Mar Vista Heights

Welcome to Mar Vista Heights

A serene, picturesque escape
Mar Vista Heights is the small, secluded area of Whittier. Located in central Whittier, it’s a high-end escape for those who want access to a bustling city, without the hassles. Beauty and aesthetics prevail here. You’ll find a range of luxurious homes, from lovely ranches to modern estates. Life in Mar Vista Heights also provides endless excitement, thanks to the ample hiking trails and the busy Greenleaf Promenade, which serves as the area’s center.

What to Love 

  • Esteemed privacy in a quiet community
  • Suburban-style living with nearby amenities
  • Several upscale restaurants and shops

Local Lifestyle 

Life in Mar Vista Heights is at once serene and exciting. The area is an ideal suburb, thanks to its range of options. People here love their privacy as much as they love wandering Greenleaf Promenade and seeing friends. There are endless unique cafes and restaurants, as well as shops, which create a lot of the area’s culture. Pub crawls and community events add sprigs of fun, while weekend hikes along the Colima Hiking Trails help clear the mind. There’s so much beauty to appreciate in this area, it’s hard not to spend all day outdoors…which is why people venture out often.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Mar Vista Heights is home to endless dining and shopping options, ideal for adults and families alike. Those of-age love Whittier Brewing Company. Founded by two locals, this staple is Whittier’s first brewery and taproom. It specializes in quality beers that pair well with the food at Poet Gardens (their partner restaurant). The gastropub trend continues, with The Rusty Monk. This Belgian brewery uses only the freshest local ingredients and has both a fun, industrial interior, and a bustling patio. For authentic Thai food in a family-friendly environment, there’s Green Leaf Thai. Each dish is beautifully prepared, and delicious. Also on Greenleaf Promenade is Aunties Bakery & Cafe. This organic, healthy spot does a lovely breakfast and lunch, which is made even more enjoyable by the hidden outdoor patio.

Things to Do 

Mar Vista Heights is an easy place to enjoy both the downtown charm and natural beauty of the suburbs. Greenleaf Promenade has a range of boutiques and restaurants and is an easy place to wander for hours. The Whittier Pub Crawl is the best pub crawl in the area and offers a robust range of craft brews and delicious food. If some fresh air is what you crave, we recommend Colima Hiking Trails and Michigan Park. Michigan Park is a lush, beautiful option, especially for families. The large playground provides hours of entertainment for kids, while the fields, fitness stations, and barbecue areas are ideal for exercising and enjoying post-exercise treats. The Colima Hiking Trails can be both leisurely and challenging, but they all share beautiful views of wildlife and mountains. Arroyo Pescadero Trailhead and Turnbull Canyon are local favorites. 


  • Uptown Whittier is part of the East Whittier City Elementary School District, which boasts a range of impressive academic institutions. 
  • La Serna High School, 9-12, Magnet School with an A-rating on Niche
  • Broadoaks Children's School, Preschool-8th, highly acclaimed private school
  • Whittier College, 4-year private school, one of the top schools in the nation
  • St. Bruno Catholic School, TK-8
  • Whittier Christian School, 9-12, acclaimed private
  • Carden Academy, PK-8, acclaimed private
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