Weekend Opens (9/9-9/10/17)

By Dave Fratello | September 9th, 2017

Do you happen to remember roasting all last weekend?

It's 72 and sunny again, a perfect weekend here when it's all too painfully obvious that some of our fellow Americans are having, or about to have, a very tough time. Thoughts and prayers now going out to Florida and the Caribbean islands already affected by Hurricane Irma.

It is wonderful to see MB giving back and helping those in need. City residents "adopted" the city of Cleveland, Texas, and shipped out several trucks' worth of relief supplies. (This photo shows the delivery in Cleveland.)

Many hundreds of Manhattan Beach families participated by crafting packages, and several residents took the initiative to rent U-Haul trucks to deliver it all. (See more in this new DigMB story, "Distribution of Donations Begins in Cleveland, TX," or the original post about MB's "adoption" of Cleveland.)

For a different kind of feel-good local story, enjoy another post and accompanying video from Friday's rare and wonderful event in which MB students spoke directly to a Space Station astronaut. (See "MB Students Talk to Space Station.") You'll be reminded: This is a great town.

Friday's brokers' open offerings were the most extensive since May, reflecting a surge in inventory, as expected, post-Labor Day. Our video this week includes 1147 8th2504 Pine, 332 7th and more:

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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.

East MB

1147 8th Street Manhattan Beach CA1147 8th (4br/4ba, 2075 sqft.) is a true surprise.

Maybe the exterior doesn't draw you in. Maybe the smallish galley kitchen and modest living room at the entry don't sizzle.

Keep going.

1147 8th Street Manhattan Beach CABeyond the 3br on the top level, you'll encounter a most unexpected backyard entertainment dreamland, featuring a glassed-in conservatory, pool/spa with waterfall and, up above it all, a spacious, fully open outdoor room ("Tuscan pavilion," per the listing) with wet bar, fireplace and TV. Talk about the California lifestyle!

Back inside the house, a lower level provides a large den and there's a dedicated wine room with temperature control.

1147 8th Street Manhattan Beach CAThe listing describes 4br, but we didn't see that 4th anywhere. You could sleep in the downstairs den, but in general we don't know where that's supposed to be.

Is the home a bit dated? Do the floorboards creek? Could it use some brightening up here and there? Sure, but this is one of those homes that makes you want to do the work, because of all that comes along with it.

Maybe you weren't looking for a home exactly like this, but finding it, you may be dazzled.

More from the official description:

"This entertainer's oasis is really a visual crescendo. The front house has mid-century charm with hardwood floors and easy one level living with a six car driveway. As you go further into this over-sized 8,000 square foot property (lot), you enter a stunning conservatory overlooking beautiful salt water pool with oversized jacuzzi overflowing into the pool below. Just behind the water you see a magnificent Tuscan pavilion with mahogany folding retractable wall. Once inside, you have arrived… the pavilion has it all: style, high arched ceilings, heated floor, full sized custom kitchen, fireplace, waterfall and custom furniture (included). Step outside to the West you will find yourself under a perfectly shaped wisteria tree offering beauty, quaint atmosphere and tranquility."

Fun fact: Today's the first time in more than 10 years of the MB Confidential blog that we've used the word "conservatory." It was time.

1147 8th begins at $2.249M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

23 Village Circle Manhattan Beach CA23 Village Circle (4br/4ba, 3200 sqft.) is one of the single-family homes behind the gates in the Village. These don't come up often.

The 1984 build has recently undergone a series of renovations to prepare it for sale: new maple wood flooring, updated kitchen, baths given the travertine tile treatment, and new windows, to cover the main bases.

23 Village Circle Manhattan Beach CAAs to the Plan 5 floor plan, you have open common rooms at the entry and the back, with the modestly sized kitchen along one side. The first floor also hosts the master suite. There's a smallish yard with grass and grape vines, which looks out over rooftops and toward the Marriott from this elevated location.

Upstairs, one bedroom has two sides open to the 2-story living room (which you might keep if it's an office, and might close in if it's a bedroom) and there is a large "bonus room" with no closet. 

The whole project poses that interesting question: If you've got a very dated home to sell, should you do a chunk of renovations to prep it for sale, or let the buyers imagine the remodel and conduct it instead?

23 Village Circle Manhattan Beach CAMore from the official description:

"[E]xtensively upgraded, designer quality Estate Home in the highly desirable guard gated community-Manhattan Village. This popular Plan 5 model with Master Suite on ground level is enhanced by the grandness of the multi level ceilings creating an open and bright ambiance and includes a spacious Bonus Room, only available in select locations. This 4 Bedroom (or 3 Bdrm./Den/Office), 3.5 Bath estate home sits on a Private, elevated, all new landscaped lot with timer controlled sprinklers and enhanced by mountain views from rear of house. Several of the extensive, superior quality upgrades include; Kitchen: quartz counter tops, including island accented with designed glass subway tile backsplash, all new GE appliances (Profile/cooktop) including refrigerator; all new maple hand-scraped wood flooring throughout first level, including the upstairs landing, bonus room and bdrm./den; brand new carpet in all bedrooms. Upstairs baths - all new travertine flooring, tumbled marble and subway tile showers with all new quartz counters and fixtures; new dual paned windows throughout and new A/C system/Carrier 5 ton."

