Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsB
- Crime & SafetyB-
- Good for FamiliesA-
- Cost of LivingD
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Playa del Rey is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California with a population of 10,758. Playa del Rey is in Los Angeles County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Playa del Rey offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Playa del Rey there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Playa del Rey and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Playa del Rey are above average.
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Playa del Rey Reviews
Playa del Rey is a neighborhood that is really close to Loyola Marymount University. I think the area itself is safe, but housing in LA is absolutely ridiculous no matter where you go. I wouldn't be upset about it if I really felt like I was getting what I was paying for, but when you pay almost $2,000 for an old rundown apartment it gets a little hard to validate paying for the space. There are nearby high-end grocery stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's in the marina, along with several Ralph's. Additionally, you are super close to the beach and walking to get some sun on a weekend day can be really relaxing. It can just be hard to justify paying so much for a space that doesn't even have it's own washer and dryer, or AC.
The best thing about this city is the vibe of the people. Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples (and I mean really bad), but it's like that in every city. On the good side, majority of everyone are extremely friendly, making you really feel like you're connected to the community. People look out for you and make it feel like home. Right near the beach (I don't like the beach, but most LA people do). Close to so many parks (and even near 3 dog parks, which is more important for me). Generally safe in 90% of this city. Close to scenic trails, grocery markets, movie theaters, schools, the airport! The worst part is Lincoln Avenue during rush hours. Would not live here when I have a family but perfect for temporary renting.
Playa del Rey use to be much nicer, but it has been filled with a lot of crime (muggings, car theft, verbal assault, home break-ins) as of late, lots of transients, lots of trash, and speeding on many streets which has ended in car accidents and a hit and run that ended in death. Rent is very high when you consider all the negatives. Some residents look out their window at transients that have made the park their home. Restaurants aren’t anything special.