Friday, September 5, 2014

Design Idea From The WV MLS

Here is a creative use for old spoons. Someone made an effort to achieve this look. Do you like it?

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Manhattan Beach Adjacent" Open House

I've strayed a bit from Manhattan Beach to plug my new listing at 2413 Burritt Ave. in the TRW Tract of North Redondo Beach. (It is right next door after all.) This classic 40s bungalow (3br/1ba, 1003sf) has been thoroughly renovated in a craftsman-style and is move-in ready. For more information go to

It will be open Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 23-24) 1:00-4:00 pm. Stop by and say hello.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Manhattan Beach Smoking Ban - Enforcement Starts Today

During the last month, Manhattan Beach rolled out the "Breathe Free M.B." campaign to create awareness of the new law banning smoking in public places. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is allowed only on private residential property, in designated hotel rooms and inside moving vehicles.

It was already illegal in Manhattan Beach to smoke on the beach, The Strand, Veterans Parkway as well as in parks, bars and restaurants. Under state law, smoking is also prohibited in any outdoor area within 20 feet of a main exit or entrance of a public building.

The new ordinance aims to reduce secondhand smoke and cigarette litter. The city noted that 30 percent of the litter collected on the city’s beaches is cigarette butts. There is also concern that discarded cigarette butts will wash directly into the ocean through the City's storm drains.

The law is designed to be self-enforcing, but a complaint call to the City’s code enforcement officer or police department can result in the smoker’s citation and a fine.

For additional information, read The Beach Reporter article.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sunset Magazine Idea House In Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach was selected by Sunset Magazine for the 2014 Idea House. The home was designed by local architect, Louis Tomaro, constructed by Mike Davis Custom Homes and landscaped by Masterpeace Gardens.
KTLA5 reported on this unique home on July 24th. There are no photos of the interior, but you can see videos showing the interior and exterior and read more about the home on the KTLA5 website.
You can tour this newly-built home at 111 S. Meadows Avenue in Mira Costa Section of Manhattan Beach, from August 1 to September 7, 2014. Tickets are available online for about $20 for the Idea Home Tour and $64.29 for the Modern Home Tour (on August 16, 2014) through Eventbrite.
Or you can enter a drawing by local Realtors Caskey & Caskey to win one of four pairs of tour tickets for this home, with a grand prize of one pair of tickets for the Modern Homes tour.
Read about this Idea House in the November issue of Sunset, or see the work in progress.
Enter the Sunset Idea House Sweepstakes for a chance to win $2,500.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

53rd Annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix - July 6

This Sunday, July 6thManhattan Beach will host the 53rd Annual Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. This is a USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) event with international participants. But, it is also a community event with races for kids and a vintage bicycle show.  There are races for all levels of USAC racers as well as community racers. It is quite exciting to watch and it is easy to find a good viewing spot along the raceway.

Sponsors and vendors set up tents along Veterans Parkway near the start/finish line at Live Oak Park and provide free samples of nutritionals.  There is also a food court. The total men's purse is $15,000. Events begin at 7:00 AM.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Manhattan Beach Homes: Open May 24-25, 2014

The official kick-off to the summer begins this weekend with Fiesta Hermosa. Whatever your Memorial Day weekend plans, leave time to stop by these three newly listed Manhattan Beach homes during their open house. If you'd like to see more pictures and additional information for the homes below, click on any of the address links. For other weekend open houses in Manhattan Beach click on the Open House Lists link to the right.

There are currently 53 active listings in the MLS for Manhattan Beach. Of the 10 new listings reviewed last weekend, four have accepted an offer.

1505 Walnut Ave. Open SAT & SUN 12-5 ($2,490,000, 4br/4ba, 2979sf, listed by Nina Kubicek & Helene De Kock - MD Properties). The MLS still shows the open house for this Tree Section property, but they accepted an offer and the sale was marked as pending on Friday. So you may still be able to see it, but don't count on it.

The home was designed by Mark Trotter and built by Darrell Lyons in 2002. The open kitchen includes a large island with seating, high-end stainless steel appliances, and a built-in banquette in the breakfast nook. Both levels have wide-plank wood floors and it has central cooling. The house occupies most of the 4,200-square-foot lot, leaving a small back yard with a narrow, stamped concrete patio, a strip of grass and a planter at the rear of the property.

312 44th St. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($2,375,000, 4br/4.5ba, 2681sf, listed by Ed Kaminsky - Shorewood Realtors). This modern, three-level townhome has panoramic ocean views. It features stainless steel Viking appliances, bamboo floors and central air conditioning. The five townhouses in this development were built in 2009. They are on two lots in El Porto, very near the northern boundary of Manhattan Beach. It is just a couple blocks to the beach, but even closer to the refinery. HOA fees are $211 per month. This property was listed for sale by the owner in February with a starting price of $2,700,000. After a couple of price reductions, it is has just been listed with a local Realtor. According to MLS records, this townhome last sold in January 2011 for $1,269,000.

1812 10th St. Open SUN 2-5 ($1,300,000, 3br/2ba, 1691sf, listed by Ouida Peterson - Coldwell Banker PV-Beach Cities) This single-level home in the Mira Costa Section was built in 1951. A step-down family room at the back was added later. The small kitchen has white appliances and also houses the washer and dryer. The deep, flat lot is 7,508 square feet. An asphalt driveway serves the single-car garage. The house is livable, but it is priced at lot value.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Manhattan Beach Homes: Open May 17-18, 2014

If you visit homes on the Annual South Bay Solar and Green Homes Tour this Saturday, save time to see these open houses too.

