Welcome to Mar Vista and Palms
Tranquility abounds in these small communities
Mar Vista and Palms are two on-the-rise communities on Los Angeles’ Westside. They are located in the middle of many great communities, such as Playa Del Rey, Marina Del Rey, and Culver City. These affluent neighborhoods are just a couple of minutes away from UCLA
and the ocean, making them extremely desirable to all different kinds of people.
Palms was originally an agricultural area until it was developed into a residential and commercial community in 1915 when it was annexed to the city of Los Angeles. Mar Vista soon followed in 1927. Since then, several homes have been built, and others have been torn down in favor of apartment buildings for more residents.
Mar Vista and Palms are some of the oldest communities in Los Angeles, with a majority of their homes built in the 1920s and 1930s. Most of the homes, which tend to reflect the mid-century architecture, have been miraculously preserved over the years. They have wide-open backyards with pools and vibrant lawns.
What to Love
- Prime location in the middle of Los Angeles’s Westside district
- Minutes from UCLA, one of the country’s top universities.
- Active neighborhood with excellent cuisine and chic shops
People and Lifestyle
Mar Vista and Palms has remained on the top of the list for most Los Angeles citizens for their laid-back, tranquil vibes and active residents. Like many of their surrounding communities, Mar Vista and Palms have continually undergone new development to remain a desirable place to live.
These locations are perfect for young professionals and millennials looking for a place to live in Los Angeles and for individuals who are very active in their daily life. Post-grad students and young families also tend to gravitate towards these magnificent communities for their suburban feel, easy access to the ocean, and chic coffee houses and sweet shops.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, an evening out with friends, or a new outfit to spruce up your workdays, Mar Vista and Palms offer a variety of local spots for all your needs.
There are numerous places to shop, and one of the more popular places in Palms is Anonymous LA boutique
, where you can buy locally made clothes, candles, and hats. Shop Morpheus
is a very chic boutique in the heart of Mar Vista, perfect for fall or spring shopping.
Local comfort food is more popular in Mar Vista and Palms than fine dining, which is available in many of the surrounding areas. Try out The Mar Vista
, where you can grab an afternoon bite and listen to live music. If you want to try out a casual eatery, go to Little Fatty
, where they put their twist on Taiwanese classics. You’ll be going back for seconds of their delicious soul food.
Things to Do
Overall, Mar Vista and Palms are relatively healthy communities that pride themselves on their outdoor activities. There are several parks where you can run, play sports or take your dog.
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the local Mar Vista Farmers Market
, where you can support local farmers, fishers, and ranchers. From 9 AM to 2 PM every Sunday, you’ll have access to some of the fresh products on the market. You can also try the Motor Avenue Farmers Market
and buy a burrito as you listen to live music.
If you want to delve into your creative side and try your hand at painting, Kline Academy
has multiple workshops throughout the week. Sometimes they’ll even hold mimosa classes for their students. Also, consider exploring Bowlero Mar Vista, where you’ll find 28 bowling lanes, an arcade, lounge, and sports bar.
Mar Vista/Palms is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: