Sunday Opens (6/7/15)

By Dave Fratello | June 7th, 2015

Today's the day when Manhattan Beach becomes so darned bike-friendly that they just about shut down the downtown area. 

For the 54th time, MB is hosting the MB Grand Prix series of bike races. There are literally races for just about every age group to be featured throughout the day, although the high-speed races draw the most attention. (It's still not too late to set the kids up to make a run in the later afternoon.)

Why not pop out and enjoy the spectacle? For more, see

Of course, the afternoon is also time to go see 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!).

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right above the main listing photo to get immediate display of all the listing photos at once.

Sand Section

2211 Vista Drive Manhattan Beach CA2211 Vista (3br/4ba, 2250 sqft.) is a "free-standing" TH that sold for $2.005M in Feb. 2014. (Here's the old/sold listing.)

The sellers are thinking that was a smashing deal, and now seek 30% more to get out, almost 18 months later. From the official description:

"Like new condition with exquisite finishes beginning with the flagstone path to the handmade front door. Inside you will find eight foot solid doors with oil rubbed bronze hardware and wide plank Brazilian cherry hardwood floors."

"Three en-suite bedrooms, each bath with individualized, hand picked, design mosaic tile backsplashes. The kitchen is perfect for the gourmet cook with professional grade stainless appliances including a built-in refrigerated wine cabinet, commercial in cabinet icemaker and honed black granite countertops with mosaic tile backsplash. The kitchen has cabinets that reach the ceiling and a walk-in pantry. Don't miss the ocean peak from the kitchen window."

2211 Vista starts at $2.600M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

Hill Section

937 11th Street A Manhattan Beach CA937 11th (3br/3ba, 1725 sqft.) offers to get you into MB west of Sepulveda for one of the lowest prices of the year.

It's a remodeled TH backing up to commercial, but it's still the Hill Section and the home falls in the Robinson school district. Serious pluses. From the official description:

"Bright south facing front unit with low maintenance. Remodeled in 2008, Interior design advice came from Ryan Brown of the TV show 'Flippin' Out.'"

"Features rich espresso bamboo flooring throughout, all newer windows, fireplace surround by Ann Sacks tile. Bright, modern and functional kitchen with stainless steel appliances and opens to living room. Inviting light fixtures throughout, great floor plan with all 3 bedrooms on one level."

937 11th starts at $1.399M and is open Sun. from 2-5pm.

East MB

1515 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CA1515 3rd (4br/3ba, 2975 sqft.) is a late-80s original home with substantial updates on a full-size 7500 sqft. lot.

Due to its downsloping lot, you find yourself walking a lot of steps, so that the home has a split-split-split level feel to it, but you kind of have to accept that as part of the character of the place. It means each room or area of the home is set off by a step or two.

We were really charmed by the deck and spacious yard with big trees at the center. Kids would want to climb. Dads might want to build a tree house.

Updates to the kitchen, baths and flooring throughout give the home a modern feel. Large pondstone details on the outside are distinctive. More from the official description:

"Features of this home include a remodeled kitchen with granite counters and cherry cabinets, KitchenAid appliances and an island with Thermador cooktop, breakfast bar, wine cooler and warming drawer and lots of storage. Other upgrades to the living areas include bamboo and travertine floors, 2 custom fireplaces, Anderson windows and doors, custom window treatments and neutral paint colors which add relaxed sophistication. All bedrooms are upstairs including the spacious master bedroom with fireplace, patio and walk in closet with high ceilings for added storage space. In addition, the master boasts a luxurious bathroom with cherry cabinets, Caesarstone counters and frameless shower enclosure. This quiet, tranquil home is on a great family street and walking distance from 3 award winning Manhattan Beach Schools."

1515 3rd starts at $2.250M and is open Sun 1-4pm.

1147 3rd Street Manhattan Beach CA1147 3rd (6br/4ba, 4850 sqft.) is a late-90s Mediterranean whose biggest plus factors are size, location and yard – not at all a bad combination to begin.

Does it want for some modernization? Likely so. But you can see where buyers might take on that challenge in order to have a home on a quiet cul-de-sac street that's deceptively close to everything, yet private. From the official description:

"[W]ide hallways, vaulted ceilings with substantially-sized windows emitting natural light everywhere, large art wall space, formal living room to fit a grand piano and recital for 20, plus a huge master suite with space for a full set of furniture separated by a dual-sided fireplace, a view balcony and windows with views of the city..."

"[An] oasis of a backyard of full grown greenery with striking accents that delivers a peaceful privacy."

The listing goes on to state that homes on this block have been "consistently outperforming the general market for years," which they offer to back up with data. Worth a look.

1147 3rd starts at $2.899M and is Sun. 2-4pm.

1230 Shelley Street Manhattan Beach CA1230 Shelley (3br/2ba, 2150 sqft.) offers a lot of house and yard, not to mention custom re-styling of this 60s original. We could not quite believe that what we'd seen was just over 2100 sqft., given the ample, open spaces on the first floor. From the official description:

"[E]legant interior, cozy fireplaces and tranquil yards... large corner lot in a quiet neighborhood near great schools, restaurants and parks... lovely flow from the formal living room and dining room, both of which share a 2-sided marble fireplace and stylish powder room, to the more casual kitchen and family room with brick fireplace.

"Beautiful French doors off the dining and family rooms open to the gorgeous, lush backyard— perfect for parties! Stainless steel appliances, a trey ceiling, wide-plank hardwood floors, and room for a casual dining table grace the crisp white kitchen."

"Bright and spacious, the master bedroom has his-and-hers mirrored closets and a lovely master bathroom with elegant walnut sink console, granite counter and double sinks."

1230 Shelley starts at $1.799M and is open Sun. 1-4pm

1627 Voorhees Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1627 Voorhees (4br/2ba, 2375 sqft.) is something of a surprise, also – a reasonably spacious single-level home with bright living areas opening to an ample deck and big yard on this full, 7500 sqft. lot.

The feel and styling of the home date back a bit to the 90s, but there are quality appliances in the open kitchen and the whole home shows as clean and very livable without urgent changes.

From the official description:

"The large living room opens to the deck and beautiful, grassy backyard full of fruit trees. There are dramatic vaulted ceilings, window treatments, skylights, fireplaces,wired speakers,...and much more!"

"The separate laundry room off of the kitchen has built-ins. It has an oversized, 2 car attached garage. It's in a great neighborhood - close to Pennekamp and Mira Costa High School."

1627 Voorhees starts at $1.975M and is open Sun. 3-4pm.  (Really – one hour.)

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