4 Things to Know About Living in Marina del Rey
by Rebekah Bell

Set on a sugary swatch of sand overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Marina del Rey is an idyllic small town where life revolves around the water. While the eponymous marina serves as a central hub for boat lovers of all ages, there are plenty of other attractions to explore as well—from top-notch restaurants to buzzy bars. Here’s everything you need to know about living in Marina del Rey.

Housing
With just under 10,000 residents, Marina del Rey is a perfect option for people looking for a small beachfront community. Marina del Rey is home to a variety of harbor-facing homes and oceanfront condos, with the median asking price hovering just around $1.4 million. There are options for both renters and buyers, so you can easily find something to fit your needs—whether you’re looking for a starter home for your growing family or a cute condo that will enable you to downsize after you’ve retired. The average age of residents in Marina del Rey is 39.

Location
Marina del Rey offers a more laid-back lifestyle than nearby counterparts like Venice Beach, but it affords easy access to said destinations. Residents can reach Santa Monica in 20 minutes flat by riding bikes along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail (better known as The Strand), a 22-mile paved trail that unwinds near the coastline. Downtown Los Angeles is less than an hour away by car (depending on traffic), and Los Angeles International Airport is less than 20 minutes away.

Water Activities
For many residents, the city’s true draw lies in its proximity to the water. Marina del Rey is home to the largest man-made small-craft boat harbor in North America, so there are plenty of yacht clubs, sailing schools and boat charters. From parasailing lessons to kayaking expeditions to paddle boarding outings, residents can easily participate in their favorite aquatic activities. For something a bit simpler, opt for a scenic stroll along Marina Beach or go to the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series.

Restaurants and Nightlife
Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night spot or a family-friendly destination, you’re in luck: Marina del Rey has something for everyone. For dinner with a view, head to Cast & Plow inside The Ritz-Carlton, where you’ll be treated to top-notch service as well as mouthwatering dishes like pan-seared scallops, New York strip steak and wild boar pasta. For other gorgeous views (and great food), opt for Beachside Restaurant and Bar (we recommend trying the fish tacos) or Tony P’s Dockside Grill (you can’t go wrong with the fish and chips or crab cakes). For a nightcap, head to Whiskey Red’s or Old Lightning.

If you’re looking for a place to call home in Marina del Rey, contact the Suarez Team today. Our knowledgeable and friendly real estate agents are on hand to answer any questions you may have and help you find the rental property (or forever home) that is right for you.

Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.

References:
Zillow – Marina del Rey Home Values
County of Los Angeles – Beach Bike Path
County of Los Angeles – Marina “Mother’s” Beach
Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau – Marina Del Rey’s Free Summer Concert Series
The Ritz-Carlton – Cast & Plow
Jamaica Bay Inn – Beachside Restaurant and Bar
Tony P’s Dockside Grill – Tony P’s Dockside Grill
Whiskey Red’s – Whiskey Red’s
Old Lightning – Old Lightning