by Rebekah Bell

Nestled into the beachfront between Marina del Rey, El Segundo and Los Angeles International Airport, Playa del Rey has been referred to as the last small beach town in Los Angeles. Spend an afternoon in the picturesque community of just over 16,000 people, and itbs not hard to see why. Located just south of the marina, Playa del Rey offers all the perks of a small beach community (think convenient beach access, oceanfront restaurants and boutique shops). From watching sailboats coming to and from Marina del Rey to seeing airplanes fly overhead to LAX, you can soak up sunshine and surf year-round by living in Playa del Rey. Here are four reasons you might want to pack your bags and move to this beautiful beachfront oasis.

Beach Access
If you long to live near the ocean but want to avoid some of the more congested beachfront communities such as Venice and Santa Monica, Playa del Rey might be right up your alley. The beach is within easy walking distance of most apartment buildings and single-family homes in the community, which means itbs the perfect spot for beach lovers to put down roots. Soak up the sunshine at Playa Del Rey Beach, a sugary stretch of sand dotted with volleyball courts, fire pits and a paved bike path that winds along the ocean. You can also go surfing or embark on a bike ride to Ballona Wetlands to explore freshwater marshes.

Tight-Knit Community
Though itbs within easy driving distance of major Los Angeles attractions, Playa del Rey is a tight-knit, laid-back community that offers all the charm of small-town living. Therebs no Starbucks, no high-rise buildings and no fancy chain restaurants, which further adds to its character and personality. Because of its slower pace and smaller feel, itbs easier to get to know your neighbors and truly feel like youbre investing in the community. Spend some time perusing the local shops or head to a dive bar to sample some standout drinks.

Great Schools
From verdant parks to sand dunes, Playa del Rey has plenty of kid-friendly places to explore. It also has several schools which are served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Nearby schools include Playa Vista Elementary, Marina del Rey Middle School and Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets. Students in Playa del Rey can also attend area performing arts schools.B

Living Arrangements
Whether youbre looking for a swanky bachelor pad on the beach, a striking single-family home with space to entertain the whole family or upscale apartments, you can find all that and more in Playa del Rey. Regardless of which option you choose, theybre almost guaranteed to maximize their location b from oceanfront views to sizable patios that allow residents to sunbathe at a momentbs notice.

If youbre hoping to make the move to Playa del Rey in the coming year, contact the Suarez Team. Our team of professional, friendly real estate agents are available to answer any questions you may have and help you find a listing that checks off every item on your list.

Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.