Monday, October 24, 2016

Manhattan Beach Sand Section New Homes 2016 Construction

Manhattan Beach Sand Section New Homes 2016 Construction

308 3rd St is a spectacular Doug Leach designed custom beach plantation townhome consisting of roughly 2,675 SqFt 4 beds and 3.5 baths, 2 car garage parking plus 2 additional parking spots, 3 stop elevator and multiple spacious terraces. conveniently located between the piers in South Manhattan Beach in the Sand Section on a quiet, prime southeast corner ocean view lot, just 2 blocks to the beach, and a short, leisurely walk to all of downtown's retail stores, shops, spas and numerous restaurants.

The finishes emulate designer living with high-end fixtures, luxe materials and a salty beach color palette. The top floors boast a large open living space connecting the kitchen, great room & dining area. The entire level is flooded with natural light by skylights and bi-folding door systems. The high ceilings are finished with tongue and groove wood, and there's unblockable beach views and mountain views of Palos Verdes and the Hill Section. The mid level features a romantic master suite with a luxurious bathroom and walk-in closet, a lovely guest bedroom suite and generous laundry room with ample storage. The 1st floor features 2 airy guest bedroom suites pre-wired for all one’s AV needs and have the versatility of converting to a large beach room. Professionally designed interiors by Noelle Parks with no expense spared, each home features French White Oak hardwood floors, Jeld-Wen doors and windows, artistic wood paneling and molding details, designer fixtures and finishes and large Isokern gas and wood burning fireplaces.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Most Expensive Manhattan Beach Tree Section Listing

Manhattan Beach Tree Section Architectural
The Manhattan Beach Tree Section is located west of Sepulveda Vlvd, North of Manhattan Beach Blvd, South of Rosecrans and East of the Sand Section. It is primarily comprised of Single Family Residences.

Many of the homes are within walking distance of downtown or the beach. Needless to say these properties are highly desirable. Selling prices are higher than East Manhattan Beach but usually lower than a comparable sized home in the Hill Section.

There are a few properties that actually also have ocean views, in particular those the furthest west.

One such example is 610 12th Street.

This one of a kind, custom built ocean view architectural sits just above downtown Manhattan Beach and at its current price point of $5,950,000 is actually a great value all in all.

Built in 2009, this house is 4254 SqFt with 4 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

This home gracefully juxtaposes solid and transparent volumes under a dramatically cantilevered roof. The facade is composed of alternating cubes of cool, blue-tinted glass and warm, reddish-brown mangaris.

Although still relatively new, there have recently been updates throughout.

First floor, has is a home theater and entertainment area that gives way to a peaceful open-air terrace, guest bedroom w/ensuite bath and separate powder room.

Second level, there is the master suite and bath with and oversized bath/shower combo, a separate glass enclosed sitting area for peaceful reading and relaxing ocean views. There are two additional bedrooms w/ensuite baths.

The top level is an open and spacious floor plan with a warm wood office w/a private back patio w/BBQ and views of Palos Verdes and Catalina. Also a cozy living room, gourmet kitchen w/wenge cabinets, Viking appliances and bright caesar stone counters, dining area, second living room w/wet bar and spectacular views from the open air deck.

The house is complete with a top of the line AV/entertainment system, AC, radiant floors and 3-car garage.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Teles Manhattan Beach CA | High End Luxury Homes for Sale

Teles Properties Manhattan Beach CA office is now open at 3701 Highland Ave at the corner of Rosecrans. There is a parking lot directly across the street and some street parking as well in the "North End" of Manhattan Beach, what is often referred to as El Porto.

The office is totally Teles with a contemporary look and feel, state of the art technology and a great environment for agents to work and meet clients.

If you haven't yet experienced Teles Properties, the firm is the fastest growing private company owned Real Estate Brokerage in CA with offices from Carmel to San Diego.

Teles has over 500 Real Estate Agents in 17 offices.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Manhattan Beach Homes for Sale | MLS Search

These are all the homes listed for sale in the Manhattan Beach Multiple Listing Service (MLS) from all Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Realtors and Realty Companies. Call or email for lists of Pocket Listings in Manhattan Beach CA 90266 and other Beach Cities such as Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach.


The following map and list of active MLS listings will update in real time whenever you revisit this page.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sand Section Townhouse for Sale

Priced out of the Manhattan Beach Sand Section? You might want to consider Hermosa Beach where you'll find a lot common with the lifestyle you are looking for at a fraction of the price. A great example is my listing at 123 Bayview Drive which is listed for $1,749,000 but will certainly sell for a higher price.

Live the ultimate beach lifestyle in this nearly new Sand Section, free standing 3 bedroom detached town home located 2 blocks from the Strand and steps to the beach, restaurants, and all the fun and sun. Built in 2013 by Powers Development, a premier local builder, and meticulously maintained by the original owners you can move right into this ocean view masterpiece boasting a level of finish work and architectural detail that you rarely find at this price point. Features include engineered mahogany floors, solid core mahogany interior doors, Thermador appliances, custom cabinets with "Blum-Motion" self closing cabinet drawers and doors, a floating staircase, Italian ceramic tiles, epoxy floor in the direct access 2 car garage with glass and steel doors, outdoor shower, private patio on the lower level, spacious gourmet kitchen, huge living room with high volume ceilings and a designer gas fireplace, LED lighting, bathrooms for each bedroom plus a powder room, custom folding doors off the great room leading to a third level patio, and a roof deck for viewing sunsets, and relaxing. This is a truly unique opportunity to step into your dream beach home just in time for the best weather time of year and start creating your instant memories.

