Sunday Opens (7/19/15)

By Dave Fratello | July 19th, 2015

It's a happy day for folks who like toys. 

The Tesla Model S now comes with – or can be retrofitted with – a new option, the "ludicrous" mode, which speeds the electric car's acceleration from 0-to-60 to just 2.8 seconds. It's like "having your own private roller coaster," says Elon Musk.

That car already flies. This was an upgrade that absolutely no one needed. Kudos to Tesla for recognizing that little things like "cost" and "necessity" sometimes have no relevance if the question is: Should we do this? It's kind of cool.

Maybe what we like most is the truth-in-advertising aspect. This irrelevant but fun $10K upgrade is actually called "ludicrous" by the big boss. This is how they are marketing it.

What we're watching for: The first local real estate listing to take the cue. Who'll be first to build or tout a "ludicrous" feature? Glass-bottom roof deck pool? Basement basketball court? C'mon folks, it's just money.

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.

Hill Section

108 S. Poinsettia (5br/8ba, 4825 sqft.) is an elegant, spacious Mediterranean with good views to the south.

The common areas on the first level flow to the back to a bright, open kitchen and family room and outdoor entertaining spaces. The backyard features not only the built-in BBQ but also a putting green and sunken hot tub.

Upstairs there's a second living room with wet bar that gets the best views in the house. Also, a traditional wood-paneled office on the top level gets very decent views.

Upstairs, we liked a custom detail: The two kids' bedrooms are set apart almost like in their own "wing" with a door to a wide hallway that features storage and a long "homework" desk area. The whole section can be closed off.

The basement level includes a home theater (distractingly taken up now with a pool table, also) plus home gym and bedroom/office.

We had to keep checking the square footage total: "Just" 4800-odd square feet with that basement space lives like a lot more because there are so many separate spaces.

108 S. Poinsettia starts at $6.800M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

117 36th Place 117 36th Place Manhattan Beach CA(3br/4ba, 1925 sqft.) is a newer (2008), modern-style TH with ocean views over the fully built neighbor to the west. You almost can't get closer to The Strand, and you're right in the thick of the booming/bustling North End and its selection of shops and restaurants and such.

The TH offers a stylish and slightly different take with reddish Brazilian Teak flooring and a sleek look to the kitchen and baths.

The front unit of this TH complex, 116 Rosecrans Ave., with epic views to the north, sold in May 2014 for $2.280M. But don't you know, that was like a different epoch in this market. Now, the back unit is listed 20% higher at $2.749M. Just watch now.

More from the official description:

"Open and Bright Floor Plan with ocean views from the entire top floor... Custom bathrooms, including Walker Zanger Stones and Tiles. Gourmet Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, Quartzite countertops, glass backsplash, and ocean view. 2 Slate Decks. Gas Fireplace. Pella Windows and Sliders. Two Car garage w/cabinets plus private guest parking space. Separate Office with custom built-in's. Private enclosed outdoor storage room on east side of home. Security Gate in Front. Outdoor shower. A custom built refrigerated 54 sq. ft. wine room in storage space under the stair."

117 36th starts at $2.749 and is open Sun. 2-4pm. 

513 23rd (3br/2ba, 1175 sqft.) 513 23rd Street Manhattan Beach CAis a cozy and cute original-size beach cottage that's priced pretty near land value, according to today's comps, at $2.299M.

From the official description:

"This charming 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Manhattan Beach Cottage has been extensively remodeled and is a home where every day will feel like a vacation... Dark wood plank floors, granite counter top kitchen, cozy fireplace, crown molding, air conditioning and claw foot tub add to the charm of this home. Outside enjoy beautiful birch trees in the grassy/bricked front yard and there is even a back yard; plenty of space for children to play and pets to frolic..."

513 23rd starts at $2.299M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

2416 Walnut Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2416 Walnut (3br/3ba, 2625 sqft.) was a doll-cute house already when we last saw it in 2011, but the new owners absolutely went to town with a modernization.

The revised home has all the contemporary modern/throwback elements, including wide-plank light-oak flooring, white marble counters and classy tile and counters for all the baths.

It's easy to like the open first floor with its spacious family room, dine-in kitchen and smallish sitting room/formal living room. There's good outdoor space, including a spacious patio and secondary yard area with artificial turf.

Back in 2011, this one defied conventional wisdom by selling quickly despite a location right on busy Marine Ave. at a stop sign. Once again, this one has an excellent chance of moving quickly despite is size and bedroom (3) limitations, because it is, more than ever, what one of our colleagues sometimes calls an "emotional" house – one that is easy to love, standing out as different for sure.

Editorial nitpicks: The listing description spells "Carrara" right (yay!) but calls the appliances "Thermadore," as in Theodore. One backspace from now and that'll be fixed.

2416 Walnut starts at $2.449M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

East MB

1430 18th Street Manhattan Beach CA1430 18th (6br/7ba, 4600 sqft.) is spacious new construction in an "Island Contemporary" style. Dave is friendly with the builder and has previously advertised this listing, so we need to just run with the bulk of the official listing description, bulleted out:

  • Open floor plan provides easy, beach style, modern living.
  • 3 outdoor Lanai decks with one built in BBQ Island.
  • Large back yard.
  • Top of the line finishes and appliances, butler pantry, walk in pantry,
  • 9.5 inch wide plank Oak floors, Andersen Eagle Series windows, Standing Seam Metal Roof
  • Exquisite details and wainscoting throughout.
  • 1,239 sq. ft. Subterranean Garage: perfect for Car Collector, Wine Enthusiast, Workshop or Large family with toys.
  • 2 Kohler Farmhouse Sinks -2 Bosch Dishwashers -2 Viking ovens and 48" Viking Range with 8 Burners and 2 additional ovens

1430 18th starts at $3.495M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

1510 23rd Street Manhattan Beach CA1510 23rd (4br/3ba, 2700 sqft.) was a pleasant surprise to us. The exterior doesn't sell it much, and we expected this to be fully typical of all the "Roth built" homes/layouts that we've seen in the area.

Turns out, this one was (we're told) Mr. Roth's own home, and he didn't build his the same as everyone else's. The original 60s home has been upgraded and sports an open floorplan, newer kitchen and modernized baths. The backyard pool is a charmer, even if it's on the small side (all the easier to heat).

More from the official description:

"Huge living room with fireplace and built in cabinetry.... Vaulted ceilings and recessed lighting throughout home... [L]arge bedrooms! Formal dining area with French doors opening to a tranquil water fountain. Gorgeous kitchen with island opens to family room Commercial grade Viking range and stove, side by side SubZero refrigerator and freezer Granite counter tops, wine refrigerator and Pantry Private south-facing backyard with pebble bottom pool with extensive hardscape, ideal for entertaining."

1510 23rd starts at $1.995M and is open Sun. 1-4:30pm.

1750 1st (4br/3ba, 3125 sqft.) stands out as another example of great marketing. 

OK, it's not the Tesla "ludicrous" type of marketing. But here, the sellers and agents have done everything you could ask: Fresh paint, new carpet and nearly over-the-top perfect staging.

They've taken a 100% original 1980s house, with its odd Tudor style and blocky pondstones, and made it possible to imagine as fresh and ready to go.

We tend to think the house will need a lot more for its next owner to really be thrilled, but we're impressed that without going all the way to a true remodel, they're showing the existing house in its best possible light.

We'd quote more from the official listing description, but it's SCREAMING AT US IN ALL CAPS so we choose not to quote it. Check it out with the volume turned down.

1750 1st starts at $1.975M and is open Sun. 2-5pm.

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