Mar Vista

Mar Vista is located in the midst of the Westside communities. Northeast is Santa Monica, to the east is Palms and Culver City, to the south is Marina del Rey, and Venice situates itself to the west. Just off the 405 freeway, Mar Vista offers convenient access to the beach (3 miles away) as well as to the freeways. LAX is a close convenience being only 7 miles away and downtown Los Angeles being only 9 miles away.

The area is a bedroom community with affordable homes owned mostly by middle class persons. In the area north of Venice Blvd one will find hilly landscapes with 2 or 3-bedroom houses. South of Venice, one will find a flat landscape with apartments and multi-family units.
Nearby one can find businesses that suit any needs. In the bordering neighborhood of Culver City, shopping centers such as the Fox Hills Mall and the Culver Center shopping center will supply you with your retail needs. Close to Mar Vista are two medical facilities, Washington Medical Center and Brotman Medical Center. For those looking to attend college or send children to college West Los Angeles College, Santa Monica College, and Loyola Marymount University are located within the bordering communities.

As for entertainment, the possibilities are endless, largely due to the closeness of the ocean. Marina del Rey offers diverse types of water sports, the Venice boardwalk attracts many visitors and sights to see, and Santa Monica has many hot spots to choose from when considering the nightlife.
Many associations have come together to make Mar Vista a great place to live. The following are meeting times for the various groups and associations:

Ongoing Meetings

  • Mar Vista Neighborhood Association
  • Meets bimonthly. For more info or to add items to the agenda, contact Bryan Gordon at 390-2064 or
  • Mar Vista Community Council
  • Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 PM in the Mar Vista Park auditorium to discuss issues related to the greater Mar Vista area. For more specific info, visit their website: -The public is invited.
  • Mar Vista Park Advisory Board
  • Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 PM in the Mar Vista Park auditorium to discuss ongoing issues related to the park. For more info, call the park office: 398-5982.
  • Friends of the Mar Vista Library
  • Meets at the Library on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 6:30 P.M. All are welcome.
Mar Vista is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District:

Palms/Mar Vista Area Schools
Zip Code School Grades
90034 Palms Elem K-5
Castle Heights Elem K-5
Charnock Elem K-5
Clover Elem K-5
Shenandoah Elem K-5
Palms Middle School 6-8
Hamilton Senior High 9-12
90066 Beethoven Elem K-5
Grandview Elem K-5
Short Elem K-5
Walgrove Elem School K-5
Marvista Elem K-5
Marina Del Rey Mid School 6-8
Mark Twain Mid School 6-8
Phoenix High School 9-12
Venice Sr. High School 9-12

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