Weekend Opens (March 1-2)

By Dave Fratello | March 1st, 2008
Another weekend, another crop of opens...

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

916 9th was one of MBC's favorites in 2007 and is Mrs. MBC's pick of the week. The sellers began at the lofty price of $3.275m last year; they're starting this time at $2.895m. The great room/back yard combo is very large and almost perfect. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

923 1st was briefly the most expensive listing in MB, but a nicer home came on at $8m and now this one has chopped $250k to $7.750m. Time to let the riff-raff in again. (See "Unpredictable" for MBC's review.) Catch the sunset at a special open house Sunday: 4-5pm. And don't let them tell you it's "invitation only" – it's in the Beach Reporter!

Finally, 1100 John is newly up on offer at $1.259m. You might note that the little slug on the BR listing says "great location." We honestly can't imagine why they're saying that. Sun. 1-4pm.

Sand Section

Need a South End walkstreet home? Both listings on 6th St. are open Sunday – 408 6th ($2.340m) is open from 2-4pm and 528 6th (still $3.449m) from 1-4pm; 528 is also open Saturday. If you see 528, ask about the square footage. (See "Buyer, You'd Better Verify.")

228 29th Place spent 7 months on the market last year, starting at $3.049m. It's a custom modern home that's very crisp and offers lots of wows, though it's not for everyone. It's now up anew at $2.629m (-$420k/-14%) and is worth a look. It will sell this year, somehow. Sunday 1-4pm.

Go way up above Highland to see 429 29th Place, and for half the price ($1.249m) there's a little Spanish cottage with an ocean-peek deck.

Tree Section

534 14th is a large contemporary (ca. 1990) with sharp angles and ocean views. Not a home for young kids. That's not MBC's opinion – it's actually in the listing. Oh, and there's also the police report of crack-smoking and knifeplay on this very block just a couple weeks ago. (See the current Beach Reporter.) Unfortunate timing. Start price: $3.350m. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

3307 Poinsettia is new construction in the Trees, 5br/5ba and 3250 sq. ft., starting at $2.795m, very high PPSF ($860) given an average closer to $700 or below on most sales in the last 6 months. Open Sat. & Sun., 1-4pm.

Also, the Asian-inspired contemporary at 794 27th (at Pacific/27th) is worth a mention and a tour because it's cool, because it was featured in last weekend's LA Times "Hot Property" column and because, despite those things it has going for it, the owner this week decided to sell for a loss – it's now at $2.399m, down $200k from start and -$101k from the May 2006 purchase price. Open Sun. 1-4pm.

East Manhattan

We can't sort through all the options for you, but we'll say this
there seems to have been an explosion of inventory in East Manhattan over the last week or two. If that's where you're looking, check the listings and drive around; there are lots of new ones.

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