Playa Vista has a storied history in the science-and-technology industry. The former headquarters of Hughes Aircraft Company, operated by eccentric film and aviation entrepreneur Howard Hughes, Playa Vista was the construction site of the Spruce Goose. Today, the technology pedigree of Playa Vista persists in the form of campuses and headquarters operated by Belkin, Microsoft, Facebook, YouTube, IMAX, and Toms. There’s a reason that Playa Vista and the surrounding coastline villages are sometimes referred to as “Silicon Beach.”
While slightly inland, Playa Vista (Spanish for “Beach View”) affords its residents easy access to the Pacific Ocean, including world-renowned Venice Beach, Playa Del Rey, and Santa Monica Beach. Diverse and family-friendly, Playa Vista was master-planned to be a model of eco-friendly development. All the public landscaping is watered with 100% recycled water.
As a place to live, Playa Vista is relatively new on the scene, having exploded from zero permanent residents in 2002 to nearly 10,000. The residential scene is dominated by upscale apartment buildings, which the nearby Loyola Marymount University keeps full with a robust student population. For people in search of a quiet neighborhood near the beach in a good school district in which to settle down, Playa Vista also offers a choice selection of condos, townhomes, and single-family homes.
Median prices of Playa Vista real estate strikes just south of $1.4 million at $767 per square foot, reasonable considering the proximity to the ocean and access to upscale beach amenities. Los Angelenos who choose to make Playa Vista their home base have not only the nearby beaches and boardwalks to enjoy, but also a generous scattering of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Playa Vista has a beachy urban vibe to complement the sleek commercial artifice of the tech culture.
Welcome to Playa Vista, where high tech meets the ocean air.
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