Where to Live Now – Playa Vista Is On the Rise

Villas at Playa Vista combine luxury with walkability in the heart of Silicon Beach

Think freeway traffic and brutal commutes are a fact of life in Los Angeles? Not in Playa Vista. The up-and-coming neighborhood, located southeast of Marina del Rey and southwest of Culver City, breaks the stereotype that nobody walks in L.A. In fact, Playa Vista was designed to make it easy for residents to live, work and play without getting in the car.

Once occupied by Howard Hughes’ aircraft plant and several Hollywood soundstages, the area is now home to more than fifty creative and tech companies, including YouTube, Yahoo!, Facebook, Hulu, The Honest Company and IMAX. This fall, Google will join them in Silicon Beach, moving into a massive hangar that used to house Hughes’ famous plane, the Spruce Goose. These powerhouses of innovation keep Playa Vista in the news, but the scenic swath of land offers quieter benefits, too—like abundant green space. It’s adjacent to the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, and has 29 parks, including an open-air concert venue, playgrounds and dog parks.

At the center of it all is Villas at Playa Vista, a trio of luxury apartment communities named after three of California’s most scenic areas. The Montecito, Malibu, and Sausalito residences live up to their namesakes’ beauty. While each community has its own personality, all three buildings feature spacious floor plans, stainless steel kitchen appliances, a full-sized stackable washer and dryer, and a dedicated fiber connection to each unit for ultra-high-speed internet. In addition to the upscale amenities inside each unit, the complex fulfills its promise of “resort-style living,” providing Jr. Olympic pools and spas, a conference center, outdoor lounges and dining areas, fitness studios, fireplaces and barbeque areas, and more.

Villas at Playa Vista residents have unlimited access to The Resort, a striking glass and steel activity hub with a two-story fitness center, complimentary exercise classes such as yoga and pilates, heated swimming pools and cabanas. The Runway Shops, also within walking distance, feature a movie theater, Whole Foods, CVS, boutiques, restaurants, salons and a weekend farmers’ market. The Pacific Ocean is less than two miles away, and there’s no need to worry about finding (or paying for) beach parking, because the Playa Vista shuttle is free.

Playa Vista’s proximity to other Westside neighborhoods provides additional cultural, dining and entertainment opportunities. Venice’s Abbot Kinney, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica and Culver City are all easily accessible by car. For longer trips, LAX is only minutes away.

“It’s rare in Los Angeles to find that perfect mix of urban energy with a relaxed, walkable setting that feels like a small town, and Playa Vista is just that,” said Scott Frick, Vice President, Revenue Management & Marketing, Irvine Company Apartment Communities. “At Villas at Playa Vista, we’ve created the ideal environment to live luxuriously in the heart of Playa Vista — less than two miles from the beach, with every amenity your heart could desire at your doorstep. Which is why we like to say that the experience at Villas at Playa Vista is your life, upgraded.”