Playa Vista is one of Los Angeles’ hottest neighborhoods for area singles. Situated on L.A.’s west side a half mile north of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Playa Vista is a new urban community planned specifically to meet the needs of the city’s young professionals. The Playa Vista neighborhood offers an attractive mix of rental apartments, retail shopping, dining and entertainment, all within just a few minutes of the blue Pacific and the high-tech companies collectively known as “Silicon Beach.”
What’s not to like?
Here are nine reasons why Playa Vista is a great neighborhood for L.A.-area singles:
Convenience. It’s difficult to imagine a more convenient place to living in the City of Los Angeles. The west side is home to some of the city’s most dynamic employers, including Microsoft, Facebook, You Tube, Neo@Ogilvy, TBWA/Chiat/Day and Belkin. Playa Vista is close enough that you can drive to them using just surface streets. Need to get to downtown, the Valley or South Bay? You’re just minutes from both the San Diego (405) and Santa Monica (10) freeways. It’s just 10 minutes to LAX, five to the beach. Wherever you need to go, you can get there from here!
Climate. Being just blocks from the Pacific, Playa Vista offers the benefits of fresh air, cooling summer breezes and temperate winters. The Ballona Freshwater Marsh and Bollona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, both of which separate Playa Vista from the beach, further help moderate temperatures and minimize the effects of urban sprawl and air pollution. In a region renowned worldwide for its climate, the Playa Vista neighborhood offers the best of the best.
Walkability. Playa Vista is a new urban community (Construction began in 2002) designed specifically to offer housing, shops, restaurants and other entertainment within convenient walking distance. This makes Playa Vista’s commercial areas particularly vibrant, energetic and fun! Leave the car in the garage. A bicycle — or your own two feet — are all you need to enjoy everything Playa Vista has to offer.
Connectivity. When Playa Vista was built, broadband Internet wasn’t an add-on, but a built-in feature. In 1998, during its planning phase, it was one of just six communities in the U.S. selected by President Bill Clinton as a National Pilot Project of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH). As a result, every house and apartment was wired from day one. Playa Vista has continued to be a national leader in residential Internet and telecommunications, keeping its residents on the cutting edge of high-speed communications technology.
Dining and Entertainment.When the virtual world of the Internet grows tiresome, Playa Vista offers great dining and entertainment just steps from your door. The community’s three major retail hubs — Runway, The Shops at Concert Park, and The Shops at Fountain Park — offer a wide mixture of great fast, casual and formal dining options. Runway also hosts an 18-screen Cinemark movie theater. There’s also a Whole Foods Market for healthy, convenient, gourmet grocery shopping.
Outdoor Recreation. For an urban community, Playa Vista offers an unusually large number of outdoor recreation options. There are 27 parks in the area, plus the adjacent wetlands preserves that offers hiking and biking trails. Oh, and did we mention the beach?
Community Clubs.Playa Vista is as much as resort as it is a community. Fittingly, its newest community center — one of two in Playa Vista — is called The Resort, and offers everything from swimming to a sprawling fitness center to Zumba and kickboxing classes. The other center, The Centerpointe Club, is a 26,000-square-foot social and recreational gathering place with its own huge swimming pool, fitness room, screening room and meeting rooms. Best of all, club memberships are free all community residents!
Special Events.Playa Vista regularly stages special events where residents can get together and enjoy life as a community. Popular events include Movies in the Park, Concerts in the Park, the Spring Fair, the weekly Farmers Market and annual Taste of Playa Vista.
Affordability. Playa Vista is home to seven modern rental communities. Three of these — Montecito, Malibu and Sausalito — are Irvine Company developments and offer one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 740 to 1,537 square feet. All have saltwater swimming pools, fitness centers and outdoor lounges, and also include memberships in both community clubs.
If you’re an L.A.-area single looking for a convenient, exciting and cutting edge community that combines the best of urban and beach lifestyles, then you have to check out Playa Vista.
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