Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Manhattan Beach CA Top Real Estate Brokerages

Over the last few years the Real Estate industry has certainly seen the large brokerages lose a significant number of their top producing agents. We've also seen an increase in the number of independent and smaller brokerages who have been able to flourish in the new environment where both buyers and sellers rely more on Real Estate portals such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and others to disseminate information that previously was only in the hands of the Real Estate agents and brokers. In fact, these days it is not uncommon for buyers to know as much, or at times more, than their agents might.

In Manhattan Beach we've certainly seen the continued dominance of two long time Beach Cities brokerages, Shorewood Realtors and South Bay Brokers. Even so, over the past year neither one had a greater individual market share than "all others" did.

On the listing side, I still see a lot of Shorewood and South Bay Brokers signs hanging outside of homes for sale in Manhattan Beach. What may be driving the market share of the "others" right now is that with many buyers coming from other parts of the Southland, be it LA Westside or Orange County they may be working with what we locally affectionately refer to as "out of area" Brokers.

Considering the investment dollar of Manhattan Beach Real Estate I would still have to highly recommend that whether you are buying or selling a home in Manhattan Beach CA, you work with a local Manhattan Beach Realtor.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Manhattan Beach CA MLS Search 90266: Current Home Listings

Manhattan Beach CA Real Estate continues to remain in high demand with many homes selling over the MLS list price and with multiple offers. Inventory has been on the rise so there is more selection than you may have found a year ago. The following map will update all MLS listings in real time whenever you return to this page.

THESE ARE ALL THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE HOMES LISTED FOR SALE IN MANHATTAN BEACH CA 90266


If you are not familiar with the various Manhattan Beach CA neighborhoods, here's a quick guide to the areas "West of Sepulveda"

The Manhattan Beach Sand Section is West of Valley Ardmore to the ocean. The most expensive homes are found on The Strand with Walk Street properties also selling for very high prices in many instances. What's a "Walk Street"? Those are the blocks that cars can't drive on (your garage is accessed via an alley). East of Highland they may be flat but most west of Highland Ave are on an incline leading down to the Ocean. Some Buyers may be more focused on "Sand Section" than Manhattan per se. Here's some homes for sale in the Hermosa Beach Sand Section. The Manhattan Beach Sand Section is MLS Area 142.

Another popular Manhattan Beach neighborhood is the Hill Section which is found west of Sepulveda and East of Valley Ardmore with the northern boundary being Manhattan Beach Blvd and the southern tip ending at the Hermosa Beach border. Hill Section lots are larger than lots in the Sand Section and many of the original houses have been rebuilt with ocean view mansions. The Hill Section is MLS Area 144.

Moving further north from the Hill Section is the Manhattan Beach Tree Section which has the same east-west boundaries as the Hills. The northern boundary is Rosecrans and the south is Manhattan Beach Blvd. Homes and lots in the tree section may be smaller than the Hills Section and are often priced somewhat lower. Homes in the Tree Section are not known to have ocean views. The Tree Section is MLS Area 143. FYI, not only are there a lot of actual trees in the Tree Section, but the streets are named Oak, Maple, Poinsettia, Pine, Walnut, etc.

Here's some "Quick Searches" to help make your Manhattan Beach House Hunt easier.

Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: All Homes for Sale
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Single Family Homes for Sale
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Townhouses and Condos for Sale
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Foreclosures and Short Sales
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale less than $1,000,000
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale $1,000,000-$1,500,000
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale $1,500,000-$2,000,000
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale $2,000,000-$2,500,000
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale $2,500,000-$3,000,000
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale $3,000,000-$4,000,000
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale over $4,000,000
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale in the Sand Section
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale in the Hill Section
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale in the Tree Section
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale in East Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Real Estate for sale in Manhattan Village
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Townhouses and Condos 2 bedrooms
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Townhouses and Condos 3 bedrooms
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Townhouses and Condos 4 bedrooms
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Single Family Houses 2 bedrooms
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Single Family Houses 3 bedrooms
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: Single Family Homes 4 bedrooms
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: 30 day price reductions
Manhattan Beach MLS Listings: 10 days or less on the market

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Modern New Homes for Sale Manhattan Beach Sand Section


Here's 2 great Manhattan Beach Sand Section new construction homes for sale.

