This Weekend: Tour 36 Homes in Two Days on LA’s Westside

This weekend Angelenos (yes, even those on the Eastside) can tour a grand total of 36 stunning abodes on back-to-back home tours. Start with Saturday’s annual Venice Garden and Home Tour and, on Sunday, move onto round two of AIA|LA’s 2012 Spring Home Tours Series, Palisades to Brentwood.

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Venice Garden and Home Tour
Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Venice tour-goers will have the chance to visit 32 homes and gardens (and several artists’ studios, including Cliff Garten Studio), in styles that range from Craftsman to contemporary. The tour will also offer a rare opportunity to visit the leafy enclave of excellently preserved mid-century modern architecture built in 1948 under the name “Modernique,” now known as the Mar Vista Tract by Gregory Ain. Ain's primary influences were Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, and their signatures can be seen throughout the space.

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Other architects and designers include Tom Carson, Gabriella Frears, Dennis Gibbens, Daniel Monti, Santiago Ortiz, Ron Radziner, and Molly Reid. Landscape architects include Russ Cletta, Eco Conscious Landscapes, Dennis Gibbens, Jay Griffith, Rob Jones, Art Maltby, Suzanne McKevitt, Craig/PC Landscape and Marmol Radziner, among others.$60 in advance, $70 at the door; the start location of the tour is at the NYA Las Doradas Children's Center, 804 Broadway, Venice.

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AIA|LA 2012 Spring Home Tours Series, Palisades to Brentwood
Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Further north, the Palisades to Brentwood tour will feature four homes that, according to AIA|LA Associate Director Carlo Caccavale, “represent the best combination in regards to what Los Angeles design and architecture has to offer, in terms of scale, position, lifestyle, and glam factor.” These glamorous and opulent homes include the Cor-ten Cottage by Callas Architects, the Palleschi-Hart Residence by W3 Architects, the DeBont Residence by Lehrer Architects LA, and the Chautauqua Residence by William Hefner Architect. The architects will be available at each home to answer the inquisitive tour-goer’s questions.$75 for non-members, $65 for AIA members; Will Call tickets can be picked up at 16555 Las Casas Place, Pacific Palisades.

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Two very different reflections of the California dream, these two tours promise to inspire—and hopefully, at the very least, incite some vegetable gardening and furniture rearranging.

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