Venice has its share of skateboard-riding, flip-flop-wearing, surf-loving residents, to be sure. But the true in-crowds reside in the area’s many walk-street enclaves, it’s famed canals, Winward Circle and Abbott Kinney neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are home to the remaining Venetian-inspired buildings built when Venice was founded. Venice offers high-density living in relative seclusion from nearby suburban sprawl. Where mostly lower-income singles used to live, affluent families often reside today.
Venice is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the southwest and by Marina del Rey on the southeast, by Culver City and Mar Vista on the east and Santa Monica on the north.
- Venice Canal Historic District
- Abbot Kinney Boulevard
- Residences and streets
- Venice Beach
- East Venice
The “Downtown” district encompasses the area along Abbot Kinney, Grand Boulevards and Main Street. Having known heydays in the 40’s and again in the 1960’s when hippie culture dominated Venice, Downtown Venice has again become popular for it’s many bars, nightclubs, art galleries, custom clothing shops and architecture.
Known as the “Oakwood Pentagon”, Oakwood lies inland several blocks from the tourist areas. Historically, it is one of the few predominately African American and Latino areas in West Los Angeles. The gentrification that began three decades ago around Venice’s famous canals has pushed inland into the Oakwood area, as urban professionals and Hollywood types sought that perfect Craftsman to restore or the ideal lot on which to build a designer home.
- East Venice
East Venice is a racially and ethnically mixed, residential neighborhood of Venice that is separated from Oakwood and Milwood (the area south of Oakwood) by Lincoln Boulevard, extending east to the border with Mar Vista, near Venice High School. Aside from the commercial strip on Lincoln (including the Venice Boys and Girls Club and the Venice United Methodist Church), the area almost entirely consists of small homes and apartments as well as Penmar Park and (bordering Santa Monica) Penmar Golf Course. The existing population (primarily composed of non-Latino whites, Latinos, and Asians, with small numbers of other groups) is being supplemented by new arrivals who have moved in with gentrification.
Washington Square: The southern end of Venice is home to the 1,300 foot Venice Pier. and an upscale area known to locals as Washington Square. The crowds are good looking and the party is steady. Great restaurants, bars, surf and skate shops, and people watching are the main activities in this neighborhood. The Venice Pier, beach, and parking is located at the south end of Washington Blvd. The Venice Canals are located one block north of the corner of Washington Blvd. and Pacific Ave.
Abbot Kinney Blvd: Named “The coolest block in America” by GQ Magazine in 2012!
This trendy boulevard, named for the city’s founder, is full of hip boutiques, amazing restaurants and bars, coffee shops, art galleries, and beautiful people.
Venice Beach Boardwalk
The Linc: Lincoln Blvd between Washington and Rose
Rose Avenue: Lincoln to Pacific
Points of Interest
- Venice Beach
Encompassing the boardwalk, Muscle Beach, the handball, paddle tennis and volleyball courts, Skate Dancing plaza, bike trail and many shops, restaurants, street venders and performers Venice Beach offers year-round entertainment for tourists, locals alike.
- Venice Canals
The Venice Canals are a hidden treasure, little known even by residents of Los Angeles. Created by developer Abbot Kinney as both a tribute to the original Venice, Italy, and as a way to drain the marshes to aid in development, many of the original canals were paved over as the city grew. About eight blocks of homes still remain on the canals, coexisting with wild ducks and swans in a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city.