Sunday Opens (8/14/16)

By Dave Fratello | August 13th, 2016

There are some people who live to work, work to live, and never really quite stop. Perhaps you know, or are impacted by, someone like this.

Vacation is a good idea for people experiencing this syndrome. And so, we're reporting from Oregon today, trying to be on vacation – mostly with success.

But you can never fully stop working, right? After a day of beach combing and crabbing, Dave just had to run over to Manhattan Beach, Oregon, to see how it measures up to "the real thing." (Selfie here features our namesake beach to the north.)

And y'know, the wide stretch of white sandy beach was sure a nice break from the rocky Oregon coast we'd been hiking around on for a few days... but the surf was muck, and there was not a single home built along the waterfront. Nice for a short visit.

Due to vacation, this week's report on new open houses will be mainly limited to official descriptions and our weekly video, which features homes listed below such as 1820 John815 Crest and 205 Harkness, plus the Hill Section home at 712 John:  

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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

815 Crest Drive Manhattan Beach CA

815 Crest (4br/4ba, 2550 sqft.) is new construx near downtown, a luxe townhome with views. The front unit on Highland just sold for $3.800M, so...

From the official description:

"4 bedrooms plus an elevator in over 2,500 sq feet of luxurious living space. Enjoy ocean and sunset views and take advantage of the close proximity to the vibrant and upscale shopping and dining district of Downtown Manhattan Beach. Amenities include ocean view deck with outdoor fireplace, wide-plank Oak floors, custom kitchen cabinets with Marble and stone counter tops and backsplash, central vac, 3+ car parking and more."

815 Crest starts at $3.799M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

424 Marine Place Manhattan Beach CA

424 Marine Place (3br/4ba, 1925 sqft.) is a newer modern TH that's the back-unit twin of 425 Marine Ave., now in escrow with a last list price of $2.397M. From the official description of 424 Marine Place:

"Beach Modern townhouse.. With a lot of natural sunlight, this townhouse is spacious and made for entertaining. Quality materials are on display with features such as smooth exterior stucco with mangeris wood siding, glass laminate garage doors, modern sleek design metal roof, large master suite including a private deck with French doors, spacious walk-in closet, custom stone in the bathroom. The top level features a large great room with high valued ceilings, open design with gourmet kitchen, Sub-Zero fridge and Professional Viking appliances throughout, Mahogany cabinetry, Fleetwood Disappearing sliders perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining. Also includes custom motorized solar shades and wood valance. Four car onsite parking..."

424 Marine starts at $2.199M and is open Sun. from 2-5pm. 

Tree Section

1820 John Street Manhattan Beach CA

1820 John (4br/5ba, 4125 sqft.) is a modern on a great block. More from the official description:

"4 bedrooms plus an office, 5 full bathrooms and plenty of storage space. You will find a private living room in front and a great room in the back that connects to a spacious, one of a kind, recently refurbished, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry and Caesar stone counter tops with a Carrera [sic] marble back splash. There are top end Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, a large pantry and wine storage room, plus a breakfast nook eating area. Note the 2-story ceilings and open floor plan leading out to a back yard with built in BBQ, a gas fire feature and plenty of space for entertaining. The master suite includes a fireplace, a separate sitting area, a walk-in closet, a large bathroom with two showers and a spa tub. The house was designed to maximize natural light through the large windows around the great room and skylights that illuminate the entire living area. There is a large balcony off the front with neighborhood views. The home has a 3 car garage modified for additional storage including surfboards, bikes, and other items."

1820 John starts at $3.500M and is open Sun. from 2-4pm.

3100 Palm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA

3100 Palm (4br/5ba, 3350 sqft.) is a radically restyled version of a 1980s house that had been worn down before it sold late last year for $2.325M. Imagine that: Flippers paying nearly full retail.

The re-do has saved the house, always nice to see. And it is 100% done with the styles and flavors of today. And it becomes just one of several options nearby for buyers looking to spend about $3M. More from the official description:

"[E]xquisitely rebuilt Cape Cod masterpiece located on a beautiful corner lot... Extreme Customization is evidenced throughout every inch of this magnificent property. Upon entrance through the 8 foot high Dutch front door you will experience soaring ceilings and natural light gleaming in. The home has been completely rebuilt and redesigned to experience the open concept living at its best. From the robust curb appeal featuring a 3 car garage to the smallest detail in the finishes, taste and thoughtfulness is experienced throughout every inch of the property. The home features a Smart Home technology integration system with innumerable security and convenience benefits. Every finishing feature is brand new and top quality including French Oak flooring, custom cabinetry with soft closing drawers in kitchen, bathrooms and all closets, Polarstone countertops throughout gourmet kitchen and large island, resin quartz freestanding tub and MUCH MORE. Wonderfully laid out for entertaining, HUGE Living Room with immediate access to a large yet tranquil patio as well as a Large Family Room, with 12 foot wide sliding door access to the back yard featuring drought resistant artificial turf and a barbecue area."

3100 Palm starts at $2.999M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm.

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205 Harkness Street Manhattan Beach CA

205 Harkness (2br/1ba, 1075 sqft.) is a very small house on a half lot that we've found pleasant in the past... if this is what you need. From the official description:

"Enjoy an almost completely renovated space that was completed just a few years back + more recent upgrades that make this home feel nearly brand new. This super cute, beach chic beauty has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, great kitchen, peaceful backyard space & a 1 car garage. All this and a Manhattan Beach address and fantastic school district for just over a million dollars -- a rare find in 2016! This home is light and airy and an outdoor living space that would make anyone envious! The updated finishes include stainless steel appliances, 2 gas fireplaces (indoor and outdoor), new world hickory wood floors, marble counter tops in kitchen and bathroom, double paned windows, French doors off master and kitchen, solo patio off master, surround sound and tankless water heater."

205 Harkness starts at $1.125M and is open Sun. from 1-4pm. 

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