Mar Vista

Small but vibrant, Mar Vista has made a name for itself with incredible views, flourishing retail, and a robust outdoor lifestyle.

Welcome to Mar Vista

Laid-back tranquility with access to fine amenities
Small but vibrant, Mar Vista has made a name for itself with incredible views, flourishing retail, and a robust outdoor lifestyle. Its charming tree-lined streets bustle with residential activity, boasting crosswalks and protected bike lanes to make the neighborhood a beloved destination for cyclists and pedestrians. Mar Vista’s transformation over the years into the stylish, hip locale it is today is thanks in part to having the tech-fueled Silicon Beach in its backyard, drawing in a crowd of young professionals and families seeking a homely hideaway with access to all the finest treasures of West LA.
Locals enjoy proximity to the beach and perfect sunshine all days of the year, with a cluster of hip shops, classy boutiques, and restaurants spread around its main thoroughfare Venice Boulevard. With a mix of upscale, modern homes and older, classic residences, homebuyers will find their tastes amid Mar Vista’s fine duplexes, deluxe townhomes, and sprawling single-family homes.

What to Love

  • Minutes away from the beach
  • Strong sense of community 
  • Recreational facilities in Mar Vista Park
  • Vibrant local culture 
  • Sunny weather all year round

Local Lifestyle

Students, tech professionals, and many young families have gravitated to Mar Vista for its tranquility, amenities, and remarkable options for entertainment. The town’s alluring convenience, high walkability, and easy access to shopping and dining make it one of the most sought-after destinations in LA. And for parents looking to raise their kids in a highly-rated school zone, there are no more worries as every school in the Area serves among California’s top-rated.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Take-out or settle in for breakfast tacos, sandwiches, and falafel served with cold-pressed juice at the casual Chef-led MV Grab & Go,  a neighborhood favorite popular for its daily dinner specials which can be enjoyed with the whole family. Taiwanese comfort fare reigns supreme at Little Fatty + Accomplice, offering a menu that features everything from scallion pancakes to kung pao chicken served with craft beers, wine, and refreshing cocktails.
Settle in at the cozy Alana’s Coffee for a cold brew, espresso, or Pirate Chai made with matcha and served alongside hearty croissants, muffins, and sandwiches. Rasselbock might be popular for hosting exciting events during Oktoberfest, but just as inviting as their activities roster is the delicious food served in this laid-back spot, with a menu of burgers, spicy sausages, schnitzels, and Bavarian pretzels paired with an extensive variety of beets. 
For locally made clothing, jewelry, home decor, and accessories stop at Shop Morpheus. A little past Venice Boulevard, locals can find sustainable fashion finds at the stylish, eco-friendly Whimsy and Row, while Vintage on Venice is a local favorite for pop culture knick-knacks, chic shoes, and carefully selected barware.

Things to Do

Every week, the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market brings out bounties from the local farms in an abundant mix of fresh produce, artisanal cheese, seafood and meat, and gourmet cuisine, fostering a healthy lifestyle among locals and plenty of activities for kids.
Families come for arcade games, free Wi-Fi, and bowling at the Bowlero Mar Vista, boasting a cozy lounge area, restaurant, and a unique venue for parties and get-togethers. Dive into a fantastic read at the Mar Vista Branch Library or take your family out for a picnic at the Mar Vista Recreational Center and Park. After the picnic, you can catch some fun on the baseball diamonds, play a friendly tennis match, jog along scenic paths or lap it up in the swimming pool.


Mar Vista is home to some of California’s highly-rated schools, both public and private. Top educational opportunities include:

Overview for Mar Vista, CA

35,177 people live in Mar Vista, where the median age is 42 and the average individual income is $64,863. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

42 years

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Around Mar Vista, CA

There's plenty to do around Mar Vista, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Stronger With Plants, Andressa Esteves, and Roga.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Active 2.53 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.53 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.43 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.12 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.58 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.54 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Mar Vista, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Mar Vista. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Beethoven Street Elementary
K - 5th
K - 5th
6th - 8th
Walgrove Avenue Elementary
K - 5th
9th - 12th
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Grand View Boulevard Elementary
K - 5th
7th - 12th
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9th - 12th
James J. McBride Special Education Center
6th - 12th
No rating available

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