Venice, Calif.,Â has aÂ 3-mileÂ beach that might be the area's main attraction, but the goings-on along the boardwalk that runs parallel to it are just as compelling. You'll find musicians, magicians, acrobats and all manner of street entertainment at every intersection, but for people interested in local homes for rent, this beachfront community has a lot more to offer than just the side you see on a postcard.
3 Things to Know About Venice
The area was initially intended to be a West Coast homage to its Italian namesake - waterways and all. But developer Abbot Kinney's watery vision was scuppered by the rise of the automobile in the 1920s and most of the canals were summarily filled in, although those in the aptlyÂ namedÂ Venice Canal Historic District have since been refurbished back to their former glory.
Venice was annexed by Los Angeles in 1925 and is bordered by Marina del Rey, Culver City, Santa Monica,Â Mar Vista and the Pacific Ocean. It is one of Southern California's most popular attractions.
Part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Venice is home to five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school.
Venice Beach and the renowned Ocean Front Walk boast clear water, soft sand and a multitude of dining and shopping opportunities. A mile from the beach, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a cultural hub in and of itself, withÂ galleries, eateries and stores that stay open late on the first Friday of every month. Meanwhile, the Venice Beach Recreation Center is the place to go for children's play areas and courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball and handball.