By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
Oscar winner Anjelica Huston's Venice home has such a local following that it is known as 'The Fortress' by fellow residents of the California beach city.
The 13,775-square-foot space, which includes a 1,000 square foot courtyard, was built for Huston by her late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, in 1994 and is now in escrow to Venice Social Club Holdings for $12 million. The group is planning to charge $2,000 a year to members who will then enjoy perks including a farm-to-table restaurant, gallery, screening room and cultural programming.
It will also focus on the members' shared interest of “gourmet bathing,” loosely translated as aqua activities including surfing, hot-spring excursions, seltzer-water tastings, and dipping in the club’s pool.
Anjelica plans to take a seat on the advisory board, and pledged in a proposal to potential investors: “I bestow my heartfelt support for Venice Social Club Holdings’ intention to create a community gathering space that honors Venice’s unique legacy at 69 Winward Ave."
The eclectic and artistic beach home went on the market in 2010 with an asking price of $18 million but it failed to sell.