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Beach Side Living: A Prelude to Summer

Man, we're totally jonesing for summer to finally be here. For those of you looking to use some of your equity to buy a coastal retreat we offer you a few that we found. Now of course, none of these properties include a pool. Really, who needs a pool when you're steps from the sand and sea. Invite us over for a barbecue when you're settled in.

1) What/Where: Venice (above)
Offered at: $1,675,000
The Skinny: Zen garden. Roof deck. 3 blocks from the beach and 2 blocks from Abbot Kinney. What more could you want? Just cuz you asked, this property also comes with a pedigree. Architect Ana Henton - a protege of Frank Gehry - took this home, named The Rialto House, and "transformed" it from a 1923 craftsman to a rocking beach house, with charm.
The Rialto House, Venice [deasy/penner & partners]

2) What/Where: Marina del Rey
Offered at: $1,249,000
The Skinny: The realtor describes the property as a "Killer tri-level end unit townhome." We're geting good vibes off this prop already. Features balconies outside each bedroom, a rooftop deck off the home's sunroom, and its only steps to the beach and Washington's restaurant row.
33 Reef Street #1, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 [The Value of Architecture]

3) What/Where: Corona del Mar
Offered at: $3,799,000
The Skinny: So you're not exactly steps away from the beach, more like a hike (judging by the pictures). This Laguna Beach style (there's a LB style?) abode is situated to give you great canyon and beach views. Features a deck and outdoor fireplace. A Chris Abel "architectural masterpiece."
· Listing: Corona Del Mar [SoCal Modern]