Navy Street residence is a sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of a particularly active area in Venice, CA. This modest duplex belies a peaceful and spacious sanctuary that floats above its environs and overcomes its adjacency to a busy street and heavily trafficked back alley.
Located on the northern border of Venice alongside Santa Monica, this modern duplex is located half a block from the ocean but offers no ocean views. The owner, a legal scholar, desired a peaceful sanctuary where he could retire to read, write and enjoy the smell of the ocean breeze while escaping the sustained activity of the street and alley.
The main two-story residential unit is accessed via a stairway leading up to the second floor. The main floor features a continuous living and dining space with lofty ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass that offers views at both ends.
While unpresuming, the primary suite’s large clerestory windows provide generous daylight, and the room opens up onto a private elevated sky garden. The sky garden features a planting area and features a large shade tree. Unobstructed views of the sky can be absorbed, offering a peek at the surrounding urbanity through the visually separate and protected screen of foliage.