Venice Beach is world famous for its eclectic mix of artists, writers, performers and bodybuilders. The actual beach area consists of two piers, a boardwalk full of street venders and performers, basketball and volleyball courts, not to mention a beach side open air weight room.
Originally developed in 1905 as “Venice of America,” much of the original funkiness still remains today, and this is what draws many creative types to this unique community. Venice offers a wide and diverse range of living opportunities, from stately Craftsman built just after the turn of the century and little 1920′s California bungalows to newer contemporary homes and loft-style residential studios. A renaissance over the past twenty years has brought needed improvement to most areas of Venice, including Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Home to trendy shops, restaurants, bars and art studios, Abbot Kinney is Melrose Avenue at the beach.
Venice is made up of a number of unique and definable neighborhoods. Some of the most sought after neighborhoods include the Canals, the Walk-Streets and the Silver Triangle.
The Venice Canals are one of the most unique neighborhoods in all of Southern California. Originally designed to replicate Venice, Italy, thirteen canals were constructed in 1906 utilizing reclaimed marsh land for building. This inland waterway is now comprised of just 6 remaining canals. Fronting the canals are approximately 370 residential properties, most of which are single family homes. A complete restoration of the canals, including new sidewalks and canal banks, was completed in 1993.
Just behind Ocean Front Walk is a delightful neighborhood of charming walk and drive streets, each one or two blocks long, extending away from the beach. Many of Venice’s original early 1900′s homes are along these streets, some of them beautifully restored. Contemporary new homes are scattered throughout. There are many small multiple family dwellings, most two to three units. The North Beach section is somewhat higher density with a few 20 to 30 unit buildings which have minimal parking. Most of the lots in the beach neighborhood are small, averaging around 30 wide by 90′-120′ deep.
Located just north of Washington Boulevard and east of the Venice Canals is a quiet residential neighborhood referred to as the Silver Triangle. Most of the original homes were built in the late 40′s to early 50′s as 2-3 bedroom postwar bungalows averaging 1200 sq. ft. There are a few older California Bungalows plus many newer contemporary and architectural homes. The Silver Triangle is predominately owner-occupied single family homes. There is one 70-unit condominium project, built in the early 80′s, called Del Rey Colony. Del Rey is a self-contained gated town home complex surrounding a man-made lake.
Venice Beach is truly a unique place exemplifying the California lifestyle.