|New Construction North Redondo Beach CA|
Back by popular demand, well maybe not that popular, is my North Redondo Beach Open House guide with some comments as to homes I think either represent good value (or bad) and what's worth looking at or not. At least in my very humble opinion. I'm not sure if I can commit to having the time to review these homes on any regular basis so enjoy this one.
Let me apologize in advance if you don't like my comments about your home or listing if you are an agent. Not trying to offend anyone, just reflecting the current market conditions.
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Here's what's open the weekend of August 1-2, 2015.
NEW CONSTRUCTION 2 on a LOT TOWNHOMES
There are three to look at, both on Huntington Lane. 1807 Huntington Lane A and B (pictured above) are your very typical detached 4 bedroom units listed by Amir Amiri. These are gorgeous homes that are very well done but these two, priced at $1,200,000 each just seem to be sitting there for almost 30 days now. I actually showed these a few times to different buyers and didn't get a great response. It seems that the market has moved on - as in away, from this kind of finish work, meaning the heavy dark woods and very serious somber tonality. Hey, here's what I mean.
Its a great look but for many buyers a tired look and its new! Really not much different than what they were building 10 years ago. Really. What buyers seem to be looking for today are lighter colors, smoother white walls, white kitchens, quartz, glass backsplashes, and lighter floors as in the grayish white oak you see in many high end luxury homes. Here's an example.
OK the bottom pic isn't lit as bright as I would like to see but you get the picture (no pun intended).
Also open this weekend on Huntington is 2119 Huntington Lane Unit B priced at $1,249,000. Also new construction, also too dark for my tastes and i think what most buyers are looking for these days.
I think both of these may ultimately sell for less than the asking price if the builders want to move them.
OVERPRICED BUT NICE
I really like the SFR listing at 2910 Vail. It is a very nicely done remodel on a large 10,000 SqFt lot. It has the nice white kitchen and the finish work everyone is looking for. Here's the problem. There is a legal, ostensibly permitted "guest house" that appears to be included in the SqFt of the main house. If so, the appraisers will not count it as part of the gross living area because it is not contiguous living space or easily made so. I would highly recommend that any potential buyer look into this and not rely on what I am writing here. The tax records indicate the house is 1100+ SqFt, it is being marketed as 1718 SqFt. The house is listed for $1,050,000.
Here's how it is described in the MLS:
"Beautifully remodeled Single Family Residence with a Guest House on an Extra-Large Oversized Lot. Total size and area of the property is 4 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms, Approx. 1,718 sq. ft and the lots is over 10,000 sq. ft. Main House features 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Large living room with new recessed lightning and laminated flooring. Gourmet kitchen with beautiful cabinets, breakfast bar and brand new stainless steel appliances. Large dining area opens to a patio and backyard. Master Suite with walk in closet and beautifully remodeled Master Bathroom. The 2nd full bathroom is also beautifully remodeled. Brand New Central Heating with duct work. Copper Plumbing throughout. New Electrical Panel and New recessed lightning throughout the house. Also includes a freestanding Permitted Guest House, featuring a large living room, Kitchenette, 1 Bedroom and 1 Bathroom Approx. 600 sq. ft. Large bedroom with lots of closet space. Extra Large backyard with fruit trees and ample room to have your own vegetable garden. Lots of outdoor area ideal for entertainment."
MLS 15151160. Listed by Shorewood Realtors.
2201 Bataan Rd is a large 5 bedroom over 3000 SqFt house that if over priced today has at least been reduced from its previous price. Was $1,379,000 now $1,329,000. I like it a lot better under $1.3M. Reason why? Dated, lot is less than 5,000 SqFt. But it offers good bones to work with.
HERE'S ONE I LIKE!
OK, you've read this far. Here's one I like and I'm surprised its still on the market. And I mean I really like this one. In fact I almost bought it when it was new construction in 2002. I'm talking about 1757 Dixon St in the Redondo Beach Golden Hills. I'm seeing older 3 bedrooms sell for more than this newer 4 bedroom is currently listed at and it makes no sense to me other than to say that "the market" is punishing anything that is not "standard product". This unique Golden Hills Tall and Skinny has 4 bedrooms downstairs instead of the usual 2. Is that a bad thing?