Westchester/Playa Del Rey

Beach bungalows and family homes house surfers and students in this low-key area close to the airport.

Although they are two distinct neighbourhoods, Westchester and Playa del Rey share one another's beach town attitude and academic-friendly atmosphere. Westchester's high-traffic thoroughfares give way to Playa del Rey's low-key coastline. Their down-to-earth vibe doesn't leave much room for super hip bars and restaurants. Instead, apartment complexes, beach bungalows, and modest, shingled single-stories share elbowroom in these two neighbourhoods connected by the ultra-urban convenience of nearby LAX airport.

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On the Map

Westchester/Playa Del Rey is bordered by Culver City, Lenox, El Segundo, Inglewood, Del Rey, South LA, Marina Del Rey, and Hawthorne

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

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Westchester: Smooth Landing In LAX

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Surpass the stowed tray tables and moving walkways and you'll find yourself in Westchester, home to Los Angeles International Airport, Loyola Marymount University, and Lincoln Boulevard.

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In Westchester, Highway 1 turns into Lincoln Boulevard.

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It serves as a student-friendly commercial corridor filled with approachable bars, easygoing cafes, and retail conveniences.

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Two wheels welcome.

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Four wheels welcome.

Playa del Rey: The Beach Town Just West of Westchester

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West of Westchester, Playa del Rey separates the bustling student-centric area from the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean.

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Its atmosphere is advertently and fervently laid-back.

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Skate shops, coffee shacks, and beach boutiques form Playa del Rey's cadre of entertaining escapes.

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Scoot over.

La Playa de Playa del Rey

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Playa del Rey's horizon line offers canines and their human compatriots vistas unlike most others.

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Soft sand sinks into blue sea at Playa del Rey as whitecaps wash somewhere offshore.

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The easygoing atmosphere of Playa del Rey's town reaches its beaches.

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Convenience stores and seafood restaurants speckle its coastline.

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There are few things better than a Southern California sunset.

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Except, perhaps, when it's paired with a Southern California spectacle of light.

Beach Housing In Playa del Rey

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Beach cottages and coastal bungalows edge Playa del Rey's seascape.

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Duplexes, parks, and remodelled two-story homes comprise this coastal neighbourhood.

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Residential In Westchester

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Separated from the beach by Playa del Rey, Westchester feels more suburban than seaside.

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Slow-Children-At-Play signs and community recreation centres are prevalent along Westchester's residential streets.

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The neighbourhood's rec centre features a public swimming pool, sports fields, library, and a weekly Wednesday farmers' market.

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Uniting Westchester and Playa del Rey, Ballona Creek Wildlife Preserve supports Los Angeles wildlife, including Bluegill and Blue Herons.

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Gone fishin'.

Here and Away: Los Angeles International Airport

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Los Angeles' International Airport, LAX, whisks passengers from tarmac to travel destination and back nearly every hour of the day.

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The aerospace noise reminds Westchester's residents of their location in one of Southern California's most travel-savvy hubs.

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Ready for takeoff.


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."