Within blocks of the world-famous Venice Beach rests the Venice Canals, a peaceful, upscale, practically hidden neighborhood fit for a postcard. Abbott Kinney, the man who first envisioned recreating the California beach town to mirror the look and feel of Venice, Italy, would be proud of the revitalized canals and bridges today, and its charming homes, which are among the most beautiful on the West Side of Los Angeles.

What you can now explore by foot or bicycle was once experienced by horse and buggy—that is, until the rise of the automobile during the twenties, which led to the coversion of canals to roads. Over a century later, the canals continue to provide a sense of serenity. Walkways, boats, and homes exploding with personality set the tone for a romantic stroll any time of day.

The close-knit community puts on several family-oriented events throughout the year, including summer movie “Row-Ins,” Fourth of July Downwind Regatta, Canalloween and the Christmas boat parade. For added vibrancy, head over to the scenic promenade overlooking the Pacific or make your way to the “Coolest Block in America,” Abbott Kinney Street, where every first Friday of the month you will find local shops bursting at the seams with shoppers sipping wine as they await their table at Gjelina or take breaks between sampling from an army of food trucks.

Below are two of our favorite properties located in the Venice Canals, both on Howland Canal, as well as a development opportunity consisting of six duplexes on Canal Street. Click the accompanying photo to learn more about the property.

 

Location: 431 Howland Canal
Size: 4 Bedrooms / 4 baths
For Sale: $3,395,000
Agents: Billy Rose and Jonathan Ruiz

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Location: 402 Howland Canal
Size: 4 Bedrooms / 4 baths
For Sale: $2,995,000
Agents: Jeff Kohl

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Location: 1918-2010 Canal Street
Size: Six Duplexes; Lot Size – 17,903
For Sale: $5,950,000
Agent: Bill Simpson