Weekend Opens (8/30-8/31)

By Dave Fratello | August 30th, 2008
They ended Summer before anyone was ready.

Mainly that means this Labor Day weekend is a stay-cation kind of long weekend for a lot of MB locals – travel is behind us.

Some of the newer listings looking forward to a big Fall Selling Season are eager for your attention if you are around – especially 3 new offerings in the Sand.

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

Saturday is only the second time we've seen 312 S. Dianthus (pictured) posted as open.

It's a 5br/5ba, 4475 sq. ft. home with ocean views. We most recently described this one in detail due to its wildly fluctuating prices (see "How Quickly Things Change.") Current price of $2.850m is down $899k from its highest point. Open ONLY Sat. 2-4pm.

511 N. Dianthus is a 3br/2ba, 1900 sq. ft. "starter" that recently was made more interesting by staging it with a 60s contemporary flair. Now at $1.269m, and also open ONLY Sat. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

After a bit of a drought in the Sand, we have 3 new listings open this weekend:

510 23rd (pictured) is a new Spanish near Grandview school, offering 4br/4ba and 3200 sq. ft., including a 2-room basement. On a street-to-alley lot on a quiet block. Starts at $2.399m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

217 32nd Pl boasts ocean views from the top floor, but you'll have to get past the alley/alley location.

It's new construction offering 4br/4ba and 3050 sq. ft. maxed out on an 1800-sq.-ft. corner lot. Starts at $2.799m. Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

444 36th is an updated 1950s-era cottage, with 3br/3ba and 1800 sq. ft. The lot is street-to-alley.

There's a claim of ocean views here from the master, though we see a lot of rooftops in the way. Starts at $1.549m. Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

616 29th was first offered in late April. It's a 3-year-old Craftsman with 4br/5ba and 3500 sq. ft. As we've said before, we don't find the exterior styling authentic. But many of the interior spaces are sweet and spacious. The home has recently been staged to gussy it up.

Here's a startling example of flatness in the market. Seller paid $2.425m almost exactly 3 years ago, on Aug. 22, 2005. They're asking $2.425m now, after a relocation. (See "Job Transfer Blues," featuring this home and 2 others.)

Hey, wait, that's a loss after costs of sale, isn't it? And there's the related problem of how inventory, including new stuff, is clustering closer to $2.3m. Uh-oh. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

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