Real Estate Report: Tired Venice Bunker Wakes-Up!


What a difference a year makes. In Venice, a grim and studio structure of glass block and stucco gets re-scripted. And domesticated. Asking $1.95M.

The Basics: a 3-bed, 3-bath recently remodeled house a few hundred yards from the beach in Venice, new to the market today, asking $1.95M. It was purchased a year ago for $680K and transformed into what the realtor calls “Soho meets Venice beach.”

Not So Basic: It’s hard to know it was the same house (scroll down for before-and-after images.) The living/dining/kitchen stretches across the length of the first floor in a kind of bare-bones luxe:

Before and After:

Not sure about the palm trees, but we’re fighting the urge to paint the exterior in cerulean blue or a palette of hot pinks.

The master suite not only has a swell bath and a walk-in shower for two, it has a handsome wall of oak paneling with the flat-screen TV set into it for when you’re not watching the daily drama of Venice out the wall of windows. Below, the second-floor hall:

There’s a limited palette throughout the interior— white walls, rift-cut oak floors, poured terrazzo in the bathrooms, chunky oak shelving and a slim wood reveal around the windows instead of molding. Below, another bath is fully paneled in fir, sauna-style:

 At the top of the stairs, a small office alcove and sunroom and stairs to the rooftop terrace:

One of the best outdoor kitchen we’ve seen in a while, and a great place to be on a hot summer’s night. It’s a very appealing house, near the beach, although we wish there was an elevator to transport the rib-eye steaks up to the rooftop grill— and our inebriated friends down. Many more images at the realtor’s dedicated site, which is worth a look.

Listing: 44 Horizon Avenue, Venice [Redfin]

More: Curbed LA blogged about 44 Horizon Avenue last year, with a gallery of the house in its previous condition, which should give you an idea of why the renovators are looking for $1.27M more than it sold for last year. Plus we’re all Venice-mad around here, so check out our previous posts about this little town on the beach.