Weekend Opens (7/19-7/20)

By Dave Fratello | July 19th, 2008
This week we have next-door neighbors hitting the market and a couple of longer-term listings that are open for the first time.

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

Up in the hills, a strange coincidence – two next-door neighbors hit the market on the same day:

914 2nd is Mrs. MBC's pick for the week. Her take: if you're going to spend $3m in the Hill Section, you ought to get a lot of house and big views. 914 2nd offers that in a spacious (4br/4ba, 4300 sq. ft.) and recently built home (2000) that is high enough up the hill to garner those prized big-blue-marble views. Décor is a big plus in parts.

The lot, at 8600 sq. ft., is quite big, though you don't end up with much yard. Yes, the location on 2nd St. is a strike – this is one of the busiest through streets in the Hills, though there are many busier streets in MB. The 2nd St. discount is part of what makes it a deal at $3.250m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

910 2nd is smaller than its neighbor, with 5br/4ba, 3400 sq. ft. It's just one year older (1999). Classy, on a smaller lot (4500 sq. ft.), starts at $2.895m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

312 S. Dianthus is a custom home that shows its age (ca. 1991) in parts but gives you your views and much more space than the two listings referenced above (5br/5ba, 5500 sq. ft.). Pricewise, it has run the gamut – starting in April at $3.490m, boosting up to $3.749 and getting into escrow, then dropping out and dropping down to the current $3.270. The one day open this weekend is the first we've seen posted in the BR. Open Sat. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

215 S. Valley may be a classic example of a home that's great for the family that lives there, but will have trouble finding someone else who feels the same. At $1.650m, it is very pricey for a 4br/3ba, 2500 sq. ft. home that needs all kinds of updating. The home is at the corner of Valley and Francisco (hello, school traffic), and borders the fields at Robinson School (huge back yard!).

The listing itself is confused: Are we selling the home or the lot? When the listing says, "Enjoy now and build your dream home in the future," we think they're talking about the lot. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

3020 Alma is one of roughly 45 listings on Alma these days – okay, 7, but what about all the other adjacent stuff on the plateau? This one is a small (3br/2ba, 1300 sq. ft.) remodeled 1930 Spanish on a corner lot at 31st that offers some sweet, secluded outdoor spaces and ocean views. Now in its fourth week at $1.545m Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

There's not a bunch you can do with a skinny 2-story on a 2000 sq. ft. lot, but the remodel at 625 13th might just be the max. It's got a great contemporary flair. The very crisply designed exterior is a bit weathered now, but the interior spaces are great. One of the better updates of a standard-issue 70s beach box that we've seen. Starts at $1.499m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

1705 Pacific is a very nicely remodeled home (4br/4ba, 2650 sq. ft.) whose location near Pacific School is either perfect for a family, or a big strike. Though we can't deny the home's appeal, its layout is peculiar (downstairs master off the living room). The exterior, while spiffed up, is a mishmash, design-wise. This one began at $1.875m and got the fewest votes (out of 3 listings) in an MBC poll asking "Who's Most Delusional?" Now at $1.799m, and open for the first time this weekend. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

For our "Weekend Opens" feature, we're often confronted with the question of when to re-mention a home we've referenced before. In the case of 757 30th, the occasion is a new price cut that brings it down $420k/-15% from its Thanksgiving 2007 start at $2.699m.

The new price, $2.279m, gets you a quality new Mediterranean in a quiet location with 5br/4ba and 3350 sq. ft. Oh, there are issues, but they can be worked out through price. Open Sat. 2-4pm, Sun. 1-4pm.

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