A Charming Early 1900s Venice Beach Bungalow Lists for $2.25M

The 1913 Craftsman occupies a prime spot in the heart of Abbot Kinney’s original Venice of America.
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A new listing in Venice, California, comes with a slice of local history and a whole lot of vintage charm. Dating back to the early years of the beachside town, the 1913 bungalow sits on what was originally a peninsula between Aldebaran and Lion Canals—two waterholes later filled in to make streets for the automobile age. Today, the home retains its prime location along what is now Market Street, just blocks from popular cafes and the world-famous Venice Beach Boardwalk.

The 1913 Craftsman bungalow at 320 Market Street sits on what was once a waterfront lot along Venice's original Aldebaran Canal. The developer Abbot Kinney, inspired by the town's Italian namesake, originally founded a master-planned community called "Venice in America." Several of the original canals were paved over in the late 1920s, while the canals located southeast of here were built by another developer and survive to this day.

The two-bedroom Craftsman, billed as a "Sears Catalog" home, certainly retains the charm of its century-old existence. In typical bungalow style, a covered front porch welcomes visitors into a large living room that flows into a dining room and kitchen along one half of the narrow and deep layout. Casement windows wrap around the interior, which is also decked out in thick molding and hardwood floors.

The living area features two large windows and an original wood-burning fireplace.

A small office sits just off the living room, separated by original pocket doors. Casement windows wrap around the cosy space, which could also serve as a third bedroom.

The home has been updated throughout the years, adding modern conveniences while retaining period touches. Most recently, the farm-style kitchen was remodeled to mix colorful cabinetry with vintage appliances and furniture. A one-car garage now doubles as a studio while a rooftop deck expands the outdoor entertaining options. Scroll ahead to see more of this historic property, currently listed for $2,225,000.

The home's floor plan follows the typical bungalow layout with a series of public spaces that unfold toward the back. Thick, Craftsman-style molding abounds throughout the interior, from encasing windows and doors to crowing and framing walls.

The dining area is brightened by a large window along one side. Other Craftsman touches include wainscoting and a half wall dividing the space from the living room. 

The dining room flows into the the kitchen, which mixes colorful cabinetry and tile counters with vintage-style appliances. A series of greenhouse windows were added along the wall.

The opposite side of the kitchen features extensive cabinetry and a vintage-style refrigerator. A hallway to the left provides access to the home's two bedrooms.

At the back of the kitchen, a small breakfast nook features French doors opening up onto the back patio.

A look at the first bedroom, which offers a half-bath ensuite.

The home's only full bathroom relies on a mix of tile and moldings to create the charming aesthetic. A large skylight above the tub basques the space in natural light.

The master bedroom offers built-in cabinetry and direct access to the patio. 

French doors from the bedroom reveal a cozy outdoor space, complete with several areas for lounging. The treehouse-like garage—accessed via an alleyway behind the property—offers a studio space and rooftop deck for additional entertaining options.

320 Market Street, Venice, California, is currently listed for $2,225,000 by Brian Linder, AIA and Rick Grahn of The Value of Architecture group at Compass.

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