Posts Tagged ‘Venice’

Curbed – Local Landmarks: A Brief History of the Venice Canals, By the Numbers

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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[Image via Jonathan Alcorn / Curbed LA flickr pool]

The Venice canals: historic, picturesque, slightly shark-inhabited. They’re one of Los Angeles’s most unique features, and they’ve been through a lot in the 100-plus years they’ve been around. For this, our last day of Outdoors Week, we’ve distilled the long history of this landmark down to some of the most important numbers, and thrown in a couple of glamour shots of the neighborhood (and one from Nightmare on Elm Street) for good measure:

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[Image via Steve Willard/Curbed LA flickr pool]

2 million: Dollars (approximately) that Abbot Kinney spent building his Venice of America project, as reported by the LA Times in a March 1907 article
20,000: Revelers estimated by the LA Times to have attended the official 1905 opening of Venice of America
7: Canals in Kinney’s original development
6: Copy-cat canals that cropped up in a second, nearby tract, created by other developers around the time Kinney’s original Venice of America opened
6: Canals existing today (that’s right—only the imitators survived!)

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[Image via The Hollywood Hills / Curbed LA flickr pool]

4: Leopard sharks seen in the canals this year
9: Total pedestrian bridges built to cross the canals
1: Bridges that have appeared in Nightmare on Elm Street (the one at Court C and Linnie Avenue; see below)

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[Image via Filmed in Los Angeles]

1929: Year that Abbott Kinney’s original canals began to be filled in with cement
1982: Year the extant canals were added to the National Register of Historic Places
1993: Year the canals completed a $ 6-million renovation that drained them to remove “80 years of muck” from the waters and restored public walkways like sidewalks and those pedestrian bridges
· Outdoors Week 2014 [Curbed LA]

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Curbed – On the Racked: Beer & Menswear in Venice, LA’s Best Eyewear, Uniqlo Pops Up

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

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VENICE: Racked has a look at Charlie’s Los Angeles, a new made-in-the-USA shop on Pacific Avenue. Founded by seasoned craftsman/motorcycle enthusiast Charlie Farago, the menswear boutique offers man cave vibes by way of an in-store pool table, record player, and beer.

CITYWIDE: Here’s a handy guide to LA’s best eyewear shops. Highlights include Retrospecs on Robertson, LA Eyeworks on Melrose, and Gogosha Optique on Sunset.

COSTA MESA: Uniqlo’s first-ever LA pop-up shop has arrived at South Coast Plaza. The teaser shop will hold court until August 10, about a month before Uniqlo’s permanent store officially opens there in September.
· Racked LA [Official Site]

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Curbed – Mural Support: LA Creating and Saving Murals from the Eastside to Venice

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The LA City Council this week ok’d $ 750,000 to preserve and create new murals throughout the city, the Santa Monica Mirror reports, with about half the money going to upkeep and the rest to the creation of new art. The Cultural Affairs Department will decide this year what existing murals will get fresh coats of paint, but officials are working with a list of 19 murals in need of restoration. A few included on the list: Judy Baca’s half-mile-long “Great Wall of Los Angeles” in the Valley, Venice’s “Chagall Returns to Venice Beach” by Christina Schlesinger, and George Yepes’s “Mujer del Este de Los Angeles” in Boyle Heights (how about the Crenshaw Wall, though?). Los Angeles is finally embracing its signature art form; it legalized murals last summer and made rules allowing them on single-family houses in December.

· Venice Murals to Be Restored as Part of $ 750,000 Plan [SM Mirror]

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4 Sale – 12720 Venice Blvd #103, Los Angeles, CA 90066, $527,000 2 beds, 2 baths

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

1090 sqft, 2 beds, 2 baths, condo in Los Angeles, CA – Mar Vista
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Curbed – PriceChopper: Barn-Lowering: CAA Bigwig Roeg Sutherland Knocks Half a Mil Off Rustic-Modern Venice Pad

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Known as the Red Barn, this Venice residence composed of corrugated steel, wood, glass, and cement was built by designer Andres Ariza in 2003. Originally owned by screenwriter/producer Christian Taylor, it was purchased in 2009 by Roeg Sutherland, a co-head of talent agency CAA’s film finance division, as well as Donald Sutherland’s son. The 2,137-square-foot barn-loft was lofted onto the market last year with an asking price of $ 3.2 million, but delisted a couple months later. It’s now returning with a humbler pricetag of $ 2.695 million. Per the listing, the house features two bedrooms, each with their own bath and walk-in closet; a two-story living room; an office; hardwood and polished concrete floors; beamed ceilings; skylights; built-in shelving; and a solar-heated pool with spa and water wall. The 5,218-square-foot property is located about two blocks west of the highly regarded Oakwood Recreation Center.

· 655 San Juan Avenue [Estately]

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Curbed – Weekend Open House: New “Eco-Architectural” in Venice Asking $2.8 Million

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Open House: Sunday, May 25, 2014 between 2 PM – 5 PM

630 Woodlawn Avenue, Venice

Price: $ 2,800,000
Beds, Baths: 3 beds, 3.5 baths
Floor Area: 2,800 sq. ft.
Per the Listing: “Tucked away in the prestigious Presidents Row of Venice Beach, you’ll find this brand new eco-architectural statement by Wylan/James Development. With a keen eye for perfection, this home was built for those with the most sophisticated taste. 25′ ceilings in the dining room and 11′ ceilings throughout create an unbelievable scale. The use of glass, concrete and white oak breathe in the abundant natural light and nearby ocean breezes. A see-through fireplace wrapped in rustic reclaimed wood creates a partition between the living & dining rooms. Enjoy indoor-outdoor living with floor-to-ceiling, collapsing glass doors opening to the private front yard with built-in fire pit… All 3 bedrooms are upstairs, have their own patio and come en-suite. A large walk-in closet, dual sinks, a free-standing spa tub and walk-in shower fill out a luxurious master suite.”

If you’ve been on a Venice home tour (AIA, Dwell, CaBoom, etc.) in the last five years, you’ve probably seen a house that looks exactly like this — repeatedly. They must sell a kit through the Sears Catalog. Not to say it’s bad, in fact it’s quite lovely, it’s just been done. But we feature it this week because it’s a well put together house and everyone needs somewhere to live.

· 630 Woodlawn Ave, Venice, CA 90291 [Redfin]

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Curbed – Week in Review: Dolly Parton’s Selling Spree, Venice Under Water

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

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[This fantastic bathroom could be yours! 1910 house in Silver Lake asking $ 599k]

This Week’s Top Stories: Climate change is real, and unfortunately that means rising ocean levels, so let’s take a look at a future Venice covered with water. How architect John Lautner’s Chemosphere house was saved from bad alterations. Curbed has updated its annual list of places you may want to go to watch movies outdoors with thousands of your neighbors this Summer. And before you hit the beach, please check out Heal the Bay’s beach report card to make sure you’re not diving into a puddle of sewerage. The quarter-mile long One Santa Fe in the Art’s District is nearing completion, and Art’s District denizens couldn’t be less thrilled.What’s the story behind Beachwood Canyon’s Krotona colony? Curbed features investigates. Dolly Parton is going on a selling spree, with her bungalow in West Hollywood hitting the market and two other homes in Idyllwild and Solvang.

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