The Dude’s version of life in Venice Beach is nothing like present-day reality. As the main character in the cult classic, “The Big Lebowski,” The Dude (played by Jeff Bridges) is an unemployed, bathrobe-wearing slacker who lives in a modest beach-town home. To pass time, he smokes pot, drinks White Russians and goes bowling with his buddies.
The Dude gets embroiled in a kidnapping scheme after he’s mistaken for a millionaire and his favorite rug gets ruined.
The Big Lebowski hit theaters in 1998, and despite poor box-office performance, it has a devoted following and has even fostered a nationwide Lebowski Fest dedicated to all things Lebowski: White Russians, bathrobes and bowling.
While the film only focused on one of the cottages within the gated compound — a small, one-bedroom place where The Dude lived — the actual property holds six one-bedroom cottages on an almost quarter-acre lot. The cottages were built in 1928, and according to the listing, are “larger than average bungalows.”
Anyone looking for a Dude-like home will be disappointed here; the cottages no longer look like the home of a slacker.
Cenac explains that Venice has changed in the decade-plus since the film’s debut.
“When the movie was made it was a lot seedier than it is now. That area was pretty run-down, it kind of had some character,” said Cenac. “Venice used to be a place by the beach that the working class could afford.”
Venice is now an upper-class enclave in the L.A. area. Median Venice home values are high, currently sitting at $747,100.
Many of the “working-class” bungalows built in the 1920s and ’30s have been updated — including the Lebowski cottages.
The 650-700 square-feet bungalows all have new plumbing, new roofs as well side-yard gardens.
The 10,000-square-foot compound is currently held by one owner who rents each of the bungalows out. Cenac explained that because tenants are still living in each of the cottages, the listing does not include interior photos.
“They’re just regular folks who like living near the beach. It rents just like apartments but they’re separate cottages,” said Cenac.
Due to its proximity to the beach — three blocks away —and upgrades, the cottages are more than just a part of Lebowski lore.
“It’s just an idyllic place,” Cenac said.
Based on a 30-year fixed mortgage at a rate of 4.4 percent and assuming a 10 percent down payment, the monthly mortgage payment for this home is $11,326 per month, as quoted on Zillow Mortgage Marketplace.