Weekend Opens (8/22-8/23)

By Dave Fratello | August 22nd, 2009
You know where it's hot? Seattle. Portland.

And not? MB.

We're talking weather here, as our Summer flops along, chilly. A crest over 72 is news.

Fun activity: Note and report any open houses this weekend where they're running the fireplaces.

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

718 N. Poinsettia (6br/5ba, 5725 sq. ft.) is much bigger than it appears, including ample yard.

On top of a raft of nice standard features, there are plenty of extras, including the "oversized 3 car garage... with raised roof to accommodate a lift for a 4th car." Thinking big.

Location is no big plus – fairly busy Poinsettia at a 4-way stop with no views – so they'll need to compete on price. This week, the listing took a step down from $3.849m to $3.629m (-$220k/-6%).

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

420 36th (4br/4ba, 3000 sq. ft.) is a new ocean-view Tuscan near the northern edge of the plateau. It's oriented wide along 36th on a corner lot at Vista, rather than running deep from 36th.

Big, open spaces upstairs take advantage of the light and views. We always love those hideaway doors opening to a deck.

MBC hadn't put this one in the database previously or noted previous open houses. We mistakenly thought it was a condo. Alas, the listing has been around 4 months (began April 22 at $2.350m), though the current entry shows just 3 weeks – the agent changed brokerages and re-listed upon the move.

420 36th is open Sun. 2-4pm.

3611 Manhattan Ave. (3br/4ba, 2500 sq. ft.), the newly completed, visionary modern referenced in last week's open-house feature (remember that architectural video?), is open again, Sat. only this time, 1-3pm.

232 18th (3br/3ba, 1850 sq. ft.) is a TH at the corner of one of MBC's "Great Streets" (18th) and one of MB's value-killer streets, Highland.

A cute 1980 build with some nice updates. Priced at $1.599m.

Open Sun. 2-5pm.

Tree Section

2401 John (5br/5ba, 3500 sq. ft.) became the subject of MBC's newest pricing poll in part because of that bold start at $2.499m.

The first couple of reviews are in, and people are saying the finishes are high-caliber, but the location, near Marine, is going to be an issue. (See comments at "Pricing Poll: 2401 John.")

There's also a mini-debate opening up over the lack of a "formal," or separate, living room.

If you are thinking about voting in the poll, please drop by 2401 John, open Sun. 1-4pm.

768 31st (5br/5ba, 5200 sq. ft.) is custom new construction on another of MBC's "Great Streets" (31st this time). It's on the coveted south side of the block, meaning street-to-alley orientation down the hill, with garage on 30th.

This one's not on the MLS yet, but they did get the listing info the the Beach Reporter. The pic here is a rendering. More soon.

Meanwhile, the start is $3.775m, posted as open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

1900 Oak (4br/3ba, 2175 sq. ft.) is a 2005 acquisition up for resale today for somewhat less than the owners paid – even after some remodeling.

The home sold for $1.253m in Sept. 2005 and has cut now to $1.099m. To celebrate, it's open all weekend, Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

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