23 Village Circle begins at $2.750M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

1561 Mathews Avenue Manhattan Beach CA1561 Mathews (6br/7ba, 5665 sqft.) presents a curious case. They tried to sell this as new construx for 2 years, eventually closing for $2.710M in December 2016.

Now it's back at a substantial markup, seeking $3.379M, a 25% increase. From the official description:

"This grand home sits on a large corner lot in East Manhattan Beach and is conveniently located to Mira Coast High School. The Spacious Family Room Opens to Beautifully Appointed Gourmet Kitchen with Massive Stone Center Island, Stainless Steel Appliances, Including Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Wolf Range, Bosch Dishwasher, Wine Cooler and Walk-In Pantry; Formal Dining Room with Trey Ceiling and Recessed Lighting; Master Suite has Expansive Walk-In Closet with Built-Ins, Fireplace and Large Private Balcony; Two Offices, Laundry Room, Elevator and Wood Floors Throughout; Entertainment Sized Backyard with Tile Patio..."

1561 Mathews begins at $3.379M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

1905 Manzanita Lane Manhattan Beach CA1905 Manzanita (4br/2ba, 1845 sqft.) is a largely original Liberty Village cottage that had some additions made way-back-when, perhaps the late 1960s, attaching a large family room in back, plus 2 additional bedrooms and a bath.

This one's going to need another round of true remodeling, however, and that might include shifting around some walls. There have been some very creative remodels in the LV recently that we've seen, and this one just seems likely to get the treatment. More from the official description:

"[F]ormal living room, family room, large backyard, updated roof, updated interior and exterior paint, partial hardwood flooring, mid-century modern style brick fireplace and an attached single car garage are just some of the fine selling points of this charming beach home. Situated in the heart of Liberty Village, just a few blocks from Polliwog Park and MBMS, this is an outstanding opportunity to gain homeownership in sought after Manhattan Beach. Updated with fresh paint, beautifully maintained original hardwood floors and a recent upgrade to the roofing, this home is ready for new memories. There is a lot of potential to either remodel and give the home a fresh start or build to suit..."

1905 Manzanita begins at $1.570M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

1187 Longfellow Drive Manhattan Beach CA1187 Longfellow (5br/3ba, 2750 sqft.) is a half-acre lot that is a huge opportunity in one of the most private, prestigious neighborhoods of East Manhattan.

The $4.500M price tag for just the starting point - a plot of land - will deter the average buyer, but that's OK. This is an elite location that will command something like that big price.

A recent comp on the lower side of the street at 1158 Longfellow just sold for $4.650M. This lot at 1187 is generally more favorable in shape and physical location, with a big slice of a curving hillside and a rise toward the back of the lot. You could have pretty special views over treetops and rooftops to the east from a second story at the rear of the lot.

In the listing, they are making it sound as if one might wish to update the existing single-story 1960s house (a virtual museum), but that seems terribly unlikely at this price point. More from the official description:

1187 Longfellow Drive Manhattan Beach CA"Classic Manhattan Beach style located on a desirable private cul-de-sac! [sic]* Lots of open space for outdoor living, recreation and entertaining. Enjoy a large deck that looks out onto a lush, grassy, fenced yard, just perfect for BBQs and alfresco dining year-round. This home features an open floor plan that is ideal for small or large gatherings. Spacious vaulted ceiling family room, elegant living room highlighted by custom fireplace, formal and casual dining areas, and a wine bar. All the bedrooms, including the master suite, are on the first floor. The oversized master has French doors that open to reveal a gorgeous garden area. Pamper yourself in the master bath with dual-sink vanity and luxurious spa tub."

* The listing describes Longfellow as a cul-de-sac. That would be a dead-end road, but in this case, Longfellow wraps around and becomes Ronda on the north side of the bend where this home is located. Not a cul-de-sac.

1187 Longfellow begins at $4.500M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Tree Section

2504 Pine Avenue Manhattan Beach CA2504 Pine (5br/5ba, 3600 sqft.) is a 2007-built Mediterranean with a spacious and bright basement media room.

2504 Pine Avenue Manhattan Beach CAWe've seen plenty of the Mediterraneans from the previous building cycle come to market. This one has a solid, quality feel to it that puts it in an upper tier. The flooring and kitchen cabinets are dark-stained wood, there's granite for the countertops, and the finish to the master bath is original in the style of the time as well. Still, there is a sense that much was done right.

