PENTHOUSE AT VENICE BEACH
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Type: Apt. / Condo
This is a shared condo at the beach, with great Pacific Ocean views and breezes! Venice Beach is an eclectic world-renowned artist colony known for unusual people, bike paths, walking path, canals, restaurants, and fun. This is an artist's home, warm, and full of interesting things reminiscent of a museum. The view is spectacular, literally at the beach, & it's always about location. The shared condo has great views, and is literally at the beach and Venice Boardwalk. The room, and closet, are large and spacious, and can easily accommodate 1-2 people. There is lots of natural light, wood, concrete floors, and ocean breezes. Most everything ...Read more
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Things to Do in Venice Beach, CA
From its world famous boardwalk and beautiful beach to the shopper’s paradise of Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice offers a unique and vibrant mix of activities and attractions. Originally called “Venice of America,” Venice was founded in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as a beachfront resort town. Kinney’s initial vision of creating a cultural mecca was set aside to accommodate the public, and Venice became the “Coney Island of the Pacific,” complete with an amusement pier and a miniature steam railroad. Kinney also created a system of canals and imported gondolas and gondoliers from Venice, Italy.
Today, Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Los Angeles for visitors and locals alike. From its days as home to Beat Generation poets and artists, Venice continues to be an important Los Angeles cultural center. Whether you’re looking for some fun in the sun, a unique shopping experience, or a sophisticated evening of art and music, find out more about one of LA’s top neighborhoods.
With 75 miles of county coastline and numerous world-famous surf spots, Los Angeles is the quintessential city of the Endless Summer. Venice Beach is one of many great LA beaches, and the only one where the lively boardwalk upstages the Pacific Ocean. The acclaimed Venice Breakwater is a favorite local surf spot, built by Abbot Kinney in 1905 to protect his amusement pier. The artificial barrier is located north of the Venice Pier and Lifeguard Headquarters, and south of the Santa Monica Pier. The breakwater is the only place on the beach where waves break on both sides, while the sand is reportedly the finest for creating sand sculptures. Go Surf LA offers beginner and intermediate surfing lessons all year long at Venice Beach, as well as Zuma, Malibu, Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. Lessons are offered seven days a week, and run 90 minutes. Wetsuits and soft-top surfboards are included with each $80 surfing lesson.
Venice certainly marches to the beat of its own drum. On Saturdays and Sundays, that beat is heard loud and clear at the Venice Beach Drum Circle, an improvisational jam session that takes place on the sand where Brooks Avenue meets Ocean Front Walk. Hundreds of people from around the world gather to play their drums, shakers, congas and more, while others dance and chant. The drum circle begins around noon and lasts until sunset. The event is free and open to all ages. Please note that smoking of any kind, alcohol consumption and glass bottles are not permitted.
THE VENICE BOARDWALK
The world famous Venice Ocean Front Walk (aka “the boardwalk”) The boardwalk is one of the best places in LA for people watching—everyone from colorful locals to visitors from around the globe. There’s something for everyone on the concrete boardwalk: on one side there are specialty shops, restaurants and uniquely designed residences, and on the other a myriad of street performers, artists, fortunetellers and much more.
Venice is a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California.
Venice began in 1905 as a seaside resort town and was a separate city until 1926, when it consolidated with Los Angeles. In 1925 oil was discovered, and the wells kept pumping until the 1970s. Today, Venice is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune-tellers, artists, and vendors. According to the 2000 census the population is ethnically diverse but dominated by whites. Most residents are affluent, highly educated and have a low number of people in each household.
Venice, originally called "Venice of America," was founded by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905 as a beach resort town, 14 miles (23 km) west of Los Angeles. He and his partner Francis Ryan had bought two miles (3.24 km) of oceanfront property south of Santa Monica in 1891.
They built a resort town on the north end of the property, called Ocean Park, which was soon annexed to Santa Monica. After Ryan died, Kinney and his new partners continued building south of Navy Street. After the partnership dissolved in 1904, Kinney, who had won the marshy land on the south end of the property in a coin flip with his former partners, began to build a seaside resort like its namesake in Italy.
When Venice of America opened on July 4, 1905, Kinney had dug several miles of canals to drain the marshes for his residential area, built a 1,200-foot (370 m)-long pleasure pier with an auditorium, ship restaurant, and dance hall, constructed a hot salt-water plunge, and built a block-long arcaded business street with Venetian architecture. Tourists, mostly arriving on the "Red Cars" of the Pacific Electric Railway from Los Angeles and Santa Monica, then rode Venice's miniature railroad and gondolas to tour the town. But the biggest attraction was Venice's mile-long gently sloping beach. Cottages and housekeeping tents were available for rent.
