Nestled just east of Venice & Santa Monica adjacent is what some would call an overlooked community… Mar Vista.
Often overshadowed by its less under-stated beach side neighbors, those of us that live in Mar Vista would rather describe it as a hidden gem of a neighborhood with a history of lifelong residents & quiet, family friendly streets.
Man, we sound like real estate agents, don’t we? Well, to be truthful – kids DO play in their front yards & neighbors know each other, too.
The Mar Vista Stairs are still kind of a local secret.
All along Venice Blvd there is easily accessible parking, independently owned shops, a hip, new bowling alley & one of our favorite coffee shops, Venice Grind, which serves amazing, hand-poured coffee.
On Venice Blvd you can get your haircut, peruse vintage shops, buy handcrafted soaps & end your adventure with homemade style ice cream.
All within a two block radius between Centinela & Grandview.
Come out on Sundays, so you can check out the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market.
Kids can cook, sit & do crafts & everyone can boogie to either a DJ or band every week!
We love the Mar Vista Farmers Market & especially appreciate how they include our entire community by supporting Market Match, which makes farmers’ fruits & vegetables available to those in need.
Mar Vista’s low-key vibe definitely adds to its charm & will make you feel welcome immediately.
Definitely chat up any old school residents that you meet – their back in the day, personal stories are pretty sweet, mostly when they are old school Venice folks.
Three Tips for Mar Vista Adventures:
- Go early to the Mar Vista Farmer’s Market & get coffee at Venice Grind, then settle in as it gets crowded as the day goes on.
- Check out Soaptopia. Old school Venice/Mar Vista owned shop that have good quality, darling bath toys & soap mitts for kids.
- Always peruse Vintage on Venice. Seriously worth checking out her vintage turquoise, clothing & mid-century modern finds. Scored a vintage, hand-sewed dress for my daughter, which she would wear every day if she thought she could get away with it.