Welcome to Playa del Rey and Playa Vista
A scenic coastline and plenty of green space give this technology hub the perfect work-life balance
Playa del Rey is a small beach town. With Marina del Rey to the north and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the south, you’ll always find a parade of sailboats out on the water or see planes taking off from the airport. Part of “Silicon Beach,” housing has seen an increase in demand as technology companies have been coming in droves. Playa del Rey is partly surrounded by the Ballona Creek and Wetlands, the last coastal wetland in Los Angeles.
On the other side of Lincoln Boulevard, Playa Vista was once a quiet and sparsely residential neighborhood. Today it has become the new technology hub with offices for Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, and several others. There are charming single-family homes and a collection of resort-style condominiums with outdoor pools, lounges, tennis courts, clubhouses, and fitness centers. Playa Vista’s proximity to the beach and year-round outdoor recreation provides a balanced work-life lifestyle.
What to Love
Modern condominiums with resort amenities
Plenty of outdoor and beach activities
Beautiful natural scenery
Quick access to the freeways and LAX
Healthy work-life balance
Playa del Rey and Playa Vista are bustling technology centers that maintain their small beach town charms. You’ll often see employees biking to work on the weekdays and spending time outdoors on the weekends, giving this area an active, outdoorsy vibe.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
In Playa del Rey, you’ll find restaurants, cafes, and bars dotting Culver Boulevard and Pershing Drive. Playa Provisions, by celebrity chef Brooke Williamson, is a breakfast diner, casual eatery, and ice cream parlor all in one. Bacari PDR has gourmet pizza, tapas-style dishes, and a selection of wine. They have a nice outdoor patio that’s the perfect spot for leisurely brunches.
Café Boheme is a modern French cafe that’s a great stop for breakfast or lunch. Hacienda Playa is highly rated for its traditional Mexican fare and friendly service. For a late night out, Harbor Room is a small, intimate cocktail bar, and Prince o’ Whales is a bar and grill with spacious patio seating and craft beers.
Playa Vista has numerous eateries along Jefferson Boulevard. Ritrovo Playa Vista, in the Tempo Condominiums, has colorful Italian dishes, including pizza and a variety of pasta. Urban Plates is a New American restaurant with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar is a retro-style joint serving gourmet burger, inventive bowls, and fried chicken. Bull and Butterfly is a modern California steakhouse with prime cuts, hearty sides, and a raw bar.
Things to Do
Dockweiler State Beach features over three miles of coastline, picnic facilities, fire pits, and a hang gliding practice and training area. The Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve is a 577-acre protected area that once served as a natural estuary. It still contains verdant wildlife. There’s a bike path and pedestrian route that follows the north bank of Ballona Creek and goes to Santa Monica Bay.
Playa Vista has over 20 parks scattered throughout the community, so there is a park within five minutes from every home. Campus Central Park has an iconic Bandshell for outdoor movies and concerts. The Sports Park has state-of-the-art sports facilities, including two basketball half-courts and soccer fields. On Saturdays, the Playa del Rey Farmers’ Market has art and craft vendors, farm-fresh produce, ready-to-eat offerings, and live music.