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The South Redondo new construction home market has been on a consistent, steady rise for the past few years. New construction is in demand for affluent buyers in the area, and developers are getting bolder with their home builds. For this post, we are going to focus on “The Avenues,” a market which is ground-zero for new construction spec homes. The climbing prices follow a similar trend we see in the Manhattan Beach Tree Section market. New Construction Data Let’s compare some Avenues new construction year-over-year data from 2018 versus 2017 to see what might be in store for 2019. 2017 New Construction Sales 703 Avenue A 4 bed, 5.5 bath, 4,200 square feet Sale Price:
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Who’s HOT Manhattan Beach New Construction This is no secret but Manhattan Beach has been on a new construction kick. Buyers in this city tend to be high-income earners and want to focus on their business, not remodeling a home. Although East Manhattan Beach was down as a whole, new construction prices continued to make record highs even to this day. That being said, Liberty Village is setting new records for itself as well. The Tree Section was flat in 2018 and although new construction has slowed slightly, people are still picking up new builds at a strong pace. The Hill Section poses a lot of risks for spec builders, so when a newer well-done home
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Every year around this time I like to write about undervalued areas in the South Bay. There is no substantial evidence as to why these areas are undervalued. This blog post is just an active real estate agent making a gut call on areas that are lagging the rest of the market or are just plain cheap. If you want to test my gut feelings, I will recap my blog post from last year on what areas offered value. For reference, check out last year’s value area blog here and also the recap of 2016 here. Value for 2018 Finding value in the Beach Cities and Palos Verdes has proven to be difficult this year. Most sub-markets
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Rancho Palos Verdes Property Auction A new probate sale at 5965 Peacock Ridge Road #201 in Rancho Palos Verdes was listed this week asking $395,000 (way below value). The auction will be held on Sunday, May 20th at 10 a.m. with an open house this Saturday and final views before the auction. We do not see a lot of these auctions in Palos Verdes but perhaps a little history can give you an indication of what results we can expect. Auction History If you read my blog “South Redondo Real Estate Auction Gone Wild,” then you might have an idea of what is to come. As noted in that past blog, not only did the underpriced
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Per reader request, today’s blog will give a breakdown of lot deals versus new construction in Manhattan Beach (basically, what does a developer do). There is a ton of new construction going on in this area and purchasing a “land value” deal has a lot of nuance and risk. These examples are not meant to be exact numbers; these are rough numbers to keep the reading light. Let’s dive in! East Manhattan Beach This portion will be the Manhattan Heights/Liberty Village area of east MB (area 146 on the MLS). Since prices are lower and finishing’s tend to be cheaper, we’ll assume $250 per sq. ft. to build and a 15% budget for soft costs. Recently,
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…That is the question. It is a question I get from my clients repeatedly. The answer? Well, sometimes it is the right call, but oftentimes it is not. Manhattan Beach Case Study To demonstrate this age old new construction quandary, let’s look at some properties in Manhattan Beach, as it is the epicenter of new construction in the South Bay. These examples can also be applied to areas like The Avenues in South Redondo, town homes in Hermosa Beach, remodels in Palos Verdes, and more. Let’s start with East Manhattan Beach. 1467 3rd Street (5-beds, 5-baths, 4,472 sq. ft., 7,466 sq. ft lot) Sold for $2,631,000 Built in 1999 1540 Curtis Avenue (5-beds, 5-baths, 4,400 sq.
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About a year ago I introduced the first annual Fearless Predictions for South Bay Real Estate. The inaugural blog was not only fun to write but challenged me to conduct deep research that would hopefully benefit my clients throughout the year. I am proud to say as I recap the results of the early year predictions, many of the forecasts were correct. Below is a recap of each prediction with data and how the market performed. Prediction Recap: Mortgage Rates Will Barely Rise Prediction: The Fed has full control over where home loan interest rates go, and my bet is there is no way they let them rise significantly as a strong housing market is key to
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The Avenues of South Redondo have become a haven for developers to cash in on profits for new construction homes over the past few years. As a more affordable alternative to Manhattan Beach’s Tree Section, The Avenues have attracted buyers with deep pockets. In 2016, there were some unprecedented new construction sales in the area. Was this a yearly aberration? Would this strong demand continue into the coming years? Let’s take a look at the sales data then and now. 2016 Sales $2,600,000 on 3/11/16 at 213 Avenue E (5 beds, 6 baths, 4,121, sq. ft., 6,011 sq. ft. lot) $2,750,000 on 3/18/16 at 740 Avenue C (5 beds, 4.5 baths, 4,300 sq. ft., 6,577 sq.
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Summer is coming to an end and it is time to see what is going on in Manhattan Beach west of PCH. After the traditionally busy spring season and slow summer months, we can see how the year is shaping up and what can be expected in the coming fall season. Sand Section The Sand Section represents two thirds of the available inventory west of PCH today. The theme of higher inventory levels has continued since 2016. Although inventory might be a bit concerning if you are a seller, there have actually been 73 sales to date for 2017 versus the 61 sales in same period last year. My blog (The South Bay is Crowded at
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Lot sales in Manhattan Beach are always a favorite research topic of mine. These sales can be an indication of an area’s next price driver or sometimes it is just an aggressive homeowner trying to build their dream home. With accelerated Manhattan Beach real estate growth over the past five years, it has been difficult to make a bad buy on lot purchase. On today’s blog, I plan to explore these lot sales in an attempt to guess what comes next and how the dollars and cents work out. Sand Section Sale In March of this year 316 32nd Street sold to an LLC for $2,926,500. The property is a standard full lot at 2,700 sq. ft. zoned to support town
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