Palms/Mar Vista

The adjacent neighborhoods of Palms-Mar Vista make up the oldest and most established communities in the larger West Los Angeles area. Here you’ll find beautifully preserved mid-century homes and families who have lived next door to each other for generations. The diverse population fosters a warm and welcoming environment that will make you feel like you’ve lived here your whole life.

Palms is sandwiched between Mar Vista, Cheviot Hills, Rancho Park, Sawtelle, and Culver City. Founded in 1886, the community was built around the Los Angeles and Independence railroad tracks. At 2.9 square miles, it’s one of the most densely populated residential areas in LA, but it never feels crowded.

Mar Vista, or “View of the Sea” in Spanish, is named after a hill that served as a lookout for Union soldiers during the Civil War. It has transformed from expansive fields of lima beans to a vibrant and desirable locale over the last few decades.

Real estate in Palms/Mar Vista

Most homes in Palms-Mar Vista are tucked away in quiet tree-lined streets and command stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the nearby mountains. The suburban feel of the neighborhood attracts families and professionals who want to set down roots without being cut off from the excitement of LA’s urban centers. The housing stock consists primarily of single-family homes and multi-family properties. Spanish and mid-century modern are the most popular architectural styles. There’s a good mix of new construction homes and older homes that have either been remodeled or upgraded. Some of the oldest residences in the neighborhood can be found in Grand View, just above Venice Boulevard. The average single-family home has three to five bedrooms, with plenty of square footage. Recessed lighting, fine cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood flooring are common features. Multi-family properties often have on-site storage areas, parking spaces, community laundry rooms, and spacious backyards. These housing units typically have central locations that bring residents close to the neighborhood’s fantastic amenities.

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Attractions and amenities in Palms/Mar Vista

The neighborhood has a high concentration of restaurants that serve ethnic cuisines. Some of these are:

  • Canela Cocina Latina – This family-owned restaurant serves pan-Latin fare. Asada fries, chilaquiles with green salsa, tacos, and rice and beans are just some of the delectable dishes on offer. Refreshing drinks like horchata are also available. Come here for brunch with friends.

  • Little Fatty – The menu consists of Taiwanese soul food like beef noodle soup, braised pork belly, and vegetable fried rice. The adjoining bar, Accomplice, serves classic cocktails. The restaurant offers takeout, so you can enjoy their food in the comfort of your own home.

  • Saby’s Cafe – Feast on piping hot chorizo, burritos, and huevos rancheros in this Mexican food joint. The colorful interior with mismatched furniture and quirky decor is a sight to behold.

Other attractions and amenities include:

  • Mar Vista Farmers Market
  • Mar Vista Recreation Center
  • Mar Vista Pool
  • Mar Vista Gardens
  • Palms Recreation Center
  • Woodbine Park

For more dining and entertainment options, visit the Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce website.

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