When Nook Real Estate Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. Luckily, each neighborhood in our regions has its own distinct flavor to find your perfect match. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.
I was converted to the other side
From the day I'd gotten there
-Lenny Kravitz, “California”
There’s a mist of nostalgia over Venice Beach, despite the eternal sun and consistently mild weather. Its personality evolves with the times, but always maintains an image of the quintessential beach town for the young professional and creative lifestyle.
Venice Beach has had many nicknames throughout its life: Abbot Kinney’s original canal filled vision of a cultural haven, then the West Coast Coney Island, the Disneyland of its day, home to The Beat Generation, the roller skating capital of the world, and now it’s known as one of the most highly sought after places to live in Los Angeles.
Parts of Venice have changed from a charming and haphazard surfer town where you were likely to see Hulk Hogan roller skating down the boardwalk to a booming, high end Silicon Beach. That change is due in large part to Google and Snapchat moving offices there. It feels right that a place which nurtured such notable poets as Terry Blackhawk, Kate Braverman, Charles Bukowski, Amy Gerstler, Viggo Mortensen, Patti Smith and Tom Waits would usher in the 21st century equivalent of new thinkers, this time in tech.
A major factor when companies and people look at moving to Venice is its high Walk Score of 82. According to Walk Score’s website, Venice is 16th in Los Angeles for convenience and also boasts a Bike Score of 83. With many Angelenos frustrated with traffic and cycling safety, living in Venice is a car-free dream. The public transit system also gets you to the main places of interest and runs very smoothly. To aid this lifestyle, you can find plentiful bicycle parking and dog-friendly areas at most public areas. An added perk is that any time you can get out of your car, you witness history. There are brand new shops next to historical buildings, established family-run businesses sharing a wall with clothing boutiques, and nearly any kind of coffee you never knew was available.
It’s a huge perk to live close to where you work, and Venice allows for both big tech and nonprofit vocations. Heal the Bay and Surfrider Foundation work towards the protection of the environment, and their proximity to such beautiful beaches practically makes their case for them. The Venice Arts Council aids such nonprofits as Pacific Resident Theatre, Inside/Out Community Arts and Beyond Baroque. Electric Lodge is a performing arts laboratory that has paved the way towards sustainable practices since it began.
Working remotely has never been this inspiring. Not only are there insanely good beachfront views, but cafes well suited to working (or studying): Menotti’s, Intelligentsia (of course!), Groundwork and The Cow’s End Cafe.
Venice isn’t just for boardwalk goodies; your vegan and vegetarian eating options are plentiful. You can even get 2-4 varieties of vegan donuts daily at Blue Star Donuts. The Venice Farmer’s Market, Moon Juice, Nutritional Warehouse and Erewhon Market are just some of the many ways to grab prepared food or healthy options to create at home.
When the relatives or clients come to visit, there’s no end to good times and great food you can enjoy on Abbot Kinney. Zagat’s went out of their way to highlight some restaurants not on the main drag, so you can now be the person who knows the hippest place to eat. Their choices include: Charcoal for a casual meal; Leona for seasonal and family-friendly options; Dudley Market for a little bit of everything; and Rose Cafe offers rustic pastries, wood-fired pizzas and more.
By the mid 1970s, a bustling artist community had grown roots in the neighborhoods of Venice, bringing with them a bohemian feel that remains today. Regardless if your nook is a sweet little bungalow or one of these beauties, you choose a lifestyle when you choose Venice. Sometimes, it chooses you.