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The community of  Mar Vista may be the best well kept secret on the West Side.

Having managed several apartment buildings and living in Mar Vista for the past eighteen years, Mar Vista Real Estate Agents Kevin and Melissa The Gilroy Group Real Estate Team may be slightly biased when it comes to this highly desired pocket of homes on the WestSide of West LA.

Mar Vista is near the center of LA’s West Side. The city of Santa Monica lies to the northwest, West Los Angeles to the north,Palms to the northeast, Culver City to the east, Del Rey to the southwest, and Venice to the west. Its approximate boundaries are the city limits of Culver City and the San Diego Freeway (I-405) on the northeast and southeast, Walgrove Avenue on the southwest, and the Santa Monica Municipal Airport and National Boulevard on the northwest. Major thoroughfares through the district include Washington Place; Palms,Venice, Sawtelle, Inglewood, and Grand View Boulevards; McLaughlin, Barrington, Short, and Centinela Avenues; and Beethoven Street. The district uses the 90066 ZIP code, which also serves an adjacent part of Culver City.

The Westdale area of northern Mar Vista — the area bounded by Sawtelle Boulevard, National Boulevard, Bundy Drive, and Palms Boulevard — is a neighborhood within the bounds of the Mar Vista Community Council. “Mar Vista” is meant to translate as “sea view” in Spanish, though “Vista del Mar” would be more grammatically correct.


George McCune, a Mormon real estate developer, developed the area, giving streets names including Wasatch and Boise, and named the area Mar Vista. McCune tried to have the Los Angeles Temple built in the area.

By the early 1920s, the community (then called Ocean Park Heights) was growing rapidly and saw the potential for becoming an incorporated city. In 1924, the name of the community was changed from Ocean Park Heights to Mar Vista. In 1926, Mar Vistans decided not to incorporate but rather to be annexed to Los Angeles. Mar Vista was influenced by the fact that two neighboring cities had voted for annexation to Los Angeles, based on concern about water and growing populations. Venice was annexed to Los Angeles in 1925, and Barnes City joined the metropolis in 1927.

The name “Ocean Park Heights” came from the first tract of homes built along the Venice Short Line. The tract, and the train station that served it, shared the Ocean Park Heights name. This was 1904. Until 1907, the City of Venice was the City of Ocean Park. The City Hall of Ocean Park – subsequently the City Hall of Venice – was on Venice Blvd, now the Beyond Baroque Theater. Until 1907, the back country of Ocean Park, with its 200-foot hill, was appropriately called Ocean Park Heights. It wasn’t until 1924 that the then-inappropriate name was changed to Mar Vista.

By 1924, there were a number of tracts along Venice Blvd, and the names of several of them were proposed to replace Ocean Park Heights. These included Walnut Glen, Del Mar, Roseboro, and Hillcrest. There was a new tract north of Venice Blvd and west of Centinela Avenue called New Mar Vista. The nearest Red Car station was named Mar Vista. After much debate, Mar Vista was selected as the name to replace Ocean Park Heights.

In 1924, Ocean Park Heights became Mar Vista, and in 1927, Mar Vista became part of the city of Los Angeles. The area annexed to Los Angeles extended north from Washington Blvd to Pico Blvd and from Walgrove east to Overland. Most of this area was farmland. The major crop was lima beans, which could be dry farmed. Mar Vista became known as being in the Lima Bean Belt of the Nation.

By 1912, there were four large tracts that made up Ocean Park Heights. The original Ocean Park Heights tract included Ocean View, Grand View, and Mountain View streets. The East Ocean Park Tract was south of Venice Blvd, between Centinela Avenue and Inglewood Blvd. The tract east of Inglewood Avenue, which includes the new fire station and extends east to McLaughlin, was Tract 928. It is the Oval tract. West of Centinela on the south side of Venice Blvd was the Del Mar Tract. Grand View was the widest street in Los Angeles County and the first gated community. The wide street allowed horse drawn carriages to make a u-turn, as the street dead ended at Charnock Road. The top of the hill was a dump site with the grandest views in Los Angeles County.

The Gilroy Group, a professional team of real estate agents, title reps and escrow officers managed by Kevin and Melissa under the umbrella of RE/MAX Estate Properties are extremely experienced and knowledgeable in the luxurious real estate market area of “Our Home Area”  Mar Vista, CA.


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