage place with a short walk to the beach. Caveat: The listing touts a "massive, perfectly private easy care yard," which is actually a nice concrete patio. "Massive?" Hmm, we suppose it depends on your frame of reference.

At $1.199m, 3404 Alma is offered for about $10m less than this week's hot property in the Hills. Open Sun 1-4pm.

508 3rd is a nice family home, 20 years new. Main assets are the location and size – 4br/3ba and 3050 sq. ft. Sellers are going for the max – $500k tax-free – as they paid $1.8m in Sept. 2005. Now offered at $2.299m. Open Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm.

Don't need a house so much as a location? How about the central downtown half-lot at 129 12th? Sellers would like $2.1m, or thereabouts. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

2305 Pacific (pictured) is a pleasant surprise with 4br/4ba and 2800 sq. ft. Remodels are just a bit dated. Starts at $1.525m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

2700 Pacific is posted as open for the first time after almost 2 months. Offers 4br/4ba and 2900 sq. ft. for $2.099m. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

751 26th offers 5br/5ba, 3500 sq. ft. Purchased new in Apr. 2001 for $1.475m, unloaded for a tidy $2.1m 4 years later. Come 4 years further down the road, it's at $2.350m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Finally, Santa's 633 15th is open again Sun. 2-4pm.

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