Welcome to Marina del Rey
An oasis of ocean views with laid-back world-class living
Once a marshy retreat for duck hunters and birdwatchers, this small inlet community on Santa Monica Bay is a modern haven with timeless appeal. With gorgeous year-round weather and the largest man-made harbor in North America, Marina del Rey is known for its nautical excellence, upscale living, and laid-back beachy feel. Residents relish the reclusive setting while still at the hub of main destinations in southern California and Los Angeles. Real estate ranges from gorgeous residences on the beach to spacious hotels and condominiums set back from the marina and mere steps from corner bars, specialty shops, bike trails, and beaches.
Buyers and investors find great value in Marina del Rey neighborhoods. The high liveability of Marina del Rey attracts Silicon Beach buyers and seasoned investors alike. In The Peninsula neighborhood, you will find condominiums that feel like luxurious homes next to the water and close to bars and coffee shops. The highly sought-after Silver Strand area has ultra-luxury, multi-million dollar homes near the Marina. The Oxford Triangle, just above the Marina, has high-rise condominiums overlooking the water and traditional single-family homes in quiet pockets with shopping conveniences.
What to Love
- An ideal getaway by the sea while still at the heart of L.A.
- A world-class destination with a relaxed, beachy vibe
- High on livability and walkability
- Two miles from Venice Beach
- 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles
- Four miles from LAX
- Active boating and sailing community
Life in Marina del Rey is active with a leisurely pace. You will see residents out on every kind of boat from sunrise to sunset. Sailboats, commercial fishing boats, and cruise ships dot the ocean’s skyline. Residents can take a ferry to Catalina Island or board a whale and seabird watching boat. They join the California Yacht Club to learn to master the waves and take advantage of swimming, tennis, and a stream of social events. Marina del Rey also has some of the best restaurants and shops in Los Angeles.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
A walk into Venice takes you to the bustling restaurant scene along Washington Boulevard, north of the marina. At The Venice Whaler, the grilled cod tacos and “killer margaritas” are almost as famous as the artists who have frequented there, from the Doors to the Beatles. Hamburgers at Hinano Cafe on Venice Pier Beach have been making waves since 1962. Enjoy a burger and cold beer, and play pool to jukebox tunes. For a cosmopolitan burger experience, try 26 Beach Restaurant, “home of the sushi burger,” also on Washington Boulevard. Chef Katsu melds American fare with the traditions of his great grandfather, who started one of Tokyo’s first sushi houses. While in Venice, shop the curated eclectic home décor and clothing of international MODA.
On the sands of the Marina, you can find the perfectly refined dining ambiance of Jamaica Bay Inn’s Beachside Restaurant and Bar. Large windows, French doors, beautiful gardens, and an expansive patio enhance the view and the traditional California cuisine infused with bold Latin flavors. For hardy fare with steak and seafood, head to The Warehouse Restaurant. It is built like a shipyard with authentic wharf posts, whiskey and wine barrels, shipping crates, rigging, and fishing nets.
Things to Do
The Fisherman’s Village wharf is an idyllic seaboard fashioned after a New England fishing port. Eat ice cream and lobster rolls as you watch sailboats go by, or delight in old-world fine dining from the tranquil outdoor patio of Sapori Italian Restaurant. The promenade at the Village is being expanded to make way for more shops and restaurants.
Nearby Burton Chace Park offers sweeping vistas of the marina from the 10 acres of green island extending into the water. The park has events all year, including Marina Movie nights through the summer.
See spectacular firework shows every Fourth of July on the marina. Many reserve seats at Fisherman’s Village and waterfront restaurants or charter boats under the displays. The community gathers with the same enthusiasm for the annual Holiday Boat Parade competition that lights up the harbor with 50 decorated boats. You can also watch boat races all year long from Fisherman’s Village or Burton Chace Park. People travel from across the state to share in the thrill of premier sailing regattas or to join the races.
The students of Marina del Rey attend schools served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Students in Marina del Rey attend high-standard schools with a full spectrum of extra-curricular activities: