WHO’S WHO IN VENICE
•Fiona Apple: Rarely leaves the neighborhood; has admitted to anxiety about traveling to other parts of Los Angeles.
•Trey Parker: Lives on the canals not far from Matt Stone and their fellow South Park exec producer Anne Garefino.
•Robert Downey Jr.: He and wife Susan purchased a modernist three-story live/work building for $5.6 million in 2009.
•Jon Favreau: The actor-director has moved his offices to Abbot Kinney; frequent diner at Gjelina.
•Anna Paquin: New parents of twins, she and husband Stephen Moyer are said to have created a two-house compound.
•Tim Robbins: Bought Julia Roberts’ old double-lot property on the Walk Streets; frequently spotted on his bike.
•Joel Silver: Recently purchased the historic Art Deco-style Venice Post Office, which he’s renovating as new offices.
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“The canals struck me as this beautiful little monument to useless beauty,” says screenwriter Burns (Contagion, The Informant!) of his decision to move there from New York a decade ago. His circle of Venetians includes Jones, chief creative officer of multiplatform studio Vuguru; King, Participant Media’s executive vp production; CAA motion-picture agent Dakhil; and Verve talent manager Weinstein. Says Jones of her love for the area: “You don’t feel like a freak when you’re on the street.” For his part, King has noticed one thing that Venice’s popularity has affected: “It’s much easier to get people to come to my house for a dinner party. Before, I practically had to send a plane to get them to come all the way to the beach.”