Real Estate Report: High Style on a Venice Canal, $5MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 229 Linnie Canal, Venice
What: Mention Abbot Kinney, and most of us think of a street with shopping and restaurants. In 1905, Abbot Kinney was the founder and original developer/huckster of Venice in America, his pedestrian-friendly resort community accessible by streetcar from Los Angeles. Many of his characteristic car-free, bungalow-lined walk streets survive, but most of the canals were filled in for auto traffic decades ago.
Sited on one of Venice’s few surviving canals, this new-constructed, 3-level, 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath house follows a tradition of Modernism dating back to Frank Gehry’s early design experiments in the ’80s. In contrast to the property’s austere street front, the living/dining/kitchen spaces open to the canal–side patio and vertical plantings along the sides:
Central Design Element: Black steel and wood stairs move up three floors with glass catwalks and glass railings– a modern riff Piranesi and Escher engravings– illuminated by a skylight.
What We Love: It’s probably the only house in Venice with an elevator; the bathrooms– especially the master bath, its marble shower, and the first-floor powder room; the limited palette of stone and American Walnut used throughout the house.
More: It took a skilled team to pull this complex project together– Christian Salceda for Silicon Bay Development, Stacy Jacobsen at SJ-Studio, and Curt Austin Peters was the architect. For more images, have a look at the agent’s dedicated slide show, plus the detailed history of Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America from KCET is worth a look. Below, one of two roof decks looking out over Venice.