Tour Venice’s Gardens and Homes

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One of Los Angeles’ most walkable neighborhoods will be even more accessible this weekend for the annual Venice Garden and Home Tour this Saturday, May 7th. About 30 garden and homes in the Walk Streets neighborhood will open to the public for the tour, which benefits the Neighborhood Youth Association’s (NYA) Las Doradas Children’s Center.

Venice has long been a hotbed of architectural design and experimentation, but so much of it is hidden behind high ledges and private gates. Once a year, tour goers are given access to the weirdness and whimsy that is Venice in the homes of local denizens. The Walk Streets are essentially pedestrian paths, with relatively modest bungalows. many of those bungalows have undergone recent renovations by architects such like Barbara Bestor, Tom Carson,
Talbot McLanahan, Tim Peterson and Robert Thibodeau.  

The tour is self-guided and bicycling is encouraged (though there is no bike riding allowed in the Walk Streets so be sure to bring a lock). Dogs and strollers are also not allowed in the gardens, and the organizers strongly encourage you to bring hats, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle since they will provide refill stations.

Tickets are on sale now and cost $60 in advance, $70 at the door, and children under 12 are free. With 30 potential stops on the tour, it’s one of the least expensive cost-per-home tour we’ve seen recently.

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