Weekend Opens (8/21-8/22)

By Dave Fratello | August 21st, 2010
The new slimmed down, trimmed down, back-to-basics AVP Manhattan Open nearly got under way Friday, then stopped.

Turns out, no need for a Friday qualifying round, after all. If you registered, you're in, starting Saturday.

This photo captures the area south of the MB pier Friday afternoon, where you would have expected to see a massive grandstand, had AVP not failed last week, and where you might have seen some qualifying games Friday, had they been happening.

They say the weekend will be plenty busy, though. Games start Saturday and Sunday at 9am.

Of course, there will be time for open houses as well...

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!).

We ask MBC readers who visit the featured homes, or any open house, to also report back in the comments here. Tell us what you see, what you like and what you don't like.

Hill Section

813 Duncan (5br/4ba, 4075 sq. ft.) is a large, early-90s home low on the Hill with an upside-down layout to feature its top-floor views of PV and the ocean blue.

The home boasts a fairly recent remodel which, while extensive, didn't fully bring the kitchen into the 21st century. It's nice, if not opulent.

There is plenty of space, though – enough to get lost, with a big great room and patio upstairs plus a view living room up front, all 5 bedrooms on the middle level, and a vast basement entertainment complex that technically doesn't figure in the square footage. (A few people could live down there, and we don't mean just by refusing to go home at night.)

Location is nearly across the street from Robinson Elementary and closer to the beach than you may realize. There's nothing else quite like it in the Hills now.

813 Duncan starts at $2.585m, and is open Sun. 2-4pm.

Sand Section

515 23rd (2br/3ba, 2550 sq. ft.) is a very custom home that's full of surprises.

While you may be accustomed to seeing little beach cottages along the gaslight streets, this newer (2001) home has the ambition, modern feel and touches of a far bigger home you might see in the Hills or Trees. (They call the style here French Normandy.)

Next, you enter into the glorious, wide-open indoor-outdoor space pictured here, tucked behind a private entry gate. With the wall stashed away, it's an utterly unique, well-integrated setup. Note the use of the same flooring indoors and out – it's meant to be open. For several months a year in MB's climate, this is an amazing asset you can really use.

The balance of the downstairs spaces keep pace nicely, and then you notice something surprising upstairs: There are 2 bedrooms. These are the only ones in the house. And they're both splendid, large, fully-appointed master suites unto themselves. One boasts a patio out front with nice views over the Tree Section, including the steeple at Martyrs.

Two bedrooms. Two masters. Now that's a custom home, looking for a buyer who needs exactly what it's got.

515 23rd starts at $2.149m, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

1812 Elm (4br/3ba, 3060 sq. ft.) is another newer (2004), custom home in a week that's got a few unique offerings. This time, don't worry about big challenges to convention, though.

Elm is a luxe, custom Mediterranean that features one of the most pleasing indoor/outdoor great rooms we've seen. You enter through one small courtyard with fountain, walk back to the kitchen/great room combo and have your choice of 2 outdoor spaces – a middle courtyard (with fountain) set up as a conversational/dining space, or the back yard (with fireplace) that's set up now for more formal dining. The home seems to constantly beckon you outside. And you really should go outside.

Though we're accustomed to terrific kitchens in newer MB homes, Elm's seemed especially stately with its tall, beautiful custom cabinets. An office nearer the front could serve as a formal living room, too, though it also qualifies as the home's 4th bedroom when you slide the pocket doors closed.

The master suite up front – with balcony – is quite nice, as you'll expect from the fine execution downstairs, but the 2 remaining bedrooms are on the small side.

1812 Elm is a variation on the very similar 2100 Walnut (4br/4ba, 3200 sq. ft.), a 2000-built home that's a bit bigger and in escrow now. (Listed at $1.999m; we'd expect a deal within 5% of that.) Elm has more outdoor living space downstairs and the bedroom configurations upstairs are very different.

1812 Elm begins at $1.890m, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.


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