Marina Del Rey
Marina del Rey is an unincorporated seaside community and census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California. Fisherman’s Village offers a view of Marina del Rey’s dominant feature, the Marina, the world’s largest man-made small craft harbor with eight basins having a capacity for 5,300 boats and is home port to approximately 6,500 boats. The harbor, the Los Angeles Times said in 1997, is “perhaps the county’s most valuable resource”.
Marina del Rey falls within unincorporated Los Angeles County and is southeast of the L.A. City community of Venice and north of the L.A. City community of Playa del Rey, near the mouth of Ballona Creek. It is bounded on all sides by the City of Los Angeles. The beach-style homes, the strip of land against the beach, and the beach itself, west of the harbor, are within the City of Los Angeles limits, but share the same zip code as Marina del Rey. The marina itself, a specially designed harbor with moorings for pleasure craft and small boats, is surrounded by high-rise condos, hotels, apartments, shops, and restaurants. The area also includes the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute and the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center.
Marina del Rey is in the Los Angeles Unified School District, although there are no schools in the area proper. As of 2009 Steve Zimmer represents the district. Students from Marina del Rey attend Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School, Marina del Rey Middle School, and Venice High School.