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Local legend says 'The Rialto House' was designed and built by one of Abbot Kinney's senior craftsmen, who had been brought to Venice to help build Kinney's 'Venice of America.' The structure has been restored in stages by the current and three previous owners, resulting in one of the most visually stunning houses in Los Angeles. It was repainted in yellow and green, approximating its original colors. The hardwood floors have been refinished throughout. The extensive use of carved wood facia and stained glass and leaded crystal reflects the Islamo-Byzantine style, which was first imported to Venice, Italy from the Levant and then brought to Venice Beach and employed to create the Rialto House.
A 1907 charmer with two thousand square feet over three floors including a glassed-in foyer, a sun room with leaded crystal and stained glass, a living room and large dining room, large kitchen with butcher block island and bar sink, small back porch with Weber barbeque, and three full baths, one on each floor. Three bedrooms are located on the second floor: a master bedroom with king size bed, and two guest bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a full twin. A queen air bed is located in the studio on the 3rd floor. The king and queen beds will comfortably sleep two adults; the full twin will sleep one adult or two children. There is a balcony with French doors off one of the guest rooms that catches full morning sun. The 3rd floor studio opens onto a roof deck. There are televisions with DVD and/or VHS players in the living room, the master bedroom and one of the guest rooms. There is a stereo system downstairs that plays FM, AM, CDs and cassette tapes and there are speakers in both the kitchen and living room. Wifi is provided throughout the house. There is a rose garden in front of the house with a patio and two lounge chairs, perfect for sipping a glass of wine and people watching in the evening. There is a laundry room with washer and dryer attached to the garage and one garage space with automatic door is available upon request.
The house is located in Venice's original canal district, which existed from 1905 to 1926 and we are a short walk from the remaining canals. Abbot Kinney Boulevard is just down the street three short blocks to the east and the beach and Boardwalk are four blocks to the west. The neighborhood is safe and relatively quiet - it is Venice after all. The lot value in this part of Venice is about $1.4 million for a 30' by 80' parcel.
The owner lives in a separate, adjacent apartment and is available to answer questions about the house or about Venice.
There is a master bedroom with bay windows, king size bed and large screen television. Also two guest bedrooms, one with a queen size bed and television and the other with a full twin bed and balcony. On the third floor is a sleeping area with an air and attached bathroom....moreless
The Rialto House is one of the most inviting spaces you will ever visit. It has an unusual warmth and charm....moreless
A book case filled with novels and detective stories is provided....moreless
Satellite / Cable
Downstairs with speakers in the kitchen and the living room....moreless
Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
You will be four short blocks from Venice Beach and the Venice Boardwalk....moreless
From the third floor deck one enjoys views of the treetops of Venice, the Santa Monica Mountains to the north and on a clear day the San Gabriel Mountains to the east....moreless
Venice of America was built 1904-5 as a recreation of Venice, Italy, complete with canals, gondolas, a replicas of the buildings that line Pizza St. Marco. Much of the Venetian charm survives....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
12 people can be seated by adding a table to the existing dining table. Linen is available on request....moreless
Seating for 12 people
In one bedroom only. Usually it is not required....moreless
Yes. Garage parking behind the house is available and can accommodate a sedan, or small SUV or minivan....moreless
Wall furnaces on the first two floors, a ceiling heater in the second floor bathroom, and an electric heater in the third floor studio....moreless
Iron & Board
Garage parking behind the house is available and can accommodate a sedan, or small SUV or minivan....moreless
Rates are based on 5 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holidays Dec 19 - Jan 6, 2015 5 night min stay
January to March Jan 7 - Mar 31, 2015 4 night min stay
$490 Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 5 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Spring and Summer Apr 1 - Sep 30, 2015 4 night min stay
$425 Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 7 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$1,000
The housekeeping fee is included in the daily rate.
The owner requests that guests not wear pointed high heel shoes in the house. They poke holes in the wood floors.
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Venice Beach is renowned for its weather, white sand beaches, surfing, sunbathing, rollerblading and biking, canals, historic Venetian architecture alongside avant garde residences, trendy shopping districts, its artist colony and art galleries, a bohemian vibe, and the nouvelle cuisine of its many popular restaurants. Musts for visitors are a leisurely walk to the Marina jetty along the canals, a stroll on the Venice Boardwalk, biking to Manhattan Beach on the beach bike path, and dining at a few of our innovative restaurants. Close by are Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, which boast fine dining, and trendy many shops and department stores. The Getty Villa and Getty Museum, UCLA, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are just a short drive away. Hikers will find ample trails in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.
Year Purchased: 1989
About the owner: A semi-retired political and media consultant. Born and raised in Santa Monica. Attended UCLA and Occidental College. Avid hiker, cyclist, gardener and traveler. Served for several years as the honorary consul general of one of the newly independent nations of central Europe. I've had many visitors from Europe and enjoy helping them enjoy their stays here in Los Angeles. I am a student of the history of Venice and as a hiker and cyclist I can advise about hiking and biking trails in the area.
Why the Owner Chose Venice Beach: I fell in love with the property's unique architectural style, hardwood floors, 'gingerbread' decoration and stained glass and leaded crystal. It also has a warmth and charm that I did not find in other properties I considered purchasing.
The Unique Benefits at this House: The house is located at the epicenter of the emerging, trendy Venice. Three short blocks to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, named the 'hippest' in the U.S. by GQ magazine, and four blocks to the Venice Boardwalk and beach. Close enough to enjoy both while also set back enough so the noise does not accost you (as it can at properties closer to the Boardwalk). The owner has recently provided a secure garage for guests. Parking is in short supply in Venice and hard to find on the street at times. The garage space will accommodate a sedan or small SUV or minivan.
Speaks: english, french
Secondary:+1 3108716265Please call from 8 AM to 10 PM PST