He ripped out the carpets revealing the raw concrete, which he grinded off to deliver a New York loft effect.
The condo is only one room wide, so he cleverly covered one wall in mirrors – extending to double height in the living room – to boost the feeling of space and draw in light.
It’s mid-morning on a bright, cloudless day on Southern California’s spectacular Venice Beach and he couldn’t be in a better spot to enjoy it.
We move quickly to how Matheson came to be in his sun-filled beach house at all.
“I found a unit in the same building he’d lived in.” An affluent but breezy beachside community on the Westside of L. – southeast of Venice and just five miles north of Los Angeles International Airport – Marina del Rey is dominated by the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor, a home port to more than 6,500 boats.
The condo Matheson purchased – a compact 1,000-square-foot former rental unit – was part of an apartment block that had been extensively remodeled on the exterior. “The inside was a disaster, it had not been touched in 40 years,” he says.
“So we gutted it and scraped it back to the floors and the walls.
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