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Marina del Rey

Boat lovers rejoice—Los Angeles is home to the largest man-made recreational marina in the country. It’s the kind of thing that only an Angeleno would think to do—take a harbor that was deemed impractical as a commercial harbor, and make it into a haven for recreational sailors, motorboaters, jet skiers, and other small-craft operators. 6,500 small recreational craft moor at Marina Del Rey. And the 1.5-square-mile patch of land around the marina has become a gem of seaside living.

Residents of Marina Del Rey live in luxury highrise condos, apartments, townhouses, and beach hotels, which loom over a winding series of boardwalks. Sandal-wearing landlubbers in search of a little beach air can wander Marina Del Rey, browsing beach-bum stores or stopping at upscale shrimp shacks and sushi bars to sip a tropical cocktail and snack on the freshest catch of the day.

If this sounds less like a day trip and more like a lifestyle, Marina Del Rey condos impress with their views, amenities, and modern conveniences. Median prices push up to $1.4 million for an average of three bedrooms and three bathrooms, just under 2,400 square feet.

Understandably populated by fishing and watercraft enthusiasts, the affluent crowd of full-time residents often rent slip space at the marina. Their idea of a good time is pulling dinner fresh from the ocean and sipping a tasty beverage from the deck of their craft, watching the sun set over the ocean. Play your cards right, and you might be invited along. Or adopt the Marina Del Rey ethos of BYOB—bring your own boat.

From the balmy patience of beach living to its small-town vibe and walkable environs, Marina Del Rey is a haven for discerning patrons who covet a slow pace and ocean air. Get lost amid the waves—there’s always another sunset to watch when you live on the Pacific.


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