Welcome to Mar Vista

The Community

This neighborhood nestled in between Venice and Palms is the most up and coming area on the Westside of Los Angeles.

The LA Times recently featured Mar Vista in their premiere ‘Neighborhood Spotlight’ section, and the neighborhood frequently gets press as one of the best places to live, work, play, and have a family, all at the same time. Home of the famed Venice High School where the movie Grease was filmed, Mar Vista has excellent public elementary schools with high API scores

Mar Vista Community Highlights + Fun Facts 

Grease
You might recognize Venice High School as the set for Rydell High in the beloved 1978 film Grease. The school has also been used in other films such as Nightmare on Elm Street, American History X, and several music videos like Britney Spears’ hit “Baby One More Time.” 

Mar Vista Library
The Mar Vista library is a great place for learning and fun. In addition to stocking all the hottest book titles, it also hosts various speaking events, workshops for kids and teens, and storytime for toddlers.

Trousdale Estates Neighborhood
Paul Trousdale, the developer of the famous Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills, also developed Westdale Trousdale here in Mar Vista in the 1940s. Westdale Trousdale represents an important part of Mar Vista’s development as it perfectly captures the laid-back, outdoor lifestyle California is known for.

Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract
Built by architect Gregory Ain in 1948, these mid-century modern homes were the first ‘modern’ homes of its kind. Although hundreds of tract homes were constructed during the 1950s, Ain’s ranch-style homes (located along Meier, Moore, and Beethoven Streets between Palms Boulevard and Marco Place) are distinct as he was dedicated to building affordable housing for the working class.

Famous Citizens
Some famous faces that have called Mar Vista home include Nathan Pratt and Stacy Peralta, who were part of the Z-Boys of Dogtown and known for their skateboarding during the 1970s.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree
Planted in 1875, the gorgeous Moreton Bay Fig tree, located on 11000 National Blvd., is an official historical cultural monument in Mar Vista. 

The Oval District
The palm tree-lined suburb of Oval District, also known as the “Beverly Hills of Mar Vista,” is nestled between Centinela Avenue and Inglewood Boulevard. Landscape architect Wilber David Cook Jr. designed the oval-shaped residential street in 1912.

Lima Bean Belt of the Nation
Long before it became a bustling, hip neighborhood, Mar Vista was once a rich agricultural farmland and lima beans were one of the star crops. For this reason, Mar Vista became known as the “Lima Bean Belt of the Nation.” 

Mar Vista Recreation Center + Park
Great for all ages, this recreation center includes a roller hockey rink, a swimming pool, baseball fields, an auditorium, outdoor picnic and playground areas, and so much more.

Busby’s Building
Opened in 1924 by merchant Louis Claude Busby, the Busby’s Building, located on the southwest corner of Venice Boulevard and Grand View Boulevard, was the first commercial building in Mar Vista. It was the original home of the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce before it was transformed into a drug store. Today, the space is home to Floyd’s Barber Shop.

Ocean View Farms
Ocean View Farms is a non-profit community farm spread across six acres in Mar Vista. Its mission is to promote and practice healthy organic gardening techniques and educate on recycling and composting to minimize our impact on the environment.

The Boom of Mar Vista
The boom of Mar Vista was due to the Venice Short Line trolley in the 1920s, which initially shuttled passengers from Downtown LA to Mar Vista’s rapidly developing neighbors Santa Monica and Venice Beach. This launched the first wave of housing tracts. In 1927, the farming community was rebranded as Mar Vista, which is Spanish for “sea view.”

Why We Love Mar Vista—Our Pardee Picks!

Mar Vista has quickly become a bustling and hip neighborhood filled with unique shops and local businesses. It has that coveted small town feel while still being in a big city, which makes it great for families. And its close proximity to the beach, great schools, and convenient walkability for residences in the area have made it one of the most sought-after communities to call home.

Oasis Healing Center
If your body and soul is in need of some healing, check out the Oasis Healing Center. They have many practitioners who are experts in different healing modalities including shiatsu massage, craniosacral therapy, and plant spirit medicine. We recommend an acupuncture session with Foster Ryan. He is fantastic! 

Mitsuwa Marketplace
From food to convenience store items, explore all sorts of delights at this Japanese supermarket. Whatever you do, don’t forget to stop by the food court and order up some udon noodles or spicy miso ramen from Santouka, one of the shops inside of Mitsuwa.

