Welcome to Playa del Rey
Coastal neighborhood with a classic beach town vibe
Playa del Rey is a coastal neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles with a classic California beach town vibe. Residents described Playa del Rey as the last true small beach community left in Los Angeles while outlining their opposition to a proposed high-rise condominium development in 2018. The development was scrapped and all construction in this charmingly old-fashioned community is capped at three stories. Playa del Rey’s proximity to the thriving Silicon Beach tech hubs of Playa Vista, Manhattan Beach, and Venice Beach has led to a booming real estate market in recent years. Housing styles are a mix of traditional Southwestern-style single-family homes, townhouses, and low-rise condominium buildings.
Culver Boulevard runs through Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve to Toes Beach, so named for the “hang ten” maneuver performed by surfers back when Playa del Rey first emerged as a surfing hotspot. This curving street is lined with many hip modern bars and restaurants. is a cozy gastropub with rotating craft beers, delicious burgers, and other elevated bar eats. is a sophisticated spot with over 200 varieties of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. Other good choices for drinks include laidback wine bar and beachy dive bar . is a cornerstone of the Del Rey dining scene, serving exceptional housemade pasta and ravioli dishes. Excellent casual options include incredible pho at , pizza slices at , açai bowls at , Mexican specialties at , and delicious sandwiches at .
stretches along 3.5 miles of Playa del Rey’s coastline, encompassing and Toes Beach at its northern end. Amenities along the beachfront include a paved biking path, basketball and volleyball courts, and a grassy park with a children’s play area. The 600-acre extends over several distinctive habitat areas, from sand dunes and tidal salt marshes to riparian zones and freshwater wetlands. Ballona is home to many species of birds and its facilities include a discovery center with exhibits exploring its unique ecology.
Playa del Rey is zoned to the Los Angeles Unified School District.