Weekend Opens (8/16-8/17)

By Dave Fratello | August 16th, 2008
To judge by the cold and even the thunderstorms, you'd think Summer is giving way to Fall a bit early this year. (Has anyone got Al Gore's number?)

But August is still August – few new listings right now as people hold back till Labor Day. Indeed, the Sand Section quite simply has nothing new to offer this week that's open, so MBC is taking the unprecedented step of skipping suggestions for weekend opens in that submarket. You're free to propose your own must-sees, of course.

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

511 N. Dianthus has just undergone a little mini-transformation and celebrates a second coming-out his week. The new price, $1.269m, is down -$160k/-11% from its start in late April.

And the 3br/2ba, 1900 sq. ft. "starter" was made more interesting by staging it with a 60s contemporary flair. The listing now implores:
Come and see how a good designer can make ordinary into extraordinary.
The listing agent, Kaye Thomas, has blogged about the staging process twice recently (see here, and here for the newest piece) and even posted before-and-after video.

Hey, it's no "Extreme Makeover," but that's a good thing. When was the last time your agent blogged about your listing? Open Sat. 1-4pm & Sun. 2-4pm.

914 2nd has drawn our notice a couple times already here. It's 1 of 5 active listings along 2nd St. in the Hills. This week the prop took its first cut, -$251k, and is now at $2.999m. Pretty luxurious. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

1308 Elm is the subject of a current poll at MBC (see "How Fast Will Cutie Go?"). Therefore we encourage your attendance this weekend and continued votes & comments.

There's no doubt that anything at this price point ($1.2m) is intriguing to a large number of people; hence the buzz when the listing was first announced.

How fast it will go depends on how nice people find it to be in person. We've heard pros and cons here in recent days. Check it out Sat. & Sun. 2-5pm.

2907 Pacific will get some second looks this weekend on account of the emergence of 1308 Elm at the same price. Pacific is larger (+500 sq. ft.) and more updated, but it's on Pacific north of Valley. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

We haven't heard much from 1829 Poinsettia recently. It's a very spiffed-up cottage that entered the market last year at an incredible $1.785m. (See "Aiming High on Poinsettia" and "Aiming High, Part II.")

Now, 450+ DOM later, it's got a "motivated seller" (per the BR listing) and a reduced price at $1.389m. That's still just a bit below $1,000/PSF, which isn't common for cottages – 3br/2ba, 1450 sq. ft., in this case – however delicious they might be. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

MBC readers already knew that 2611 Palm must sell – foreclosure proceedings have begun. (See "Palm Blues.") Now that's part of the BR advertising: "Bank Says Owner Must Sell," says the headline. Now at $1.999m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

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