Venice Canals Los Angeles known from film and television!


Klaus and I are big fans of the series Californication, which mainly plays in the district Venice in Los Angeles and goes over seven seasons. The focus is on the writer Hank Moody played by David Duchovny, who desperately wants his family back. The failing Hank shows in this series marked by humorous mockery, a Los Angeles coined by drugs, sexuality and alcohol. In many scenes of the series you can see his house or the Venice Canals.
We had never seen either of these on our visits to Los Angeles, but that changed by chance.

When we're on our way to Venice Beach with our grandson, we usually look for a parking lot nearby so we do not have to walk that far. We drive through the small, sometimes quite narrow side streets and almost always find a suitable place.

The last time we drove slowly with our family through the Brooks Ave. On the left side I saw a house with a graffiti door, which seemed very familiar to me. I thought for a moment and said to my son, who was behind the wheel, that I had to get off briefly, because I needed a picture of this front door.

He said that's impossible. It's a one-way street and there are cars behind us. But I did not care, I quickly gave him my phone to take a photo in the hand and was already outside.

The coincidence has led us directly in front of Hank Moodys house and of course I wanted to capture that on a photo.

Now that we found the house from our favorite series by accident, we also wanted to take a walk through the Venice Canals.

These were built by Abbott Kinney, who was once so excited about his visit to Venice, Italy, that he decided to build such canals on what is now Venice Beach. He wanted to bring the name of Venice Canals the beauty and culture of Italy to the people in California.

The area was opened in 1905 and consisted of a sewer system with gondolas and gondoliers. Most channels have been refilled over the years. The few that have survived provide a charming atmosphere for a walk away from the hustle and bustle.

You can find the Venice Canals not far from the beach. It is a quiet area with great houses in bright colors and lush flowering and lovingly decorated gardens. Ducks swimming quacking in the shimmering water and everywhere you can hear the chirping of birds.

Picturesque pedestrian bridges connect the canals on both sides of the canals. Of course, we were looking for the one where Hank Moody is often seen in the series.

We really enjoyed our walk along the canals past the many different and lovingly designed houses. The beautiful houses worth millions of euros would be very nice to see from the inside. In one of the boats in front of the houses you would like to climb and drive through the canals.

This flamingo had done it to my grandson, he would have loved it. Unfortunately, there was no owner I could ask.

The Venice Canals in Los Angeles are more than just a dreamlike photo opportunity. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Venice Beach, you should visit this place.

It is hard to imagine that two such different worlds can be found so close to each other.


  • Wow what a nice great report. I liked the flamingo the best. * g * We will continue to follow you and look forward to many new reports from you. Greetings from Lisa ☺️

    • Thank you, just visited you on your site and now I'm really hungry for your great pictures of the delicious food on the floating hotel.
      best regards

  • Great pictures! A floating hotel, how cool. You get the desire for more.
    All the best

  • Thanks for the great illustrated performance, while reading I am reminisced about my visit to LA and the Venice Canals.

  • I do not know the series, but that seems to be a great piece of earth. Thank you for your impressions!

    Best regards,
    Saskia Katharina

  • Great pictures again, my love! Since I was never in LA and that is not on my travel list, I feel taken away from you. That's so good. The flamingo is awesome!

    Greetings, Bea.

  • Dear Sigrid,

    Wow! I do not know this Venice channel ... although I've been there quite a lot. That looks great and I'm glad that next time I have something new to discover :-).

    Have a nice day!

  • That's just what I like about cities, when only two streets further change the "world" completely.
    Your pictures really make you want to see the "Venice Channel" live and color yourself. That will certainly be a bit more intense.
    Thank you very much for this really exciting and informative article.

    Best regards,

  • I have to admit that I've never seen the show before. By name, I know her well, but somehow it was not enough for more. But I always find it exciting when you're in the places that you might already know from TV! 🙂

    Best regards,

  • I've never seen califonication, even though it's a term I know by name. But I think you do not even have to know them. The corner is so beautiful and I love your insights and descriptions.
    I'm getting more and more there.
    best regards

  • I have never seen a series of Californication. But the Venice Canal looks very nice, with the colorful houses. Somehow totally idyllic.

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