Venice was initially developed as a canal-themed, seaside resort town and marketed as “Venice of America.” Today, it is a vibrant community made up of professionals, artists and tech-minded folks who come to work in one of Southern California’s tech hubs dubbed “Silicon Beach.” With a bohemian vibe and beautiful, upscale enclaves, Venice is considered one of the most sought-after areas to live in the City of Los Angeles. It’s home to premier restaurants, boutique shopping, as well as spas and yoga/Pilates studios.
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Houses in Venice are pricier than the L.A. County average. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive areas to acquire a home – on a square footage basis – due to the combined factors of high market demand and smaller properties.
Home styles in Venice are an eclectic mix of architectural styles from several periods.
Home buyers can still find original, turn-of-the-century Cottages in Venice. Many of them are well-preserved, but small; that’s just how they build homes long ago.
Venice has experienced substantial revitalization, especially in the past decade. Many older homes have been rehabbed and outfitted with the latest energy-efficient appliances and heating/cooling systems. New construction of Modern, high-end homes is the new normal, along with bright, airy duplexes. The latest homes incorporate principles of sustainable design and meet LEED certification.
Rounding out the neighborhood’s colorful personality, Postmodern and Cape Cod style houses.
- Oakwood, formally nicknamed “Ghost Town,” Oakwood is not a ghost town anymore. Blocks from the beach and bordering Abbot Kinney Blvd, Oakwood offers a plethora of beautifully renovated cottages, duplexes, and townhomes, many of which are LEED certified.
- Venice Canal Historic District includes the smaller remains of Abbot Kinney’s extensive canal system, but it very much retains the spirit of his original vision. Renovated after falling into disrepair, the canals officially re-opened in 1993 and the area has since become a highly coveted area in which to live. You will find a mix of styles – older and newer homes that sit next door to each other.
- Oxford Triangle, situated between Washington Boulevard and Marina Del Rey, is small and hip area. You will find lofts, beach cottages, and Bungalows, along with sustainably-designed Modern homes.
- Milwood is north of Abbot Kinney and has a delightful, bucolic charm. You will see many a white picket fences here, but also Modern duplexes and homes hidden behind bamboo or stucco walls. Residents live just steps from Abbot Kinney Boulevard and love to bike or jog to the beach.
Venice has an allure because of its ‘beachy’ character, interesting architecture, and many recreational activities from which to choose. You can take a quiet stroll along the canals, take a surf lesson at Breakwater Beach, window shop along Abbot Kinney’s boutiques, or just lounge at the beach and boardwalk.
Venice locals love the healthy lifestyle, upscale amenities, and emphasis on sustainable living. The neighborhood is very walkable. Many residents own a beach cruiser. The area has no shortage of bike paths and dedicated cycling lanes.
Getting in and out of the neighborhood is easy when traffic is light. But, be prepared to battle traffic on Lincoln Boulevard, Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), and Interstate 10 during rush hour. The weekend rush of tourists further congests streets in the neighborhood, especially when the beach parking lots reach capacity.
Venice enjoys a mild climate, ocean breezes, and lots of sunshine. Mornings are often overcast until the marine layer burns off. Summer tends to be cooler than the rest of the L.A. Basin and areas farther inland, like the San Fernando Valley, where temperatures routinely reach the 90s. Winter temperatures average between 53 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Venice was founded as an independent city in 1905 by millionaire Abbot Kinney. He envisioned as a beachside resort town in the realm of its Italian predecessor. Miles of canals and a pier full of amusements were built. Early residents snapped up small cottages for sale. Back in the day, locals traveled around the city mainly by foot or boat.
After a vote to annex the city during an election in November of 1925, it officially became part of the City of Los Angeles in 1926. Soon after that, many of the extensive waterways were filled, leaving only the portion of canals one sees today.
In 1930, petroleum was discovered, and the Venice Oil Field became the fourth highest producing field in California. And, it delivered crude well into the 1970s.
From the 1960s onward, Venice earned a reputation as bohemian neighborhood thanks to many of its resident musicians and artists.
Expansion continued as more people were drawn to the area’s funky vibe as well as its charming Cottages, Bungalows, and properties lining the canal. In the last decade, Venice and neighboring Santa Monica were given the nickname “Silicon Beach” in response to several of tech and start-up companies that opened offices here.
From dawn to dusk, Venice Beach is always busy. The inflow of tourists on weekends makes it even more so. There many activities here like dining, exercising, and shopping – yet people watching might be the most common.
Pedestrian-friendly Venice Boardwalk is lined with cafes and eclectic (if not eccentric) shops. Vendors set up kiosks to sell art and trinkets. Alfresco dining and beer quaffing is the norm on warm days. The atmosphere is always convivial.
Parallel the boardwalk, on the ocean side, is thee paved strand – Ocean Front Walk – and it is perfect for biking, in-line skating, running, or leisurely strolls.
