A secluded haven in the midst of one of L.A.’s most vibrant areas, the Venice Canals offer the fortunate few who live in its close-knit community both charming serenity and mere-steps-away proximity to the famed sand, surf and boardwalk of Venice Beach. A few blocks north is popular Abbot Kinney Blvd., named after the man who designed the canals in the early part of the 20th century and known for its lively mix of ultra-hip boutiques, restaurants, galleries and nightlife.

Situated on a rare double-lot-compound along one of the inland waterways of the Venice Canals is 431 Howland Canal. The 3-bedroom main residence and 1-bedroom cottage offer tranquility and enchantment on the water with its own permitted dock. The main home includes a living room with extra-high, beamed ceiling, hardwood floors and tiled fireplace.  A huge arched window affords an idyllic view of the canal and the ducks swimming by.

The dining room, appropriate for both casual and formal entertaining, overlooks a verdant garden through gallery windows.

The sun-bathed family room, with its custom crafted cabinets and shelving, double-height ceiling and triple cathedral windows, allows for informal interaction with those in the cook’s kitchen.

The high beamed second floor master suite features a wood burning fireplace, sitting area, and private terrace overlooking the canal. A unique walk-through closet leads to the marble and glass master bath with custom cabinetry, fog-free mirrors and heated floor.

An additional pair of generously-sized family bedrooms, with a separate bath, complete the second floor.

The sunny canal-fronting guest cottage, with its own kitchen and bath, is a true hideaway, suitable for guests, a secluded writing/art space, yoga studio, child’s playroom, or just as a quiet place to read the Sunday papers.

This oasis of Spanish character bonuses an outdoor dining arbor and unheard of parking for 6 cars in one of LA’s most unique communities.

Location: 431 Howland Canal, Venice, CA
Size: 4 bedrooms / 4 baths
Asking: $3,650,000
Agents: Billy Rose and Jonathan Ruiz