Mar Vista

Currently has a perfect blend of exciting new offerings paired with long-time favorites. 

Welcome to Mar Vista

Idyllic LA community with tree-lined streets and modern architecture.
 
Mar Vista has an idyllic location nestled between Venice and Culver City in Los Angeles, California. Once considered a quiet and sleepy neighborhood, Mar Vista has emerged as an exciting cultural hub, with hip cafes, delicious eateries, and locally-owned businesses popping up at every turn. The buzz around Mar Vista has grown exponentially, and it currently has a perfect blend of exciting new offerings paired with long-time favorites. 
 
While Mar Vista has some wonderful restaurants and cafes, it has more to offer than the typical LA neighborhood. Mar Vista was one of the first to undergo infrastructure renovations as part of the city-wide Great Streets Initiative. As such, Mar Vista is far more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly than other parts of Los Angeles, which gives a charming Mediterranean feel. It is now easier than ever to walk about Venice Boulevard to visit shops and restaurants in the beautiful California sunshine. 
 

What to Love

 
  • Close to Venice Beach
  • One of the best Sunday Farmers Markets in LA
  • Gorgeous boulevards lined with palm trees
  • Newly built infrastructure
  • Highly walkable

Local Lifestyle

 
Mar Vista is a place that offers a little bit of everything. It is a popular hub for talented street artists and has no shortage of captivating murals. At the same time, it is a popular place to settle down and raise a family. The schools are highly rated, and the Mar Vista Recreation Centers provide excellent activities for kids. On the west end of town is the North Venice Little League Park, which hosts numerous youth sporting events year-round. 
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
While technically in neighboring Marina del Rey, SALT Restaurant & Bar is easily worth the short drive. Helmed by chef Sean Collins, the restaurant is well known for fusing timeless classics with modern techniques. The restaurant's real claim to fame is its outdoor dining area. It sits right on the marina, making it an excellent spot for yacht gazing. Every Sunday, the restaurant hosts its famous Boat House Pool Party. If you're looking to dine in the neighborhood, locals recommend Taverna at Mar Vista. The Taverna was voted as one of the best bars in Southland by the LA Times, but its food is equally as impressive as its cocktails. Tavernia specializes in Greek cuisine and has some of the best Paidakia and Lavaraki you'll find outside of the Adriatic Sea. Don't forget to indulge in their hand-made Baklava for dessert.
 
Mar Vista is full of boutique shops. Vintage on Venice is a  favorite. Located on Venice Boulevard, locals have dubbed this store as "V on V."  True to its name, the boutique specializes in selling restored vintage home goods. The store owners and employees have a well-deserved reputation for being friendly and knowledgeable about their vintage goods. 
 

Things to Do

 
Mar Vista is famous for being an artsy neighborhood. It's only fitting that they have a spectacular art walk. The art walk only occurs quarterly, typically in the spring. Several galleries within walking distance participate in the art walk and proudly display exclusive pieces during the event. Even if you aren't in the market for new art, The community atmosphere and live music make the Mar Vista art walk worth a visit. 
 
No Mar Vista guide would be complete without mentioning the famous Mar Vista Farmers' Market. The market operates every Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Venice Boulevard. The market organizers go to great lengths to verify that every vendor is a locally owned family farm. When shopping at the market, you can rest assured that everything was grown locally and sustainably. 
 

Schools

 
Mar Vista public schools reside within the Los Angeles Unified School District. There is a mix of charter schools, science-focused academies, and traditional schools. Notable schools include:
 
  • New West Charter School
  • Larchmont Charter School

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