Grand View Market
From fresh produce to delicious all-day breakfast options like chilaquiles and Monte Cristo sandwiches, there’s a little something for everyone at this friendly neighborhood market. It also boasts the Area 1 Lounge where you can sit back, order a beer, and watch a game or enjoy live music.

Sam: Johnson’s Bookshop
Bookstores are rare in Los Angeles these days, which only makes Sam: Johnson’s Bookshop that much more special. It’s been entertaining bibliophiles since 1977 with its impressive collection of new, used, and rare books in a variety of genres. The staff is always so friendly. Say hi to owner Marti when you stop in!

Accomplice Bar
A great happy hour and craft cocktail selection, including a delicious margarita, makes this spot an HPP favorite to socialize together after work. We love heading there on Mondays for their Mai Tai and sweet potato bao.

The Mar Vista
Located in the heart of Mar Vista on Washington Boulevard, this trendy new hotspot features seasonal dinner and brunch menus filled with decadent dishes made with ingredients picked up from LA farmers markets. Owners chef Jill Davie and chef Derek Brandon Walker live in the neighborhood. You may have seen Walker on an episode of the Food Network’s Chopped in which he won!

Bowlero Mar Vista Bowling Alley
Great food, great times, and a fun atmosphere, need we say more? Gather your friends and family and head here to bowl, play arcade games and billiards, watch a game at the sports bar or even host your own party. The menu is also not to be missed. Expect veggie spring rolls, lamb lollipops, oven-fried pizzas, and more.

The Alibi Room
Brought to you by celebrated LA chef Roy Choi, this cool drinking hideout is a great spot to head to after work. The vibe is chic yet cozy, and the food will make you want to keep coming back for more. Make sure you order a spicy margarita and the ever-famous Kogi tacos from our favorite bartender, Andrea.

Hatchet Hall
The menu at Hatchet Hall is ever-changing and inspired by the seasons so you’ll be delighted every time you visit. Whatever you order will be delicious. Don’t forget to add the corn bread. You won’t regret it! And if you’re in the mood for a little nightcap, head to the restaurant’s taxidermy-adorned Old Man Bar in the back and listen to vinyl music. 

Mar Vista Stairs
When we want to get our sweat on, we hit up the MV stairs where Granville Avenue and Federal Avenue intersect. We love it because it’s easy to find parking, and there are only 97 steps so it’s a quick way to squeeze in a workout.

Vintage on Venice
From mid-century ceramics to party-ready frocks, Vintage on Venice has a nicely curated selection of vintage treasures you won’t find anywhere else. We recommend following them on Instagram to get a first peek at their new goodies.

Rutt’s Hawaiian Cafe
A neighborhood staple since 1976, Rutt’s Hawaiian Cafe is where you go when you’re craving authentic tropical cuisine. Be sure to try one of their famous open-scrambled omelets or their Hawaiian roll French toast.

The Mar Vista Farmers Market
Catch us at the MV farmers market every Sunday grabbing sustainable and organic local produce. This year-round market (rain or shine) offers live music, kids crafts, and multicultural food vendors. We love stopping by Cuyama Orchards to get the best organic apples grown by the Albano Family.

Casa Sanchez
Elevated Mexican cuisine is the name of the game at Casa Sanchez. Think tequila-grilled salmon, chicken enchiladas with mole sauce, and pork chops served alongside mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. The best part? There’s live mariachi music every night. 

Under the Sea
This indoor children’s playground is filled with lots of things to do and play including a bounce house, slides, and a climbable sea castle. It’s also the perfect place to host a birthday party for your little ones and their friends. 

Ginger’s Divine Ice Cream
You may run into the owner of this charming ice cream shop at the Mar Vista farmers market. She sources all of the ingredients for her unique creations locally and makes them from scratch. We recommend the Billionaire Brownie and Tuxedo Salty Caramel flavors.

Community Stats

Percentage of households earning over $125,000/yr.

Percentage of residents 25 years old & older with a 4 year college degree.

Percentage of residents who own their homes in the area.

Population
35,492 people U.S. Census, 2000
People
12,259 people per sq mile
Median Income
$162,611
Area
2.90 sq miles