Real Estate Report: Wide-open spaces in an artist’s former studio, $3.35M


Venice is full of artists who’ve designed their own structures for living and working. Here’s one by Chuck Arnoldi that’s just come on the market, asking $3.35M.

The Basics: A 2-bedroom, 3-bath structure of approximately 5,600 square feet, asking $3.35M. 

Not So Basic: It was built as a studio/residence/private gallery by Arnoldi in 2002. Upstairs, the vast open space has sixteen-foot vaults with skylights and maple floors.  The ceilings on the ground floor—the main living space— are about ten feet high. The floors are glazed concrete, extending from the vast living room to the well set up kitchen. The two bedrooms and two baths are on the ground floor, plus a small courtyard.

There’s some good stuff scattered around—furniture by Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Mario Bellini, and yes, that’s a Tom Wesselman on the wall (above right)—but I’m crazy for that long bar/credenza with a sink, wine cooler and refrigerator. It may have been a studio but now it’s a great entertaining space.  While the building itself looks much like the lot-filling stucco apartment houses scattered all over Venice, it has only six huge rooms, along with impeccable minimalist bathrooms like the one below:

Above, another view of the wide-open upper level. Chuck Arnoldi  has long been a successful L.A. artist, once best known for his elegant stick reliefs in the ’70s. He was “discovered” by interior designer Michael Taylor, and at one point, it was hard to open a copy of Architectural Digest without seeing an Arnoldi stick relief, but the house is staged with his more recent work. The condo is located across the street from Dennis Hopper’s compound and the Frank Gehry townhouses and not far from sculptor Robert Graham’s house and studio. Lots more images at the realtor’s dedicated website.

Listing: 333 Indiana Avenue, Venice  [Redfin]


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