Venice’s leafy side streets are lined with the kind of charming little bungalows that make an out-of-towner sigh, wishing they’d beaten the zeitgeist and bought one back before this quirky little beach town was trendy. A temporary cure? Perhaps a stay at the Venice Beach Eco Cottages, where three such bungalows sit, each a cozy one-room home with a white picket fence, claw-foot tub, and its own distinct, vintage style. Thoughtfully redesigned and outfitted with flea market finds by the husband-and-wife owners, the solar-powered cottages feel like miniature movie sets, with every last detail covered, including era-appropriate dishware and artwork, modern and eco-friendly appliances, and a full home theater system.
But the feeling of being a local doesn’t stop there; the cottages are just a few blocks from Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the heart of Venice’s relaxed, beachy culture, and only slightly farther from the beach itself. By the time guests check out, the local barista should know their name.