House Crazy Sarah loves her some vintage Venice, California cottages that are still in near-original condition.
So many of these poor babies have been razed or remuddled beyond recognition. When you come across one that has only been minimally upgraded, it is cause for celebration!
Especially when you can get it for the bargain basement price of $2,150,000 – that’s on the low end for Venice home prices. This one is probably so “cheap” because it is a foreclosure.
It is really difficult to fathom how this particular home is a foreclosure because it is in such great condition and so well-appointed, but that’s what the listing says.
This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home dates back to the 1920s and has various original features like the fireplace, coved ceilings, arched doorways, and some original windows.
Probably the dramatic open-treaded staircase is not original, but it is lovely nonetheless.
The charming living room is open to the dining room.
The kitchen is just as enchanting…
The countertops are an interesting granite that almost looks… floral.
The kitchen also has a retro stove and warm tile floors that just might be original.
Pictured below, is a sunny little breakfast nook that also doubles as a desk space.
Notice the bench window seat?
And check out the cozy family room with bookcases surrounding the French doors that open out to the patio.
The main floor bedroom is light and tranquil and probably smells like vanilla bean or fresh cotton.
Upstairs, there are 2 more bedrooms each with an ensuite bath PLUS a bonus room that could be used as an artist’s studio, office, or guest room.
Easy, breezy, beautiful bedroom!
And since this is in southern California, the home has to have an outdoor living room complete with a flatscreen and firepit!
Looking pretty LA fabulous as House Crazy Sarah sits in her Canadian living room looking out at 3 feet of frozen January snow. But alas, with all the torrential rain in California lately, an outdoor living room may no longer be a big selling point.
Above right, you can see what was originally a garage (also a rarity in the high-density Venice area), but this one has been converted to a studio for more living/working space.
Looks like someone uses this place as a type of recording studio…. composer of commercial jingles perhaps?
Another terrific feature about this property, according to the listing:
“One of the most diverse perennial gardens on the Westside, with over 250 species of perennial shrubs & flowers, 8 fruit trees including Grapefruit, tangerine, blood orange, avocado, lemon, lime, & Meyer lemon.”
Why on earth is this well-loved, well-cared-for home a foreclosure?
Have the Venice CA real estate prices just gotten too unattainable and unsustainable for the creative jingle composer types?
We can only hope and pray that whoever ends up with this beautiful cottage, will maintain its charm and historical integrity and not raze it in favor of some glass-fronted modern minimalist McMansion!