128 14th St Manhattan Beach 90266 (pictured above) is about 400 sq ft (per the builder) on a 2781 sq ft lot and features 4 bedrooms and 3 full plus 2 half baths. It is listed by Sotheby's International Realty for $6,399,000 making it one of the most expensive homes currently offered for sale in Manhattan Beach. (But not the most expensive.) MLS SB14123580.



"Superb new construction. Light-drenched ocean views, natural elements & a contemporary architectural aesthetic fuse together in this spectacular display of beach living. All in the center of town and a few homes from the Strand. Conceptualized by renowned architect Michael Lee, in collaboration with KKC Fine Homes. 4 bedrooms, 5 baths in 4000+ square feet. Design features include stunning steel & open wood tread staircase, sealed concrete & rift white oak flooring. Gourmet kitchen features Thermador professional series appliances, custom cabinetry & a large marble island with a waterfall edge. Large patio deck with fire pit, BBQ & view of the Pier, sand & waves. North deck includes white water views down to Santa Monica & Malibu. Liv rm with wet bar. Unique "ultimate" garage is built with all the detail & luxury of the main house, featuring an entertainment kitchen, pantry, keg fridge, bathroom, beverage center, wired for surround sound & 6+ TVS. This fully air-conditioned entertainment space can accommodate up to 6 cars & offers commercial doors on the front & back with low profile openers, polished cement floors, 9 ft. ceilings. Back side of garage opens to a yard area with a fire pit, BBQ & outdoor shower."


At less than half the size (and price) and still an amazing home is 221 23rd Pl 90266. This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath SFR is also brand new and measures 1938 sq ft on a 1348 sq ft lot. Listed for $2,999,000. MLS SB14120138.

"Custom built in 2014, this brand new single family sand section home includes 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms at just under 2,000 square feet. If panoramic ocean views interest you, this property is a must see! These views include the Manhattan Beach pier, whitewater ocean, and the rolling lanscapes of Palos Verdes and Malibu. Beautifully stained oak wood floors throughout pair seamlessley with the Sub-Zero, Wolf & Miele appliances. A flush mount fireplace warms the master bedroom while the living room fireplace is stunningly surrounded by an onyx focal wall. For the interior, this home is set up for iPad controls, electric window shades and speakers throughout. For the exterior, configurations for 5 perimeter cameras complete the security system. An absolute must see custom masterpiece in a fantastic location with spectacular views."



Follow this link to view MANHATTAN BEACH SAND SECTION homes for sale in the MLS.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

El Porto Ocean View Manhattan Beach Townhouse for Sale

Modern Manhattan Beach Ocean View Townhouse
Wow. Built in 2009 with amazing views of the ocean, this 2681 sq ft four bedroom Manhattan Beach Sand Section El Porto townhouse for sale offers the ultimate in beach living. Here's what the listing agent says about it in the MLS:

"Step into this ultra sleek modern design, with a downtown feel, right by the beach. Enjoy an urban, loft like feeling with cool ocean breezes and panoramic ocean views for miles. This home has high end finishes throughout and offers ocean views from the top three floors of this modern getaway! The top level has a gorgeous bright living room with fireplace and ocean views from every angle, a large comfortable deck, half bath and a chef’s kitchen with stainless steel Viking appliances. The middle level has a master bedroom and master bath, as well as an additional bedroom or office. The lower level has two other large bedrooms that are on opposite ends, both of these rooms have their own on suite bathrooms, and share a patio with a hot tub and ocean views. Bamboo floors run through all the main living areas of the home as well as on the kitchen cabinets. All bathrooms have a smooth sleek look with marble counter tops, and travertine flooring and high end fixtures and hardware. This multilevel home is designed for an elevator. This home is perfect for full time, vacation home or investment, views like this are a rare find!"



If you are not familiar with the El Porto neighborhood, it is the northernmost tip of Manhattan Beach north of Rosecrans Ave in the Manhattan Beach Sand Section. El Porto Beach is very popular, particularly among surfers. Originally it was not part of Manhattan Beach. It was annexed in 1980.

312 44th St, Manhattan Beach CA. Listed by Shorewood Realtors for $2,375,000. MLS SB14105905.

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Construction Homes for Sale in Manhattan Beach CA 90266

Now that we are well into the great housing recovery with no discernible end in sight you can expect to see more builders taking on "spec" home projects. A lot more. And selling them for a lot more. Here's some that got my attention this week.

