Our Community



The Venice Canals community is located in Venice, CA, 90291 and is part of the City of Los Angeles. We are south of the City of Santa Monica and north of the Marina del Rey small boat harbor, and a few minutes from the Pacific Ocean and the renowned Venice Beach Boardwalk.

The Canals are comprised of six canals, approximately one and a half miles in length, and fifty feet in width, and are laid out in a grid. Carroll, Linnie, Howland, and Sherman Canals run in an east to west direction, Eastern and Grand run north and south. The one-way vehicular entrance to the Canals is at Dell Avenue and Sherman Canal. Dell Avenue traverses four bridges in a south to north direction. Access to the homes from Dell Ave. is provide by Courts A, B, C, D, and E. (See map below)


In addition, nine footbridges provide access within the canals. The canals’ ocean water comes from the Marina del Rey and is controlled by tidal gates at the Marina del Rey jetty and at Washington Blvd. To maintain the quality of the water, the Washington Blvd. gates are opened twice a week to the natural flushing of the ocean tides. The Canals are listed on the National and City of Los Angeles Registry of Historical Places.


The canals were built in 1905 as a private real estate development,Short Line Beach Venice Canals Subdivision No. 1, to capitalize on Abbot Kinney’s “Venice of America,” a canal development and amusement center to the north. Both canal projects, built with a lot of speed and too little sturdy construction had fallen into disrepair by the early 1920’s and all the canals were scheduled to be filled in, but the Venice canals were spared.


By 1940, the sidewalks had so deteriorated that they were taken out of public use. Between 1991 - 1993, a major Renovation Project was completed. The canals were deepened in the center to five feet, the sides of the canals were rebuilt with Loffelblocks, new sidewalks were constructed, and a protective Saltbush barrier planted along the sidewalks.


The canals are a designated wildlife preserve where you can see Herons, Egrets, Mergansers, Coots, Cormorants, Sea Gulls, Pelicans, sometimes the Least Tern, and domesticated Mallard ducks. Occasionally a seal and even a leopard shark will accidentally swim into the canals during a flushing cycle. The canals also provide a valuable nursery for fish.


Early development was comprised of small one-story cottages used mainly in the summer. Starting in the late 1970’s a major change in the canals began and continues today. In 1976, more than 30% of the 375 parcels were vacant. Today less than six are vacant. You will see a mix of one, two, and three story homes with a variety of architectural styles. Ideal growing conditions produce wonderful flowers. For many it is a paradise tucked away in a much too crowded suburban setting.


esri map 2012




Venice Canals in 1926




Photo Pre 1979



Sherman Canal and Grand Canal - Cleaning Barge 1953


Debris, garbage 1953

Looking South on Grand Canal



Canal Sign 1953

Streets (Sidewalks) Withdrawn from Public Use in 1940


Signs 1953


Grand Canal Tidal Gates 1956



Carroll Canal 1956


Venice Canal 1956


Carroll Canal 1956



Sherman Canal 1956



Grand Canal Cleaning Barge 1961



Howland Canal and Grand Canal 1961


Looking West on Howland Canal



Swimming and Boating 1962


Swim:Boat 1962


Faith Beahm 1962

Faith Beahm 1962


Carroll Canal 1966


Project moves ahead 1966


Kids on Bridge 1969


Kids on Bridge 1969


Linnie Canal and Grand Canal 1970


Canal Corner - before 1985

Looking East on Linnie Canal



Corner of Sherman Canal and Grand Canal Before 1960


Grand:Sherman '85

Grand Canal in the Foreground



Venice Canals in1986


Linnie Canal 400 block



Eastern Canal @ Court D


Linnie Canal



Sherman Canal - Armorflex Demonstration Project, 7-16-88.

Promoted by Councilwoman Ruth Galanter (in glasses). Rejected for Loffelstein Blocks construction.


Armorflex July 16, 1988



Canal Renovation 1991 - 1993


Construct - Dewatered


Howland Canal


Construct - Loffelblock Foundation


Linnie Canal


Construct - Loffel Wall 1


Sherman Canal

Loffelstein Blocks shown on both banks.



Construct - Coffer Dam:new

Renovation Project Was Completed in Two Phases.

Phase One was east of Grand Canal.

Corner of Sherman and Grand Canal (in background)


Construct - Coffer Dam:remove

Removing Construction Barrier at Sherman Canal

toBegin Phase Two on Grand Canal


Bridge Foundation 3


New Foundation for Sherman Canal Footbridge


Bridge Today


Sherman Canal Footbridge



Dell Avenue

The south to north vehicle one-way access to the Venice Canals



Watchful Egrets


Grand Canal