Welcome To

Mar Vista

Charming, family-friendly community with quaint neighborhoods and calm surroundings


Welcome to Mar Vista

The down-to-earth neighborhood of Mar Vista is located on the Westside of Los Angeles and is a serene slice of suburbia — not too far away from the hustle and bustle — that many crave and need. It’s distinct from neighboring Los Angeles areas because of its slower pace, but it is still charismatic and one-of-a-kind. Characterized by cool restaurants and cafes, stylish stores, playful spaces, gorgeous green parks, and friendly people, the family-centric California gem is perfect for families and young couples who like the simple things in life with a touch of earthy elegance.

What to Love

  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Slower pace outside the city
  • A warm, tight-knit community
  • Generous green spaces

Mar Vista Real Estate Market

Mar Vista real estate is highly desirable. Contact the Santa Monica real estate agents and realtors at Homes By P + H to find ocean-view condos, beach houses & luxury homes for sale in Mar Vista, CA.

People & Lifestyle

A short drive from the coast, the warm and welcoming neighborhood of Mar Vista is known to be a great place for kids and families. There is a charming quality about the people and the scenic area; residents are comfortable and enjoy peace in the quiet tree-lined streets. It’s a pleasant, residential place away from the busyness and traffic of the city where people intentionally build their lives and create meaningful connections. The people are truly what makes Mar Vista home.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There are plenty of beloved local stores, shops, and eateries around town that the neighborhood loves. Opened by a local Kiwi transplant, the Tangaroa Fish Market offers fresh seafood, beer, and even wine. The busy retail fish market also doubles as a cafeteria with indoor and outdoor seating. Hatchet Hall is the hippest restaurant in Mar Vista; the lodge-like outdoor ambiance under dazzling lights will enchant you, and the food will feed your belly and soul. Chef Hans Rockenwagner of Rockenwagner Bakery has been a Westside staple over the past few decades and has seen the place through many iterations. His bakery serves up amazing pastries, breakfast, and lunch — like a burger on a pretzel bun! For a good ol’ cup of joe in the morning, head to Alana’s Coffee Roasters for house-roasted mugs of coffee and espresso, as well as incredible baked goods.

Things to Do

In Mar Vista, there are awesome activities that are fun to jaunt through—both seasonally and on a day-to-day basis. Mar Vista Farmers Market is a highlight. The vibrant, year-round Sunday market offers so much variety between its local produce, prepared foods, kids’ crafts, and live events. Mitsuwa Market is a hugely popular Japanese market that is another fun, cool place to find fresh eats, and Time Travel Mart is an awesome place to find quirky gifts. Mar Vista Branch Library, Mar Vista Recreation Center and Park, and Bowlero Mar Vista are all perfect family spots for a weekend adventure. The Mar Vista Music & Art Walk provides unforgettable memories for the adults and wee ones.


Mar Vista has several highly-rated schools and educational facilities of note, including:

  • Mar Vista Elementary, Public, K-5

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