I can’t wait for the Venice Garden & Home Tour this Saturday, May 4, 2013 with Abbot Kinney Blvd. as the hub of the tour! I went on the tour last year and loved the architectural aspect, which showcased amazing homes east of Lincoln on and around Appleton Way. To be honest, I had not really explored that part of Venice, although I had been here 12 years at the time! Well, the tour enlightened me to the amazing mid-century modern homes displaying unique works of art. Yes, and the beauty and diversity of the gardens! Make sure to check  it out and benefit a neighborhood organization that benefits local kids right here in Venice. So let’s get right to the details… followed by the press release.

Tickets & Info  –  Venice Home & Garden Tour:

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Start Here: Neighborhood Youth Association
1016 Pleasant View Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
(between Broadway and California, 1 block west of Lincoln Blvd)
Park: Free on-street parking is available. Free shuttle vans along the route.
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Press Release –  Venice Home & Garden Tour:

Urban Living: Life Centered Around Abbot Kinney

The 2013 Venice Garden and Home Tour will celebrate 20 years of inspiring and successful tours by showcasing 30 eclectic, creative gardens and homes within blocks of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, “the coolest street in Los Angeles.” Tour-goers will visit properties of creative homeowners, artists’ studios, the homes and offices of architects and designers, and view gardens that vary from lush to minimalist pocket-gardens.

Architects and landscape designers live and work in Venice because the community embraces experimentation and the use of non-traditional materials. There will be homes of sleek, white cubes on the tour including two homes in one structure connected by a rooftop deck and a two-story, sculpturally beautiful, staircase. Also on view will be a redesigned home where pop-out windows expand the original footprint and bring the outdoors inside. A LEED Platinum environmentally responsive home with its water conservation and drought tolerant garden will be open as well as homes that are small in size but feel spacious because of creative design solutions. Besides contemporary architecture, restored Craftsman and updated old bungalows are on the tour and are examples of the enviable Venice indoor/outdoor living where the weather is congenial and neighbors take pride in their gardens and homes often enhanced by art of all descriptions. Loft living along the boulevard will be available for viewing where homeowners can go down a flight of stairs to street level cafés.

Some of the innovative architects represented this year include Marc Bricault, Don Dimster, Isabelle Duvivier, John Frane, David Hertz, Michael Sant, Steven Shortridge, Sue Addison, Dennis Gibbens and Carlos Zubieta. Landscape designers include Russ Cletta, Jay Griffith, Andre Jackson, Di Zock, Eva Sobesky, Tatiana Barhar and Mark Tessier. Venice has always attracted artists, and the studios of David Gale, Mollie Favre, Brad Miller and Robin Murez will be open. There is much to see on this exceptional tour as visitors meander near Abbot Kinney in the heart of Venice.
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