Venice Beach Living ... CJ & Jay Cole
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  Two blocks inland from the beach and just north of Venice Boulevard is a small residential area referred to as the Windward Circle ... named after the traffic circle where Windward Avenue meets Main Street ... near the Venice Post Office. This was the original "center" in the early 1900's where a water plunge and roller coaster operated. The streets to the east of the circle were once a network of canals. In the 1930's the City of Los Angeles filled in the canals in an effort to accommodate the automobile. The area still holds much original charm of the teens and twenties and many of the original homes have been beautifully restored.  
    Today, Windward Circle is the "East Village" of Venice ... somewhat urban, trendy and avant-garde ... an eclectic combination of old and new ... and home to many in the arts and entertainment industry. There is a small commercial/industrial area around the circle and Main Street, which is being revived into artist lofts, small creative studios, shops and restaurants.  
  The neighborhood works together in efforts such as improving resident parking and sponsors a block party on Halloween for local families. Venice's only public dog park recently opened in the area ... a huge success plus a local social spot.    
  Lots in the neighborhood are small, many only 25' - 30' wide by 80' - 90' deep. The zoning is predominately RD-1.5, a multiple-residential zoning requiring 1500 sq. ft. per unit. There is little, if any, vacant land available; the emphasis is on restoring and enlarging existing homes and tearing down the old to make way for new.

There are quite a few 20's California bungalows, most small with 1-3 bedrooms, which sell from the just below $1,000,000 to over $1,500,000. Larger Craftsman and newer contemporary homes can sell for well over $2,000,000. The area has many 2-4 unit properties which sell from $1,000,000 and up to over $2,000,000.


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