Del Rey is a largely residential community, dominated by single-story homes built during the post-war boom of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Located a mere two miles from the beach, Del Rey is generally regarded as the most affordable neighborhood in Los Angeles’ Westside.
Del Rey (Spanish for "of the King") is a neighborhood in the Westside of Los Angeles. Del Rey is surrounded on the northwest, north, northeast and east by Culver City, on the southeast by Playa Vista, on the southwest and west by Marina del Rey and on the northwest by Venice. Its southern boundary touches the northeast corner of Playa del Rey and a small unincorporated residential area called Alsace.
Del Rey History... The neighborhood was developed as a result of the Redondo Beach via Playa Del Rey streetcar line that was established in 1902 from Culver City to the new beach resort of Playa Del Rey. Well into the 1950s, Del Rey was centered around market gardens. Summer celery was a successful crop. The old streetcar/freight line was redeveloped into Culver Boulevard Median Bike Path in the 1990s.
Ballona Creek remains one of Del Rey’s most distinctive physical features and the well-used bicycle path running alongside the creek provides local residents with easy access to the beach. Del Reyans have a second bike path they can and do enjoy – the Culver City Median path. Starting at McConnell Blvd in the heart of Del Rey, the path heads east into neighboring Culver City, ending at Overland Blvd.