When it comes to Los Angeles’ Westside, there’s no shortage of great neighborhoods. You might know Marina del Rey from its namesake waterfront, or Venice for its boardwalk and canals. But just north of these two famous beachfronts is a neighborhood that feels peacefully tucked away from any tourist trap — without losing its city-meets-the-sea charm.
Mar Vista was only designated an official neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2006, but it hasn’t wasted any time in becoming a popular community for Los Angelians who want to make the most of L.A. living. L.A. renters flock to the area for its adorable bungalows, easy access to the 10 and 405, cute coffee shops, delicious restaurants, and its proximity to the Pacific.
With popularity comes with a price: over the past year the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment has increased 20% to $2,345/month. If that’s out of your budget, you don’t have to give up on your beachside dreams just yet. Here’s what you can rent in Mar Vista and the surrounding area for under $2000/month.
This studio apartment on Centinela Ave is technically in Sunset Park, just outside of the bounds of Mar Vista. However, it’s right off the 10, and within walking distance of both a Whole Foods and a Trader Joes. That’s great news for home chefs, especially since the kitchen comes complete with appliances and just enough room for one person to comfortably cook. The unit also has a washer/dryer and there’s a playground at the residence, but besides that there are no other amenities. This could be a great apartment if you’re interested in living in the area without a lot of frills.
This stylish studio comes in $250 under budget, and features a recently renovated kitchen with ocean blue cabinetry. Unlike the home on Centinela Ave, you won’t be able to make a gourmet meal in this apartment unless you’re truly skilled with a microwave or air fryer — there’s no stove or refrigerator. However, the building does include a lovely shared courtyard complete with lemon and avocado trees. If you’re looking for a place to lay your head at night or just outdoor space in one of the country’s sunniest cities, this apartment could be for you!
Starts at $1446/month
If you’re looking for slightly more space and amenities without breaking your budget, don’t give up just yet. Our brand new coliving home in the heart of Mar vista gives you access to the best of the neighborhood without sacrificing the comforts that make a house a home. Starting at $1446/month, your rent at Common Matteson by Category gets you a private furnished bedroom in a fully-furnished shared suite. Your spacious kitchen comes complete with not only appliances but everyday household essentials — from pots and pans to dish soap.
And if sharing your space seems tough (we all have our roommate horror stories) we’ve got you covered. Your rent covers utilities, WiFi, and everyday necessities, so you can forget passive aggressively Venmoing your roommate for toilet paper…again. Outside your door, you’ll enjoy a beautiful rooftop deck and the convenience of on-site parking. If you’re looking for an easy move, great savings, and a beautiful home, Common Matteson by Category might be for you.
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Maybe the ocean isn’t really your thing. (We get it — we’ve seen Jaws.) But no matter where you look in a big city, it can be tough to find housing that works for your budget and your needs. Luckily, Common has coliving homes across Los Angeles, from Mar Vista to Hollywood to West Adams. Explore our full network of renter-friendly apartments on our website, or follow us on Instagram for our latest openings and apartment hunting tips.