128 14th St in the Manhattan Beach Sand Section. Light-drenched ocean views, natural elements & a contemporary architectural aesthetic fuse together in this spectacular display of beach living. All in the center of town and a few homes from the Strand. Conceptualized by renowned architect Michael Lee, in collaboration with Kim Komick of KKC Fine Homes, slated for completion in Spring 2014-plenty of time to pick finishes. 4 bedrooms, 5 baths in 4000+ square feet. Design features include stunning steel & open wood tread staircase, sealed concrete & rift white oak flooring. Gourmet kitchen features Thermador professional series appliances, custom cabinetry & a large island with a waterfall edge. Large patio deck with firepit, BBQ & view of the Pier, sand & waves. North deck includes white water views down to Santa Monica & Malibu. Liv rm with wet bar. Unique "ultimate" garage is built with all the detail & luxury of the main house, featuring an entertainment kitchen, pantry, keg fridge, bathroom, beverage center, wired for surround sound & 6+ TVS. This fully air-conditioned entertainment space can accommodate up to 6 cars & offers commercial doors on the front & back with low profile openers, polished cement floors, 9 ft. ceilings. Back side of garage opens to a yard area with a fire pit. Complete May '14.

1416 3rd St in the Manhattan Beach Mira Costa neighborhood East of Sepulveda. Or as we affectionately call it, East Manhattan Beach. Gorgeous custom built contemporary beauty with professionally designed interiors and city lights views. Features 5 bedrooms + study, 5 bathrooms and 4,764sf of living space on a 6,644sf lot. The first floor features a living room with two story ceilings and fireplace, formal dining room, great room with fireplace adjacent to gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, guest bedroom and mudroom/laundry room. Gourmet kitchen with island features a walk-in pantry and butler’s pantry, Viking range, Thermador ovens and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The second floor features the master suite with fireplace, sitting area, walk-in closet and deck, 3 other bedroom suites - all with walk-in closets, a second laundry room, study and 2 other balconies. Basement features a space for a wine cellar or home theater and access to the 3 car garage. Other features include a large backyard that can be access through the great room and breakfast room, central heat and AC, and wiring for a Vantage home automation system. Prime location on a very quiet street. Another great representation of California Custom Homes. Completion in Summer of 2014. Listed by Shorewood Realtors for $3,199,000 but who knows, if prices keep doing what they've been doing, could be more by the time it is completed. All kidding aside, I love modern and contemporary homes and glad to see some being built.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Prices continue to rise on Tree Section Single Family Houses for Sale in Manhattan Beach CA

Homes in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section remain highly desirable and sought after and there is no doubt that as we get further and further into the Spring 2014 selling season prices will continue to go up. Inventory has been scarce for a while and if you are selling, there's no reason not to maximize your net proceeds. If you are a buyer looking west of Sepulveda, a house in the Tree Section is about as close to a sure thing investment as you can make. At least in the short term.

1500 Walnut Ave, Manhattan Beach CA, 90266. 

"The perfect Manhattan Beach Cape Cod home in the heart of the Tree Section walking distance to Award Winning Pacific Elementary School. This 3 bedroom home is right out of Coastal Living magazine complete with gourmet lovers remodeled kitchen with Carerra Marble counter tops, subway tile backsplash, all stainless steel appliances, and opens to a lovely living room. Hardwood floors throughout the home give it the true beach house feel and designer paint colors make this home literally one the best shingle style homes to hit the market in a long time. Timeless in every way, this home comes complete with 2 bathrooms, plantation shutters, a white picket fence, spacious yard, flagstone paver entry, 2 car garage and is located middle block in one of the most desirable cities in the USA. Walk to school and even walk or ride your beach cruiser to downtown Manhattan Beach. The perfect blend of indoor-outdoor living compliments the story book feel of this true California Beach house."


MLS SB14062987. Listed by NWRE Brokers. $1,499,000. This may be the new entry level price point for Manhattan Beach Tree Section "starters".

Thursday, March 27, 2014

North End Sand Section Manhattan Beach Townhouse with Ocean Views


Enjoy spectacular ocean views and sunsets from this amazing sand section home. Ideally located just steps to the beach, restaurants, shops and Award Winning Manhattan Beach Schools. The open floor plan with the gourmet kitchen open to the living room is great for entertaining. Three of the four bedrooms are located on one floor making it ideal for families. The spacious floor plan is appointed with hardwoor floors, travertine, granite and other fine finishes throughout. The 6 car parking will make it easy to always have lots of friends over.

I've always really liked the North End neighborhood. Great proximity to the Rosecrans corridor for shopping, restaurants and entertainment, great freeway access, close to the beach of course and a real small town feel that's hard to find these days.

