Sunday Opens (6/10/18)

By Dave Fratello | June 10th, 2018

This Sunday again it's parents versus parents on the diamond.

Grudge matches? Bragging rights? Weekend warriors? A fun day at the park?

It's all of those at the 13th Annual Parents Softball Classic, a fundraiser for the MBX Foundation.

Your blog author/local broker Dave Fratello is director of the tournament.. (And of course, out there risking life and limb for the fun of reliving old memories, and making new ones.) 

If you've got time to kill and might like to grab a burger and watch some baseball (OK, softball), come to the Marine Sports Complex on Sunday. Games start at 10am, the snack bar's open with Manhattan Meats burgers, and you can see the playoffs at 3:30pm or final at 4:30pm.

If open houses are more in your plans, that's fine. This is a real estate blog. Our guide to the newest listings that are open is right below.

This week's video features a whopping 8 new listings, including some we don't have in our reviews below or which aren't publicly open. Consider 709 26th, a huge and fairly new home asking $5.495M, only on our video (or by private tour). Also in the video: 709 Larsson (another 709!), 404 21st Place, 2816 Crest, 224 16th and more:

Email subscribers and some mobile users will need to use this link to view the video.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!). Our open house link always appears in our weekly wrapups and on the main front page, under "Open Houses."

Below, click any address link to view all photos and property details. And 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.

Listings appearing here come from the whole MB market and may or may not be represented by MB Confidential author Dave Fratello.

Sand Section

121 15th St.121 15th Street Manhattan Beach CA (3br/4ba, 2000 sqft.) offers an ocean view, even a sand view and a pier view, from a newer (2005) Spanish-style townhome.

Is lower 15th St. very close to town? Yes indeed.

Is this spot impacted by traffic along Manhattan Ave. nearby? Not really.

A very interesting option for those looking for a beach home that checks quite a few boxes in a (relatively) modest package. More from the official description:

"Park your car, kick off your shoes and start living the beach life every buyer in Manhattan Beach only dreams of... A perfect primary residence or ideal for a second home owner located just 10 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport. Enjoy Panoramic Ocean views from the entire top floor main living space with gourmet center island kitchen. Enjoy sunset ocean views while BBQing with guests after a beach day on the outdoor patio with outdoor fireplace. Features include a Large Open Kitchen with refinished cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, large Master Suite with separate shower, jacuzzi tub and dual sink vanity, hardwood floors throughout, 3 level Air Conditioning for hot summer nights, private 3rd bedroom great for guests with private entrance. Witness the Holiday Season Pier Firework show from your main living area and entertain your friends after the world famous Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball tournament. The best part of all is the 4 car parking you can enjoy which is very rare this close to the beach. Relaxed and refined this immaculate home is in move in condition and ready for some summer fun right now!"

121 15th St. begins at $3.599M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

2816 Crest Drive Manhattan Beach CA 2816 Crest (3br/4ba, 1890 sqft.) is another newer (2007) ocean-view TH in a beachy style with some recent refreshing work done. The views as seen today appear, sincerely, to be protected, thanks to the topography of the two full lots directly in front of the property. (Are we making this sound simple or difficult? Anyway, buyer to verify!)

This is a very comfortable home in a somewhat timeless style. The hickory floors have been sanded and revived, providing a natural feel that stands out a bit with some of the styles that prevail in newer homes today. Overall, very pleasant but with some opportunity to upgrade.

More from the official description:

"Centrally located in the highly sought after Sand Section of Manhattan Beach. This beautiful tri-level town home is close to the beach, dining, shopping and schools. It’s spacious, bright and open living area offers views of Catalina, P.V., the ocean and M.B. pier. The Gourmet Kitchen features 6 Burner Viking Stove, Stainless Steel Appliances and Ocean Views from every kitchen window. Light the fire in your living room on cool nights or step out the double French doors to your outdoor, ocean view deck to enjoy the breeze. Hickory wood floors throughout with new carpeting in the bedrooms. Custom Tile work in kitchen and bathrooms. 2 car garage and carport for guest parking makes it easy to entertain! You can also park in front of the garage and add a 4th Car! Shower outdoors and leave the sand outside. Home also features two additional Storage Areas, Skylights, a Dumbwaiter and Eureka Central Vacuum."

2816 Crest begins at $2.890M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

224 16th Street Manhattan Beach CA 224 16th (5br/5ba, 4225 sqft.) is an early 90s Mediterranean on a walkstreet near town with "insane" ocean views, per the listing. (How is that diagnosed?)

It has received substantial updates to flooring, kitchen and baths to give it more of a modern feel. From the official description:

"This stunning coastal home has incredible 180 degree ocean views from Palos Verdes to Malibu and is an entertainer’s dream come true! Located on arguably the best walkstreet in all of Manhattan Beach, this 4,200+ sq ft home boasts 5 bedrooms and 5 baths, a separate dining room with ocean view wet bar, a breakfast nook, two living rooms plus a media room with French doors leading to a grassy yard and walkstreet. Artfully placed architectural details adorn the entire home, including walls of windows and a 15 foot skylight spanning all three floors, bringing in TONS of natural light. The ocean views are INSANE and significantly better than other walkstreet homes, making this house worth its weight in gold..... Too many other features to mention, including air conditioning, new hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen with quartz countertops, Sub-zero fridge and Thermador stainless steel appliances, a state-of-the-art sound system, dumbwaiter, outdoor shower, new windows and an oversized 4 car garage with epoxy coated floors! The master suite has a spacious walk-in closet for all of your designer clothes, a custom fireplace and a decadent bathroom complete with a granite countertop and steam shower."

