Contrary to that Missing Persons' song, I do like to walk in L.A.. One advantage to living on the west side is that I can walk anytime I want to. At midnight. At 2 am. (Not that I would do that... It's just nice knowing I can)
The Venice canals are my favorite walking spot in West L.A.. The houses are just stunning, with a mix of old and new architecture. The picturesque water system creates a tranquil atmosphere, and the smell of home cooking drifting out people's open doors warms my heart. Ah, what I would give to live here!
The trickiest part of visiting the canals is the parking, especially on the weekend. I was fortunate finding a spot right at the entrance. Good luck!