Live and Work in This Frank Gehry Loft in Santa Monica for $2.5M

The three-level studio shows the starchitect’s practical side, while still leaving room for fun.
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Property Details: 

 Location: 1643 12th Street, Unit 2, Santa Monica, California  

Price: $2,495,000 

Year built: 1992 

Footprint: 2,565 square feet (three bedrooms, two baths) 

 Lot size: 0.172 acres  

From the agent: "In the early 1990s, longtime friends architect Frank Gehry and artist Chuck Arnoldi got together to develop real estate for their own portfolio. This intimate six-unit complex is the result of this creative collaboration, where form follows function, scale and proportion define the composition, and materials are expressed openly and honestly. Arnoldi reserved Studio 2 for himself, arguably the best unit in the building at the southwest corner, where natural light streams through industrial-scale windows on all levels, and large skylights funnel sunlight to the interior of the space. The artist’s studio on the first floor has 17-foot-tall ceilings, a standalone office with its own bathroom, and a mezzanine above, both of which now serve as bedrooms for the current owners, a family of four with two children. The middle level features the public space, with an open plan connecting living, dining, and kitchen areas, ideal for entertaining. At the top, a large master suite commands panoramic views from city to ocean, with a separate sitting area, large walk-in closet, and luxurious spa-like bathroom. The exquisite palette of materials rounds out the compelling experience, with signature Frank Gehry built-ins, honed marble slabs, Heath tile, custom concrete countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and high-end European hardware and fixtures throughout. And the location itself couldn’t be more advantageous, with the Pacific twelve blocks away, Santa Monica’s vibrant downtown close at hand, and easy access to the 10 Freeway and Metro's Expo Line."

The living room features hardwood floors and lots of natural light from the studio windows. 

Street-level views include iconic Los Angeles palm trees, and operable windows provide a breath of fresh air.  

The light-filled living room extends into the kitchen, which sits snugly in the corner of the second floor. Modern appliances and ample storage round out the space. 

The kitchen features warm wooden motifs, with cool gray appliances and countertops. 

The bedrooms, which sit on the second level, are accessed by a wood-and-metal staircase. 

The three-bedroom home is finished with large built-in shelves and neutral colors.

The first bedroom has room for a workspace, with lots of clever storage solutions. 

The bed sits against floor-to-ceiling studio windows, to ensure plenty of light gets in. 

The first bathroom features white subway tile, contrasted with black stone. 

The second bedroom overlooks the living room, with ample light reaching through the windows found on the first level. 

A small office nook lies just off the second bedroom. 

The bathroom found in the second bedroom features tile of various scales in a beige colorway. 

The third bedroom embraces a pop of color, with a bright orange paint prominently gracing one of the walls. 

Located just inside the entrance, the den has high ceilings and a concrete floor. 

A staircase leads from the den up to the living room, as well as the rest of the space. 


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