There appears to be two schools of thought about living in Manhattan Village... you either love it or you don't... there are not many folks in the middle. The residents who love the Village can't imagine living anywhere else and often move up from 2 bedroom Court homes to to 3 bedroom Patio homes and then make the next step to an Estate home.
Real Estate in Manhattan Village always seems to run in cycles... either very very hot or very very cold. This year has been on the cold side in the Village. Since January 1, 2009, 6 townhomes/court homes and 4 single family homes have closed escrow. There are currently 3 patio/court homes on the market and 3 single family homes.
The biggest issue facing the Village now is appraisals. In a complex as large are Manhattan Village appraisal guidelines mean that most appraiser will only comp within the complex if there are comps available. This isn't too bad if you have a patio or court home for sale but can be a real issue for those selling an Estate home. Overall the Village hasn't had a lot of REO's when you consider there are over 400 units in the Village.
Townhomes( Patio/Court homes):
Inventory has been running between 5-6 units for sale monthly. However inventory recently dropped as a few units dropped off the market and one entered escrow. There have been a number of units that have left the market...a few of which will no doubt show up again in the near future. There is one townhome that is an REO that is not on the market, one REO that is pending and one that closed escrow in July. There is another that is in the early stage of preforeclosure and I know of a few more that might soon be trying for a short sale.
A number of owners are beginning to do some major remodeling to both the interior and exterior of their homes. Currently there are 3 homes for sale which is higher then usual for the estate homes. The homes on the market are some of the larger floorplans. So far there have not been any REO's or short sales among the estate homes.
Manhattan Village: Market Snapshot January-September 2009
Manhattan Village: August 2008
Manhattan Village: November 2007