New-Build Venice Home Gives Warm Modern Embrace
Warmth, comfort, homeyness. . . it’s what so many of us want to feel as we enter our home space. We recently toured such a dwelling on 711 Angelus Place in Venice, California; a 2 story new build with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, where modern decor meets perfectly in the middle with traditional architecture. Today, we invite you to join us as we take a second look and walk-through one of Venice’s newest and most spectacular homes for sale.
Pink Blossoms & Butterfly Curb Appeal
As we peek through pink, blossoming cherry trees and a leafy, native sycamore, we view this home’s exquisite exterior color of warm wool, a brownish-grey with accents of crisp, white window frames and trim. We’re tempted to run barefoot through the soft, grassy lawn which requires very little water and, conveniently, no mowing. The adjoining lush landscape of native and drought resistant plants and flowers were all collected to attract butterflies, insects and nestlings, such as song and hummingbirds; a wonderfully welcoming “hello” before we enter through the glass front door.
Inside is Scooter & Pet-Friendly
No doubt, the polished cement floors throughout the lower level make a statement that’s as hip and cool as the surrounding neighborhood and culture of Venice Beach. In addition to style, their durability to withstand kid play and pets is second to none. “This is a kid-friendly zone where indoor scootering and skateboarding is encouraged,” offers the current homeowner. “I don’t have to worry about spills or stains, either; they’re simply fantastic.”
Great Rooms Leave no Stone Unturned
As we move through the spacious and airy great room, we start with the front living and dining room that feature two fabulous, modern light fixtures and sun-spilled crank Pella windows. We then enter the heart of the home: the kitchen and connecting family room. When it comes to attention-to-detail, architect Kevin Oreck, left no stone unturned - from the family room’s fabulous coffered ceilings to the Valentino marble breakfast bar with built-in drawers, perfect for storing homework and art supplies.
A Chef's Kitchen of Delicious Design
We enter the designer chef’s kitchen for a closer look and experience a kid-in-the-candy-store moment. The Valentino marble extends to the expansive countertops, custom shaker style cabinets offer loads of storage, and the Ann Sacks Collection “Stoneware” subway tile backsplash adds stylish uniqueness. At the center of it all is the Italian designed Bertazonni 6-burner range that has both beauty and quality. The stainless steel continues with the Zephyr hood, automatic Sharp microwave oven drawer (so clever and cool!), Whirlpool fridge and Bosch dishwasher.
Well-Planned Indoor/Outdoor Living
A built-in Sonos enabled sound system for the entire first floor and outdoor space creates the perfect ambiance for entertaining friends and family. Two sets of glassy sliders open to the outdoors, where cement internal floors and the cement external patio blend seamlessly together, creating significant added usable square footage that’s perfect for when guests wish to venture onto the patio and into the garden. Venice Beach indoor/outdoor living at its finest!
“When we originally planned the layout of this house, we didn’t want it to eat the entire lot,” mentions the homeowner. “We knew we wanted an extension of the living and family rooms for parties and followed the advice of our architect to install a built-in grill, which we use to cook grilled corn from the garden, as well as other veggies and burgers at least a couple times a week.”
Landscape architect, Jamie Schwentker, also did an amazing job taking into consideration the needs of her children. “We worked together to create a garden that would attract butterflies and honeybees and that had sweet and seasonal fragrances. In fact, you can now recognize the seasons by the smells of the different flowering plants.” Additionally, the working raised garden and orange, grapefruit, avocado and potted lemon trees have been a great way to grow fresh produce and answer questions like “How do you make an apple?”
There is an automatic gate for security and privacy as well as a garage with custom built cabinetry (same as what’s in the kitchen), a handy workbench, and extra freezer/fridge. Walking back through the garden, we notice the built-in gas burning fire pit that’s also s’mores safe. Cleverly, mature plants and shrubs were planted to create a natural living fence.
Guest Digs Enjoy Privacy & Style
Back inside and before ascending the blackened French oak wood staircase, we peek our heads into the bright guest room and nearby downstairs bath. Situated in the most perfect area of the house, guests will enjoy quiet privacy, plenty of closet space and a luxurious bathroom furnished with silver travertine counters and floors, custom walnut cabinets, industrial-modern Resolute light sconces, deep shower/tub surrounded by Ann Sacks tiling, and a water conserving Toto toilet.
Second Floor is so Much More
Next, we learn of the massive under-the-stairs storage closet, which has also doubled as the location for numerous kid “closet parties” where giggle sessions and air tea parties are invite only. Rays of natural sunlight show us the way upstairs and to the magnificent David Trubridge coral pendant light. When lit, it casts an amazing pattern onto the walls, making hung art unnecessary.
The upper floor is covered in wide plank, blackened French oak hard wood and are warm and pet-friendly. At the end of the hall we notice the second bathroom that enjoys the same rich silver travertine counters and floors as the downstairs facilities. There are double sinks with Kallista faucets and custom cabinets with lots of storage. The 6’ long, deep tub sports a child safe temperature controlled California shower fixture that can only be turned up to 100 degrees. Smart shower!
Laundry, Bedrooms, Views...oh my!
We do an about face, pass the large laundry room with excellent storage, silver travertine counters, side-by-side high efficiency washer/dryer and a Resolute light fixture. We stop for just a moment to enjoy the view out its window. Trees sway along with the sea breeze; the double-paned window keeps the rustling leaves silent.
We’re guided into the first two spacious bedrooms that are connected via the “kid tunnel” hidden inside the deep and ample closets. “This house is fun,” exclaims the mom homeowner. “It’s also a place with no wasted spaces.” Clearly, the extraordinary design details didn’t take themselves too seriously.
Before moving on, we glance at the wonderful views of roof and treetops that are reminiscent of those in Europe; even pink and purple flowering bougainvillea dance amongst the terra-cotta tiles. The fourth bedroom has been set up as an office with a built-in desk and shelving. Its largeness offers plenty of space for a comfy sofa or bed.
A Master Suite's 'Little Aparment'
To round out the tour we’re invited into the master suite, or, as our homeowner dubs it, “My little apartment.” But first, we pass by the library, a built-in bookcase wall featuring nooks and spaces for art worthy picture books, toys, games and collections of vintage volumes. Again…every square inch, utilized.
Through the master bedroom door we go. First stop, the walk-in with a versatile and modern Isis closet system that allows users the ability to move the racks up or down or remove altogether for long gowns or coats. A few steps down we come to the built-in desk nook; ideal for work-at-home tasks and/or bookkeeping. The master bath is opulent and grand, with silver travertine double-sinks, and a 2-person stand-alone shower with Ann Sacks tiling that has conveniently built-in foot niches for easy gam shaving. Genius.
Unique to the rest of the house is the A-frame, wood paneled ceiling in the more-than-generous master bedroom. Not only does it add to the visual and vertical square footage, it keeps the temperature cool and allows for an extra row of bright encasement windows. A stylish ceiling fan and light adds to the architectural detail of this space, while the bedside dimmer makes late night bathroom visits easy to navigate. “This is a personal adult space,” says the homeowner, “It’s a perfect place to have privacy, yet stay connected to the kids and the rest of the house.”
It’s time to go, so we pat Bazooka dog on the head and start to exit the front door. Before we do, the homeowner adds one more quality about this property, “What I most love about this home is that it can hold everyone in a really comfortable way.” What a lovely thought. A home that embraces its dwellers. Come on out and see for yourself…besides the chance to buy a sensational house, you might just get a hug out of it.