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Neighborhood Spotlight: Mar Vista

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mar Vista

MAR VISTA

Mar Vista is a quiet neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, east of Venice, east and south of Santa Monica, north and west of Culver City, west of Palms, and south of West LA. Its boundaries are approximately the 405 Freeway on the east, National Blvd and the Santa Monica airport to the north, Walgrove Ave to the west, and Washington Blvd to the south.

WHY WE LOVE MAR VISTA

  • There is something for everyone! Mar Vista has mostly quiet residential streets and a few commercial corridors with unique shops, restaurants and local businesses.
  • Great place for families! Mar Vista has safe neighborhoods, great parks, and highly rated schools.
  • Location, location, location! The beach is a short drive away. The freeway proximity makes all of Greater Los Angeles easy to get to, and the surrounding areas offer even more fantastic dining and retail options.

WHAT TO DO

Mar Vista Farmers Market every Sunday 9am-2pm on Grand View Blvd and Venice Blvd
Bowlero – fun bowling alley and sports bar
Mar Vista Stairs – You can see the views from Mar Vista Hill and get a little workout by climbing the 97 steps of the Mar Vista Stairs. Entrance is found at 3301 Granville Ave.
Mar Vista Recreation Center & Park – This is one of the largest parks on the Westside and offers a community center, pool, baseball field, soccer field, hockey rink, basketball courts, volleyball courts, outdoor fitness equipment, jogging path, kitchen, multipurpose sports field, picnic tables, playground, barbecue pits, free parking, stage, synthetic field, and more.


DINING

Little Fatty’s and Accomplice – outstanding Tawainese food and cocktail bar
Rustic Kitchen Market & Cafe – cafe, market and wine bar
Rasselbock – German food and biergarten
Atmosphere – chic, laid back French place great for lunch, dinner or happy hour
Santouka Ramen – Japanese ramen restaurant inside Mitsuwa Market (amazing Japanese supermarket)
Quiadaiyn – (pronounced “kia-dine”) – Oaxaca and Mexican fare with a full bar
Alana’s Coffee – local coffee shop passionate about roasting single-origin beans
My Lai’s – fast casual Vietnamese option offering bahn mi, vermicelli salads and build-you-own bowls.

SHOPPING

Morpheus – stylish and vibey boutique for clothing, jewelry, accessories and home goods; they also have an interior design business
Whimsy and Row – eco-friendly boutique specializing in sustainable, locally made clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Vintage on Venice – well-curated and well-priced vintage goods
Tortoise General Store – ceramics, homegoods, furniture, clothing and accessories with a minimalist/Japanese aesthetic
Timewarp Records and Music – for all music lovers, here’s where you can get vintage records, turntables, speakers, amps and more

REAL ESTATE

Mar Vista has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Los Angeles in the past few years, a trend that accelerated during the pandemic. As of February 2022, the average sale price of a single family home in Mar Vista is just over $1,837,500 (up 7% from the previous year). Lots of buyers are looking to move there, as it is considered a safe neighborhood that is good for families. Unfortunately for these buyers, inventory is low and what limited inventory there is doesn’t stay on the market long (the average days on market is 21 days). In February 2022, there were only 55 homes on the market, less than half as many as the same time the year before.

On the high end of the market, luxury homes sell between $4m and $5m, with a few homes breaking the $5m threshold. There is a home in escrow now that is still being built on Psomas Way that will set the new record, as it will most likely close above $6,000,000.

Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract – Driving view this section of Mar Vista feels like you’ve gone back in time, as every house still retains its original Mid-Century Modern exterior.  Built in 1948 by architect Gregory Ain, who was influenced by Neutra and Schindler, these 52 homes were designed to be affordable homes with modern design for the working class. Found on Beethoven, Moore and Meier Streets between Palms Blvd and Marco Pl, the area has been designated as an HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) so the Mid-Century Modern look and feel will remain well into the future.

Mar Vista Hill – Mar Vista means “view of the sea” in Spanish and you can see these ocean views from Mar Vista Hill. Located between Inglewood Blvd and Centinela Ave on the east and west and National Blvd and Venice Blvd on the north and south, not only does this area offer the best views of the ocean, city and mountains, but this area is where some of the most expensive homes in Mar Vista are found. There are lots of newly constructed larger homes that sell for over $3,500,000 and teardowns sell for around $2,000,000. Mountain View Ave, Ocean View Ave and Grand View Ave are some of the most sought after streets.

Westdale Trousdale – a quintessential single-family Mar Vista neighborhood, it was developed by Paul Trousdale (who developed the famed Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills). Located south of National Blvd, north of Palms Blvd, east of the 405 Freeway and west of Inglewood Blvd.

The Oval District – A quiet subdivision known as the “Beverly Hills of Mar Vista,” you can find it easily on a map by looking for the giant oval created by Marcasel Ave and East Blvd, between Venice Blvd and Washington Blvd. Large lots with wide tree-lined streets create a nice “neighborhood” feel. Like the rest of Mar Vista, there is a mix of the original homes and new modern homes.

SCHOOLS

Highly-rated schools, including Venice High School, which has been used in many movies and TV shows, like GreaseAmerican History X, and Britney Spears’s star-making music video “Baby One More Time”.

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