Del Rey

A diverse and low-key Westside community that brings the beach within reach.

Beach combers continue to float further from the coast and into Del Rey, a quiet residential neighborhood between the shore and the 405 freeway. Taking after eccentric entrepreneur and influential Del Rey developer, Howard Hughes, enterprising spirits still pervade this neighborhood. Small businesses intersperse with the big-name chains that trace the neighborhood's central boulevards. Bike a mile along these main thoroughfares and you'll make it to the place where the land meets the sea. Eureka.

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On the Map

Del Rey is bordered by Culver City, Westchester/Playa Del Rey, Venice, Mar Vista, and Marina Del Rey

LAX Airport: 15 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 15 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 30 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 20 minutes by car
The Grove: 20 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Quiet and Residential on the Way to the Beach

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Centered on Culver Boulevard as it makes its way to the coast, Del Rey is an everyday residential neighborhood with a penchant for street food, small businesses, and sunshine.

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Jogging paths and bike paths weave through Del Rey's medians and connect its creek beds to LA's beach cities.

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Street vendors and sidewalk eats sneak in between small-scale chains.

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Predominantly Hispanic, it's common to read signs in Spanish in Del Rey.

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The neighborhood derives its name from the language.

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Businesses Fit for a King

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Industrialist and exacting entrepreneur Howard Hughes influenced Del Rey in the 1950s. His magnate-savvy ambition lives on, but this time it's associated with a little less intimidation.

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Marina Music is a Los Angeles staple. The owner has proposed his own theoretical music philosophy, Echometry.

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Antique shops and junk collectors rekindle old flames for making discarded objects new again.

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In Del Rey, dive bars convert into revamped dinner destinations.

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Family-owned hardware stores and old-school barber shops make their home in Del Rey.

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They're a cut above.

Bungalow Style Homes on the California Coast

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California bungalow-style homes and re-imagined modern spaces populate Del Rey's residential streets.

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Picture windows and skylights seem to become increasingly popular.

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Perhaps it's because of their uncanny ability to capture the neighborhood's natural light.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."