Weekend Opens (8/7-8/8)

By Dave Fratello | August 7th, 2010
It's far quieter this weekend – slightly fewer Strand parties than last weekend, many fewer volleyball games and scattered, solitary ocean swimmers rather than chilly hordes.

As local housing inventory grows, there are more options for your afternoon touring. These include a Saturday-only option on the plateau (473 29th) and a Sunday option near Grandview that's a current MBC advertiser (532 24th).

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

861 10th is a big (5br/6ba, 4500 sq. ft.) Craftsman-inspired home featured here at MBC the other day in "Hey, Didn't They Just Buy That?" because the most recent sale closed just 5 weeks ago.

The home lasted only 4 days the first time around, launching in May this year in the thick of our Spring rally.

It's easy to see the appeal. The newer (2001) build is a slightly different take on a familiar layout, with a high-ceilinged living room at the entry that shares a 2-sided fireplace with the dining room, leading back to a large great room with high-end kitchen.

The hallway connecting front to rear features a quirkily charming built-in bookcase with ladder, a nod to an older time. Like that, you'll spot several Craftsmanesque details here and there. It's no Gamble House, but these hints of style give it some extra charm.

The 6000 sq. ft. lot is a bit smaller than you might expect, affording an adequate but not large yard, opening off the great room for a well-integrated indoor/outdoor living space.

Purchased in June this year for $2.635m, 861 10th starts anew at $2.699m. It's open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

532 24th (3br/3ba, 2200 sq. ft.) looks like a quaint, older cottage from the front, but its spaciousness inside is a great surprise. Dressed up in white with lots of light and beachy decor, it's a cozy treat.

The kitchen is fully updated, as is the main bath downstairs by the 2 kids' bedrooms. The current owners added a master suite above the garage in back, so that's all new as well.

Disclosure: You'll note that this home is currently advertised on MBC's front page. For that reason we'll limit our rhapsodizing here, and just urge you to check it out yourself.

532 24th starts at $1.379m, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

Upon on the plateau is 473 29th, a newer (2003), maxed-out (5br/5ba, 4150 sq. ft.) home that's making its second tour this year after an attempt to sell in 2009.

At the end of the plateau blocks in the 470s, lots of homes have something nice going for them – a quiet cul-de-sac here, a nice view there. Here on 29th you have one of the better views south and east out over the Tree Section that you'll find, a wide-open vista that's nicely framed from the top living level, but best captured in a picture window in a bedroom/office up front on the second floor. Mesmerizing.

The middle level – with the entry and that cool treetop-view office – features most of the bedrooms, including a nice master. Two more bedrooms are on the lower level with a surprisingly nice media room. Upstairs living spaces are bright, with a spacious balcony out front and more of those Tree Section views below.

The sellers paid $1.570m new in Aug. 2003, then went to work on the place before moving in, upgrading to hardwood floors, wiring the home with entertainment systems and other upgrades. 29th was offered for about 5 months last year at a start of $2.699m, and is back now at $2.649m.

473 29th is open Saturday only, 1-4pm.

Tree Section

622 Rosecrans (3br/2ba, 1500 sq. ft.) is a pleasant surprise. Like lots of homes fronting the busy, refinery-adjacent avenue, this one is tucked behind a tall fence. Inside, there's a sunny, tastefully landscaped yard and a nice outdoor living space that connects to the living room just inside the entry.

The listing calls the home "highly upgraded" and notes the fully modern kitchen, updated baths and other features.

With a front-to-back downslope, the home winds up with one bedroom up and two bedrooms downstairs, one opening onto a concrete patio heading out to the garage.

Without overstating it, the home feels bigger than its 1500 sq. ft. and the lot bigger than its 3625 sq. ft. There's more to like here than you'd imagine at first for a smallish home on Rosecrans.

622 Rosecrans was offered for 6 months starting last October for $1.160m. It begins anew just a dip lower at $1.095m, and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

757 36th (5br/6ba, 3725 sq. ft.) will be instantly familiar to anyone who saw 763 33rd, which very recently sold after more than 6 months on the market – last at $1.899m.

Though 36th is angular where 33rd was rounded, both are Spanish-inspired homes on street-to-alley lots with a patio/courtyard off the main living spaces rather than a yard. The layouts are extremely similar, with a little living room up front, great room in back, and terrific, spacious suites for the kids upstairs to go with a sizable master. As with 33rd, we'd note that the home will suit older kids and guests nicely.

36th is obviously closer to the refinery, but it's well-designed to hide that fact – no windows on the north side at all. Tall bamboo on the east side hides what would be views of the facility.

The finishes and décor at 36th don't seem as nice as we recall from 33rd, but there is a much bigger, taller garage at the current listing.

In the end, you'll probably want to see what 33rd closes at to figure a price for 36th, but 757 36th is already at $1.799m, a discount of $100k from the last list price at 33rd.

757 36th is open Sun. 2-4pm.

742 33rd (5br/5ba, 3975 sq. ft.) was developed late in the spec-building craze of the local bubble, running 250 DOM before selling in June 2008 for $2.7m. (See "An '07 Speckie Returns.")

The Cape Cod-inspired home is on a street-to-alley lot, putting the "spacious and playable" yard up front. (Per the listing.)

This one is offered back now for $2.449m.

742 33rd is open Sat. 2-4pm and Sun. 1-4pm.


If you're interested in any of these properties, or something else, and need help finding a good agent, please consider asking MBC. For more, please see our Agent Referrals page.

Please see our blog disclaimer.

Latest Listings Among
Manhattan Beach Homes For Sale