VENICE BEACH RECREATION CENTER
Besides surfing, other iconic Southern California activities can be found at the nearby Venice Beach Recreation Center, which features a number of facilities located between Ocean Front Walk and the bike path, Horizon Ave. to the north, and N. Venice Blvd. to the south. The center includes several children’s play areas with a gymnastics apparatus, as well as handball courts, tennis courts and volleyball courts, all unlighted. The outdoor basketball courts are renowned for games that feature some of the best streetballers in the country, as depicted in the 1992 film White Men Can’t Jump. Numerous NBA players developed their games or were recruited from these courts, yet another example of why Los Angeles is Hoops Heaven.
Some claim that bodybuilding started here, at any rate its still going on. Watch bodybuilders pump iron from benches and bleachers. There's also basketball & handball courts, as well as paddle tennis. After working-up a sweat, there are many places to find refreshments, food, and many other items for your shopping enjoyment!
Venice Beach Skatepark
The $2-million Venice Beach Skatepark opened in 2009, and is one of LA’s many excellent skateparks. Located on the sand near Windward and Ocean Front Walk, the 16,000-square-foot facility features a variety of street skateboarding elements. A concrete bowl evokes the empty Venice and Santa Monica swimming pools where the legendary Z-Boys would skate and revolutionize skateboarding in the 1970s. The Venice Beach Skatepark is free and open from 9 a.m. to sunset. Safety gear is required.
You can’t miss the outdoor weightlifting area at Muscle Beach Venice: just look for the giant concrete barbell atop the roof. Hardbodies and spectators alike congregate at the workout mecca, located at the south end of the Venice Beach Recreation Center. “Muscle Beach” also refers to the numerous gyms and fitness studios in the area. Foremost among these is the original Gold’s Gym, where Arnold Schwarzenegger and other legendary bodybuilders pumped iron in the 1970s. Today, Gold’s Gym is considered a sports landmark and was once ranked No. 39 on ESPN’s list of America’s 100 most important sports venues.
Venice Beach Art Walls (Graffiti Walls)
The Venice Art Walls are located on the sand in Venice Beach. As of June 3, 2007 artists with a valid permit are invited to express themselves and paint on the walls. The area will be open to painting during daylight hours on weekends and City of Los Angeles holidays only. The walls will be closed for painting on weekdays. The walls are managed by ICU Art - In Creative Unity, which is a Venice based arts organization that has been curating the walls since the year 2000.
ICU Art is a graffiti arts advocacy group, and has lead the movement to preserve the walls as a living memorial to the high quality graffiti style art which has taken place on these walls for over thirty years. ICU Art is here to serve the artists that use the area as well as the residents of Venice. As we enter this new and important era of the walls, we ask you to work with us to help make this program a success.
ABBOT KINNEY BOULEVARD
Located a few blocks from Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney Blvd. is a vibrant collection of boutiques, salons, galleries, restaurants and bars (email: hidden)racts visitors from all over LA and beyond. In its first-ever "Style Bible" issue, GQ Magazine named Abbot Kinney “The Coolest Block in America.” That’s quite a step up from its earlier condition as a rundown strip of old cottages and empty industrial buildings, when it was known as West Washington Blvd. In the late 1980s, community activists and property owners pushed for the street to be renamed after Venice’s founder, an action that many consider the beginning of its renaissance.
Los Angeles is a shopper’s paradise, and for shopaholics Abbot Kinney is a must. The eclectic clothing shops offer everything from surf tees and beach cruisers to vintage wear and modern designers. Collectors make frequent trips to Waraku for its limited-edition imported Japanese shoes and apparel. Abbot Kinney galleries include the funky Altered Space and G2 Gallery, an award-winning wildlife and nature photography gallery. Art Deco fans will love Bazar, while Knibb Design showcases indoor/outdoor furniture and a sustainable garden concept. Along with its spiritual books and products, Mystic Journey Bookstore hosts frequent seminars and lectures by leading authors. Find more great stores with our Abbot Kinney shopping guide.
