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Check out the LA Times Mar Vista neighborhood profile.
Just inland from Venice is Mar Vista. With some of the top-rated elementary schools in California, Mar Vista is a very family-friendly neighborhood with great walkability, diversity and an emphasis on eco-friendliness. There is a strong recycling program and a push for more environmental living, including bike lanes and gardens. Mar Vista (which literally translates to “view of the sea”) even hosts an annual Green Garden tour showcasing some of the gorgeously drought-resistant gardens in the area. Mar Vista also has a bit of is small-town feel with a bustling Sunday farmer’s market, which brings out the community. There is a good mix of multi-family dwellings and single-family homes, some with dramatic view of the Pacific.