Weekend Opens (8/29-8/30)

By Dave Fratello | August 29th, 2009
Happy Labor Day to readers – oh, no, that's technically next week. Who can tell?

If you're around this weekend, there are not many brand-new listings (give it another week or 2), but we are suggesting a few that haven't made the weekend recommendations list before.

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

801 1st (4br/3ba, 2800 sq. ft.) has nice Cape Cod styling and a traditional feel in a home that's just 10 years old.

The interior is sweet and cozy in parts. Traditional style, some views, nice breezes, updates – with space that's neither too much nor too little.

Location isn't helping, though – the home runs along sometimes-busy Ardmore. After a debut at $2.095m, it's stuck now at $1.999m.

Time to figure out what the location discount is here.

Sellers paid $1.050m in Dec. 2000, right at the upswing of the last cycle. With the tradeoffs involved, what can it fetch in 2009? Open Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

2516 Alma (2br/2ba, 1400 sq. ft.) offers something affordable midtown near parks and the beach. It's a 50s cottage with some updates, no real transcendent features, but it's simple beach living. (The listing language is some of the most neutral and literal we've read in a while.)

2516 Alma was last purchased exactly 5 years ago, Aug. 27, 2004, at $1.199m, and is now offered at the same price. (Click on the link and look at the sales history via Redfin – the home sold every 2 years from 1998-2004, more than doubling in value – well, price – in that span.)

Open Sun. 1-4pm.

3520 Alma (3br/3ba, 1800 sq. ft.) makes this week's list even though it's a TH. As long as we've got you up on Alma we figured you've got to see the "man cave."

The home's got ocean views, a decent amount of space and ultimate walkability around El Norte, whether it's coffee, El Tarasco or that new strip club (er, burlesque establishment?) that you're interested in.

The "man cave" is bonus space in the garage – think Jason Bateman in "Juno," but more fratboy, less indie rock. All for $1.185m. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Why hasn't 517 Longfellow (4br/4ba, 3650 sq. ft.) caught on yet? A new cut to $1.795m might help. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

429 7th is open again, but also still stuck at $2.1m. Great block, but someone needs to press "reset" on the price field. Open Sun. 2-4pm.

Tree Section

768 31st is now officially on the market (last week it was previewed before hitting the MLS).

So now we can point to the official size (5br/4ba, 5200 sq. ft.) and we can attest that last week's list price was the real thing: $3.775m.

There's a buzz that they've already rejected an offer near $3.5m. That's a nice chunk of change to come along in Week 1. Maybe you'd better hurry if you want to see this one.

Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

660 33rd (5br/6ba, 4475 sq. ft.) is long-running new construction that has not gotten a serious bite.

It dropped off the MLS last week, made a recent foreclosure list as one headed to auction, and now has switched agents and brokerages.

It also got a tiny markup from $2.379m to $2.395m in the process. There's still a lot we don't know here – REO or no? – but the home is open all weekend for those inclined to ask. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Take your pick of 3 little cottages near $1m:
  • 607 23rd is a little old cottage (3br/1ba, 1000 sq. ft.) on a full-size lot (4400 sq. ft.). The land is the main asset here, but we keep seeing the little places go to buyers who just want in.
Price began at $1.225m; it's back on a re-list with a "motivated" seller at $1.075m. Open Saturday only, 1-4pm.
  • 758 29th is really small (2br/1ba, 600 sq. ft., no missing digit there) but in a nice, sleepy part of town between Laurel and Agnes.
You hate to see cute little cottages like this get scraped, but then again, you could be shocked to see people pay $1,600 sq. ft. to live in them. Priced at $959k. Open Sun. 1-4pm.
  • 3204 Pacific (3br/2ba, 1275 sq. ft.) began at $1.029m, and has trickled down to $975k. Plenty of back yard space is a nice plus.
Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

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