Built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney as part of his “Venice of America” plan, the Venice Canal Historic District is famous for its man-made canals, which evoked the canals of Venice, Italy and likewise featured gondola rides. The canals originally covered the entire area between Abbot Kinney, Pacific Ave., and Venice Blvd. Because of the growing popularity of automobiles, most of the canals were filled in 1929 to create streets like Windward Ave. and Market St. The remaining canals fell into disrepair for decades, until they reopened in 1993 after a multimillion-dollar restoration. The residential district surrounding the remaining canals was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Many of the old houses have been renovated, while large, modern homes have also been built. Visitors can walk along the canals in the area located within South Venice Blvd., Pacific, Ocean Ave. and Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles is one of the world’s capitals for street art, and murals throughout Venice add to the area’s vibrant energy. Famed muralist Rip Cronk has painted nearly a dozen Venice murals, including Portrait of Abbot Kinney (on the same block as my place), Venice on the Half Shell and Morning Shot, a portrait of Jim Morrison. The interior of the historic Danny’s Deli on Windward Ave. is decorated with the last original Venice gondola from 1904, as well as Cronk's Hobnobbing in Venice, a 40-foot mural that depicts the last century of Venice with past and present celebrities observing the scene.
Artist Jonas Never completed Touch of Venice on the side of the Danny’s Deli building in April 2012. The mural was inspired by Touch of Evil, the classic 1958 film noir directed by Orson Welles and starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Marlene Dietrich. Touch of Evil was filmed almost entirely in Venice, which Welles chose as a stand-in for the fictional Mexican border town where the story takes place. The three-minute, 20-second opening tracking shot of Windward is regarded by film critics and fans as one of the greatest long takes in cinematic history. As an homage to that opening, Touch of Venice depicts Heston and Leigh walking down Windward, with numerous references to Venice throughout the mural.
Beyond Baroque Foundation & Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
(phone: hidden); (website: hidden)
Beyond Baroque is one of the United States' leading independent Literary | Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature and art through cultural events and community interaction. Founded in 1968, Beyond Baroque is based out of the original City Hall building in Venice, California. The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming including readings, workshops, new music and education. The building also houses a bookstore with the largest collection of new poetry books and CDs for sale and an archive that houses over 40,000 books, including small press and limited-edition publications, chronicling the history of poetry movements in Los Angeles and beyond. Through the years, Beyond Baroque has played muse to the Venice Beats, the burgeoning Punk movement and visiting scholars. Many of the city's leading literary talents, including Dennis Cooper, Wanda Coleman, Tom Waits, Exene Cervenkova and Amy Gerstler, are alumni of the Wednesday night poetry workshop. Many of the worlds most well known independent artists, including Patti Smith, Michael McClure, Dana Gioia, and Viggo Mortensen have performed on its stage.
Washington Blvd & Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Sitting about a half mile south of the famous Venice Boardwalk is the busy Venice Pier. First and foremost, fish bite in Venice – lots of fish bite. Not only will you get the standard Southern California fish like mackerel and smelts (and be careful when you’re catching those different smelts in Southern California, jacksmelt and grunions are fine, but topsmelt is contaminated) but you can get a fair amount of highly sought after sport fish like halibut, the occasional kelp bass and from time to time, even a leopard shark. The cost to fish on Venice Beach is both very high and very low. Like so many piers in Southern California, there is no permit or direct cost to fish. There are a number of benches to sit on (although they are concrete, so if you plan on setting up for a while it’s a good idea to bring a lawn chair or some cushions at the very least) and the weather is almost always perfect. Because the pier extends more than a quarter mile out into the ocean, the end of the pier is comfortably breezy even on the hottest Summer days. Where you run into your costs on Venice Pier is parking, especially on weekends. There is a parking lot right at the end of Washington where the pier begins which ranges in price from $6 to $15. You can try and hunt for street spots but if you want to park close to the pier you have to pay $2 per hour on a 2 hour max spot. If you do happen to find a free street spot, then you will be looking at a mile walk or more before getting to your actual set up spot. The only way to offset the parking cost is to make sure you get there before 8am, that’s when the parking fees are at their lowest.
SANTA MONICA PIER
100 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, (website: hidden)
Santa Monica Pier is actually two adjoining piers that long had separate owners. The long, narrow Municipal Pier opened September 9, 1909, primarily to carry sewer pipes beyond the breakers, and had no amenities. The short, wide adjoining Pleasure Pier to the south, a.k.a. Newcomb Pier, was built in 1916 by Charles I. D. Looff and his son Arthur, amusement park pioneers. Attractions on the Pleasure Pier eventually included the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome building (which now houses the current carousel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Blue Streak Racer wooden roller coaster (which was purchased from the defunct Wonderland amusement park in San Diego), the Whip, merry-go-rounds, Wurlitzer organs, and a funhouse.
