© Habitas / Photography: Read McKendree

The guys behind Habitas clearly like to do things thoroughly. Following the opening of their first urban retreat in New York City, Eduardo Castillo, Kfir Levy and Oliver Ripley have launched a similar outpost on the U.S. West Coast. In fact, it’s situated just a stone’s throw away from the Pacific. The so-called Habitas Venice Beach occupies a 1940s beach house that has been fully renovated and now features a series of spaces where its members can unwind, meet up with friends or get some work done. At the heart of the venue is the living room and adjacent kitchen with soaring ceilings and featuring a fireplace.

It’s furnished with green safari chairs and a yellow couch, while a hidden bookcase acts as an honour-system bar. The kitchen includes takeaway items like yogurt with granola and fresh fruit, as well as complimentary items like self-service tea and espresso and an abundance of snacks. The upstairs loft includes three designated seating areas with low-bearing furniture, double stacked pillows and Japanese tatami mats to lounge in comfort. Many of the building’s architectural features and materials, such as the detailing on the façade and windows, and the original redwood indoors, have been retained and paired with carefully sourced vintage furnishings or custom-built pieces and artwork by local creatives.

Other spaces at the clubhouse include a homey and light-filled salon furnished with a classic 1970s wood-on-glass table, a green chaise longue and Hollywood Regency lights, a sun room, and last but not least, a wellness room inside a converted garage. The hospitality at Habitas Venice Beach extends outside as well. There’s a cozy backyard dotted with benches painted high-gloss black with floral Indochine-style cushions and article chairs. Location: Habitas Venice Beach, 1107 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (Venice).

© Habitas / Photography: Read McKendree