Venice, CA (also known as Venice Beach) is a coastal neighborhood of Los Angeles
. The area is blanketed with rental units that are primarily older, smallish, and quaint, though there are some very upscale residences as one approaches the beach. The area attracts a great deal of tourism. Its pier and promenade are well known in the public conception of LA and are frequently depicted in television and film: free-spirited and bohemian hordes of roving street performers, skateboarders, and oddity vendors swarm about the novelty shops, curbside art galleries, and restaurants lining Venice's gigantic bike/foot path.
A little further from the beach, Abbot Kinney attracts a great deal of night life to its pubs and date-friendly eateries. If you prefer biking or walking to driving a car, Venice is worth your consideration, as many residents choose to stroll about in the fine weather rather than brave the very cramped and tightly regulated parking situation there.
Note: some housing options do not come with dedicated parking. Venice is its own world and flows along at its own carefree pace; its many murals and other bits of street art broadcast the spirit of creativity it has maintained since the 1950's and 1960's when it was a center of Beat culture.