A funky neighborhood with an eclectic mix of communities
Venice is a funky community and its neighborhoods are an eclectic mix. In Venice you'll find beautiful craftsman homes built in the early 1900's side by side with today's contemporary architecture. For trivia buffs and to give you a flavor of Venice, this beach city is where legendary rock band The Doors were formed in 1965 by UCLA alums and Venice bohemians Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison. Jane's Addiction also was started in Venice.
Venice also has a rich history in art, architecture and other creative works. The Venice Garden Tour and the Venice Art Walk are annual events held in the Spring which get locals out walking around to discover art studios and secret gardens. If you'd like to receive new listings for any of the neighborhoods below the minute they hit the market, contact me to set you up.
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Running from Santa Monica south to Ballona Creek, the beach area runs along the ocean for 1.5 miles with small lots and plenty of multi-family zoning, with the south part of this area boasting some spectacular homes with the mid-area being the commercial boardwalk and the northern tip being residential again.
Just behind the commercial boardwalk, you'll find some of Venice's original 1900's homes. Some are beautifully restored and some are waiting for you!
The Venice Beach Area also includes the gorgeous sub-neighborhoods of Marina Peninsula, Ballona Lagoon East (Grand Canal), Ballona Lagoon West and Silver Strand. Many people mistakenly think these sub-communities are part of Marina del Rey.
Jogging, dogwalking, roller blading and biking along the bike path and boardwalk fronting the beach are popular past-times in this area. Ask me more. I've spent countless Saturday mornings with my running club in this area.
North of Rose
North of Rose Avenue and up in the hills towards Santa Monica is a small area that offers everything from mid-century duplexes to Spanish cottages in Venice CA real estate. Many of these homes were built during the golden age of Hollywood. In fact, many people looking for Santa Monica real estate consider the North of Rose area because of its proximity to Santa Monica.
Rose Avenue has been called the "new Abbot Kinney" and is home to a number of eateries, art galleries and stores that you can easily walk to on a breezy day. The area is perfect for single hipsters or young families who want to be near the water. As for the houses themselves, you’ll find a number of single-family houses located around Dewey Street and Penmar Park (east of Lincoln) and single family homes west of Lincoln, as well as an assortment of condos along the other side of Main Street.
Oakwood is blocks from the famous Venice beach boardwalk on the west and further bounded by Rose Ave on the northwest, Main and Electric Ave, California Ave on the south, and Lincoln Ave on the east.
With Oakwood's culturally diverse background, you’ll find a variety of shops, markets and restaurants along Rose Ave. It’s not all play, though. There’s a thriving an industrial/commercial area along Main Street and Hampton Drive that’s home to tech, design and entertainment industry firms.
The Venice real estate market in Oakwood consists of multi-family housing units, condos and single-family homes, which make them a favorite with home seekers and investors alike. Many homes have been designed by prominent architects, with a flair for the experimental side of design. In addition, the area is home to several art studios that are featured each May on the Venice Art Walk. Most homes are also only about three to seven blocks from the beach and famous Venice Beach Boardwalk.
Venice’s historic Walk Street neighborhood is made up of three primary streets – Marco Place, Amoroso Place and Nowita Place. The area itself began around the start of the 20th Century, so you’ll find quite a few centennial homes. Situated just west of Lincoln Blvd. and primarily east of Shell Ave., the Walk Streets are highly walkable to Abbott Kinney Boulevard, yet the neighborhood is very quiet.
You’ll find California bungalows, cozy cottages, the ever-popular craftsman homes and a few modern architectural designs. The emphasis in this area has been on restoring and enlarging the 1920's bungalows in keeping with their original style.
The Walk Streets get their name from the sidewalks that run between the homes designed for pedestrians, rather than motorized traffic. Plus, you’ll find many of the homes feature scenic landscaping and beautiful gardens of some kind inviting you to walk the neighborhood. Like many of the Venice homes for sale in this area, you’re within walking distance to great amenities like shopping and dining. With their pedestrian friendly appeal, these homes are always in demand.
The community is tightknit and block parties are a regular occurrence thoughout the year. Zoning is R-2, allowing two units on 5000' lots. There is a lot of pride of ownership in this area.
Named in 1905 for tobacco millionaire and founder of Venice, Abbot Kinney, Venice officially became part of L.A. in 1926. Today, Venice has become a fashionable spot to live. With its upscale and eclectic vibe, the area known as "Abbot Kinney" is home to hip bars, art galleries, trendy restaurants and eccentric shops. Homes and condos in the area are in high demand because of their walkability and local amenities like bars, shops and restaurants.
