Wednesday, May 16 2012

Spacious Units, Restaurants at 512 Rose in Venice


Almost 100 years ago 512 Rose was the Venice, CA home of The Pioneer Bakery, makers of the popular sourdough bread sold throughout southern California. Soon to open on the site is The Frank, a 70-unit mixed-use multi-family project, developed by Gerding Edlen.

Occupying a full block between 5th and Rennie Avenues, just 1/2 mile from the beach, this three-story project includes an inviting retail element on the ground floor, anchored by two restaurants on the corners. The building is generously set back from Rose, and the large landscaped entry courtyard and cozy outdoor dining areas will enliven the streetscape for residents, retail patrons and passers-by.

Our goal, noted KFA principal Barbara Flammang, was to design a project that fits the engaging Venice context and to provide a variety of unit types and sizes for potential renters to choose from. Five two-story townhouses, ranging from 1900 SF to 2,300 SF are oriented towards lively Rose Avenue. Spacious one- and two-bedroom units, ranging from 800 SF to 1,400 SF, face the quieter side streets or two large courtyards, which are generously landscaped with bamboo, grasses, protea and lavender.

Other highlights include large operable windows and balcony doors which welcome fresh sea breezes, steel trellises and glass balcony railings. Unit interiors feature dark stained wood cabinets, quartz countertops, six-foot tubs and oversized showers.