In Venice, California, This Newly Built Home Is An Architectural Statement
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Location: Venice, California
Price: $ 7.2 million
With dramatic angles and sweeping curves, this newly built house in Venice, California, serves as an architectural manifesto by the Pentagon, the young Los Angeles firm that designed it.
The two-level home includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half-bath spread across 3,614 square feet. Known as Radius House, the property is the first ground-up residential project by the Pentagon, founded by a quintet of Southern California School of Architecture grads in 2014.
With its flexible, open interiors and soaring spaces, the house also reflects the character of its neighborhood, said Sandra Miller of Engel & Volkers, the listing agent. “This house was built by someone who lives in Venice and understands the Venice lifestyle,” she said. “The people who buy and live there are very relaxed, yet parts of their lives are pretty formal, and they love design. This is not your typical Cape Cod cookie-cutter house. I’ve sold plenty of them. ”
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The main entrance, on the side of the home and away from the street, leads into a curving great room with a huge, built-in wall unit. A winding staircase to the second level, viewed from below, resembles a floating wooden sculpture. At several points on the main level, ceiling heights soar to 25 feet. A round walkable skylight illuminates the home; as in many Venice homes, the roof is usable space. “Everyone here has a roof deck, but I’ve never seen a walk-on skylight,” Ms. Miller said.
Rather than prescribe functions for rooms, the architects are leaving those decisions to the buyer. “The spaces are flexible, which is the cool thing about this house,” Ms. Miller said. “It’s unusual, because most people build boxes with very prescribed space. The area under the staircase could fit a dining table. You could create a formal living room, or use that space as a home office with living space elsewhere. ”
Outfitted in walnut panels and Taj Mahal quartzite, the kitchen conceals side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerators behind smooth wooden doors. A hidden butler’s pantry includes a steam oven and a wine refrigerator.
The second level houses the bedrooms, all of which feature en-suite bathrooms. The architects chose Venetian plaster instead of tile to outfit the bathrooms. “It’s made to get wet, and it’s a really clean look,” Ms. Miller said. Sinks are built into the limestone counters, rather than resting inside a countertop. “The bathrooms are very streamlined, and they’re probably the cleanest I’ve seen as far as design.” An open area off the bedrooms could be configured as a family sitting area or media room. A curved wall on this level mirrors the home’s exterior curves.
The 3,614-square-foot house features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and one half-bath.
Los Angeles landscape and garden designers Sarita Jaccard Design conceived the exterior courtyard as a “bento box of outdoor activities,” Ms. Miller said. Lush greenery surrounds a raised basalt slab containing a pool, sundeck and fireplace.
Until recently, the home hosted a “temporary conceptual exhibition” called SALON, showcasing artwork and objects from international artists and designers. “Acting as both a showroom and a group art show, SALON is an inspiring collection of colorful and ironic materials, objects and bodies,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “Creating tension between art and architecture, public and private, it connects the home with the creative community of Los Angeles.”
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Milwood Avenue is one of Venice’s most sought-after streets because of its exceptional width, Ms. Miller said. It’s also a block from Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice’s mile-long main commercial strip. “But because it’s where Abbot Kinney starts, you do not get a lot of shoppers parking on Millwood, and the street does not have the homeless issues” Venice has experienced in recent years, she added.
The street features a mix of architectural homes and beach bungalows. “It’s a charming street, and its best block is the block this house is on,” Ms. Miller said.
Venice has been “a very hot market, with low inventory”, she added. “I sold the house next door in December for $ 8.2 million.” The area attracts first or second-home buyers “in the high-net-worth or ultra-high-net worth category, tech-savvy, maybe working in film or music,” she said.
Agent: Sandra Miller, Engel & Volkers
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Listing of the Day Location: Venice, California Price: $ 7.2 million With dramatic angles and sweeping curves, this newly built house in Venice, California, serves as an architectural manifesto by the Pentagon, the young Los Angeles firm that designed it. The two-level home includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half-bath spread across 3,614 square…