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North Manhattan – El Porto Real Estate

While the real estate market around the country was taking a hit, home values along the coast of the South Bay remained as stable as ever.  The “sand” section of Manhattan Beach   remained particularly strong as oceanview and oceanfront homes that are walkable to the beach are always in demand.  Home prices in the sand section (see map) are reaching unbelievable highs with full lot walkstreets in the 3-6 million dollar range, depending on age, condition and view.

While these homes are out of reach for most South Bay buyers, there is an area of Manhattan Beach that offers far more reasonable home prices.  The area is known as “north” Manhattan, although it’s more familiar to most as El Porto.  El Porto is the northernmost neighborhood of Manhattan Beach. Ideally located for commuters traveling to Santa Monica or downtown Los Angeles, El Porto offers close proximity to LAX, Marina Del Rey, the Westside and more. As El Porto lies on a fairly steep grade, homes in the area often offer stunning ocean and panoramic views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. One unique feature of El Porto is that it offes many half lots generally measuring 45×30 which allows for some more affordable housing within a block or two from the ocean.  Many of these homes are “legal non-conforming” duplexes with a 2 bedroom unit upstairs and a 1 bedroom or studio rental downstairs.  Homes in the area start in the mid $800,000 and depending on size, age, and views can go up to the $2,000,000+ range.  The area is ideal for people not needing a huge home, that love the beach and ocean, and want to shave off 15 minutes of their commute.  For surfing enthusiasts, it happens to front the best surfing beach in the South Bay.  If you are looking for an oceanview home in Manhattan Beach you may want to consider the El Porto.

Keith Kyle – Realtor, e-Pro – Vista Sotheby’s International– 2501 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 – 310-251-2344

For real estate information, open houses, and FREE South Bay and Beach Cities MLS access visit www.KeithKyleHomes.com

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Manhattan Beach Sand Section Market Update

Manhattan Beach Sand Section Homes Report

The sand section of Manhattan Beach offers the epitome of California coastalManhattan Beach walkstreet homes living.  The sand section is the area of Manhattan Beach that is bordered by the beach and ocean to the west, and generally the streets of Valley and Ardmore to the east.  What makes this area so desirable is the proximity to the beach and the ocean.  The area offers a variety of housing options with oceanfront luxury homes on The Strand, beautiful “walk street” homes with a wonderful sense of community and often sweeping ocean views, townhomes just a few blocks to the beach, and multi unit homes of North Manhattan, known as El Porto.  The market is always very active as the demand is always strong for prime beach real estate.  As of mid March there are 9 active homes for sale in the Manhattan Beach sand section, 21 pending home sales and 18 closed homes sales as of February 1st.  According to Manhattan Beach realtor Keith Kyle, “Incredibly low inventory coupled with very high demand since the beginning of the year is driving prices up quickly.  There are many buyers looking in this luxury market, but there are very few listings and even homes priced at market value are often selling with multiple offers, over asking and with huge concessions by the buyers.”  The current average sales price since the beginning of February has been slightly over $2,300,000.   See the chart below to see the market by the numbers.

Active MLS Listings – Currently there are 9 active homes for sale in the Manhattan Beach Sand Section
List Price ADOM BR BA Year Built SqFt Lot SqFt
Min 1,179,000 2 2 2.00 1933 1,392 1,153
Max 6,750,000 19 5 6.00 2013 5,000 3,772
Avg 3,207,889 10 4 4.00 1990 3,012 2,216
Sum 28,871,000
8 Pending home Sales – 21 Total “In Escrow”
List Price ADOM BR BA Year Built SqFt Lot SqFt
Min 975,000 2 2.00 1946 1,082 1,350
Max 2,499,000 105 5 4.00 2009 2,989 5,885
Avg 1,854,750 31 3 3.38 1982 2,040 2,855
13 Pending Sales in Backup Offer Status
List Price ADOM BR BA Year Built SqFt Lot SqFt
Min 925,000 5 2 1.00 1921 982 1,345
Max 6,995,000 73 5 5.00 2007 5,000 4,930
Avg 2,519,538 36 4 3.69 1988 2,602 2,577
18 Closed Home Sales since 2/1/2013
List Price ADOM Selling Price BR BA Year Built SqFt Lot SqFt
Min 1,199,000 1,214,500 2 2.00 1927 1,350 990
Max 11,500,000 449 10,995,000 5 5.00 2012 4,761 3,507
Avg 2,409,278 78 2,362,350 3 3.72 1987 2,281 2,562
Sum 43,367,000 42,522,300
Status: All (48)
List Price ADOM Selling Price BR BA Year Built SqFt Lot SqFt
Min 925,000 1,214,500 2 1.00 1921 982 990
Max 11,500,000 449 10,995,000 5 6.00 2013 5,000 5,885
Avg 2,496,458 46 2,362,350 3 3.71 1987 2,465 2,549

And then there were two…..short sales a thing of the past in Manhattan and Hermosa?

With the low inventory and high demand, the few short sales that appear on the market don’t seem to last long.  We’ve tracked the Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach short sale and foreclosure market for the past few years and we are now at a several year low with only two “distressed” sales currently active on the South Bay MLS.  In recent months the few short sales and foreclosures in these areas are generally pricing and selling closer to market value.  Below are the two current foreclosures, one each in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.  The condo in Hermosa Beach is located in the condo/hotel The Beach House Hermosa Beach and is unusual due to it’s condo/hotel aspect which only allows owners to stay a total of 90 days a year.  This challenge makes financing almost impossible which is partially responsible for the past and current short sale situation.  The other is located in the El Porto area of the Manhattan Beach sand section.

Keith Kyle is a licensed Realtor, short sale specialist and Top Producing agent with Vista Sotheby’s International in Manhattan Beach.  He serves his clients throughout the South Bay and his websites KeithKyleHomes.com, Redondo Beach Real Estate , Torrance Real Estate, Manhattan Beach Luxury Real Estate offer the most comprehensive real estate destinations in the South Bay with free MLS access, current home listings, open houses, recent home sales information and more.  Keith can be reached at 310-251-2344 or by email at info@KeithKyleHomes.com.




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