Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Preparing Your Home for Sale | Listing Tips for Manhattan Beach Sellers

Staged Homes Sell for Higher Prices

Most people understand that good “curb appeal” is important in getting top dollar for a home. After all, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Equally important is how the home appears on the inside. The process is essentially to “deconstruct” your home as you live in it and then “reconstruct” it to be ready for sale.

The first step is to get a head start on packing by reducing clutter throughout the house. This means clearing excessive papers and books on shelves and desktops, and minimizing overcrowding on countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. Next, determine if you need to reduce the amount of furniture you’ll keep in the house. The more cluttered the home appears, the more cramped it will feel to buyers. The garage is a good place to store things while the home is on the market.

Now, you’re ready to do a thorough, deep cleaning of the home. Think of this as the Spring Cleaning effort of a lifetime. The goal is to clean the home such that it looks like a model home.

Finally, you’ll “reconstruct” the home so that it is easy to show, and such that each room is visually appealing. This may mean organizing existing furniture, or bringing new furniture and decorations into the home. Often, a staging specialist can help organize existing furniture or furnish the entire home. Call me today for a professional opinion on how to get your Manhattan Beach home ready for the market.

If you are curious as to the current value of your home follow this link for an automated home estimate.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Manhattan Beach Homes for Sale | Remodeled Townhouse

Remodeled Kitchen in Manhattan Beach CA

Unlike other remodels I've recently seen, this one totally nails it with the never can get too much white and beach feel

Located in the heart of this desirable coastal neighborhood, this beach house at 1322 Ocean Drive is a nucleus for family and friends. This peaceful retreat unfolds to reveal a thoughtful balance between indoor and outdoor living with many unexpected features. Relaxed but refined, crisp but inviting,the casual elegance of this purposeful environment embraces an active beach life where sun, sand,ocean breezes, and memories are closely interwoven. Features of this completely remodeled townhome include the proverbial "to die for" gourmet chef's kitchen,  a spa like master bath with 2 sinks, anda roof top deck (very rare in Manhattan Beach) with a BBQ, Hot tub and forever ocean views, 4 car parking, bonus room/office off garage with "murphy" bed, an open floor plan and this amazing location allows for you to walk to town, the beach and the park all day long. 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Strand Real Estate for Sale | Manhattan Beach CA

New Construction House for Sale | Manhattan Beach Strand

Brand New Manhattan Beach Strand - South End. By developer, Demetrius Doukoullos of Acropolis/Delphi Properties. Prime beach front location. This gorgeous contemporary pre-construction offering with designer finishes features 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 3 half bathrooms and approx. 6,123 SF of luxury living space. The entry level/second floor features a spacious great room overlooking the surf, fireplace and deck, a gourmet kitchen with island and pantry, adjacent to the formal dining room, powder room and direct access to the garage. The third floor features 3 bedrooms suites, a laundry room and a large master suite with sitting area, bar, fireplace and a spacious walking closet, and a his-and-hers master bath with a spa tub and a steam shower. The first floor features an additional bedroom suite, powder room, a second laundry room and a recreation room adjacent to the patio with water feature, spa and fireplace. The basement features the wine room, bar, game room and state-of-the-art home theater. Other features include a 4-stop elevator and a 4-car garage (3-car drive in garage w/ 1 lift). Customization options available. Framing currently in progress.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Manhattan Beach Tree Section Remodeled House for Sale

Remodeled House in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section

So what exactly defines "new"? If everything is taken down to the studs is that new? Or is a house only new when it is built from the ground up?

3521 Walnut St in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section is being marketed as "Year Built 2015" but the agent remarks indicate that the house was built in 1999 and the owner completed a full remodel in August 2015. Well whatever you decide, this is a gorgeous property listed for sale by Palm Realty Boutique.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Manhattan Beach CA Tree Section Homes for Sale

The Manhattan Beach Tree Section is a highly desirable neighborhood of primarily single family houses in Manhattan Beach CA.  The Tree Section is located west of Sepulveda Blvd, south of Rosecrans, north of Manhattan Beach Blvd and east of the Sand Section. Many of the streets are named for trees such as Walnut, Oak, Pine, Poinsettia etc. And there are a lot of trees as well.

One of the many desirable features of the neighborhood is that from many homes you can walk to downtown Manhattan Beach as well as the ocean. Just a great place to call home for the ultimate Southern CA lifestyle.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Homes for Sale Manhattan Beach CA | Recent Comps

No matter how many times I've done it, whenever I come over the crest of the hill on Manhattan Beach Blvd and see the Pier and downtown Manhattan Beach CA I get that certain Manhattan Beach feeling. Its not something you can really explain, just a way you feel as in living the SoCal lifestyle.

And there's no better way to actually experience it than by owning a home in 90266. But I assume you expect me to say that because this is after all a Manhattan Beach Real Estate website published by a Realtor!

With July closed home sales in Manhattan Beach CA already in the books, this is a pretty good opportunity to take stock of how the market is looking year to date in 90266 for 2015.

There were 32 closed escrows during July ranging in price from $660,500 for a 2 bedroom condo on Artesia Blvd up to $9.5M for a Walkstreet home in the 100 block. Total dollar amount was $82,997,500 for the month.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

How much is my Manhattan Beach Home Really Worth?

With the rapid price acceleration we've seen over the last 18 months in Manhattan Beach CA 90266, this is the question that many homeowners are asking themselves. Many properties are selling at or above their previous market highs and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight. At least anytime soon. 

Follow this link for an instant home valuation

But no one rings a bell when we are at market highs - or lows for that matter, and my advice is that if you are just thinking of selling because prices are high, that's probably not the best reason. On the other hand, if your plans are such that you anticipate a change and will be selling sometime in the next 18 months, you might want to consider doing that sooner rather than later. Here's why.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Homes for Sale in Manhattan Beach CA | Search MLS Listings

These are all the currently active listings from all the Real Estate Brokers, Agents, and Realty companies in listing and selling homes in Manhattan Beach CA. The map and results will also update in real time whenever you visit this page. Single Family Residences (SFRs), Townhomes, and Condos. Houses in the Sand Section, Hill Section, Tree Section, Manhattan Village and East Manhattan Beach.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Construction Houses for Sale | Manhattan Beach CA

New Construction SFR East Manhattan Beach CA

If you are looking at new construction single family homes in Manhattan Beach CA, there's some great choices right now. One of my favorites is 1430 18th St which is a 4600 SqFt 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom SFR on a 7000 SqFt lot with a 1239 SqFt 4 car garage (for us car buffs).

There's a large south facing back yard and 3 outdoor Lanai decks with one built in BBQ Island. The open floor plan provides easy, beach style, modern living. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

LA Times Hot Property: Home of the Week Listed by Ellis Posner Teles Properties

I am a huge fan of modern, contemporary, steel and glass architectural homes. And we certainly do not see enough of them in the South Bay Beach Cities and Redondo Beach. Well that might be changing somewhat as more and more buyers gravitate from out of state and LA Westside to the South Bay.

I was very excited about the opportunity to list this extremely unique property which is one of the largest homes built at the beach and one of the most unique. My marketing plan always included PR and media coverage and I was very proud when the LA Times selected this home to be the "Home of the Week" in the July 19th online and print editions.

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