Open flora plan in Venice

Los Angeles Times - - HOME OF THE WEEK - By Neal J. Leitereg To sub­mit a can­di­date, send high-res pho­tos via Drop­box.com, pho­tog­ra­pher per­mis­sion and a de­scrip­tion of the house to home­ofthe­week@la­times.com.

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

Pho­to­graphs cour­tesy of Luke Gib­son Pho­tog­ra­phy

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.

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