Venice is a beachside community found in the Westside Los Angeles region, between Santa Monica and Marina del Ray. It was founded in 1805 by developer and tobacco magnate Abbot Kinney and became a Los Angeles neighborhood in 1926.Venice was originally known as Venice of America, inspired by the manmade canals built around a now historic portion of the neighborhood. The canals originally served to drain the marshes in the community but have since become one of the town’s major attractions.
Venice is a lot of things to many people. It’s a haven for those who love the active and sporty lifestyle, thanks to the beach and the sports and fitness facilities around it. It’s a historical, cultural and artistic mecca, known for its early 1900s landmarks and as the home of the Beat Generation in the 1950s and 1960s. It’s also a shopping, dining and nightlife destination with its famous retail strips and eclectic assortment of restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Recreation, nightlife, shopping and dining in Venice
The sub-neighborhood of Venice Beach is the community’s sports and fitness hub. You can go boating, fishing, paddleboarding and surfing, or spend the day at the Venice Beach Boardwalk, the 2nd most visited destination in Southern California. The beach features courts for volleyball, basketball, handball and other sports. Other famous sports attractions in the area include Venice Beach Skatepark, Muscle Beach Venice and Skate Dancing Plaza.
For shopping buffs, Abbot Kinney Blvd. offers a wealth of shops and boutiques where you can find anything from casual beach wear to designer clothes, as well as artworks, antiques, furniture and unique finds.
Most of the restaurants in Venice have a cozy and trendy ambience. Not to be missed are Gjelina, Chaya Venice, Superba Food & Bread and The Tasting Kitchen.
Venice has a lively after-hours scene with an exciting mix of bars, lounges, dive joints and pubs found in hotspots like Abbot Kinney Blvd., Pacific Ave., and Main Street. If history and culture are your thing, you’ll love going around the Venice Canal Historic District, visiting the galleries on Abbot Kinney Blvd., or simply ogling at the amazing murals and street art found all around the neighborhood.
Venice Luxury Homes and Real Estate
Homes in Venice are just as charmingly eclectic as the neighborhood itself. They come in a wide range of architectural styles, including Craftsman, contemporary, 1920s California bungalows, cottages and Spanish bungalows.As one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in L.A., real estate in Venice is generally priced at the upper end of the scale. Many homes were designed by top Los Angeles architects, and come with the finest features and amenities that include state-of-the-art kitchens, expansive indoor and outdoor living areas, swimming pools, multi-car garages, huge walk-in closets and more.Waterfront properties command some of the highest prices, and define what luxurious living truly means. There are also a number of condos, apartments and townhomes, offering more affordable but no less desirable features. These are mostly low-density multi-family dwellings of just two to three units, but higher-density residences are also found in some parts of the neighborhood, particularly in North Beach.Venice is made up of several charming communities, as follows:
North of Rose
East of Lincoln
Venice Beach – The neighborhood’s prime spot is where you will find the most stunning homes in the area, along with several multi-family properties.Venice Canals – This picturesque residential district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most desired locations in Venice. It features scenic walkways and beautiful historic homes in various styles and sizes. The canals are open for non-motorized boating by residents.Silver Triangle – This predominantly residential neighborhood features early 1900s California bungalows, charming homes built in the 1940s and 50s, and contemporary homes.Milwood Trapezoid – A tranquil residential neighborhood, comprised mostly of 1920s California bungalows, this neighborhood is home to many artists and designers.Windward Circle – Located very close to the beach, this is a trendy district with a fascinating mix of old and new homes andits own small commercial area.President’s Row – This residential neighborhood located between Washington Boulevard and Venice Boulevardoffers a refreshing small-town vibe with its charming assortment of postwar bungalows, architectural homes and a few stately homes built in the early 1900s.Oakwood Pentagon – Located inland from Venice Beach Boardwalk, this highly diverse community features an eclectic collection of residences, including architectural homes, early 1900s California Bungalows, and condominium complexes in various sizes.North of Rose – Adjacent to Rose Boulevard, this one-block-wide strip packs plenty of charm with homes that include late 1920s Spanish cottages and 1940s duplexes.East of Lincoln – Stretching from Lincoln Boulevard to Walgrove Avenue, this tranquil residential neighborhood features homes in various architectural styles, such as 1920s California and Spanish bungalows and mid-century ranch style homes. The public Penmark Park and Golf Course is found here.