Playa Del Rey

Welcome to Playa del Rey

Superb surf, epic views, and a beachy ethos define this iconic city

Playa del Rey was established in 1902, at a time long before California’s coastline became the most extraordinary, desirable, and affluent slice of the Golden State. Now, Playa del Rey is widely known as the “final” beach in Los Angeles, among a whole string of them, for its laid-back surfer culture. That low-key vibe persists today, offering its residents and visitors a fun-loving, serene ambiance to enjoy California’s world-famous weather and abundant sunshine.

Playa del Rey is largely a residential enclave, with an ideal mix of contemporary condominiums, striking single-family homes, and a slew of jaw-dropping estates and darling cottages situated directly on the waterfront. Its prime location also ensures that Playa del Rey residents have nearly everything they could desire at their fingertips, whether it’s a divine sushi dinner, an unforgettable hike, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, a plaza filled with luxe boutiques, or a cozy, inviting bar.

What to Love

  • Proximity to downtown LA and LAX
  • Close to Marina del Rey and Santa Monica
  • Brimming with verdant, beautiful parks
  • Famous for its gorgeous beaches

Local Lifestyle 

Playa del Rey is the perfect marriage between city excitement and coastal charm. Residents here often opt to spend their free time outside under California’s sunny blue skies, whether they’re on a morning run on one of its beaches or hiking a picturesque trail. The tight-knit feel of this community is underscored in its amazing parks and beaches and its bevy of community events, giving it a quaint, welcoming feel.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

Playa del Rey boasts a splendid mix of refined eateries and relaxed restaurants, which practically guarantees you’ll find the cuisine and mood that suits your craving. Kanpai is a perennial favorite with its meticulously crafted sushi rolls and bowls of rich, steaming ramen, while the ultra-trendy Cinco satisfies and thrills with its Oaxacan-style dishes. Here, you can start off with a lavender, lime, and chamomile gin cocktail, snack on memelas with black bean puree and queso, and relish fresh mahi tacos bathed in habanero crema. 

SALT Restaurant & Bar in nearby Marina del Rey presents a stellar drink and dining menu and spectacular vistas of the ocean, rendering it the optimal place to say cheers on a special occasion when you can dine on dishes ranging from charred Spanish octopus with sweet peppers and salsa verde to Jidori chicken marsala with asparagus and mushrooms. 

And when Sunday arrives, you’ll have no problem whiling it away over wine at Bacari PDR, a sumptuous spot that plates out fantastic dishes like maple glazed carrots with fresh burrata, pan-seared black sesame shrimp, and beet gnocchi with ricotta and chevre fondue.

Things to Do

Playa del Rey’s eponymous beach is the crown jewel of the town. It is a place as delicious to lounge around on as it is to hang ten at Toes Beach. The region’s Dockweiler Beach is just as entrancing and serves as a popular place for people throughout Los Angeles. 

A wholesome, active lifestyle is enjoyed by many in Playa del Rey, and the always-abuzz Ballona Creek Bike Path, which connects to Marina del Rey, makes this possible. So does the lively and beloved Playa Vista Farmers’ Market nearby, which overflows with fresh-cut blooms and organic produce.


Kids in Playa del Rey are fortunate to have a host of excellent schools in their town. A few of the most outstanding include:


Overview for Playa Del Rey, CA

11,161 people live in Playa Del Rey, where the median age is 43 and the average individual income is $82,784. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

43 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Playa Del Rey, CA

Playa Del Rey has 5,749 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Playa Del Rey do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 11,161 people call Playa Del Rey home. The population density is 18,848.755 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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54.31 / 45.69%

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Schools in Playa Del Rey, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Playa Del Rey. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Paseo del Rey Fundamental
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