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Advanced, Eco-Friendly Venice Home Is a Record-Setter

Well-known Los Angeles architect and environmentalist David Randall Hertz FAIA has sold Venice home he designed for himself and his family. The $14.6m sale price is the highest recorded home sale in Venice. In addition to being a classic compound of four structures connected by three bridges within a tropical oasis, the home is made famous as a setting in the Showtime series “Californication.” Los Angeles Times first reported the sale.

Hertz designed the residence in 1995, and created an addition in 2006. Its design is inspired by Hertz’s travels surfing through Southeast Asia. It is also indigenous to Venice and the California tradition of home design represented by Rudolph Schindler, particularly in its use of indoor/outdoor spaces and natural environmental features. Hertz has referenced the style of the residence as “Bali Modern meets Venice Craftsman meets Schindler.”

A native Angeleno, Hertz will remain living in Venice where he also keeps the offices of his design firm, The Studio of Environmental Architecture.

The 5,000 sf home is set on a 7,500 sf lot. It is a compound of buildings set around a lap pool, with 7 bedrooms, media room, pool house. All of the residence’s exterior is built out and put to use with features including: outdoor kitchen, fire-pit, roof deck, outdoor shower, basketball area.

Hertz is a thought-leader in environmentally conscious design. The home pioneered several sustainable and energy-saving features and materials: concrete floors and counters; recycled and certified sustainable wood; photo-voltaic solar energy system that was installed in 1995; natural ventilation that requires no air-conditioning; zero VOC paint; reclaimed materials. The home was awarded the Sustainable Living Award by the Eco Home network.

Other environmental features are listed on the home’s webpage. Assisting the sale were Justin Alexander of Halton Pardee + Partners with Tami Pardee of Halton Pardee + Partners, plus Tim Mullin of Partners Trust and Katie Pardee, also of Halton Pardee + Partners.