Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another Venice Family Leaves ...

I was walking down Pacific Avenue yesterday, and got a lump in my throat to see that yet another Venice family is having to leave their house.  This great old beach house is on the corner of Clubhouse and Pacific, and you just know it's going to be torn down for yet another BUB.

I don't know the real story on this situation at all, but I can tell by looking at it that it meant a lot to the "Venice Beach Pontius Family" from 1965 - 2018. 53 years in a wonderful pad full of happy memories ... and I bet they didn't want to leave. I didn't know them, I don't think, but I'm still sad to see them go.

Oh, Venice ... we're doing our best to keep you real, but when will this housing madness end? How? Let's hope we are not reduced to merely a cautionary tale, and folklore about how cool it used to be here. There's still time, while there's still cool. I love you, Venice ... no matter what.

*The former owner, Brian Pontius, sent me the following story of what really happened. I wish them well in their new home, and HOPE this old gem's history will be preserved. 

 Hello, I was the owner of this
 fabulous Venice home. For the record, I must give you some
 details regarding my sale/move. My father in law purchased
 it in 1965, raised his adopted daughter, whom I married in
 1980. We raised our 5 children in this old, dusty, historic
 AND BEAUTIFUL home. He passed in 2006, and we inherited it.
 Never wanting to leave...alas Marlene, my wife, passed away
 in 2009, quite suddenly and I remarried in 2017, at Venice
 beach! My new wife used to live on Dudley in the 80's
 and we knew it was too much house for 2 people. Among other
 things my health issues and the fact that my children needed
 money to purchase a home of their own escalated the need to
 sell. I was very adamant regarding the future of, what I
 consider, a landmark from 1907 and know that it will not be
 demolished. Restoration is a certainty although it may be
 converted to a duplex as it was once in its history. Feel
 free to ask if you would like more info.  
 Regards, Brian Pontius

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