Once a powerhouse of lima bean farming in the 1930s, Mar Vista is now a quiet neighbor to the trendy and happening Venice neighborhood next door, and that's the way its residents like it. This is a mostly residential area of single-family homes and some smaller apartment buildings, with shops and restaurants clustered around its main thoroughfare, Venice Boulevard. As Venice prices have skyrocketed, more and more people are flocking to Mar Vista for slightly more affordable homes and a lot more space for the money.
Burbank: 21.9 miles / 35-65 minutes by car / 120 minutes by transit
Century City: 4.3 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 45-55 minutes by transit
Downtown LA: 14.6 miles / 30-55 minutes by car / 80-90 minutes by transit
Santa Monica: 4.5 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 40-50 minutes by transit