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Venice was founded over one hundred years ago as a resort town, and it is located directly on the Pacific Ocean between Santa Monica and Marina del Rey.  For many decades, Venice has attracted artists, musicians, and other creative types, giving it a decidedly unique character.  Both tourists and locals alike are drawn to Venice's Boardwalk, which runs along the beach, and it hosts an eclectic variety of shops, street performers, and other attractions, such as the famous “Muscle Beach,” an outdoor bodybuilding gathering spot.  Venice takes its name from the Italian port city, because there is a small network of canals each lined with highly sought-after properties.   

Today, Venice has shed its gritty image while maintaining its unique and funky atmosphere, and it has become one of LA's most attractive and desirable neighborhoods.  Most of the properties tend to be smaller historic properties, but condos and newly constructed homes can also be found.  Venice is a compact neighborhood, and many homes are situated on pedestrian-only streets (with vehicular access through an alleyway).  This makes Venice an ideal place for those looking for a walkable neighborhood, and the nearby boardwalk is a popular spot for cycling, walking, and jogging.  Near the boardwalk there are also basketball courts and a fishing pier, and Venice is a popular surfing spot as well.

Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard is home to a large number of excellent restaurants, trendy bars, and high-end shops.  Venice also hosts a Farmer's Market on Friday mornings.  There are plenty of schools in this area, such as Coeur d'Alene Elementary School, Westminster Avenue Elementary School, and Venice High School.  The Pacific Coast Highway provides easy access to the nearby 10 and 405 freeways, and Santa Monica is close enough to make for a very quick commute.  Venice's bohemian nature and gorgeous location by the ocean make it the quintessential beach community, and a great place to live.

Current market overview for Venice, courtesy of Trulia, all rights reserved.

Current market overview for Venice, courtesy of Trulia, all rights reserved.