‘The Killing’ Actor Joel Kinnaman Picks Up Venice Contemporary (EXCLUSIVE)

BUYER: Joel Kinnaman
PRICE: $3,749,000
SIZE: 3,343 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: An early morning digital communiqué from ever-vigilant real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak let us know that lantern-jawed and usually scruffy-chinned Swedish-born actor Joel Kinnaman, the comely co-star of the not longer in production cable crime series “The Killing,” surreptitiously shelled out $3,749,000 for a boxy contemporary in the once and arguably still a bit gritty but rapidly gentrifying and increasingly spendy beachside community of Venice. Listing details show the two-story residence, technically closer to Marina Del Rey than Venice’s über-trendy, hipster-thronged Abbot Kinney shopping and dining district, was built just a few years ago with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,343 square feet of clean-lined and decorative molding-free interior space.

A commercial-style aluminum framed glass door opens into a proper foyer that links to a wood-floored and L-shaped open-concept living/dining/kitchen space that includes a lounge area with a gas fireplace and an expanse of glass sliders that slip into the walls when open and effectively covert the room to a sea breeze licked covered porch. The adjoining kitchen has a marble-topped doublewide island with integrated snack bar and the wide doorway into the dining area is flanked by hopefully non-structural and heavily distressed fluted columns that are, as far as we’re concerned, uncomfortably incongruous to the residence’s decidedly modern-minded architecture.

Two guest/family bedrooms on the upper floor — one has an en suite bathroom while the other makes exclusive use of a hall bathroom — are joined on the second floor by a convenient laundry room along with the long and somewhat thin master bedroom that is plenty lengthy enough to accommodate a sizable sitting area in front of the television-surmounted gas fireplace. The master suite also provides a custom fitted and windowed walk-in closet as well as a marble-accented bathroom with radiant heated floors, jetted garden tub, windowed shower space lined with white subway tiles, and a separate sauna.

Residential lots in Venice are notoriously tight — this one comes in at a particularly compact 4,301 square feet per listing details — so outdoor living space tends to be somewhat limited in the tightly packed community. There’s a gated and high-hedged front garden with entertainment deck off the ground floor living room, a roof terrace with freestanding hot tub and built-in grilling station, and, at the rear of the property, an attached three-car garage with additional off-street parking for up to four more cars.

This is not the first home in Los Angeles purchased by the 36-year-old Swede who starred in the 2014 reboot of “RoboCop,” a domestic dud at the box office but still a global hit, and will appear in the celeb-studded comic book adaption “Suicide Squad” to be released later this year. Just over 1.5 years ago, via the same trust used to acquire the Venice property, he spent $2.45 million for what this property gossip then described as “a revamped, 1970s mock-Med abode high in the hills above Sunset Strip.”

The Venice property was represented by The Altman Brothers, Matt and Josh, at Douglas Elliman.

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  1. I appreciate, cause I found just what I was having
    a look for. You’ve ended my four day long hunt!
    God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  2. Desert Donna says:

    The decor is utterly horrific. And as I said before (and Mama noted) the area is still very seedy to be laying down that kind of cash. Wait until he wakes up to find someone sleeping in his yard.

    • Rabbi Hedda LaCasa says:

      I’m speculating the foyer dresser in photo # 3 was once part of Great Aunt Gilda/Goldie’s “French” bedroom suite up on the Grand Concourse. Originally green and gold, it’s a crime Staging Lady painted it ivory!

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