With the Pacific Ocean only a bike ride away, fishing, surfing or just hanging out at the water’s edge are favorite pastimes of vacationers and locals alike. Many people also enjoy biking along the Marvin Braude Bike Path. Abbot Kinney successfully merges residential and commercial property, making it a great place to live, work and play. And don't miss the monthly food truck event held on the first friday of the month.
Bordered by Pacific Ave, Abbot Kinney Blvd and Venice Blvd, Windward "Circle" is really shaped more like a triangle. Its name comes from the European style traffic circle at neighborhood’s center at Windward/Main. Many of these streets were once part of the great water canal system founder Abbot Kinney designed. The Circle was where Abbot Kinney built his water plunge and roller coaster.
Through the years, the majority of the canals were filled in with dirt and streets were poured. Many of the Italian street names remain – Rialto, Cabrillo Andalusia – and to complete the picture, you'll find a replica of a venetian gondola in the middle of the Circle.
Since this area was created around the turn of the 20th Century you’ll find many centennial Venice homes for sale here. Some original homes still remain and are true “Venice Bungalows.” Many of them have either been restored or would make great renovation projects because of the value in the land. Developers and investors look to Windward Circle for tear downs since vacant land is so scarce here.
Quite a large number of residents are in the arts, entertainment and tech industries, so you’ll find the area has somewhat urban and trendy air about it. Plus, like much of Venice, it’s within walking distance to art studios, shops and restaurants, and of course, the beach. Windward Circle boasts Venice’s only public dog park, making it a hit with canine lovers. And don't miss the annual block party on Halloween for local families.
Which side of Lincoln is right for you – East or West? People seeking Venice CA real estate look to East of Lincoln for a number of reasons. Some home shoppers feel the pace is slower, the streets are more eye-catching and the area itself has a bit more of an open feel. Others feel the lots are bigger and it feels less urban since the area is heavily residential without a lot of commercial real estate around it.
Make no mistake, though. You are still in Venice and you'll see some crazy things. I've seen "granny flats" in the backyard that are full on 1100' homes.
The general north/south boundaries are Lincoln Boulevard to Walgrove Avenue. You'll find a mix of architectural styles including early Hollywood bungalows in California and Spanish styles, postwar cottages and an assortment of ranch-style homes. In recent times, a number of homes have been remodeled and expanded upon.
Two other reasons that people choose East Venice to call home are the nearby Penmar Park & Golf Course to the north and the schools. It’s why the ‘Penmar Pocket’ region is a popular place around the East of Lincoln area. There are also other outdoor benefits though like tennis courts, sports fields and a community center.
President’s Row gets its name from the local streets – Grant, Garfield, Harding, Harrison and Van Buren. The neighborhood is bounded by two other presidents too – Lincoln and Washington. It’s also bordered by Venice Ave and Abbott Kinney Blvd.
The Southern section of President's Row is mostly postwar 1940's bungalows, while further north, you'll find older 1020's stock. Some of the larger lots run along Harding Avenue if you want a home with a bit more land.
While you will find some businesses here with that quirky edge you’d expect in Venice, the area is for the most part dedicated to homes.
Silver Triangle is a triangle situated within Abbot Kinney Boulevard, West Washington Boulevard and the Venice Canals. It’s slightly north of Marina Del Rey so that means you’re surrounded by a host of activities and amenities, many of which are within walking distance. In fact, Ocean Front Walk, the famous Venice Beach pedestrian promenade is literally just blocks away.
Silver Triangle offers homes of varying styles. You’ll find a number of traditional bungalow homes constructed mostly in the 40s and 50s. There are also a number of ranch style homes that were popular in the 60s and 70s. While mostly single-family residential, you’ll also find one 70-unit condo project built in the early 80's called Del Rey Colony.
Thanks to Venice of America developer Abbott Kinney, we have canals reminiscent of Venice, Italy. Not all of the canals survived, but we still have a small network of six canals with approximately 400 single family homes, ranging in style from tiny cottages to 3000 sq. ft. contemporaries.
While you'll find a few older 2-3 unit properties in this area, contemporary zoning is for single family homes only.
The canals are bounded roughly by Eastern Court on the east, Court A on the south, Strongs Drive on the west and Court E on the north. There are four east-west canals (Carroll Canal, Linnie Canal, Howland Canal and Sherman Canal) and two north-south canals (Eastern Canal and Grand Canal).
There is a small park at the Linnie Canal bridge is a gathering spot for families with small children. The park has playground equipment and a protected area for the wild birds and ducks that hang in the area.
Not to be missed each year is the Venice Canals Christmas Boat Parade sponsored by the Venice Canals Association. Awards are given for best dressed boats, homes and bridges. The 4th of July brings fun events, too, like the Duck Race. And how about a row-in movie night? That's right! No home on the canal is complete without its own canoe.
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