Walking in Los Angeles received a bad rap in the '80s thanks to a popular song. But Venice, CA, has emerged as a pedestrian mecca of sorts. Now a modern-style home just steps from the neighborhood's lively street life is on the market for $3.3 million.
"The whole place has been totally redone," listing agent Anastasia Bowen says. This sounds a tad surprising given that the home was built in 2008. The original owner commissioned architect David Hertz to design his dream house. (Hertz is known for creating the "Californication" house, which is nearby.)
When the original owner's circumstances unexpectedly changed, the brand-new building was put up for sale.
The current owner, who bought the home in 2008, is "really into architecture. He bought the house and wanted to update it and take it to the next level," Bowen adds.
The house was renovated "inside and out, top to bottom," but the original design was maintained. The renovation included high-end finishes, sustainable building elements, and sleek interior decor from Chris Rossi Studio.
The Legos-like gray exterior is made of plaster and cement board panels, which are graffiti-proof. (Sorry, Banksy!) The minimalist eco-friendly home includes solar panels, a solar water heater, and no air conditioning.
Bowen says the home is "naturally ventilated," with interior steps and doorways leading to the roof. Plenty of sliding glass doors allow cross-breezes. Also, the home is just three blocks from the beach and benefits from cool nights and sea breezes.
When the temperature dips, the house is warmed by radiant heat.
The open floor plan and multiple decks make it easy to be inside or out. An interior courtyard splits the building into two, and an overhead bridge connects the main house to a guest room with a separate entrance.
The floating walnut staircase leads to a roof deck that includes a fire pit, kitchen, and hot tub. There's even a built-in queen-size bed on the deck for lounging or snoozing under the stars.
Downstairs, the living space opens to another outdoor deck, and the luxury Bulthaup kitchen features concrete floors and a breakfast bar made of walnut.
The energy-efficient home has another earth-friendly feature: You can leave the car at home. "You're seconds to coffee, restaurants, night clubs, fancy shops, meeting your friends, and walking your dog," the agent says.
Apropos for the next buyer of this cool home.