Located on the Westside of Los Angeles and North of LAX, Playa Vista is a community which has attracted various technology, media and entertainment businesses. Development began in Playa Vista in 2002 as a large plan that is comprised of commercial, retail and residential parts.
In 1839, the area that is now known as Playa Vista was a part of Rancho La Ballona and later in 1887, became a part of Port Ballona. Before Hughes Aircraft Company built its headquarters; the area was a wetland that was connected with a salt marsh. The wetlands are now called Playa Vista and the large salt marsh is known as Marina Del Rey. Furthermore, the aviator Howard Hughes built the Hughes Airport and his aircraft factory in Playa Vista in 1940. Playa-Vista-2
Playa Vista was one of the six communities which President Bill Clinton himself chose in 1998 as a National Pilot Project of PATH (Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing). And so this community is among the most technologically advanced communities ever planned. The rapidly growing community is soon becoming the Southern Californian hub of Silicon Valley (“Silicon Beach”). There are a lot of commercial activities going on within Playa Vista. Microsoft, Facebook LA, YouTube Space LA, BEZALEL and Deutsch Inc. have their offices located in this community. Google has purchased 1.2 million square feet of space to build their Southern California hub.
A report released by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. revealed that Playa Vista has even more high-tech jobs than New York City, Santa Clara County and Boston-Cambridge. The total of high-tech jobs in the area was approximately 368,600 in 2013 and generated around $32 billion in wages, which was 16.8% of all wages paid in LA County. As a cherry on the top, the area was also constructed as a model of green development and, therefore, the parks and landscaped areas are watered with 100% recycled water.
Playa Vista has been gaining both international and local attention due to urban planners and leading architects converging there to create an environmentally friendly showpiece of coastal, modern California with an active lifestyle that focuses more on conservation, recycling, convenience and, above all, community. Playa-Vista-1
Playa Vista proposes an extraordinary opportunity for people who come from different walks of life in Los Angeles for living closer to their workplace. Recreational, retail and commercial spaces have been woven strategically into the landscape fabric so that residents get a chance to accomplish their to-do list without the stress, traffic and hassle common in other communities.
People can attend a Pilates class, plan lunch or meet for a coffee in a park which has a network of paths, natural trails and sidewalks. If a person wants to turf and surf he can catch the free weekend beach shuttle, which is extended through Playa Vista to Marina Del Rey and ends where Venice boardwalk begins.
Approximately 6,500 residents in Playa Vista have revealed the advantages and comforts that come with innovative and smart planning by a sustainable design of Playa Vista. According to the Director of the Sports and Entertainment, Playa Vista is going toward becoming a model for comfortable living with environmental sustainability and an attractive lifestyle at the forefront.
Considered to be a leader in providing sustainable designs, approximately more than half of the original Playa Vista has been set aside for open space and parks, nurturing an organic social experience, which is lost in the life of a larger city.
The city features a vivacious compilation of homes, which are built by several of the leading builders of the nation, andPlaya-Vista-3 the housing options include townhomes, lofts and condos. It also has single-family homes. Owning a home in Playa Vista automatically makes a person a member of The Runway and Centre Pointe Club, both of them are community centers planned for multipurpose tasks and has two swimming pools, a movie screening room, a business center, a boardroom, and a huge outdoor sundeck. Catering to a healthy and active lifestyle, Playa Vista features tennis courts, children playgrounds, soccer fields, basketball courts, sand volleyball, numerous parks, and a baseball diamond.
Families who seek a better education for their children undoubtedly appreciate K-5 school in Playa Vista that opened two years ago. All the schools in Playa Vista focus on environmental sustainability, along with routine visits to the neighboring park that is Bellona Wetlands Discovery Park.