Welcome to Mar Vista
Set midway between Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean, Palms is the oldest neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles. Founded in 1886 and annexed in 1915, it was settled as an agricultural and vacation community. Today it is primarily made up of apartment buildings, with the upscale Westside Village district having the only significant concentration of single-family homes. In recent decades, Palms has benefited by the overflow from neighboring Culver City. Young professionals appreciate its diversity, affordability, and distance from denser areas. Neighboring Mar Vista, named after the glorious views of the Pacific along its border with Santa Monica, touches the corners of Santa Monica, Venice, and Culver City. A short drive from the ocean and UCLA, it’s a bucolic, family-friendly place with tree-lined suburban streets, well-cared-for postwar homes, and a "block-party" feel. The MarVista Recreation Center is known for its outdoor roller hockey rink, among many amenities.