Silicon Beach is the Westside region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that is home to over 500 tech companies. Some are household names and others are startups.
While the definition is used quite loosely by Realtors these days, if you stick to the coastal strip north of LAX to Santa Monica and not too far inland, that’s what we’re talking about. Playa Vista is ground zero for the established companies such as Google, Yahoo! and YouTube. Startups can be found anywhere but Venice (think Snap) is very popular as is Santa Monica.
Depending on who you talk to, the region is considered the second or third hottest tech hub in the world.
Unlike the traditional definition of Silicon Valley (Menlo Park to Santa Clara) where the economy is overwhelmingly technology geared, Silicon Beach tends to have a more diversified economy whereby tourism, finance, or other industries also play a major role.
Workers trying to live close to their offices and avoid freeway commutes have pushed up housing prices and rentals even in Westchester and Playa Del Rey, further inland to mid city and to the South Bay.
Venice is home to the "coolest" block in America, Abbott Kinney Blvd and the world famous Canals.
Playa Vista aka ground zero of Silicon Beach is where you find 100's of tech companies.
Westchester lies just north of LAX and is predominantly single family houses.
Santa Monica with its iconic Pier is a major LA tourist destination and a great place to live.
Marina Del Rey is the world's largest man made small craft harbor and many properties have views.
Playa Del Rey is found just north of LAX and has entry level condos and luxury homes.