Late artist John Baldessari’s former Santa Monica home is selling for $3.9 million

1903 house sold on 3rd Street

By Dolores Quintana

The renovated Craftsman home at 2623 3rd St. in Santa Monica, California sold for just over list price. John Baldessari originally purchased the 1903, 3 bedroom, 2 bath single family home in 1990 for $660,000.

After ten years, the artist sought the design skills of two prominent architects to modernize the home and bring more light, space and creative energy into the home while maintaining the home’s classic Craftsman design. Additional windows and skylights were added to increase the available light for the artist’s work. The back of the house was expanded and a kitchen and library were added in the new room. Baldessari also hired a designer, Roy McMakin, to custom-build new furniture, some of which was put up for sale with the house. In the end, the home’s living space was increased to 2,798 square feet.

Bathroom color schemes are bright and unusual, one bathroom is cream orange with a steel toilet and vanity, the other has aqua-colored tiles with steel fixtures. The kitchen has a cobalt blue tile scheme, a butcher block countertop on a modern island that was custom built. The large outdoor area is terraced with olive trees and lots of plants for relaxing.

The home is located in the Ocean Park area of ​​Santa Monica, near Main Street and the beach. Baldessari was a painter who destroyed his work by the late 1960s, moving to a different aesthetic of text and photography, adding film, video and sculpture over time. He died in January 2020 and also worked as an art teacher. Overall, his work has been part of 1,000 group exhibitions and 200 solo exhibitions.

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