Playa del Rey
From hiking trails to sailing at Del Rey Lagoon, there’s something magical about the oceanside lifestyle amid the Spanish Colonial architecture. “Playa del Rey” means “Beach of the King.” Indeed, residents here can live royalty, a stone’s throw away from the mighty Pacific Ocean.
Originally named Palisades Del Rey, Playa Del Rey arose in 1921 as a swank beachfront community that luminaries such as Cecil B. DeMille and Charles Bickford called home. The recent history of Playa Del Rey is dominated by its proximity to the airport, with the city reclaiming acres of land and the homes on them reclaimed by the city for the expansion and beautification of LAX. Further from the airport and away from the flight paths, Playa Del Rey offers something truly special. It’s not the peace and beauty of Playa Del Rey beach, although it is both of those things. For decades a haunt of surfers, concrete retaining walls to prevent coastal erosion have eliminated the break, making way for sailors and kayakers.
No, what Playa Del Rey offers that is truly special is an unbeatable value in beach living, with an average price per square foot of real estate south of $800. Median home prices are south of $1.8 million, but that includes expansive Spanish Colonial mansions. Beach condos and bungalows can be had for much more reasonable prices.
The terrain of Playa Del Rey is characterized by wetlands and sand dunes, with creeks and hiking trails lining the undeveloped land between Titmouse Park, Vista Del Mar Park, and Del Rey Lagoon Park. Every evening, the sun puts on a show in the mild Southern California ocean breeze—sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Grab a cold drink, get your feet wet and sandy, kick back, and enjoy the good life on Playa Del Rey!
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