This neighborhood was called Ocean Park Heights in the early 1900s due to its proximity to the ocean.

Welcome to Mar Vista

The hidden gem of Los Angeles.
This neighborhood was called Ocean Park Heights in the early 1900s due to its proximity to the ocean. But there’s more to Mar Vista than easy access to the shore, which is admittedly a great perk. It has always been a hidden gem of Los Angeles. Many areas of LA have grown astonishingly quickly over the past century. While Mar Vista has proliferated as well, it has somehow managed to hold on to its friendly neighborhood feel. The sense of community, quiet and pet-friendly streets, parks, and open green space make Mar Vista stand out.
Today, Mar Vista maintains a sweet balance between a traditional family neighborhood and a new hotspot born of the tech revolution. The influx of people in surrounding areas has had a beautiful impact on Mar Vista with the addition of many restaurants and delis, independent shops, boutiques, and new residential developments. The housing includes well-kept postwar homes on large lots in the historic Mar Vista Tract district. These homes are often alongside spacious contemporary residences, elegant condominiums, and posh townhouses. Beautifully maintained yards and lawns are a staple here, and the neighborhood is entirely walkable with everything the residents need right at their fingertips.

What to Love

  • Warm, sunny weather year-round with mild winters
  • Many fine-dining restaurants, delis, lounges, and boutiques
  • Easy access to Venice Beach, straight down Venice Boulevard
  • Good public transportation and quick access to major routes
  • Quiet, walkable streets with everything needed within walking distance
  • The dynamic Mar Vista Recreation Center

Local Lifestyle

In Mar Vista, life centers around family, neighbors, and community. The layout of the streets invites leisurely walks and communication with neighbors. The Oval District, known as “the Beverly Hills of Mar Vista,” boasts beautiful homes on large, well-manicured lots with exquisite lawns and gardens, and it’s known for its long-term residents and tight community ties. Everything locals need is right at their fingertips, so daily car use is optional. When more excitement is wanted, it’s a short trip to downtown Culver City and Santa Monica.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

For the best cup of morning coffee you’ll ever have, make a beeline to Alana’s Coffee Roasters, and try the Ethiopia Sidamo Ardi. If you’re looking for “Taiwanese soul food,” look no further than Little Fatty, and make sure you order the Walnut Shrimp. Taverna at The Mar Vista is a neighborhood favorite for Greek tapas-style food with a full bar and lounge area. For a memorable dinner, try the Byo Chicken Souvlaki Platter.
Nearby Venice has a shopper’s paradise on Abbot Kinney Boulevard with salons, boutiques, lounges, and art galleries. You’ll find everything from eclectic bohemian wear to exclusive designer clothing, home decor, bookstores, live music, and street attractions. If you’re a fashionista who wants to stay local, you’ll love Whimsy + Row for the latest in exclusive women’s clothing.

Things to Do

The Mar Vista Recreation Center is where the community comes together. It hosts many sports and fitness programs, music and arts and crafts programs, and preschool and summer camps. There are also barbecue pits, picnic areas, tennis courts, jogging paths, and an outdoor stage. The Mar Vista Certified Farmers’ Market is a great place to gather with friends, rain or shine, for the freshest produce, artisan bread, specialty cheeses, grass-fed meats, and various festivals.


Mar Vista is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District and is notable for the following schools.
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