Venice Beach conjures images of sun and sand, laid-back living, creative people, avant garde cafes and bars, cutting edge entertainment, and chic shopping.
Welcome to Venice Beach
California conjures images of sun and sand, laid-back living, creative people, avant garde cafes and bars, cutting edge entertainment, and chic shopping.
Venice Beach - A Culmination of Diversity & Luxury
Venice Beach attracts a diverse and interesting crowd. This beautiful oceanside city, evokes an entrepreneurial yet environmentally and sustainable mindset. Wander through the board walk and you will be surprised at the amount of talent Venice Beach has to offer. From jugglers to mimes, to street musicians, this colorful city will always show you a good time.
Nestled between Los Angeles, a national cultural and financial center, and the upscale oceanside village of Santa Monica, Venice Beach was not always the draw it is today. In 1905, tobacco millionaire Abbott Kinney had to build several miles of canals to drain the marshes for what would become the residential section, with the entire town becoming a beachside amusement destination by 1910. It was annexed to the City of Los Angeles in 1926. The discovery of oil deposits in 1929 led to 450 wells dotting the area, producing black gold into the 1970s.
Venice Beach Real Estate Insights
Venice Beach homes run the gamut from modest bungalows to mansions to luxury condos and lofts, with a variety of architecture from early 1900s Craftsman to Socal bungalows to contemporary and southwestern influences. The median selling price in October 2015 was $1.73 million and $1,236 per square foot. The asking price for homes has increased just under 25 percent from October 2014, while the number of homes listed for sale has increased eight percent.
The People and Lifestyle
Today, with decades of revitalization and gentrification, the quaint neighborhood is home to such luminaries as Julia Roberts, Robert Downey, Jr., and Dennis Hopper, as well as many crafted writers and directors and other creative types who come for the relaxed, friendly vibe.
Not to be missed:
The beach and ocean, for surfing or lounging
Venice Beach Recreation Center
Venice Canal Historic District
Murals at various locations throughout the neighborhood
Inn at Venice Beach—its bohemian vibe takes you back in time.
Marina Del Rey Marriott — scenic ocean views and centrally located
Marina Del Rey Ritz-Carlson —luxurious ample sized rooms with incredible accomodations and amenities
The Tasting Kitchen, featuring large- and small-plate Mediterranean fare
Bobo Venice, Italian influenced, offering hand-made pastas and light entrees
Willie Jane—Southern cookery with a special flare
Oscar’s Cerveteca—Mexican comfort food at its best
Gjelina—New American cuisine, always packed but a takeout counter next door
Joe’s Restaurant—French with California Farmer’s Market influence
Beachside Restaurant and Bar, with outdoor seating, views of the marina, and outstanding seafood
Hightop Roof and Lounge, rooftop bar at the iconic Hotel Irwin with a view of surf and sand and The Boardwalk.
Shopping ranges from hot to haute to funky, with wares for every taste and lifestyle and a list too long to include them all. Don’t miss all of Abbott Kinney Boulevard.
Guild plays to the Bohemian style with mens and women’s togs designed by the most avante garde.
Oscar’s Cerveteca is there, but other restaurants and shops are nearby and worth a visit.