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.
Read more at mbgp.com

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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 http://www.632twelfthstreet.com/

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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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2014 South Bay Solar Homes Tour (Free)

This Saturday, May 17th, eleven South Bay homes will be open for the Annual South Bay Solar and Green Homes Tour. Two of the homes are in Manhattan Beach. Check this flyer to see the open house times and features for each tour home.
The tour is coordinated by Environmental Priorities Network. If you are considering adding solar power, water recycling, or other environmentally friendly features to your home, you can talk with homeowners and solar representatives about their experiences.
For more information about this free tour, visit the Manhattan Beach City Solar Homes Tour page.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Things To Do In Manhattan Beach

The Daily Traveler has some suggestions for places to eat, drink and shop in Manhattan Beach.
Check it out here!


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Friday, May 9, 2014

Manhattan Beach Homes: Open May 10-11, 2014

As of Friday, there are 68 active listings in the MLS for Manhattan Beach, which means inventory has been steady for the past week. Of the six homes reviewed last week one has already accepted an offer. 

This weekend there are six new listings open to the public. Click on the address link for MLS photos and descriptions.

600 35th St. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($1,999,000, 3br/2.5ba, 3072sf, listed by Julie Christensen - South Bay Brokers). In the northern part of the Tree Section, this Spanish Colonial home was built in 1981. The 4,727-square-foot, street to alley lot is at the corner of 35th and Blanche Avenue. What looks like a three-car garage really only holds two cars. Part of the garage was converted to den and bath. The back yard, between the house and garage is covered by a deck.

436 28th St. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($1,899,000, 3br/3ba, 1718sf, listed by Barbi Pappas - Shorewood Realtors). This home was built in 1969. Updates have it looking almost new. It features high end appliances, designer tile and lighting. The two-level house has unfinished, bonus storage underneath. There are ocean views from the living room. The Sand Section lot is 1,547 square feet. Click here to see a narrated photo tour.

576 33rd St. Open SAT & SUN 2-4 ($1,800,000, 3br/3ba, 2000sf, listed by Jeremy Shelton - Shorewood Realtors). This Tree Section home was built in 1953. It has been updated and has an open, contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The single-level, main house has two bedroom and two baths. Another bedroom and bath are above the detached two-car garage. The street-to-alley lot is 5,024 square feet.

1023 N. Dianthus St. Open SAT & SUN 2-4 ($1,799,000, 3br/2ba, 1248sf, listed by Patrick Panzarella - Shorewood Realtors). You won't get an ocean view from this Hill Section property. The 4,425-square-foot lot is at the southwest corner of Dianthus and 11th Street. This property is on a busy section of Dianthus, catty-corner to an apartment building and just a block south of the Arco station. The single-level home was built in 1955 and is a recent flip. It sold in September 2013 for $1,379,000. The single-level house has a new kitchen and baths. It is freshly painted with new landscaping. This property is also listed for lease at $5,800 per month.

1622 2nd St. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($1,749,000, 5br/4,5ba, 3547sf, listed by Patricia Haught - Real Estate West). This Mira Costa Section home was built by Wells Development in 1998. The lot is 5,069 square feet, with a grassy back yard and patio. It has a sunken living room. Floors on the main level are stone and carpet.


205 Harkness St. Open SAT & SUN 1-4 ($929,000, 2br/1ba, 1077sf, listed by Ed Kaminsky - Shorewood Realtors). This one-level, Mira Costa Section home was built in 1951. It has been remodeled and now has a contemporary kitchen and bath. The home is on a 3,309-square-foot, half lot. The small back yard has a patio with an outdoor fireplace and grassy perimeter. There is a single-car garage.

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