There are many reasons to fall in love with this oceanfront city – it’s highly walkable, people say “hi” to each other on the street, and the air quality is one of the best in the region.
Even before Hollywood stars gave the place some serious cachet by buying local real estate, the “Jewel of the Sunset Bay” already had a reputation for low-key but luxurious living.
Located just 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica covers a land area of about 8.3 square miles. The city gives you beach access to over 3.5 miles of coastline and stunning views of the Pacific.
The city’s main thoroughfare, Santa Monica Boulevard, passes through West Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Century City, Beverly Hills, and ends in Santa Monica. Also known as Route 66, it links East Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.
Health and fitness is a big deal here – aside from state-of-the-art gyms, there are farmers markets that promote well-being by making fresh (often organic)produce available.
The Santa Monica Wednesday Certified Farmers Market, for one, was established in 1981 and takes place every Sunday and Wednesday at the Santa Monica Promenade.
In addition to fresh produce, the Main Street Farmers Market provides fun and educational activities for kids, such as cooking demonstrations, story-telling, face painting, and balloon design.
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The housing stock is made up of single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Luxury homes and waterfront property are widely available.
Ocean Avenue is known for luxury condos, and many of them come fully furnished. It’s a stone’s throw away from a wide selection of shops and restaurants at the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade. Quite a few of the residences here have fantastic views of the ocean.
Some of the most exclusive neighborhoods are tucked away along Wilshire Boulevard, where you’ll find single-family homes and apartment communities. Some of the buildings here are historic, having been built before 1940.
A number of mixed-use developments can be found on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Other notable neighborhoods include:
- Downtown Santa Monica
- Main Street
- Montana Avenue
- Ocean Park Boulevard
- Pico Boulevard
- Santa Monica Pier Area
There are many reputable schools in the area, among them Santa Monica College. This two-year community college is home to the John Drescher Planetarium, SMC Performance Center, and the Academy of Entertainment & Technology.
Fine dining, nightlife and shopping
There’s never a dull moment in the city, thanks to a revitalized downtown area and a vibrant food scene.
Come to Santa Monica Pier for the rides at Pacific Park or the marine education center. Restaurants serve Mexican, Italian, and Southern fare, while the Pacific Park food court sells classic boardwalk fare like corn dogs and sundae cones. Themed merchandise is available at The Pier Shop.
Just off downtown, Third Street Promenade is filled with shops that sell everything from designer clothing to artisan chocolate and coffee. Towards the south end you’ll find Santa Monica Place, a mall that features over 100 retailers.
The eastern side of Santa Monica Boulevard comes to life in the evenings, when dive bars start offering live entertainment along with an impressive craft beer selection.
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