The Carousel was built in 1922 on the Pleasure Pier and features 44 hand-carved horses. It was rebuilt in 1990 inside the Hippodrome.
The La Monica Ballroom, designed by T.H. Eslick with a Spanish façade and French Renaissance interior, opened on July 23, 1924. It was the largest dance hall on the west coast, accommodating 5,000 dancers on its 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) hard maple floor. In 1948, country music star Spade Cooley began broadcasting his weekly television show from the ballroom, where the enormously popular program remained until 1954. During the summer of 1955, the Hollywood Autocade opened in the La Monica with one-hundred famous and unusual cars, including Jack Benny’s Maxwell and a Rumpler Drop Car. From 1958 until 1962 the ballroom served as a roller skating rink; first as Skater's Ballroom and then Santa Monica Roller Rink, where the speed skating club won many state and regional championships. The 'La Monica Ballroom' was demolished in 1963.
MARINA DEL REY JETTY
It's a great place to end your day here, and wait for the sunset. It’s a great stroll along the beach to a glorious jet out in to the ocean for an amazing sunset and view of all of Los Angeles Harbor, and Los Angeles.
There are SO many beaches, right here! There are different beaches in Venice, North of here, and South of here where you are staying. There are different beaches just North and South, of both Venice and Santa Monica Piers, and each have their own “feel”.
Also, along Ocean Front Walk there are perhaps a 100 different restaurants, each with a different “feel”, menu, and type of food. Strolling down Ocean Front Walk you can walk in, look at the menus, ambiance, and ocean views. They are amazing all year long, no matter what the weather. Enjoy a tea or coffee at as many as possible!
The essence of Venice is the boardwalk, the gateway to all of the Venice landmarks; Muscle Beach, the Venice Pier, the Breakwater. Bike, surf, swim, or simply walk around. Explore this unique and eclectic beach scene.
PENMAR PARK & GOLF COURSE
Penmar Park and Golf Course is a great little park and 9-hole golf course with a great restaurant, which is great for breakfast or Lunch. And if you have little ones, or love a game of soccer, check out the park!
THE MARVIN BRAUDE BIKE TRAIL
This is a paved bicycle path that runs mostly along the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Los Angeles County, California. Pace yourself!!! 43 miles, the whole thing will take 4 to 5 hours depending on your pace.
If your skating try and be careful going around the Marina, the path gets a little choppy and uneven. There are plenty of restrooms, water fountains, and places to eat, so relax and enjoy the view!
SANTA MONICA AIRPORT
There is a restaurant, art studios and workshops. On weekends there is also a great flea market, or just watch the planes takeoff and land. It’s a quaint cool place.
MARINA DEL REY SHOPPING CENTER
South of Maxella between Lincoln Blvd. and Glencoe Avenue has everything, retail stores, sporting goods, book stores, movie theaters, restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies.
THE THIRDS STREET PROMENADE
Enjoy great shopping in Downtown Santa Monica on the 3rd Street Promenade, a pedestrian-friendly Southern California attraction. The Third Street Promenade has been a center of business in Santa Monica since the town's inception in the late 19th century. The Promenade's roots date back to the 1960s when three blocks of Third Street were converted into a pedestrian mall. A new enclosed shopping center, Santa Monica Place (1980–2007), designed by the very famous Frank Gehry was added at the Promenade's southern end. The Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California.
The other venue for live music is Fisherman’s Wharf. This of course is the touristy area of the marina complete with little shops, restaurants, boat rentals and everything you would expect in a marina catering to visitors.
This is also where the boats selling marina tours embark from which is a very relaxing way to spend some time. For a poor man’s version I like to take the waterbus because it is super cheap and I can get on or off at will.
I like to walk past the wharf to the repair yards just to gander at the huge boats the marina calls home.
There are several miles of bike path meandering the maze that is Marina Del Rey so a bike is a great way to get around the harbor.
If you follow the bike path across the street from the wharf you will see there is a section just for pedestrians. Follow this path to walk out on the jetty where all the boats enter and exit the marina. Being so large, there is always a boat coming or going.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, City vacations, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Los Angeles International Airport, 7 miles
Car is not necessary