Why Playa Vista is the ideal neighborhood for new Angelinos

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Why Playa Vista is the ideal neighborhood for new Angelinos


When choosing a new neighborhood to call home there are multiple factors to consider prior to packing your bags, like the food scene, the commute to work, and the overall quality of life. While we would say every Los Angeles neighborhood is great, Playa Vista is perfect for those who are new to the block. 

Located on the Westside of Los Angeles, Playa Vista is known to be one of the best places to live in California, and even better for those who are new to Los Angeles. Besides an abundance of places to eat, drink, and shop, Playa Vista is near great transportation and stunning beaches — plus, it’s close to another one of our favorite LA neighborhoods, Marina del Rey

Prime location for work and play

With so much to do in Los Angeles, you’ll want to make sure you hit all of the best spots nearby. Located in Los Angeles’ Westside, Playa Vista is close to the best of Los Angeles, making it easy to explore beyond your neighborhood. 

Playa Vista has also become the perfect spot for creative and tech companies over the years. The emerging tech hub (appropriately named Silicon Beach) is home to companies like Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. For those who are new to the city,  looking to jumpstart their career, and work in Los Angeles’ hottest tech scene, this neighborhood is for you.

Restaurants and bars for every occasion

Moving to a new city and neighborhood means that your Google search bar is going to see “restaurants near me” for a while. Although we aren’t experts on the food scene in Playa Vista (yet), there are a few spots that are a must-try. 

Sweet Fish Sushi Bar and Restaurant is great for dining in or taking out. They serve classic Japanese cuisine and have a great selection of drinks for happy hour, too. Bull & Butterfly offers delicious dinner and brunch and is perfect for a first date or a night out with your roommates. Whether you’re planning your Sunday Funday or a quick drink after work, Gulp Restaurant and Brew Co. is the place to be. This modern brewpub has an extensive list of beers and comfortable patio seating. Make sure you bring an appetite, their shareable appetizers are delicious. 

Natural beauty

Beautiful beaches and parks are just seconds away from your front door when you make Los Angeles your home. For the days where the UV index is just right, head to Playa del Rey Beach, located just a neighborhood over from Playa Vista. For when you’re looking to go for a run, take a stroll with roommates, or ride your bike — Ballona Creek Trail and Bike Park is the ideal spot. This eight-mile-long train takes you through the Baldwin Hills, the Ballona Wetlands, and connects you to the beach bike path at Playa del Rey.

Offering volleyball courts, a bike path, and a grass park across the street, this beach is a local favorite. Marina Beach may be located in Marina del Rey, but it’s a short drive from Playa Vista. Also known as Mother’s Beach, this popular spot is great for those solo beach days. Playa Vista also has 29 different parks, so when you’re not soaking up the sun and catching some waves, you can go for a walk, have a picnic, or relax and take in the views. 

Attainable and beautiful apartments

When you’re living in a great neighborhood, you’ll want your apartment to be great, too. Common Centinela by Category, our first coliving home in Playa Vista, offers renters a private bedroom in an all-inclusive and furnished apartment, a beautiful rooftop deck, a shared lounge, and community events. Common Centinela by Category is located near Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters, Whole Foods, and Ballona Creek — giving renters access to the best of Playa Vista. 

While there are so many great neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Playa Vista is one of our favorites. Rent at Common Centinela by Category starts at $1,205/month. Explore the space and book a tour today.

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