These seven Manhattan Beach homes will be open this weekend. Links to the right for the Beach Reporter listings of open houses in Manhattan Beach and Manhattan Village show additional homes open this weekend. Please share your thoughts by posting a comment to this article, if you visit any of these homes.
If you would like to see additional pictures and listing information for the homes mentioned below, visit this MLS summary link.
1304 12th St. Unit C Open SAT & SUN 1-4
($669,000, 2br/2.5ba, 1179 sf, listed by Edward Barrios – Shorewood Realtors). The 10-unit townhome complex was built in 1984. HOA fees are $250 per month and pets are okay. It is located across the street from Meadows Elementary School with the entrance to the subterranean garage off Meadows Avenue. In March 2010, Unit A (same size) sold for $647,500.
Each unit has an attached 2-car garage on the bottom level. Kitchen, living room, dining room and powder room are on the entry level. The third level has two bedrooms, each with their own bath. This unit was remodeled in 2009 (hardwood floors, new hardware in the baths, and black granite in the tiny kitchen). The kitchen window looks out on a small, private brick patio which is accessed from the dining room. It also has a covered patio outside the front door.
319 32nd Pl. Open SUN 2-4
($769,000, 1br/1ba, 528 sf, listed by Lisa Stott – Shorewood Realtors). 32nd Place is a block-long alley between 32nd Street and 33rd Street. The original lots ran street-to-alley. When first built, this “home” appears to have been a separate rental unit. Sometime later the property was split, with the front home at 320 33rd St. on one parcel and this 1br/1ba unit over the 2-car garage on the other.
It last sold in 2002 for $545,000. The half-lot is 1,350 square feet and the home is 528 square feet. It has a living room, dining room, kitchen, bath and bedroom. All are tiny. It was built in 1932 and it retains the “charm” of the original construction, meaning there have been no apparent upgrades. The property is basically being sold for land value.
958 Rosecrans Ave. Open SAT & SUN 1-4
($890,000, 2br/1ba, 972 sf, listed by Janet Stearns – RE/MAX Palos Verdes). This home was built in 1956 and sold in June 2009 for $650,000 as a bank-owned property. It was in truly awful shape then. The exterior has been significantly improved with paint and landscaping. There have also been interior upgrades, though those are somewhat inconsistent. The bath has been remodeled in a style that is not likely to have wide appeal. New floors and appliances have been added, but original floors remain in the bedroom. The kitchen has new granite counters, but the old cabinets were left. And something is just wrong when curtains substitute for closet doors in the bedrooms and hall. The lot is 5,968 square feet. The detached family room, off the garage, adds another 260 square feet of finished living space.
I had to double check the definition of fantastic, as the listing description indicates the property is in a “fantastic location." I guess if you go with the definition of fantastic as strange/bizarre/unbelievable rather than wonderful/superb/extraordinarily good, it could be considered an accurate description. Living across the street from the Chevron Refinery with the Rosecrans traffic could be considered an aberrant fantasy (which would make a good name for a rock band, as Dave Barry might say).
4104 Highland Ave. Open SUN 1-4
($1,069,000, 3br/3.5ba, 2560 sf, listed by Gayle Probst – Coldwell Banker) This El Porto home is on a 1,799 square-foot half-lot. The lot slopes up to the rear, giving the lowest level a basement-like feel. The 2-car tandem garage and a bedroom with bath are on the lowest level. The master and another bedroom are on the middle level. The living areas are at the top. The top level offers panoramic ocean views and there are ocean views from the second level as well. The drawback is being right on busy Highland Ave. with views that include the liquor store and motel across the street. Also traffic noise is significant when out on the balconies. The back yard is small and virtually unusable, since access is from the front of the property along the side of the house.
This house was built in 1992. It last sold in June 2009 for $970,000 as a bank-owned sale. Based on previous listing pictures, it does not appear that there were significant upgrades to the property since the purchase, maybe just paint and carpet.
1340 21st St. Open SAT & SUN 2-4
($1,689,000, 4br/3.5ba, 3466 sf, listed by Kristen Novoa – Shorewood Realtors). This home was built in 1991. It has a 3-car garage, but one of the spaces has been finished as a studio/office. Check out the pictures in the MLS which show the floor plan for this home. Room sizes are generous and the 7,500 square-foot lot allows for a large back yard. There are mountain views from the top floor. It still has a bit of the early 90’s décor with gold-edged, mirrored closet doors. And, I guess someone thought it was classy to have a sunken living room, an elevated family room and a step-up master bath area. This home last sold in 2004 for $1.499M.
1505 8th St. Open SAT & SUN 1-4
($1,879,888, 5br/4.5ba, 4160 sf, listed by Ed Kaminsky – Shorewood Realtors). This was built as a spec home in 2002 by Rich VR and the home still looks new. It has the popular floor plan of the times, with a bedroom and on the ground floor, a great room and kitchen at the rear, other bedrooms and laundry room upstairs. The large, flat lot is 6,750 square feet. The backyard has a large patio and grassy area. It has a 3-car, side-by-side garage. There is a loft, office in addition to the bedrooms on the upper floor.
1525 Mathews Ave. Open SUN 1-4
($2,175,000, 5br/5.5ba, 4510 sf, listed by Craig O’Rourke – Coldwell Banker). The house is new, vintage 2007, but it has been on the market for nearly 4 years. The previous listing expired last September with an asking price $20K higher. When first listed in 2007, it was offered at $2.479M. Seller financing is available to sweeten the deal. A very similar home at 1510 Mathews, by the same builder with seller financing just sold for $1.8M. It is a beautiful spec home on a large (7,500 sf), flat lot. There is plenty of room in the back yard. It has a 3-car garage, including one tandem spot. I liked the large laundry room which has its own huge closet with lots of shelves.
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