March 6th, 2013

Silicon Beach Boom To Bring More Shopping, Restaurants, Amenities to Marina del Rey

If you have ever walked along the wharf at Fisherman’s Village and felt like you were in a time warp—this piece of news is for you: Marina del Rey is about to get a much-needed makeover. The Silicon Beach boom (or as the Los Angeles Business Journal recently put it, “an influx of technology and creative businesses on the Westside”) is fueling major redevelopment in the Marina. Just what kind of development are we talking about?  A rehab of Fisherman’s Village retail center and the Marina West Shopping Center—both of which are due to start construction next year.

Here’s what we can tell you: Gold Coast, a Westside developer, has plans to redevelop Fisherman’s Village waterfront mall and boat harbor—potentially doubling the size of it. Plans also call for a 132-room hotel. The Marina West Shopping Center on Washington Boulevard, now home to an Islands restaurant and single-story retail shops, will also be turned into a two-story retail shopping strip with an additional 6,000 square feet, if Gold Coast has its way. New hip restaurants are also beginning to crop up in the Marina. Last October, the chefs behind Peruvian hotspots Picca and Mo-Chica will be opening their third L.A. restaurant—Paiche. Focused on coastal Peruvian fare, the new restaurant will be located in the shopping center between Lincoln Boulevard and Admiralty Way, where Mendocino Farms and Sugarfish serve up their food. The Yard House is also opening up a new location in Marina Marketplace in June 2013. And finally, the county is planning to make improvements to Burton Chace Park and the bicycle paths, plus widening boat slips in the harbor. It’s a good time to be living in the Marina. Just imagine: you’ll have cool new shops, restaurants and other hotspots close to home within walking or riding distance!

If you haven’t made the move to the Marina yet, it might be the perfect time to do so…before our neighborhood really starts to heat up again (just like it did back in the 1960s). Luckily, there are plenty of apartment communities to choose from in MDR, from the luxury apartments at Esprit to the laidback style of Mariner’s Village or The Tides & Waters Edge. Check them out some time!