Listed by Shorewood Realtors MLS SB14061657. $2,350,000. 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths, 2454 sq ft, built in 2001.3304 Alma Ave Manhattan Beach CA 90266. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Manhattan Beach Sand Section House with Views

Island Modern 4 Bedroom & 3.5 Bath Single Family House (not a townhome) boasts incredible unobstructed, panoramic ocean views from PV to Malibu. An entertainer's dream kitchen with state of the art stainless steel appliances including a Eurocave 100+ bottle wine refrigerator, a professional 6-burner Thermador stove & double oven, a GE Monogram refrigerator & Bosch dishwasher and features lagos azul limestone & custom Cherry cabinets. The top level Floor to Ceiling retractable Fleetwood pocket doors open to a deck w/ private spa tub & outdoor fireplace. Amenities include French Doors, Maple hardwood & slate floors throughout, an integrated sound system/DVD players throughout the house, a Security/Intercom system with camera, 3-zone A/C & much more. Located in the heart of a classic coastal neighborhood, this beach house 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. MLS SB14056779. 3316 Crest, Manhattan Beach CA 90266. Listed by NWRE Brokers $2,299,000.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

If you think that there aren't a lot of houses for sale in Manhattan Beach CA 90266....

If you think that there aren't a lot of homes for sale in Manhattan Beach CA 90266 you are absolutely correct. Or at least not a lot from my perspective. Here's why.

Currently there are 42 active Manhattan Beach MLS listings and another 40 in escrow (MLS status "backup" or "pending"). So, in the unlikely event that nothing else was listed, we would have just enough inventory on hand to cover one month. I also get the same result by another metric. That is, looking back at what has sold (closed escrow) over the past 30 days in Manhattan Beach. By that count we get 35 sales and we can say we have 1 month plus another week of inventory on hand. Still probably not enough to satisfy housing demand in 90266.

Diving deeper into the active listings, there are 8 Sand Section homes for sale, 15 Tree Section listings, 4 in the Manhattan Beach Hill Section, 3 in Manhattan Village, and 10 in East Manhattan Beach (MLS Areas 146 and 147).

The median price of active Manhattan Beach listings is $1,957,500 with the distribution in the higher end luxury home segment at 13 homes listed fro sale between $2-$3M, one in the high $3's, 2 in the $4M range, 2 in the $5M range and then a jump up to $12,875,000 for the most expensive home for sale in Manhattan Beach and it isn't even on the Strand!

Single family homes dominate the conversation. Of the available listings, only 4 are townhomes or condos and the rest are SFRs.

THESE ARE ALL THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE HOMES LISTED FOR SALE IN MANHATTAN BEACH CA 90266


Friday, March 7, 2014

Tree Section Classic Mediterranean House for Sale


This beautiful warm Mediterranean  home is located on a wonderful family street walking distance to schools, downtown Manhattan Beach, and sand. This home has an updated open floor plan with a light bright feel. The home offers a great space for families and entertaining. Gourmet kitchen attached to a grand family room and opening to a spacious backyard with built in BBQ kitchen, Spa and lots of play area. 5 large bedrooms with an extra office/studio room. All the rooms have been upgraded with wood floors and custom closets. It has 4 full bathrooms with remodeled features. Recent Upgrades: Kitchen remodel including new Sub Zero Refrigerator; Completely remodeled Master Bathroom Suite; Hardwood Floor; Custom mirrored closets and design; 2 Heaters; A/C; New Roof (lifetime guarantee); Window treatments; Built in Office Cabinets, New front and backyards, Custom garage storage.




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If you are not familiar with the Manhattan Beach Tree Section, here's what I can share with you.

The Tree Section is comprised primarily of Single Family Homes (SFRs) sitting on 5000 sq ft lots although there are also considerably larger lots as well. It is located West of Sepulveda Blvd (PCH) and East of the Manhattan Beach Sand Section. The northern boundary is Rosecrans and on the South Manhattan Beach Blvd. You will find everything from new construction SFRs to original mid century homes and even a few older ones. Prices can vary considerably if you are in any of the
sub-neighborhoods such as American Martys or the Gaslight District.


While at first you might think that the name comes from the many trees you will see in the neighborhood, the real derivation is the street names: Palm, Oak, Pine, Elm, etc. It is a great place to live and many residents find it an easy walk or bike ride to downtown and the beach.