Mar Vista Area Info

Welcome to the tree-lined streets of Mar Vista, California. This is a neighborhood complete with old school California charm with a new, modern twist. Mar Vista is where families have lived for years; neighbors know each other and the backyards have room for a game of catch. Mar Vista is close to Santa Monica and has easy access to everywhere in Westside Los Angeles. This culturally diverse community is the perfect place to put down roots.

Mar Vista is a delightful location to raise a family. It has put an emphasis on its schools, recreational opportunities and local events. Part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mar Vista has a reputation as one of the best-kept secrets in the city. The schools perform higher than average and are well rated. Students from Mar Vista are also given the chance to attend their classes in the Wiseburn School District which is one of the highest performing systems in Los Angeles according to the LA Times. A new branch of the Los Angeles Public Library has been opened here, offering even more educational opportunities and programs.

Mar Vista has cultured a creative community with a growing arts scene. Neighborhood garages are being converted to artist’s studios and are opened to the public during Art Walks. New art galleries are opening that feature local talent and well-known artists.

Living in Mar Vista CA

There is a great sense of neighborhood within Mar Vista. With so many residents having lived here for decades, the trend in housing is to redesign with what already exists. The result has been architectural masterpieces, many with views of the Pacific Ocean. With its desirability and slightly exclusive real estate market due to the availability of homes, expect to pay $800,000 to over $3 million for a home here. While predominantly single-family homes, there are also condominiums on the market. These can range from the mid $500,000s to the mid $1 million. Rents are competitive and can be anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 per month depending on the number of bedrooms.

There is no shortage of activities. The city of Los Angeles operates the popular Mar Vista Recreation Center. This facility has a gymnasium, baseball fields, sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, a jogging path and a children’s play area. There is community swimming pool. The recreation center is also home to an auditorium that sees a great deal of use for local productions.

There is a sense of nostalgia to the shopping in Mar Vista. There are restaurants and businesses here that have been in operation for decades. Mar Vista has managed to meld together the classic Mom and Pop with a hipster flair. Eateries and coffee shops share the block with bookstores and barbershops. Explore unique businesses like Soaptopia or stop in for a costume and theatrical makeup at Robinson’s Beautilities.

If you envision yourself living in the eco-friendly community of Mar Vista, call the experienced real estate agents at Hartman Cole to find out more. They look forward to hearing from you soon!


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