Del Rey (Spanish for "Of the King") is a small district in the Westside of Los Angeles.
Geography and Transportation
Del Rey takes its name from the nearby Del Rey salt marshes, and sits on low ground on the banks of Ballona Creek. Del Rey's boundaries are approximately Washington Boulevard to the northwest, Admiralty Way (to the south-southwest until the Marina Expressway and then Lincoln Boulevard on the southwest until Ballona Creek to the southeast, and McConnell Avenue on the northeast and then Moore Street past Beethoven. Adjoining the district are Marina del Rey and Playa Vista on the southwest, Mar Vista on the northwest, Culver City on the northeast, and Westchester on the southeast. The San Diego Freeway (I-405) runs through the northeast corner of the district, and the Marina Freeway (SR 90) runs through its southern portions. Although it is part of the city of Los Angeles, a large portion of Del Rey is in Culver City's 90230 ZIP code, but also encompasses the 90066 ZIP code. Del Rey is between one and two miles from the beach, which is easily accessed by bicycle and walking.
Del Rey is a largely residential area of 1950s single-story California bungalows as well as some apartments and small industrial concerns. Del Rey was strongly influenced by the industrialist Howard Hughes, whose tool and die company, as well as his laboratory, employed large numbers of Del Rey residents. Del Rey has a sizable Japanese American population that moved to the area after WWII internment and from Hawaii during the 1950s. There is a Japanese Community Center in Del Rey as well as a Buddhist temple and Japanese Methodist Church. It is generally one of the more affordable neighborhoods in Westside with homes in 2006 selling under $800,000. Del Rey is prominently Hispanic. The Mar Vista Gardens public housing project is located in the neighborhood, just north of Ballona Creek, adjacent to Culver City.
There are two bicycle paths that transverse Del Rey; the Culver City Median bicycle path runs along Culver Boulevard, featuring a drought-tolerant, landscaped bike path and pedestrian walkway. It starts at McConnell Blvd and ends in Culver City at Overland Blvd, near Sony Pictures Studios and various Culver City recreation facilities, including a public pool and senior center. The other bicycle path, the Ballona Creek bicycle path runs along Ballona Creek from Culver City to the waterfront in Marina Del Rey and connects to the South Bay bicycle path, which runs along the beach and provides access to other beach communities, including Venice Beach and Santa Monica to the north and Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach to the south.
The Culver City Boyz, a street gang, lost many members by 2002 after they were evicted from the Mar Vista Gardens public housing by police. Many Westside gang members resettled in the city of Inglewood.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Timess "Mapping L.A." project supplied these "Del Rey" neighborhood statistics: population: 29,895; median household income: $63,317.
Los Angeles Police Department operates the Pacific Community Police Station at 12312 Culver Boulevard, 90066, serving the neighborhood.
Residents of the area are zoned to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.