Mar Vista is a unique part of Los Angeles for many reasons, but there is one reason that stands out for residents and visitors alike. Unlike most parts of Los Angeles, which can feel a bit sterile, Mar Vista is an actual neighborhood. The main reason for this, of course, is the people. And while Mar Vista residents are not necessarily more community oriented than residents of other parts of the L.A. area, it tends to be a little easier to be that way here. If you’re reading this, you may be considering making a move to Mar Vista, so I thought I would share a few – but not all, of the things that make it so special to me and so many of my neighbors.
First, let’s try to answer two questions that have vexed the great philosophers over the years, “What, and where, is Mar Vista?” Technically, Mar Vista is a community within the City of Los Angeles. Many people use Zip Code 90066 as a shorthand for our boundaries, and it is pretty much accurate. However, according to the City of Los Angeles itself, Mar Vista also includes portions of Zip Code 90034, extending our borders east of the 405 Freeway out to Overland Avenue, between Charnock and National Boulevards. But Mar Vista represents more than just coordinates on a map. There are many reasons for this – let’s take a closer look at some of them.