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Openness and Natural Woods for the Hopper House

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ August 6, 2010

After Hollywood actor and director Dennis Hopper passed away this May after a long bout with cancer, his house went on sale. The Hopper compound--located on Indiana Avenue in Venice, CA--includes the main house, guest cottage, and a trio of two-story condominiums and it's for sale at $6.245 million.

Hopper, who had been a serious student of fine art and an aficionado of Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein, owned one of Andy Warhol's soup can paintings. He had the condos designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry.

The main house, offered by Jade Mills Estates, has 4,800 square feet, eight bedrooms, and seven baths on a 15,500-square-foot lot not far from the beach. According to Yahoo, there's a lap pool at the back of the main house, a living room (pictured) with a projection screen and white sofa, a glass-enclosed bathtub, and platform bed with "ornate Oriental rugs, earthy-looking carved wood tables".

Getting Ready for Sale

According to sales agents, you can buy the entire property or you can purchase the individual units. The corrugated metal exterior gives a false impression of the lofty vaults, strong wood beams, and spacious interior beyond. Perhaps it's a perfect metaphor for the man who lived in the place.

Hopper, who hit a home run with his very first film, Rebel Without a Cause, often portrayed characters with a mean, hard exterior. His drug-whacked characters in Easy Rider and Apocalypse Now brought him fame. Later, in films like Hoosiers, he revealed a troubled man with a warm and spacious heart.

But let's talk about you. Even if you can't afford a company like Jade Mills to put your house on the market, you're certainly encouraged to do all you can to increase your home's curb appeal.

That may mean dressing up your entry with fresh hardware and lighting or installing new pavers and planters that lead the buyer's eye to the front door. Touch up the paint on the trim and front door. Bring in your lawn-care expert to green up the lawn, add planters, trim unsightly trees, and fashion unkempt shrubbery.

Even if you can't create a paradise four blocks from Venice Beach, you can create a little spot of joy in your street, beckoning would-be buyers to your driveway.

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