224 16th begins at $7.195M and is open Sat. & Sun. 12-3pm.

95 Crest95 Crest Drive Manhattan Beach CA (3br/4ba, 2300 sqft.) is an early 90s South End rear townhome that's received very recent, stylish updates.

The most recent sale (at $2.300M) was just a year ago in mid-July 2017. See the photos from that past sale to gauge just how fully the new updates have transformed it.

We can't count how many times we showed this property during a few prior listings, but buyers could not quite get over the need for the work. By profile, it's got a good location by the school, some reasonable views/glimpses, good open-concept common space, etc., but people couldn't believe the (old) prices and also take on the work.

It should be a much easier proposition this time. More from the official description:

"South Manhattan free standing remodeled townhouse, walking distance to downtown and the beach. Spacious, open and airy with 180 degree views from the top floor, living area and deck with new jacuzzi. Remodel includes a brand new kitchen and master bath and all new hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen has a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler and a Wolf stove. The generously sized master bedroom and living room both have fireplaces. There is also a good sized ground level patio and a 2 car garage with an additional 2 parking spaces. Has new air conditioning. "

95 Crest begins at $2.595M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

404 21st Place404 21st Place Manhattan Beach CA (3br/2ba, 1180 sqft.) is a smallish original SFR on a rear alley lot. Call it O.G. Manhattan. From the official description.

"Walking distance to downtown MB shops, restaurants and the pier. 21st Place has that old school beach feel with all the modern touches. Beautiful wood floors, open beam ceilings, wood burning fireplace and remodeled kitchen with stone counters and stainless appliances. Newer bathrooms. 2 bedrooms upstairs and master bedroom down with access to a private relaxing patio area. Oversized 2 car garage with washer / dryer hookups and storage. 3rd story addition would have wonderful ocean views."

404 21st Place begins at $1.849M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Hill Section

709 Larsson709 Larsson Street Manhattan Beach CA (4br/4ba, 3170 sqft.) is a newer (2014) custom Cape Cod in the Hill Section, and what's not to love about that?

The backyard has a pool, built-in BBQ and seating. It's a California playland.

There is this thing about the location... it's facing the back of the new Gelson's market. But at least now you can see definitively how that plot is being developed, with no truck access to Larsson, and the decrepit old car dealership buildings rehabbed, expanded and newly covered in fresh stucco. It's an improvement, and once the market opens you're going to have that benefit.

More from the official description:

"This Coastal Cape Cod Hill Section home was beautifully custom built at the end of 2014... 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and office-den, plus a sprawling back yard and pool area, make this home perfect for busy families and entertaining. The front Dutch door opens to a peaceful entryway and sitting room with marble fireplace and high ceilings. The custom high-end kitchen features a Thermador range, Sub Zero fridge, with concrete counter tops. The kitchen and comfortable living area with a second marble fireplace lead to a generous backyard and Saltwater pool with waterfall, hot tub, a Baja shelf and a built-in BBQ area. The sunny west-facing master overlooks the backyard and features a large, stunning walk-in closet with built-ins and an island. The master bath includes a walk-in shower with rain showerhead and a jet spa tub. This home is solar powered and energy efficient. Other amenities include wide plank distressed walnut floors throughout, lots of custom built-in shelves and cabinets, a separate laundry room on the bedroom level, a two car garage, large driveway with ample parking, a 4-camara & Ring security system, a water softening system, pre-wired for cable & audio and impeccable finishes inside and out."

709 Larsson begins at $2.950M and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

East Manhattan Beach

1806 Marine1806 Marine Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (3br/3ba, 1600 sqft.) is a radically remodeled, midsized SFR. Per the official description:

"About 90% new construction, only bare outside walls left, everything else is new in this "high tech" home, "Blue Tooth Smart Home"! And highest quality you can only imagine...By your mobile you can check in supermarket what is missing in your refrigerator.....change temperature in oven and on and on....Must see, the list of fixtures and all is very long....."

1806 Marine begins at $1.699M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.


1515 2nd St.1515 2nd Street Manhattan Beach CA (4br/3ba, 1900 sqft.) is Dave's and Confidential Realty's new listing. (We debuted it last week.)

As before, we'll mostly stick to a few nice photos and the official description.

But we will say that you'll probably find this one a pleasant surprise - bigger, brighter and quieter than expected. 

1515 2nd Street Manhattan Beach CAThere are offers in on the property (look at that price!), but we're going to hold it open for more people to see it and... who knows?!?


From the official description:

1515 2nd Street Manhattan Beach CA"Resting up on an elevated lot, this comfy classic Manhattan Beach cottage has charm and flexible family space. Expanded and remodeled over the years, it offers three spacious bedrooms in the main house, all on a single level. A fourth bedroom with bath is separately built into the garage (formally permitted), and could make a good home office or guest suite. The full master suite with walk-in closet opens out to the quiet, gorgeous garden, surrounded by a picket fence. You’ll love the bright, open kitchen with casual dining area and family room. Another living room is at the front of the house."

"Dine al fresco on the side patio under the pergola and hanging lights. There are hardwood floors throughout the main living spaces, with newer carpet in the bedrooms. There’s even carpet in the garage, inviting you to use the space as a bonus room. (Playroom? Man cave? Garage band studio?) You will find plenty of outdoor space and a location that's close to schools and everything! With this great price, don't wait!"

1515 2nd St. begins at $1.699M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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