Real Estate Report: In Venice— Tall. Dark. Handsome.




In Venice, a house divided between two pavilion-like structures, connected with a bridge.

The Basics: A two-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 2-car, 2-fireplace house on a walk street in Venice, asking $2.395M.

Not So Basic: Designed by architect David Hertz, probably best known for environmentally-conscious structures in the Venice/Santa Monica area, and built in 2003. The two structures connect through a garden on the ground level, plus a secluded deck and an open walkway on the second floor, joined vertically with a chimney, providing outdoor fireplaces for each level and privacy from the house next door. There’s also a walled rooftop deck. The house is covered in dark blue/black/charcoal stucco, with beautifully-detailed window openings— sliders that disappear and bands of clerestory windows that make the ceiling (and second floor) appear to float.

The main structure contains the living/dining/kitchen areas downstairs with the master bedroom and bath upstairs. The smaller structure contains a garage plus a studio and second bedroom/bath above.

Inside, the stucco— which is not painted, but has had pigment integrated into it while liquid— continues on the living area ceiling. The floors throughout are stained cement with radiant heat.

Upstairs, the master bedroom and the stair to the roof. The while plaster console is by John Dickinson, facing a chair by Harry Bertoia:

Above, next to the bedroom, a small study with adjacent outdoor seating area and fireplace. A skylight running the length of the house opens to provide updraft ventilation. 

For more about David Hertz: Studio of Environmental Architecture

All images from the listing at Deasy Penner & Partners