By Chris Iovenko Architect and developer Stephen Vitalich
has completed four single-family homes that rise side by side in Venice. Modern in style and built with rich appointments that aim to justify the $1,495,000 price, each house (about 2,600 square feet) represents a new way of trying to make the most of real estate in expensive beachside communities. The buildings sit on their own plot of land, with separate foundations. They're also LEED certified, meeting U.S. Green Building Council criteria for sustainable materials and building practices. Environmentally conscious materials include plantation-grown Western red cedar used as exterior siding.