Weekend Opens (6/5-6/6)

By Dave Fratello | June 5th, 2010
You're home-shopping but also need to catch Lakers-Celtics? No worries. The finals games are all in the early evening.

As long as no one schedules one of those quirky "sunset" open houses at a must-see property, you can find your dream home long before you find your seat on the sofa Sunday.

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

If you do get out & around this weekend, please report back here on what you've seen, what you liked, didn't like, etc.

Hill Section

John, John, John – the Hill Section and John St. are often a magical combination.

Travel up just the right height on John, and you'll get some of the Hill's biggest views on one of its quietest streets.

526 John (4br/4ba, 3400 sq. ft.) gives you that kind of location and a 5,000 sq. ft. corner lot, though pushing for an $1,100/PSF premium price for the home overall at $3.795m to start.

The house may have an early-90s conception, but it has a more modern caché – it was featured in "CSI: Miami" recently (as the neighbors well recall).

MB = Miami?

Maybe you can see it here.

Everything's sharp and clean, if a bit period. Actually, "sharp and clean" barely describes the laboratory-caliber garage – wow, there's tidying up to sell, and then there's this.

526 John is open Sat. & Sun. 12-4pm.

Tree Section

520 14th (4br/3ba, 2575 sq. ft.) begins with so much promise: Martyrs area, big for an older home, fairly low price ($1.299m).

The reality's more complex. Though the home's very clean and updated in key parts (a newer kitchen, a spa-quality master bath), the layout is chopped-up and peculiar.

All 4 bedrooms are on one level, sorta, divided by the entry hall and living room. (Think 2 here, 2 there, plus some stairs.) An extra living room over the garage is quite disconnected from the flow of the home, though that could be a benefit – a private space in a home with few others. Big spiral stairs offer your only way up to the kitchen and a living/dining room.

The back yard and its connections to the house are big benefits. The first-floor master flows out to a cute garden and small grassy patch – a tranquil setting. The second-floor deck off the kitchen/great room is quite large and features no-doubt-about-it ocean & downtown views. You could almost put the whole house behind you and just groove on those views for hours at a time.

It's an odd duck overall, with some fancy-duck pieces. It's priced, it seems, to reflect the great location and the head-scratching realities.

520 14th is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

594 30th (4br/3ba, 2050 sq. ft.) is on a quiet half-block near Sand Dune Park, but probably not much affected, as it's south of the park and, hey, they're tightening things up over there.

The late-50s home has been updated with a sense of style, preserving lots of original elements that make it distinctly a beach house while delivering modern updates where you care most: a Sub-Zero fridge, for instance, sets the tone for the updated kitchen.

There's one issue that will nag: The upstairs master is separate from the 3 bedrooms downstairs.

There are some very custom outdoor-living aspects to the home. A small lap pool is reached over a little bridge. Paving stones set into the main yard create a soft-hardscape feel, with a little outdoor fireplace beckoning. A deck off the kitchen/dining area invites you outside to eat or lounge. (The cool outdoor furniture underscores the point.)

Start price of $1.4m is intriguing for the area.

Much further from The Dune, 665 27th (3br/3ba, 2250 sq. ft.) recently sold for $1.450m. That was an early-50s house with much sharper, modern updates that were also at odds with the traditional feel of parts of the home.

A really stunning re-do of a 1948 cottage on a hard block of 35th, 562 35th (3br/3ba, 2000 sq. ft.), recently closed for much more: $1.575m.

594 30th is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

2317 Walnut (3br/3ba, 1980 sq. ft.) is plain vanilla, clean and bright, and aging somewhat gracefully since its 1975 construction.

MBC called attention to this one a couple weeks ago, and it immediately had a deal (or two).

But it's back on the market now looking for the next one. Priced at $1.175m.

2317 Walnut is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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