The theme this weekend is AIR CONDITIONING. Being a coastal town, most Manhattan Beach homes do not have central cooling. But of the ten new listings open to the public this weekend, half are air conditioned. With our current weather, that certainly makes them attractive. Click on the address link for MLS photos and descriptions.

As of Friday, there are 60 active listings in the MLS for Manhattan Beach, which is a few less than have been for sale during the past couple of weeks. Of the six homes reviewed last week three have already accepted an offer.

524 24th St. Open SUN 1-4 ($3,300,000, 6br/5ba, 3475sf, listed by Barret Pulver - Shorewood Realtors). This Sand Section home in the Gas Lamp Area was custom built in 2008. The Spanish styling is consistent throughout, with Saltillo tile, hand-painted tiles, exposed beam ceilings and wrought iron. It has a gourmet kitchen, worthy of a serious chef. Fold-away doors from the kitchen open to the patio which has an outdoor fireplace. There is a wine cellar (in the cellar) along with an entertainment room and a bedroom. This lovely home also has air conditioning. The street-to-alley lot is 2,698 square feet. Go see it!
632 12th St. Open SAT & SUN 2-5 ($2,295,000, 3br/3ba, 3000sf, listed by Michael Wegman - Keller Williams Larchmont). This Tree Section home is situated in the Martyrs Hill area and has panoramic ocean views from the upstairs rooms and balconies. It also has central cooling. Built in 1985, this tall-and-skinny home still sports tile counters and gold hardware and trim from the eighties. The lot is 2,989 square feet  The back yard is paved to create a private patio area. To see better quality photos of this home visit

44 Village Circle Open SUN 1-4 ($2,029,000, 3br/3ba, 2632sf, listed by Mike Dodd - NW Real Estate Brokers). This Plan 2 Estate Home was built in 1984 and has central cooling. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated with designer finishes. Many homes in Manhattan Village have refinished the recessed lighting area in the kitchen. In this home, the copper paneled ceiling recess is the most interesting treatment I've seen. The eight-burner Thermador range is also a step up from the usual Manhattan Village kitchen. There is a central atrium with a fountain that opens to the foyer and two ground floor bedrooms. The entire upper level is devoted to the master suite. In the back yard, lush landscaping surrounds the patio. There is also a fireplace and built-in barbecue in the back. The lot is 5,301 square feet. Monthly HOA fees are $297. Go see this home, just check in with the guard at the gate.

2500 Maple Ave. Open SAT & SUN 2-4 ($1,850,000, 4br/4ba, 2588sf, listed by Chad Fahlbusch - NW Real Estate Brokers). The original house was built in 1947, but it has changed a lot since then. The master suite has his and hers bathrooms. An in-law suite with a private entrance works in all kinds of ways. Another plus is central air conditioning. The home has an unfinished basement offering plenty of storage space. The lot at the corner of Maple and Valley Dr. is 4,834 square feet.

2813 Oak Ave. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($1,800,000, 5br/4a, 3444sf, listed by Jack & Claire Gillespie - South Bay Brokers). Originally built in 1952, this Tree Section home has been remodeled, expanded and updated. The photos are somewhat limited, so go check it out. Be sure to peek in the butler's pantry to see the extras tucked away there. The lot is 4,482 square feet.

329 9th St. Open SAT 1-4 ($1,700,000, 2br/2ba, 900sf, listed by Dave Caskey - Shorewood Realtors). This cute little beach house is move-in ready. It was built in 1941 but has been updated and expanded. The walk street, half-lot is 1,356 square feet. The lot is "landlocked" with no assigned parking and it is a challenge to find street parking in the Sand Section. But from this location you can walk a few blocks to just about everything you need: beach, grocery store, bank, post office and all the shops and restaurants of downtown Manhattan Beach.

577 31st St. Open SUN 2-4 ($1,699,000, 3br/1ba, 1244sf, listed by Matt Waxman - One Pacific Real Estate). This home was built in 1950. The street-to-alley lot is 5,025 square feet. This property sold to an investment LLC in April 2014 for an undisclosed amount. It is being sold in "as-is" condition. Kind of makes you wonder if they got it for an exceptionally low price and want to take profits without bothering to remodel or build a new home. This street has gas lights and is an "okay" Tree Section location, now that Sand Dune Park has been tamed. I would hardly call it "A++" as the listing does. In the Tree Section the farther north you get from Marine Ave. the closer you get to the refinery. Seems that would make such locations progressively less desirable.

425 36th Pl. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($1,650,000, 3br/2.5ba, 1800sf, listed by Lynne Lear - Shorewood Realtors). This attached, two-on-a-lot townhome was built in 2005. Living areas are on the top floor to take advantage of the ocean views. The open kitchen includes custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Bedrooms are on the middle level. All this and central air conditioning too. The shared, street-to-alley lot is 2,922 square feet and about four blocks to the beach. This unit faces the alley. The garage provides tandem parking for two cars and a car port offers an additional spot.

2417 Oak Ave. Open SUN 1-4 ($1,649,000, 3br/2.5ba, 2536sf, listed by Nick Schneider - South Bay Brokers). This home was built in 1981. If you like mid-century modern design, go see it. The 5,076-square-foot lot is at the corner of Oak and Marine and slopes down from front to back. There is a back deck off the top level. The master bedroom on the lower level opens to the back yard.

9 Marin Ct. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($949,000, 2br/2.5ba, 1583sf, listed by Nina Michaels - South Bay Brokers & Leah Abraham - Beach City Brokers). This Plan 2 townhome was built in 1987. Recent updates to the kitchen and baths bring it up to date. The kitchen has been nicely remodeled with stainless and granite. There is a monthly HOA fee of $505 for Manhattan Village amenities.

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