One of our readers in the Silver Strand has suggested that we should try and get our zip code, Marina del Rey, 90292, changed back to Venice, 90291 as it was until the mid-1980s. At that time, the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission decided to “annex” three Venice neighborhoods south of Washington Boulevard and re-assign them to the Marina del Rey zip code 90292. As a result, the Silver Strand, the Venice Peninsula and the Oxford Triangle no longer carry their original Venice, 90291 zip code but are now Marina del Rey, 90292. The
In 1905, both the Silver Strand and Venice Peninsula tracts were platted as part of what was then the incorporated City of Venice. In 1925, the voters in the City of Venice elected to become part of the City of Los Angeles. That status remains as of now. The basic boundry line between the Silver Strand, Venice and unincorporated Marina del Rey, apart from a few zigs and zags at the northern end, runs down the middle of Via Marina. Which means that, regardless of our Marina del Rey zip code, we remain in every other way Venice, California under the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles and not unincorporated Marina del Rey. We vote as Venetians on a City of Los Angeles ballot and we are represented by the City Council and the Mayor of Los Angeles. Development in the Silver Strand is governed by the Venice Land Use Plan, the Venice Specific Plan and the California Coastal Commission. This benefits us because the Los Angeles City Council, i.e. Bill Rosendahl and his successor Mike Bonin, have been far more responsive to our concerns than the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. Rosendahl, and now Bonin, have made themselves very accessible to their constituents by doing regular meet and greets, attending local meetings, neighborhood events and responding to emails. So, to a lesser extent has Mayor Garcetti. The Board of Supervisors presents a brick wall to its constituents in terms of contacting or meeting them. In my experience, they respond neither to phone calls, nor emails.
Changing our zip code back to 90291 would have many implications. Among other things, it would impact both residents and businesses in terms of changing their location and zip code on stationary, business cards, correspondence, bills, etc. Something of a nightmare. In terms of buying/selling homes, realtors currently list us as being in MDR rather than Venice. The land in Marina del Rey proper is publicly owned and held in trust by Los Angeles County. It can lease the land, but not sell it to a private owner. Thus virtually 100% of residential property in MDR proper, rather in terms of jurisdiction, consists of rental apartment buildings. The only exception is the Marina City Club which is a grand-fathered condominium with a limited 50-year lease on the land beneath it. On the other hand, the Silver Strand, the Venice Peninsula and the Oxford Triangle consist primarily of single family homes. There are far more single family homes in Venice 90291 than in Marina del Rey 90292. This skews the figures in terms of property values listed by realtors.
The real estate website Trulia.com http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/90292-Marina_del_Rey/ says that in Venice, 90291, the current median sales price is $1,435,000. The average price per square foot is $1006.oo (but remember that most homes in Venice are smaller than those in the Silver Strand). The price of homes in Venice has increased by 32.3% in the last 12 months. The median sales price in Marina del Rey 90292 is $900,000 and the average price per square foot is $667 (but remember that single family homes in MDR are larger than those in Venice). The price of homes in Marina del Rey has increased by 54.1% in the last 12 months. It is important to note that most buyers and sellers usually dig much deeper than these summaries and look at close comparables rather than these general figures.
In conclusion, in assigning zip codes, the US Postal Regulatory Commission only takes into consideration issues concerning expediting the delivery of mail. They are not interested in matters of political jurisdiction or property values.
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