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Venice Canals in California Day Trip

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In 1904, a man named Abbott Kinney came from the east in search of a better climate to help his health. He discovered Venice California, fell in-love, and decided to build 20 miles of canals. Since then the Venice canals have gone through many changes including being a slum in the 70’s and 80’s. But thanks to a $6 million dollar renovation in the 1990’s, combined with famous Hollywood types and award-winning architects moving in, the 2 miles of canals that are left are once again back to their glory days.

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It took me over five years of living next door in Santa Monica to discover the Venice Canals. I’d heard about them but it’s not really something people – either those who live nearby or tourists – seek out. It took having out of town guests and trying to find something local and easy to do to get finally me there. And once there, I fell in-love with the area and instantly wanted to move in. But with less than 1% vacancy and an average rent of $6K a month it looks like I’ll have to settle for day trips instead.

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What I loved was how unique every home was and how they all maintained a sense of privacy despite the fact you were walking right by their homes, often right by their windows. The Venice Canals are a relaxed area, definitely upscale but completely casual at the same time. Most lots are small (30′ wide by 80′ to 95′ deep) so there’s a lot of different homes to look at. Highly recommend this easy and beautiful walk if you’re in the LA area where dogs are OK but bikes are not.

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Venice Canals Walking Map

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