Weekend Opens (9/23-9/24/17)

By Dave Fratello | September 23rd, 2017

Maybe you don't think about history and Manhattan Beach much, but it's true: People came here before us. They built. Now we enjoy.

There are buildings, there's infrastructure and there are traditions.

And what's top of mind now is the 40-year anniversary of the MB10K, coming up in 2 weeks. (If you're "not ready," there's still time to train. And, heck, the race is always open to walkers and waddlers anyway.)

An appreciation of the history of the 10K is new online at DigMB.com. The event has no "lead sponsor" but has nontheless attracted support from all over town and, in turn, the race has given back to the community in droves. (See DigMB's post for more.)

For bonus reading, enjoy DigMB's prior post about the voice of the MB10K, Susie Young.

And back to history... You ought to know Jan Dennis, former mayor and longtime Manhattan Beach historian. She recently completed her 8th book about MB, "A Thread in the Tapestry," largely focused on the development of Sepulveda Blvd. but with plenty of colorful history of the development of our town. See more on DigMB and grab a copy at pages: a bookstore downtown.

And from the current moment, we can all be proud of Manhattan Beach's town-wide effort to aid families in Cleveland, TX, who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. That's a good sort of tradition to start..

Our video this week includes a couple of listings not open to the public: 432 9th (call Dave for a showing) and 1555 8th (asking $2.800M but not on MLS... call Dave), plus 300 Kuhn, as well as many of the others referenced below:

Email subscribers and some mobile users will need to use this link to view the video.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, use MB Confidential's online list of Manhattan Beach open houses (it's mobile-friendly!). Our open house link always appears in our weekly wrapups and on the main front page, under "Open Houses."

Below, click any address link to view all photos and property details. And don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right above the main listing photo to get immediate display of all the listing photos at once.

Listings appearing here come from the whole MB market and may or may not be represented by MB Confidential author Dave Fratello.

Sand Section

105 Crest105 Crest Drive Manhattan Beach CA (3br/4ba, 2325 sqft.) is a South End early 90s townhome with some views and updates. More from the official description:

"This freestanding townhouse is in an exceptional south end location, 2 blocks to the sand, a short walk to Robinson School, and close to downtown shops and restaurants! Park your car, with room for 2 guest parking, and walk to everything you need! This striking freestanding townhouse features a spacious entertaining top floor with ocean views, built in library, fireplace, and an oversized viewing deck, plus another for the BBQ. All bedrooms are generous in size and each boasts an outdoor deck, ensuite bathroom and plenty of storage. Given the width of the lot, each floor feels spacious and in addition to the 2 car garage there is off-street parking for 2 guests."

105 Crest begins at $2.499M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

2215 Alma Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2215 Alma (3br/3ba, 2430 sqft.) is a custom SFR with a 3rd story added to capture some truly magnificent views from the crest of the hill. Master and deck are on the top floor; middle floor has 2br, kitchen and some living space. An open living room is on the first floor.

More from the official description:

"Perfectly situated on a wonderful corner lot in the Manhattan Sand Section comes this bright and airy art inspired home with sleek lines and stunning curb appeal. Updated throughout... with some of the most captivating ocean views from PV to Malibu that will simply take your break away. Enjoy ocean views and a breeze on all three levels. A few short blocks from the sand and strand this home is also unique in that it has 4-5 car parking on site. Location, parking, and massive ocean views..... the perfect sand section home to create a lifetime of memories."

2215 Alma begins at $3.199M and is open Sat. only 1-4pm.

Tree Section

2517 Elm2517 Elm Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (2br/2ba, 1575 sqft.) echoes with classic vibes, with wood-paneled walls, PV stone fireplace and various original features. Sure, the value is primarily in the land, but it's got its charms as it stands today.

More from the official description:

"This is an incredible opportunity for a Developer or Owner User to Remodel or Build their Dream Home in the prime Manhattan Beach 'Tree Section'. First time on the market in over 50 years. The single level home features 2 Bedrooms includes master suite,13/4 baths. Spacious open living room with stone fireplace and dining area with hardwood floors, galley kitchen, 1577 square feet plus a Hobby room over the detached 2 car garage."

2517 Elm begins at $1.495M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

1208 Ardmore1208 N Ardmore Avenue Manhattan Beach CA (2br/1ba, 850 sqft.) is touted as Sand Section home but it's technically Tree Section, with a great downtown-adjacent location. Zoning here is "Sand Section-like" in the special south Martyrs hill area, with a 3 story/30' height limit.

The 3200 sqft. lot could be redeveloped with a new home with more than 5000 sqft. Traffic on Ardmore, of course, is substantial. More from the official description:

"Walk to everything! The beach, local restaurants and specialty shops. You can even walk to get your groceries! This charming beach home is move in ready with brand new floors and new paint inside and out. Live in now and build your dream home later. Per the City of Manhattan Beach Parcel Report, Max Bldg Floor Area: 5,094; Max Height: 30'; Max Stories: 3."

1208 Ardmore begins at $1.850M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

East MB

1226 10th1226 10th Street Manhattan Beach CA (6br/5ba, 3435 sqft.) is an unusual property at one point in a prior listing showing as almost 3 separate units.

The home's been greatly upgraded and still boasts a bonus space and separate 1br/1ba "in-law unit" in back off the driveway. Per the official description:

"This is a rare opportunity to obtain a property that can comfortably accommodate today's expanded family living arrangements as well as work-at-home requirements. This property features a 2,034 sf main house with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a spacious, 1,100 sf 1 bed, 1 bath apartment-style in law unit; perfect for those needing in-law quarters nearby! For those seeking space with a completely private entrance for home office, there is a 300 sf bonus studio with closet and bath. Inside the main home, tall vaulted ceilings in the living room enhance the open entertaining areas. Custom built-ins offer fantastic storage & organization options, and a floor to ceiling brick fireplace is a great focal design point to this inviting space. The formal dining area opens to the living room seamlessly engaging guests and family alike. Built-in buffet cabinets add a functional design element. The detached in-law quarters feature a kitchen with pantry, full bath, 1 bedroom with walk-in closet & a living room and dinette area. It has high vaulted ceilings, A/C, a laundry room inside the unit, & a private, 90 sf deck that steps down to the 25 x 50 rear yard. The 300 sf bonus studio has a completely separate entrance from the main house and features a combined bedroom/living area, mirrored closet doors and a private bath. The oversized, side-by-side 3 gar garage and deep driveway is a huge added bonus to this property..."

1226 10th begins at $1.999M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

300 Kuhn Drive Manhattan Beach CA300 Kuhn (20,870 sqft. lot) is at the top of the hill, east of Sepulveda and in sight of the historic road.

Anyone can ask whatever they like, but in this case, the seemingly rare, very large lot (about a half acre) has a very recent couple of comps in the same neighborhood:

1158 Longfellow (26,650 sqft.) at $4.650M in Aug. 2017, and

1187 Longfellow (22,100 sqft.), priced at $4.500M and immediately snapped up last week.

Both of those are lower down in a very quiet area that many readers perhaps have never visited.

300 Kuhn starts at $8.200M and is open Sat. 1-3pm and Sun. 12-2pm.


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