Minutes from the beach on Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista is a gem of Westside Los Angeles. Founded as Ocean Park Heights in 1902, it was absorbed into Los Angeles in 1927 but never yielded its identity completely. Finally recognized as an official neighborhood in 2006, this small urban community of fewer than 35,000 residents has a big personality.
Established on a historic rail line between Venice Beach and downtown Los Angeles, Mar Vista of today enjoys a booming reputation for its easy access to the ocean and its proximity to hip young neighborhoods Sawtelle and the Palms. Millennial and Gen Z have spilled over into Mar Vista, searching for the next funky coffee shop to study at, the next cafe, bar, or dessert shop to convene to toast to the permanence of their youth. Investors and entrepreneurs have responded with vigor, stocking this quaint and charming section of Venice Boulevard with enough dining, nightlife, and entertainment options to keep a tireless appetite sated for years.
Flat, with streets mostly laid out on a grid, Mar Vista is easy to enjoy on foot or by bicycle, close enough to Venice Beach to make regular visits or just to enjoy the ocean air in your backyard. Charming backstreets feature sleek modern homes adjacent to charming relics, ranging from condos to townhomes to single-family bungalows. This close to the ocean and with this many lifestyle amenities, it’s no surprise that median prices push $1.4 million. But consider the vibe and energy you get for this price, neighboring with surfers, students, and Silicon Beach tech minds.
Mar Vista also boasts impressive public schools and a host of family-friendly attractions, including a farmer’s market and the Mar Vista Art Walk, a collaboration between local artists and the Green Communications Initiative.
Mar Vista is where fun meets community values, a stone’s throw away from the beach!
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