Mar Vista

Bowling alleys, barber shops, and a bustling Sunday farmers' market flourish in Mar Vista.

Mar Vista's mostly quiet residential streets lead to low-key coffee shops, cleaners, and thrift centres along its affably-aged main avenues. Pedallers trace the path of the sun past beachside bungalows and colourful apartment complexes as they make their way toward the shore. This relentlessly unassuming Westside neighbourhood favours unhurried excursions—slow-children-at-play signs are as common as slow food movements. When in Mar Vista, prepare to travel slowly, too, unless you've arranged yourself an an automobile for adventuring.

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On the Map

Mar Vista is bordered by Culver City, Venice, Santa Monica, Westside, Del Rey, West Los Angeles, and Palms

LAX Airport: 20 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 15 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 30 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 15 minutes by car
The Grove: 25 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

Residential Serenity a Bike Ride from the Beach

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Mar Vista's demeanour reinforces its beach-town ideals.

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Its mellow nature calls for sidewalk book exchanges, straw-top juice boxes, and smooth cruiser bikes.

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Both family-friendly and community-oriented, the neighbourhood is speckled with multi-era architecture that serves all sorts of residents.

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Simple complexes and elaborate mansions make their mark in Mar Vista.

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Dating back to the early 1900s, the drama of its peaked rooftops contrasts starkly with the modesty of its low-rise commercial spaces.

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In Mar Vista, the intersection between old and new isn't seen as a bother.

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It's seen as a brother.

Casual Amenities In a Quiet Neighbourhood

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Through purposeful intervention and keen attention, Mar Vista maintains its small-town appeal. Still a Friday night destination, Mar Vista Lanes attracts bowlers rolling for turkeys and buccaneers looking to quench their thirst at its pirate-themed diner.

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Mostly, Mar Vista leaves the glamour to its fellow LA neighbourhoods.

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Despite the inattention it pays to sophistication, Mar Vista manages to feel nonchalantly refined.

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The neighbourhood masterfully combines old-school values with modern amenities.

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Family Values In a Farmers' Market Friendly Environment

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Mar Vista's Sunday farmers' market attracts hundreds of patrons every week.

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Food stalls, craft wares, and friendly samples coincide with the amenable attitudes of Mar Vista's residents.

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We'll take three, please.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."