DESIGNER-DONE HOME IN VENICE BEACH
917 Main St, Venice, CA 90291
This stunning, sophisticated, designer-done Venice Beach Architectural home offers not only a re-imagined and renovated interior, but 2 outdoor living spaces; a courtyard with fireplace, and an expansive roof deck with 360-degree views. And speaking of the outdoors, the Pacific Ocean is 2 blocks West, and famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard is 1 block East. But why go outside when soaring ceilings, walls of glass (including tri-foldling patio doors), and luxurious slabs of Carrara marble and solid oak floors line this modern marvel? Features include an open floor plan consisting of a living area with double-height ceilings with sconces by Aerin Lauder for Circa Lighting, elevated dining area, and a powder room with custom concrete vanity, custom ceramic pendant lights, floor tile by cement tile shop, and plumbing hardware by Kohler. The chef’s kitchen is outfitted with stainless-steel appliances by Thermador, brass plumbing fixtures by Newport Brass, a wood paneled “disappearing” side-by-side refrigerator, wine cooler, and pantry. A primary bedroom with an en suite bathroom and 2 other guest rooms with access to a second bathroom are all on the same floor. Custom iron floating mid-century-style staircase and railings. Side-by-side laundry machines inside. Parking is made simple by a 2-car garage with direct access (and a third “spot” blocking the garage entrance). Electric car charger in garage. Close to all the area offers.
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The city of Venice was originally created by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney, who bought land on the coast of Southern California back when it was only a swampy marsh. He had the wild idea of building a replica of his favorite city Venice, Italy that would later be called the “Venice of America.”
Abbot Kinney began transforming the area (while spending a huge chunk of his fortune) into his own version of the famous city including 16 miles of canals with gondola rides, colonnades, and even an amusement park pier complete with carnival rides, sideshow attractions, and a miniature steam train that opened in 1905. After a few fun years “Venice of America” began to crumble after Kinney died in 1920 and after oil was discovered nearby the area became more focused on industry instead of beach pursuits.
It wasn’t until the 1950s when bodybuilding became the rage (“Muscle Beach”) and neighboring Santa Monica became highly desired and over-populated that Venice underwent its first renaissance. In the late 1970s, the area would become known as the “Birthplace of Modern Skateboarding.” Around the same time, punk rock culture took hold and Venice was referred to as “London at the Beach” after home-town band Suicidal Tendencies became successful.
Today, after changes, upgrades, and the arrival of the tech industry, Venice stands strong as one of L.A.’s most sought-after residential neighborhoods with its unique blend of vibrant locals, quirky tourist attractions, and deep cultural roots.