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- Median Home Value$1,892,800
- Median Household Income$67,647
Venice is an unconventional laid-back beach city located on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. Long knownfor itsdiverselifestyles from rich art scene and enclave to artists, writers, musicians, architects and influencers to dining and hip retail haven, Venice is a community that offers much to many. It is bound on the northwest by Santa Monica, on the northeast by Mar Vista, on the southeast by Culver City, Del Rey and Marina Del Rey and the west by the Pacific Ocean.
Founded in 1905 by tobacco millionaire Abbott Kinney as a beachside resort and amusement park inspired by its Italian namesake, it is today known for its charming canals, beaches, and the theatrical Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian boardwalk that features street artists and performers, mystics, and retail vendors. Many of the original canals have been filled over the years, however, the six remaining today are beloved by residents seeking the quiet privacy of the pedestrian-only pathways and tourists alike ogling the beautiful architecture. Similarly, although the amusement park didn’t survive, thecommunity still echoes with years past exuberant carnival-like energy.
Today Venice is home to a vibrant surfing and skate culture and in recent years has also emerged as a technology hub, originating from the name Silicon Beach. Equally populated by artists, surfers, and tech professionals, it remains the Los Angeles epicenter of edgy coolness and carries the distinction of being theleast buttoned-up and most diverse of the beach cities along the Los Angeles.
The allure of Venice is its beachy character, diverse architecture, and the many recreational activities, much of them free, on offer. Venice Beach, particularly, the Boardwalk which includes the renowned Muscle Beach, is a global tourist destination that attracts millions of visitors every year. Lined with cafes and eclectic retailers, the atmosphere is always busy and congenial, though mostly frequented by tourists.
Localsenjoy the other face of Venice; a quiet respite of the secluded street nearby stylish stores, upscale dining, with a focus on healthy, sustainable living and a laid-back bohemian beach vibe.The neighborhood is very walkable, and many residents use their beach cruisers as their primary mode of transportation on weekends. Summers are idyllic, warm and focused on outdoor activities; catching surf lessons, perusing the four different weekly Farmers Markets, brunching outdoors or practicing yoga on the beach. Its most popular retail shopping strip, Abbott Kinney recently earned GQ’s “coolest block in the USA” award and hosts First Fridays each month, which includes food trucks, happy hour specials and live music.
Homes in Venice are a mix of architectural styles; from the turn of the century beach cottages to modern steel and concrete architectural, postmodern to cape cod style houses and a varied mix of newly developed apartments and homes preserved and historic.The median home value in Venice is $1.8M (Q1/18). Venice offers an assortment of micro-neighborhoods, each with a personality of its own: The Venice Canal Historic District, Oakwood, Oxford Triangle, and The Beach, and with active community groups
Venice has long been an artist enclave; with poets, musicians, writers, and artists initially drawn to the area to take advantage of its low rents and laid-back lifestyle. Today, this hub of creative sensibility reaches beyond the traditional creative pursuits to include the current Los Angeles HQ for internet giant, Google, social media disrupters Snap, Inc., and various animation, web design and architecture companies; innovation truly lives here.
The Venice Art Walk is a highly anticipated annual event that features access to dozens of art studios, pop-up art galleries, gallery shows, live music and performance art and is centered around preserving the arts in Venice and encouraging artists to engage with the local community. The monthly Venice Art Crawl is a free monthly event that celebrates the city’s artistry.
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The Venice lifestyle is predicated on the beach and outdoors; catching the perfect wave, striking the newest yoga pose, skating at the beachside skate park, shooting hoops on the blacktop or enjoying the perfect sunset while biking or running along Ocean Walk.
For those looking to embrace the bohemian vibe, Venice still provides the classic California beach culture; endless days of sunshine for surfing, countless coffee options, fantastic food, and welcoming, relaxed neighborhood bars. With the ocean at your doorstep, a boardwalk that stretches over two miles, an endless parade of artists and street performers, and fantastic retail and restaurant options, Venice is among the Los Angeles’s hottest neighborhoods.
The top rated public schools in Venice are Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School, Broadway Elementary School and Animo Venice Charter High School. Two private schools, St. Mark School and Venice Lutheran School, are in the neighborhood and the highly rated Wildwood School is nearby.
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