What $6.9M Gets You

By Dave Fratello | June 12th, 2018

Uncannily, there are two recent sales at the same (big) price.

If you happened to have $6.900M to spend, which would you have taken?

Enjoy a flight of fancy here. Really fancy.

617 Anderson Street Manhattan Beach CA617 Anderson (6br/7ba, 6450 sqft.) is a home we were happy to call "a special property" full of "joy, beauty and craftsmanship" on our first reference here at MBC.

Maybe you know Anderson. It's a Hill Section block that runs only from 8th south to 2nd Street, and because it's east of Poinsettia, there are quite few view locations on the street. Much of this 6-block street is carved up into smaller lots with "tall and skinny" homes. There are larger lots like this 6500 sqft. plot mixed in.

Now, several of the larger lots are well-utilized, with large homes sprawling across them. Whatever the other contenders, 617 Anderson may well be the best among them all.

The home was custom-built in 2014 for a top-shelf client by a top-shelf local builder. When they said in the listing for this one that it was built with "no expense spared," you could really believe it.

You enter into a large, open space with skylights brightening the stairway and hallways upstairs. In back, the family room and open kitchen are huge, with high ceilings, and look out through tall sliders to the backyard, which features an outdoor room with fireplace. There's even a small pool & spa.

Should we rave about the vast basement/entertainment room?

The exquisite, but somehow beach-casual,617 Anderson Street Manhattan Beach CA dining room?

The big master suite with a tub set right in the middle of the oversized master bath, plus its triple-sized shower?

There is a lot going on here, which is why they asked for about $7M and got $6.900M. (If memory serves, it was once floated as an off-market offering nearer to $8M.)

Wish we could make you look at all the photos and/or show them in full-screen size.

Enjoy what we've got here online, though.

Now, say you had that $6.900M to spend, but didn't want a non-view Hill Section estate.

Instead, you could get a walkstreet home...

337 7th Street Manhattan Beach CAThat would be 337 7th (4br/5ba, 4230 sqft.), perhaps the best-built and best-decorated home on any flat family walkstreet in Manhattan Beach.

This has the feel of an epic property that the grandkids will be able to walk by and visit some day.

Though just 5 years old, 337 7th is already a classic, top-tier, ultra-elegant beach house.

Somehow, the home blends walkstreet-friendliness with privacy. There's a big patio accessed from a large den downstairs, but when that's all shut, you're safely private. Upstairs, an ample deck opens off a primary family room, but it's tucked back enough off the walkstreet that you can keep the doors open but have no one looking in.

The style and sensibility of the home are all classical elegance, calling to mind a top-of-everything East Coast beach house.

Except here, in Manhattan Beach, you can actually enjoy the house year round.

Once again, as with 617 Anderson, the set of photos here offers a good glimpse at the extraordinary house. But we wish we could show you more.

Once again, the sold price was $6.900M.

That's a tick above the record flat walkstreet sold price of $6.550M for new construction at 325 6th St. (4br/5ba, 4200 sqft.), sold last year (May 2017).


These two super homes and big prices continue to tell a story about Manhattan Beach real estate: At the top, where the properties are special, prices are higher and higher and demand seems deep and strong.

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