Weekend Opens (8/23-8/24)

By Dave Fratello | August 23rd, 2008
No one is rushing to push new listings out the door these days, with Labor Day around the corner. Inventory is scaling down a bit, with more and more quitters and few new listings.

But there's plenty to see this weekend. We're revisiting a few listings that we have suggested in the past and which remain available.

If you visit one of our recommended listings, be sure to tell the agent that MBC sent you.

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

218 N. Dianthus
began near $7m (at $6.75m) in March, and has now dwindled below $6m (to $5.995m). There's a lot to love in this vast, 4br/5ba, 5600 sq. ft. home. We called the living spaces "robust and opulent" in our first take in March, but also noted some layout oddities.

The listing language is a tad grandiose:
  • "One of the most beautiful homes ever built in Manhattan Beach"
  • "The kitchen is a workspace showcase with ... an island the size of Capri."
  • "[T]ruly a symphony for the senses."
Surely you'll want to see the reality that inspired those words, even if they are those of a salesman. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

717 10th is a sharp, appealing modern home with big ocean views. Offers 5br/4ba and 4250 sq. ft. on a 5800 sq. ft. lot. Still at $3.850m, a tad more than $1m above the Oct. 2004 purchase price. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

220 19th is gorgeous, and the sellers know it. That's why they believe the 2001 home will command $5.2m or so – a nice return on their $2.1m purchase price from that year. (That's +$3.1m/+148% over almost 7 years – covering pretty much the whole boom/bubble period.)

For that $5m+, you get a walkstreet home near downtown with 5br/4ba, 4325 sq. ft. on 3 levels with an elevator. Open Sun. 2-5pm.

3020 Alma 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 ninth week, down $150k from start at $1.395m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

317 5th is a large contemporary (circa 1993) on the alley corner at Crest, priced now at $3.1m. When it first hit in the Spring, MBC said it was "priced competitively at $3.2m," and that seemed to be the conventional wisdom way-back-when, in early April. Now, 5th is one of several listings amid the "Quiet Walkstreets" – the flat walkstreets south of downtown that just aren't moving like a lot of folks expected. It could be that people just are not into the older contemporaries. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

You know it's a greatest-hits edition when we mention 4419 Highland, the Gateway to Manhattan Beach – passed by many, purchased by none. Now offered for more than 450 days, on its third agent, and sporting new banners touting a lease-option purchase opportunity (caveat emptor) and extra parking spaces. Currently at $1.265m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

3314 Laurel is a slick showpiece (4br/3ba, 3450 sq. ft.). Pay no attention to that 1985 construction date. Inside, you've got a new home, almost, with an extremely careful, competent, beachy remodel. It's no surprise they had a quick taker when this one first hit the market in early July – it's appealing – though that deal didn't work out. Two months later, it's still at $1.879m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

608 33rd is priced the same as 3314 Laurel, but we don't get it quite the same.

Outside, it's kinda Spanish. Inside, contemporary, but dated. (We trust you know what we mean.) There's a ton of space (4br/3ba, 3700 sq. ft.) but also a lot of work to be done if you want to make it yours. Priced at $1.879m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

700 35th is newer (built in 2003) and scores points for size (5br/4ba, 3675 sq. ft.), yard and location – on a corner lot at Flournoy, facing west. It's the subject of MBC's newest pricing poll, so we encourage voters or potential voters to tour the home, evaluate it and vote here before late Sunday night. Vital details – purchased for $2.482m in July 2006, now at $2.649m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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