Mar Vista is a district on the West Side of Los Angeles, California. “Mar Vista” means “sea view” in Spanish.
Mar Vista is near the center of LA’s West Side. The city of Santa Monica lies to the northwest, West Los Angeles to the north, Palms to the northeast, Culver City to the east, Del Rey to the southwest, and Venice to the west.
Mar Vista is an economically diverse neighborhood of apartment buildings and single-family homes. The hilly areas near its border with Santa Monica, whose spectacular ocean views give Mar Vista its name, hold some of the most expensive land in the community. Mar Vista is considerably less densely populated than neighboring Palms.
The Mar Vista Recreation Center has an auditorium, barbecue pits, an unlighted baseball diamond, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, an indoor gymnasium without weights, an outdoor roller hockey rink, picnic tables, a lighted tennis court, an outdoor pool and a lighted volleyball court.
Residents are zoned to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The area is within Board District 4. The area high school is Venice High School.
Los Angeles Public Library operates the Mar Vista Branch.