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The neighborhood of Venice, located within the city of Los Angeles, California, is an affluent community that began as a resort town by the sea and now features beautiful homes and views. Due to its proximity to the ocean, Venice, CA gained its name from Venice, Italy; the community was dubbed “the Venice of America” by its millionare founder Abbot Kinney in 1905. Kinney founded Venice with the idea that it would become an exclusive destination and he dug several expansive canal systems so that the community would better resemble its namesake. Over time, this Los Angeles community became known for its attractions (such as gondolas and a mini railroad) as well its white sand beach. Over time, the eclectic city attracted famous architects and designers; the design team Charles and Ray Eames once had offices in Venice. Music fans will appreciate that Jim Morrison came up with the concept of The Doors right in Venice. Today, Venice is a vibrant neighborhood and unique community; keeping with the Italian inspiration, many of the streets in this southern California community are pedestrian only or are lined by canals; several homes here feature footpath-style entrances instead of driveways.

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Located just 5 minutes by foot from Venice Beach, Google is a large employer in Venice. Google Los Angeles employs hundreds of engineers, developers and staff; the offices are located within the famous Frank Gehry building, ‘Binoculars’. Beyond Venice, there are boundless opportunities for employment within the city of Los Angeles. The city’s largest employer is the University of Southern California, with over 15,000 employees on its payroll. Occidental Petroleum, Health Net, Tutor Perini, CBRE Group and AECOM are all Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered right in the city. Other companies headquartered in Los Angeles include The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, The Jim Henson Group and Cathay Bank (among many others). Venice is a quick 5 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and is served by several bus lines for easy traveling. Families have great options for education in Venice; the community falls under the Los Angeles Unified School District. The district is large and, known for its magnet programs and charter schools, innovative. The Animo Venice Charter School offers a rigorous curriculum backed by strong technology initiatives. The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts is a tuition-free school within the campus of California State University. Private schools in Venice include the First Lutheran School of Venice and the St. Mark School. For students looking to continue their educations beyond high school, nearby Santa Monica College is an excellent choice. Universities in Los Angeles are plentiful; options include University of Southern California, Loyola Law School and California State University, just to name a few.

Outdoor enthusiasts love Venice; the community has something everyone can enjoy. The Penmar Recreation Center is a place where locals gather to use the lighted baseball fields, tennis courts and playground for kids. The Westminster Dog Park is a great resource for dog owners; the park is off-leash and allows dogs the space to run around and socialize with other dogs. The Venice Beach Skate Park is a popular place for kids of all ages to enjoy; the park has two skate bowls and postcard-worthy views of the beach. For those who like to walk and hike, Venice is a paradise. The canals of Venice are a scenic and unique way to take in the community; over 14 footbridges await walkers in addition to views of row boats, waterfront homes and actual ducks. Cyclists can hop on the Marvin Braude Bike Trail right in Venice; the trail spans 22 miles along the Pacific Ocean.

There is no shortage of excitement and things to do in colorful Venice, Ca. There is always something new happening on the world-famous Venice Boardwalk; here the neighborhood is more like the Montmartre section of Paris than Venice as the boardwalk is a place for locals and tourists alike to see street performances, palm trees, artists of all kinds and even fortune tellers. Surfers have met their wavelength in Venice as the beach is world-famous for its surfing (amateurs can easily take lessons from one of the many surf instructors here). Shopping opportunities abound in Venice; Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the place to go for boutique shopping, galleries and salons. This boulevard is so happening that it once was given the distinction as the “Coolest Block in America” by the magazine GQ. Fans of the arts will love the many colorful murals that Venice boasts; these large (40 foot) murals were created by world famous muralist Rip Cronk. As world famous architects such as the Eames brothers and Frank Gehry once worked in Venice, many homes and buildings here are famous for their architecture. Enthusiasts of modern architecture will have no end of new houses and buildings to take in.

Just as there is always something to see and do in Venice, there is always an event to attend. Each September, upscale Abbot Kinney Boulevard becomes the Abbot Kinney Festival and features a little bit of everything (performances, food, vendors and music). Film buffs love the Other Venice Film Festival, which features films in all genres every October. The Taste of Venice Festival is a popular destination for foodies from all over the country; the event showcases food from Venice’s many cutting-edge and gourmet restaurants.

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