Welcome to Venice
Defined by a bohemian vibe, this popular beach town hosts millions of visitors each year
When this neighborhood was established in the early 1900s, its developer modeled the layout to resemble that of Venice, Italy. Featuring a unique system of man-made wetland canals, this beach town is chock full of arched and stuccoed century-old buildings each fashioned to resemble Italian Renaissance architecture.
Now defined by its bohemian, Greenwich Village-esque vibe, the area is home to many artistic boutiques, street performers, and eccentric hotspots. The skate park and Muscle Beach are perhaps its most recognized elements—both have been the backdrop for countless movies and television shows.
Many of the area’s best stores and restaurants are located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard and a 2.5-mile pedestrian promenade features many vendors and performers. Homes here are mostly single-family and modern, and many are accessible by pedestrian-only streets with automobile access in rear alleys.
What's to Love
- Bohemian vibe
- Beautiful system of canals snaking through the town’s historic district
- Always buzzing with activity
People & Lifestyle
More than 40,000 people reside here and tourism is a main driving force of Venice’s economy. Millions of curious onlookers flock to this town each year to catch a glimpse of the world- renowned basketball courts and celebrated fishing pier.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Dining options abound in Venice. One can’t-miss option is world-renowned The Butcher’s Daughter
, which offers vegetarian fare and juices in a relaxed space. This “vegetable slaughterhouse" treats fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: chopping, filleting, and carving fresh produce into healthy vegetarian dishes and pressing them into pretty juices.
Things to Do
People-watching and dining along Abbot Kinney Blvd. are the main activities in Venice Beach, but there are also a number of can’t-miss attractions. Residents and visitors alike should check out the world famous Muscle Beach and stroll the eclectic boardwalk. The Binocular’s Building, designed by famous architect Frank Gehry, is also an Instagram-worthy destination.
Venice is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Canyon Elementary School
- Coeur d’alene Avenue School
- Venice founder Abbot Kinney reportedly acquired the land that is Venice in a coin toss
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, and Franco Columbo trained for years at Muscle Beach in Venice. Arnold and Lou still frequent the area
- The Doors formed in Venice in 1965
- Hundreds of movies have been filmed in Venice, including American History X, White Men Can’t Jump, L.A. Story, I Love You, Man, Get Shorty, and Grease