Is Snapchat's rapid growth changing Venice Beach's funky vibe?

April 1, 2015 12:08 PM

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Snapchat first set up in Los Angeles in a funky old bungalow on Venice Beach, a little startup with only 14 employees. Two years later, the messaging app is rich, famous and expanding fast.

The company is still in Venice, but with 200 employees it has far outgrown its cozy house on the beach. It's about to nearly double its footprint in Venice with a lease for 40,000 square feet in several buildings, according to real estate experts and property records.

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