Real Estate Report: Classic LA Modern in Venice


Using elements from the classic Los Angeles modern design tradition, architect Robert Thibodeau designed this house in Venice. It’s on the market, asking $2.595M.

The Basics: A sleek 3-bed, 2.5-bath house in Venice (the one adjacent to LA, not the one on the Adriatic) with a lap pool in the backyard and a hot tub on the roof. On a through-street lot with a 2-car garage in the back, on the market for under two weeks and asking $2.595.

Not So Basic: Designed by architect Robert Thibodeau of DU Architects, we’re loving the somewhat dark, brooding ground floor with its exposed concrete, both polished and raw, and the way the living room extends out into the pool area.

It’s known as the Sharkey House, and we’ll let the architect’s website speak for itself:

“…two requirements for his house were that the living area be suitable for both intimate evenings and business meetings, and that there be a home office that was detached from the main house but still felt private. The client also wanted a house that reflected the progressive, contemporary attitude of the neighborhood, Venice, but was rooted in the classic Modern design of Southern California.”

A poured concrete wall bears the imprint of its wood forms, and we like both the kitchen’s tight organization and the redwood ceiling that extends out into the deep eaves:

“The second story has a master suite, two guest bedrooms, a guest bath, and laundry room. The roof level is divided into two different heights to allow for clerestory windows above the master bedroom, giving the entire upstairs a light, airy quality. Balconies off of the master and guest bedrooms allow for private outdoor spaces. Wood railings wrap the balconies and extend along the sides of the house, while terrazzo tile and poured terrazzo floors give the bathrooms an soft, opulent feel.”

“A home office was designed above the existing garage, and attached to the main house at the second story by a catwalk. The single entrance makes the office a private space, accessible only from the second floor hallway, but still gives the client a separate space in which to work.”

The very private pool is the perfect place to look at the office when you should be working:

Yes, please:

The kitchen looks out to this seating area tucked behind the garage:

Below, an aerial view via Google Maps (our go-to resource to scoping out the rest of the neighborhood) showing the two vintage, one-story Venice bungalows that flank the house:

Many more pictures at the listing (link below) including the Neutra-esque bedrooms and the office. It also says the house is “blocks from Abbot Kinney and the beach.” It is, except the beach is almost a mile’s worth of blocks — a good bike ride. A great house waiting for a new owner.

Listing: 821 Superba Avenue, Venice [Redfin]

DU Architects

More in Venice: We’ve also covered Antoine Predock’s oceanfront house, which eventually sold for $3,063,350, the late Dennis Hopper’s compound— which was “pending” for a while,  then re-listed when the sale fell through, and now repriced at just under $6M. Plus this handsome house by architect David Hertz, which sold for the asking price of $2.395M.