The Amazing Community of Venice
Venice, 90291, is a throwback to earlier Los Angeles times, when ‘city folk’ came down to this beach resort on the Red Car, a turn-of-the century street car that traveled the length of what is today Venice Boulevard from the beach city all the way to Pasadena.
The land on which Venice sits today consisted of approximately two miles of beachfront property just south of Santa Monica — some of it was actually good, solid land. But most was not. In order to develop all of the property, the developer — named Albert Kinney — had to drain marshes and swamp land, and then dug canals and let the ocean water in the canals, which still exist today.
The canals and charms of this early 20th century beach resort are still present, and today Venice is a trendy community — a quaint mixture of turn-of-the century neighborhoods and high-priced, luxury homes, condominiums and art galleries.
Today, Venice is the heart throb of the new “Silicon Beach” – the trendiest of high tech areas that has taken hold of the entire region from Santa Monica to Playa del Rey and Culver City. Millennials and savvy real estate investors are moving into what had been a “sleepy”, under-developed community. But no longer.