Anyone who’s ever made the trip on a sunny Saturday — or even a hazy Wednesday, knows it’s a time consuming and frequently frustrating, traffic-thronged drive for Angelenos who live on the east side of town to get to the beach. “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Krista Vernoff, who also runs the show on the popular and long-running hospital drama’s fire station drama spin-off “Station 19,” has, however, made a multimillion-dollar real estate end run around that particular hassle of L.A. living.
Though her stately primary home in the historic and showbizzy Los Feliz neighborhood is but 25 miles from the boutique-lined streets of the impossibly chic and still somewhat funky beach community of Venice — easily an hour’s and even a 1.5-hour drive — Vernoff now has the option of spending a few days, weeks or even months just a few steps from the sands of Venice Beach in an early 20th-century Craftsman bungalow along a charming walk street that she and her producing partner and husband Alexandre Schmitt — he heads up production and development at the couple’s Trip The Light Productions — have just scooped up for about $2.63 million.
Built in 1907 on a postage stamp-sized parcel that’s enviably (and expensively) just a block from the beach, the brick-red clapboard structure packs in four bedrooms and three bathrooms in a mite more than 2,100 square feet. Though it can be used as a single-family home, an area of the second floor can alternatively be closed off and utilized as a one-bedroom and one-bath guest, staff or rental unit with a separate outside entrance and full kitchen.