The coastal community of Marina del Rey, California, is located in the center of Los Angeles’ Westside between Venice Beach and Playa del Rey, 4 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport.
Marina del Rey comprises 807 acres, of which half is under water. The approximate borders include the area west of Lincoln Boulevard, east of Via Dolce, north of Ballona Creek, and south of Washington Boulevard/Oxford Basin. This area above and below water is entirely owned by the County of Los Angeles and is leased out to private leaseholders on long-term agreements. The community is surrounded on three sides by the City of Los Angeles. (The greater Marina del Rey area has different boundaries.)
As defined in the U.S. Census, Marina del Rey CDP (Census Designated Place) has a population of 8,866. The community includes 4,602 boat slips in 22 anchorages and marinas, 5,445 rental apartments, 600 condominiums, six hotels with 1,103 hotel rooms, and 1 million square feet of retail, office, and restaurant development.
This area is governed and serviced by the County of Los Angeles and rests under the management of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors. Citizens are represented by their elected local Supervisor to the Fourth District of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Public safety services are provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Utilities are provided by Southern California Edison, L.A. County Waterworks District #80, Verizon Telephone, Time Warner Cable, and Southern California Gas Company. While there are no schools within this portion of Marina del Rey, public education is provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The Greater Marina del Rey Area
The greater Marina del Rey community is defined by the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Census as the zip code area 90292. It has a population of 21,576 and includes portions within the City of Los Angeles and portions within an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
Governance in the portion located within the City of Los Angeles is provided by the City of Los Angeles, the Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles City Council, the elected City Council Member for the 11th District, as well as portions of the 2nd and 3rd Supervisorial Districts of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Public safety services are provided by the Los Angeles Police Department. Utilities are provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, AT&T Telephone, Frontier Cable, and Southern California Gas Company. Public education is provided by the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Businesses in the area are represented by the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Chamber of Commerce.
To learn about the history of Marina del Rey, visit the Marina del Rey Historical Society museum at Fisherman’s Village. Connect with the society online at marinadelreyhistoricalsociety.org.