The vision of Abbot Kinney "The American Venice Canals" in Venice, CA. One of the best kept secrets in the greater Los Angeles area are the Venice Canals. I have known locals as well as many tourists who never even knew or they have never been to the Venice Canals in Los Angeles. Now I could understand if you never been to Venice Italy but as a local resident you are giving yourself a disservice by not visiting or knowing where the canals are.
So with that said please let me give you a little history: The vision of Abbot Kinney "The American Venice Canals" materialized in the late 1890's to early 1900's in spite the opposition and the lack of belief by many in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Abbot Kinney hired a landscape architect from Boston, MA. Shortly thereafter the Grand Canal stared to get dug up. His goal was to make a small town in the "Venetian Renaissance" style. (So with that said I was sold there was a Boston connection not just with me but with the Venice Canals, how interesting is that?)
As with any dream delays are unpredictable if they are caused by nature. Two very disastrous winter storms delayed the project. Nevertheless by the Fourth of July weekend of 1905 the project was done to the point, where people could have yacht racing and swimming in the lagoons.
In Venice's Glory days there were 16 miles of Canals complete with singing gondoliers and an amusement park called "Ocean Park".
Let's fast forward a hundred years and we now have only about four blocks of canals left nestled in between Ocean- , Venice-, and Washington Boulevards. There are many entertainment industry people quietly living near the beach in middle hidden in plain sight.
If you seen "Because I said so" with Diane Keaton & Mandy Moore you can see one of the real Venice Canal's small homes. If you never have seen the movie or never have been to the Canals, then enjoy these few photos. The best time to come and see the canals in their full Glory is in the winter, when they have boat parades, decorate their homes for Halloween and then as well as for Christmas. It is truly a memorable site.
One thing I can assure you if you are visiting us, the Venice Canals and Venice beach will be on the "tour", many of our friends think I missed my calling I should have started a Tour Guide Business:)) Now if you are considering Relocating to Los Angeles and vicinity you will get the best Relocation Specialist in town !!!
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