Ocean Park is a neighborhood renown for its large, turn of the century Craftsman style homes and charming, beach-y California Bungalows, many of which were among the first structures built in Santa Monica. Recently, many of those older homes have made way for today’s ultra modern and clean homes that now pepper Ocean Park and to an even higher degree in Venice.
So when I come across a home in Ocean Park that isn’t one of those three styles, it can be somewhat of a shock, and typically that house will stick out like a sore thumb. When I saw that a mid-century home was being listed in the area, I was naturally a bit skeptical.
However, after seeing 415 Marine in person, it pleasantly surprised me enough to make it this week’s top property. Listed for $2.1 million, 415 Marine is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath home built in 1955 with roughly 2,100 square feet of living space and is set on a 6,000 square foot lot.
The home has been intricately remodeled and reimagined since it last sold in 2009, but it kept its mid-century roots. The kitchen and dining room have been extended, and a master suite has been added to the back of the house. All the rooms feature large windows and doors (many of them floor to ceiling) to add generous amounts of light and keep the authentic 1950s feeling.
I personally love the lot the house is set on above all else. The home is walled and gated and is set significantly above the street; there is mature landscaping all around the lot which creates a rare and unique feeling of privacy in a neighborhood not known for private spaces.
There is small yard in the front of the house that is accompanied by a large deck that has peak-a-boo city views, and the backyard has a large grassy space as well – the combination of which are almost impossible to find in the area.
Inside the house, the kitchen that opens to the dining room and den, creating a “great” room is my favorite part. The space opens through large glass doors to the backyard and is simply an inviting space for entertaining, and for the family too.
The location of the home is another wonderful perk. Its just a stone’s throw from Rose Ave, Main Street, and the beach. It is set on top of a hill though, so be mindful of the walk home after visiting Oscar’s, Chaya, and The Anchor.
Because of the uniqueness of the both the home and the lot it is set upon, I expect this listing to sell quickly and with multiple offers, even despite its hefty $1,000 per square foot asking price.
If you have any questions about this top property, or the market in general please do not hesitate to contact me.