Playa del Rey is a small, coastal neighborhood of Los Angeles sandwiched between Marina del Rey
and El Segundo
. Apart from a few small offices, restaurants, and stores along Manchester, Pershing, and Culver Blvds., Playa del Rey is almost exclusively residential. Housing options vary greatly per one's proximity to the beach, ranging from small apartment buildings and single-family homes to posh condos and houses.
If you want to eat out or explore some night life, Playa gives you easy access to Marina del Rey via Lincoln Blvd. (the PCH) and to Manhattan Beach
via Vista del Mar. Just to the east is Westchester
, which includes the scenic Loyola Marymount University campus, as well as some solid local businesses and eateries along the PCH. Consider the area firmly car dependent. Playa del Rey residents profess a small-town feel to their community, which is certainly evidenced by local activism surrounding contentious issues like airport expansion and condo development.