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In Venice, the loft-style life takes to the beach

September 07, 2003|Ruth Ryon | Times Staff Writer

It's an old story with a new twist: loft living in Venice.

In the 1930s, it meant turning a commercial building into a residence. It was a cheap way to live in large, open spaces and was common in Venice throughout the '60s, especially among artists. In the '70s, architect Frank Gehry and artist Chuck Amoldi developed a triplex of lofts, one of which was purchased by actor Dennis Hopper. Now it's the trend in Venice to build new lofts for buyers who like light and space. This townhouse is an example.

About this home: It is one of six free-standing units on three lots.

The units, which have views of the Venice canals, were developed by Frank Murphy's Venice Group and designed by David Reddy and Betty Duffy of R&D Architects.

Asking price: $925,000

Size: The townhome has three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms plus an office/den in about 1,800 square feet. There are two levels and a roof deck.

Features: The home has concrete floors, high ceilings, red oak cabinets, granite counters, a fireplace, a spa, and solar and radiant floor heat.

Artist Nancy Monk did a two-story mural by the entry.

Where: Venice, next to the Venice canals, about two blocks from the beach.

Listing agent: Monique Oliver, Venice Properties, (310) 399-1123, Ext. 199.

To submit a candidate for Home of the Week, please send color interior and exterior photos (copies only) and a brief description of the house, including what makes it unusual, to Ruth Ryon, Real Estate section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; or e-mail

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