The vibrant neighborhood of Venice has always been associated with creativity and progressive views and it’s long been a well-known haunt for the original, eclectic, and artistic. Situated in West LA, just a short distance away from Mar Vista, Palms and Santa Monica, Venice has a rich history characterized by periods of prominence, downturns, and eventual rejuvenation. With just the right blend of beach and city living, its laid-back vibe attracts people from all over the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re a starving artist or an A-list celebrity; Venice welcomes everyone with open arms, just as people have embraced the neighborhood time and time again.
Originally known as “Venice of America,” Venice was founded by tobacco magnate Abbot Kinney in the early 20th century. The area, which was once marshy, was transformed into a seaside resort town, its streets lined with Venetian-style buildings. Gondolas carried passengers in canals that meandered throughout the town. An amusement pier was also constructed, which generated a lot of buzz that made Venice a tourist attraction.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) serves Venice, which is the largest public school system in all of California. Schools found within the area include the top-rated Broadway Elementary School and Animo Venice Charter High School. There are also several private institutions in the neighborhood such as the Venice Lutheran School and Saint Mark School.
Neighborhoods/Real Estate Options
A diverse range of housing options awaits you in Venice. Here, you’ll find single-family residences, loft-style live/work studios, turn-of-the-century Craftsman-style homes, bungalows, and custom contemporary homes. Living in Venice gives you easy access to Santa Monica, Marina del Rey and the Los Angeles International Airport.
This oceanfront enclave hosts the annual Venice Art Walk, a fundraising event organized by local artists and volunteers. Since its foundation, the event has raised over $600,000 for the Venice Family Clinic. Other events include Abbott Kinney 1st Fridays, when shops stay open late and have special events with live music, food and drink, and/or special sales; the Venice Art Walk with open artist studios; the annual Venice Garden Tour in May that showcases unusual, delightful, and original tastes of home owners.
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