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Santa Monica to Decide Fate of Last Cottage Today

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See that little house squooshed between multi story apartments and condos? That one-story cottage is over 100 years old and just like our newspaper, people from Illinois have somehow gotten ownership of it and want to ruin it.

According to this Craigslist post, the home at 2219 Ocean Avenue is the last beach-facing single story cottage left in Santa Monica.

Last year the house was deemed a landmark, but the University of Illinois Foundation, the organization the owner willed the home to, is getting its day in court to appeal that designation today. The city has denied them the ability to demolish the house and the foundation can't seem to find a buyer willing to shell over $3.3 million for the 3BD-3BA house built in 1898.

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The elderly gentleman who lived there for many years left it to a university foundation when he died, intending it as a faculty retreat. Even though the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission designated the Cottage as a landmark, the Foundation has appealed this decision to the city council with the intent to overturn the landmark status and instead demolish it.

Although we've pretty much washed our hands at pretty much everything that's gone down in Santa Monica since they took away Bob Burns, we're sorta rooting for the 109 year old cottage.Photo by The Westside Bubble blog who also has a photo of the ocean view the home enjoys.