Fresh paint and modern staging do help a great deal to draw your eyes to the possibilities with this one, in contrast to leaving you to wallow in the feeling of a dated home, which we've seen once too often recently with Mediterraneans. Good presentation. More from the official description:

2504 Pine Avenue Manhattan Beach CA"The European style estates glow bright in the Manhattan Tree Section... [I]ts attraction from the street is enough to make one pull into the driveway, because it’s just so authentically Tuscan. The palm tree as well as olive tree is impeccable as if a designer ordered them there. The home itself has so much to offer. Its architecture is alluring with its detail of vaulted ceiling, perfectly placed columns and archways. Also it captures all the expectations one would have of a 5 bedroom estate home and then some. It has a large open kitchen great room with nook open to the backyard and a basement/playroom with windows offering up plenty of natural light. Wide plank distressed walnut hardwood floors, gourmet appliance, a grand staircase with custom railings and a grassy backyard beside the flagstone patio."

2504 Pine begins at $2.999M and is open Sat. & Sun. 2-4pm.

Worth noting: This home is also offered for lease at $11,000/mo.

746 31st Street Manhattan Beach CA746 31st (4br/3ba, 3525 sqft.) is an early-90s custom home with some updates.

Upstairs features 3br while the fourth is a smallish study-size room downstairs just off the entry. Formal living and dining rooms benefit from high ceilings.

With the garage tucked in back, the home's frontage is undisturbed and on the treasured tree-canopied block. The private backyard really runs along the sunny southwestern portion of the lot and is paved.

More from the official description:

"One of the best streets in the Tree Section! Located on the south side of 31st Street with a street-to-street lot and an attached 2 car garage. This home centers around a large, private hard-scaped backyard, which extends the living space and offers exceptional year round enjoyment of the outdoor space. The home opens to dramatic two-story ceilings in the formal living room that are accented by an impressive wall of floor to ceiling windows. Just beyond the living room, the home opens to the formal dining room which features a fireplace & an elegant, contemporary chandelier that dresses up the room for formal entertaining. A main floor bedroom suite is also located nearby. The custom chef’s kitchen features a grand center island. The family room is an natural extension of the kitchen gathering area that then moves to the private backyard. A wall of french doors opens direct to the hardscaped yard which is a wonderful place to enjoy the near perfect, year round beach weather. Upstairs, the master bedroom suite is warm and inviting with charming gable ceiling detail. The master bath features a claw foot soaking tub separate from the walk-in shower. The master suite enjoys a private deck which overlooks the backyard."

746 31st Street begins at $3.149M and is open Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

332 7th Street Manhattan Beach CA332 7th (5br/5ba, 4300 sqft.) is a flat walkstreet custom Cape Cod with a somewhat unusual floorplan. To get to 4300 sqft., as stated in the listing, some of that space comes from a large basement, which is set up both as a media/living room and with lots of storage. The very top floor has a den with wet bar and a deck.

With only about 3600 sqft. above ground, the city permitted just a 2-car garage, so the first floor main living spaces, including the open kitchen, are not scrunched.

This home has been offered quietly and publicly for much of the past year, with about 3 months on market from the end of 2016 to early 2017, at $5.995M. It's now up $5K higher. From the official description:

"[E]legant custom built home, located on undoubtedly one of the best flat walk streets in all of Manhattan Beach. The homes [sic] dramatic architectural presence has Cape Cod influences coupled with a timeless traditional feel. This home features quality craftsmanship and design with stunning attention to detail, intricate woodwork, high vaulted ceilings, crown molding and custom built-ins throughout. The home is centered around a gourmet chefs kitchen with top-of-the line-appliances and large eat-in island. Enjoy four separate living room areas, a lovely private in-laws quarters, and spacious rooftop patio."

332 7th Street begins at $6.000M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

205 37th Place Manhattan Beach CA205 37th Place (2br/1ba, 706 sqft.) is a small El Porto half lot cottage/bungalow. From the official description:

"Wonderful things come in small packages and this property, is just the epitome of that. This is a perfect opportunity to obtain a single-family residence in the desirable North Sand Section of Manhattan Beach. Imagine a cozy beach bungalow west of Highland and only a short distance where sun, sand and surf meet. When you enter this delightful cottage, you are greeted by an abundance of light and warm hardwood floors. The freshly painted interior, kitchen with white tile and a Wolf range with a French rack conveniently stores cooking utensils. The spacious breakfast bar gives nice division to the space and has ample room for dishware below. From the large corner window enjoy a glimpse of the ocean that beckons you to appreciate what South Bay living is all about."

205 37th Street begins at $1.400M and is open Sun. 1-4pm.

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