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Venice home tour: A weekend blitz of modern design

Venice006_Eric-StaudenmaierThe Venice Garden & Home Tour is one of the biggest events on L.A.'s house-snooping calendar, a self-guided walking tour of 30 properties including, this year, the Gregory Ain tract -- an architecturally significant 1947 enclave of modest one-story homes by one of the city's iconic modernists.

Homes will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you haven't yet bought a ticket, you can get it for $70 on the day of the tour at 804 Broadway, Venice. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Youth Assn.'s Las Doradas Children's Center. Information: (310) 821-1857, www.venicegardentour.org.

Stops on the tour this year include a renovated bungalow with a large indoor-outdoor living room addition, right. A wooden footbridge spans the lap pool between the two structures. The landscape was designed by Rob Jones of Jones and Potak.

Keep reading for a look at some of the other houses on the tour ...

Venice001_Joe-FletcherThe Vienna Way residence of architect Ron Radziner of the firm Marmol Radziner. Photo credit: Joe Fletcher


Venice003_Joe-FletcherInside the Radziner home.


Venice008_Eric-StaudenmaierA home in the iconic Gregory Ain tract. Photo credit: Eric Staudenmaier

Venice009_Benny-Chan-FotowoDaniel Monti of Modal Design created an efficient and contemporary family space with live, work and play areas. The home was designed around a specimen pine tree that spanned 60 feet. The landscape was designed by Bent Grass. Photo credit: Benny Chan / Fotoworks


Daniel Monti house exteriorThe Monti design, with a punch-steel screen, was featured in an L.A. Times photo gallery in late 2011. Photo credit: Benny Chan / Fotoworks



A reinterpreted 1963 home by architect-owner Tom Carson of Carson Architects is now a private urban retreat, with landscape design by Jay Griffith. Photo credit Boris Breuer


Venice016_Brian-Thomas-JoneTwo old Venice bungalows were transformed into an idyllic compound with pool by the creative homeowner, a landscape designer. Photo credit: Brian Thomas Jones


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-- Debra Prinzing

Photo credit, top: Eric Staudenmaier

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