Here's some pics:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Manhattan Beach Real Estate Market Trends: Inventory Increasing

It should be no surprise to anyone that as the home prices in Manhattan Beach CA spiked, so did inventory. Then many new sellers wanted more than the last sale and let's just say that list prices may have gotten ahead of what the buying public is willing to pay. Well actually a lot ahead.

As you can see from the graphic above, the sold and under contract properties are fairly flat and the listings for sale are up. Way up. (Chart displays SFRs only.)

As of this writing, there are 126 active listings for sale in Manhattan Beach. By comparison year to date sales have been 177 properties (averaging 29.5 per month) and 57 in escrow. So in the proverbial "how many months would it take to sell if nothing else came on the market" paradigm based on sales we're looking at 4 plus months and for what is in escrow then 2 months. So on average that's around 3 months at which point we move from a seller's market to a more balanced market. If we get over 6 months of inventory in either calculation then we are into a buyer's market for sure.

Here's graphs of some other current metrics.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Remodel Your Manhattan Beach Kitchen

The biggest deal killer for many buyers is often a tired old kitchen that just needs a lot of work or a total gut job. Conversely, updated contemporary kitchens in older properties will often make the sale.

One of the challenges for updating kitchens at the beach is that often we just don't have that much space to work with. Or budget. So let me share a few ideas with you.

If your basic layout is good but you have the 1980's cabinets and drop ceilings there are a number of reasonably cost effective upgrades starting with removing the drop ceiling and putting in a few recessed lights or at least some eclectic lighting from Ikea.

First you can do a refacing or resurfacing. That's a process where entirely new cabinet doors, hardware and drawers are brought in and then a veneer is matched to the remainder of the exposed wood. Depending on who does the job and the size of the kitchen this may run anywhere from $8,000 up to $15,000.

A far less expensive solution, which I've also seen done with great success is just painting the cabinets. Some companies use a lacquer and others just, well paint the cabinets. Depends on what look you do. This can run anywhere from $2,000-$5000 with new hardware.

If you have some more budget and old white appliances, spending $3-5K on new stainless steel might be a good investment to consider.

Backsplashes and counters can cost more to install but these days many buyers prefer some of the alternative materials to granite and the price can come down.

Here's my rule of thumb for most updates for sellers.Sometimes you spend $10K and get $20K back but that is not too common. More likely if you wisely invest $7-10K you may bring a dated looking home up to "hot property" status and not only sell at or above the market price but even start a bidding war.

Not sure what to do? Just call me for a free consultation.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mid Century in Manhattan Beach CA

A question I frequently get, whether it relates to staging listings or just refreshing the home you live in, is how can you "modernize" the look and feel of your home.
  • Minimize and keep the essentials only
  • Clean lines, neutral palettes and  pared down decorating
  • Use strong shapes like squares and rectangles create an effect count
  • Keep it simple. Minimalism and Modernism complement each other
  • For high style use high contrast, ie blacks and whites in the same space
  • Glass and stainless steel are must haves as are wood tones
I often write about the value of decluttering when it is time to put your home on the market. For living in the house and creating a modern effect you are going further than simply removing the clutter.

A good rule of thumb to get a modern look is to remove everything from a room you think you don't need and them find something else to take out.
Even go a step further so that the room feels like it is missing something and then add back in a classic mid century piece.

Remember that modernism is a thing. There is no "contemporary-ism".

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Teles Properties Manhattan Beach CA

I'm very proud to announce that Teles will soon be opening a (physical) office in Manhattan Beach CA continuing the ongoing expansion of the fastest growing Real Estate Brokerage in CA.

The changing landscape of the various Brokerages operating in and around the Beach Cities has been interesting. Sort of our own Game of Thrones with just slightly less drama but plenty of intrigue. We've seen some of the traditional local independent power houses either sold or merged into other sometimes unfamiliar names. Then we've seen an influx of "Westside" Brokerages plus a number of previously successful agents strike off and start their own companies.

Teles Properties is somewhat different in that Teles is privately owned and not a franchise but has offices from Carmel to San Diego. One of the real (no pun intended) benefits is that with such a broad footprint we are able to cross market our listings to Teles clients looking to invest in vacation homes or who are relocating from one part of CA to another.

As for office location and timing. The build out is about 60 days out and I'll disclose the location when we getting closer to the grand opening. For now suffice it to say very close to the Strand!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Selling Your Manhattan Beach Home? Follow these Tips

1) NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS UPGRADING: Door hinges, vent covers, cabinet knobs and light fixtures are good places to spend because they’re small fixes that make a big difference in appearance. Think about other small, easy upgrades you can make. Focus on above-grade improvements over below-grade. Finishing that basement won’t make a difference. If you’re not sure about where to put your money, stick to kitchens and bathrooms. Check with me first to find out exactly what to do in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Also, don’t hide your house behind those ugly bushes.  If the lawn is brown, think of drought tolerant landscaping. Give your home a fresh coat of paint. Seal the driveway. Make a good first impression because you’ll never sell your home if you can’t get a buyer through the front door.

2) HOME STAGING COUNTS: If you can't declutter, it might be better to move out. Really. It’s difficult to imagine yourself in a home made up for someone else. It might be your ideal style, but it probably isn’t anywhere close to the buyer’s taste.

Focus on keeping the staging as clean and simple as possible. If it’s going to be difficult keeping things cleaned up, move out. Clutter and mess won’t sell your home.