Open flora plan in Venice
The offbeat creativeness of Venice Beach is alive and well at a cozy bungalow that sits amid mixed-media installations and gardens designed by its owner, landscape architect Jay Griffith.
Used for decades by Griffith as his garden laboratory, the whimsical setting offers an exercise in marrying art and horticulture. A pedestal and saucer filled with “Sticks on Fire,” a euphorbia plant, serves as an eye-catching focal point for the grounds. Fencing that surrounds the triangular corner lot was built from reclaimed wood and distressed and painted to resemble piano keys. The details Location: 717 California Ave., Venice, 90291 Asking price: $3.95 million Year built: 1954 House size: 773 square feet, two bedrooms, one bathroom Lot size: 8,207 square feet Features: Open-space floor plan; walls of windows and sliding glass doors; high ceilings; built-in bookshelves and storage; galley kitchen with Viking range; pergola-topped conversation pit; sitting areas; mixed-media building materials About the area: In the 90291 ZIP Code, based on 18 sales, the median sales price in June was $2.02 million, according to CoreLogic, up 30.4% year over year. Agents: Jennifer Hughes; (310) 383-7299, Bulldog Realtors
WHIMSY SURROUNDS a 773-square-foot bungalow offered at $3.95 million. The yard’s focal point is a plant resembling fire.
THE GALLEY-STYLE kitchen in the cozy house has a Viking range. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom.
ON THE GROUNDS that create a union of art and horticulture is a pergola-topped conversation pit. The lot is 8,207 square feet.