Venice Recreation Center has outdoor basketball and tennis courts that are consistently packed. The competition among streetballers is fierce, so much so that even NBA stars show up from time to time. World-class skateboarders show their move and mastery on the large, undulating skate park.
Muscle Beach is an outdoor gym operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. As a public facility, the dues are relatively cheap compared to private gyms like nearby Gold’s Gym, made famous by 70s-era bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger. If you’re not sure if you’ll like pumping iron outside, you can always try it first with a day pass.
And then there’s the sandy beach itself, suitable for beach volleyball or simply throwing out a blanket and staring at the endless waves. Venice’s Breakwater Beach is the best spot for surfing; waves break along both sides of a rock wall barrier.
There are four weekly farmers markets on the Westside, Downtown Santa Monica’s Wednesday and Saturday markets, Pico Farmers Market and Ocean Park’s Sunday Market. These highly-rated markets are renowned for their fresh produce and flowers.
Parks & Recreation
Locals spend a lot of time outdoors surfing, skating and riding bikes. With quick access to parks and multiple beaches, Venice is a recreational enthusiast’s paradise. Living here means taking full advantage optimal weather, stellar surf, and gorgeous sunsets.
Penmar Park & Rec Center
East of Lincoln Boulevard and along Rose Avenue, this neighborhood gem is ideal for playing a variety of outdoor sports and getting together with friends. The rec center has top-notch youth and adult sports programs, after-school programs, camps, and classes.
Penmar Golf Course
Across Rose Avenue, Penmar Golf Course is a 9-hole municipal course with a driving range, practice greens, and reasonable green fees. And it’s also a solid choice for beginning golfers!
Marine Park is a clean, safe park with lighted fields, tennis courts, a playground and ample green space. You can rent a bike here, too.
Linnie Canal Park
Tucked away amidst the quiet Venice Canals, this gated park is small but charming. The pocket park has pond and children’s playground. It is open daily, dawn to dusk.
Burton Chace Park
Marina Del Rey’s 10-acre Burton Chace Park is nestled right in the marina with lush lawns, BBQ grills, and a notable summer concert series. If you want to bring a picnic, it’s easy to pick up some delicious gourmet sandwiches from the nearby Mendocino Farms grocery store.
Other nearby beaches and parks include:
- Playa Del Rey
- Marina Beach (Mother’s Beach)
- Tongva Park
- Oakwood Recreation Center
- Clover Park
Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment
Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a retail shopping strip that fits right in with the local vibe. The street is lined with high-end boutiques, pop-up shops, galleries, and one-for-one stores, like Toms Shoes and Warby Parker. Visitors enjoy outdoor cafes, hip coffee shops, juice bars, fine dining restaurants, and sleek lounges. The shopping district earned GQ’s “coolest block in the USA” award. It also hosts First Fridays each month that includes food trucks, happy hour specials, and live music.
Adjacent to Abbot Kinney, Main Street is a slightly larger retail strip with an even larger array of stores and restaurants. It’s a good are to hunt for a sunset cocktail. At the north end sits several chic hotels like Casa Del Mar and Shutters on the Beach. Both offer gorgeous terraces and beachside dining experiences that locals swear by. And Hotel Erwin’s rooftop bar is another go-to spot for locals. You will also find several smaller, intimate restaurants along nearby Rose Avenue.
At the end of Washington Boulevard, where it meets the ocean, you’ll find classic Venice hangouts and beachfront cafes, an excellent place to grab a delicious weekend brunch. The atmosphere is casual; folks come in flip flops, in tennis shoes after a jog on the beach, or pull over to make a pit stop during a long bike ride along the strand.
Abbot Kinney Festival
Each fall, the Abbot Kinney Boulevard Association cordons off a mile-long stretch of the street and hosts a massive one-day festival. It includes four live music stages, over 300 vendor booths, three beer gardens, and a “Kidsquad” area with live music, a Ferris wheel, rock climbing wall, face painting, and much more.
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Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) operates the public, charter and magnet schools in the neighborhood. Private, religiously-affiliated schools are also an option.
- Coeur D’Alene Avenue Elementary – 810 Coeur D’Alene Ave., Venice, 90291
- Westminster Avenue Elementary – 1010 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291
- Mark Twain Middle – 2224 Walgrove Ave., Los Angeles, 90066
- Broadway Elementary – 1015 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 90291
- Walgrove Avenue Elementary – 1630 Walgrove Ave., Los Angeles, 90066
- Venice Senior High – 13000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, 90066
Charter & Magnet
- Animo Venice Charter High – 820 Broadway St., Venice, 90291
- Westside Leadership Magnet – 104 Anchorage St., Marina del Rey, 90292
- First Lutheran School of Venice (Elementary) – 815 Venice Boulevard, Venice, 90291
- St. Mark School – (Elementary) 912 Coeur d’Alene Avenue, Venice, 90291
- Estimated Population: 42,000
- Area: 3.17 square miles
- Population Density: 13,249 people per square mile
- Zip Code: 90291
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