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Long beaches, tons of restaurants and shopping, great schools. Santa Monica has it all.
Studio / 1 BR
26% Complete
2,800
2 Bedrooms
38% Complete
4,100
3 Bedrooms
63% Complete
6,700
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
10,700

Good For
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • LGBTQ
  • Professionals
  • Singles

 

What's around
  • 1256 Shops
  • 600 Fitness options
  • 535 Restaurants
  • 40 Grocery stores/markets
  • 76 Banks
  • 108 Nightlife options

 


PUBLIC TRANSITGood

WALKABILITYExcellent
Safety

N/A

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Santa Monica LIKE?

Santa Monica is a beach city (like Culver City and Beverly Hills it's not part of the City of Los Angeles) with a vibrant business and social scene. It's got many distinct parts with their own characteristics.

For example, in the southwest corner of Santa Monica is hip Main Street, which is lined with boutiques, ice cream shops, restaurants, and bars. Around this area and heading east you'll find small apartment buildings and single-family homes in a variety of styles, including beautiful Victorian and Craftsman style houses set back from the beach.

Downtown Santa Monica is home to office towers full of startups, large technology and media companies like Demand Media, Yahoo!, and Riot Games, venture capitalists, and many other businesses. It's also home to the commercial tourist trap of the Third Street Promenade, which is lined with chain stores and mediocre dining.

Just north of downtown is the upscale shopping on Montana Avenue and the largest and most expensive homes here. Dotted throughout Santa Monica are small shopping plazas and pockets of business and homes.

Santa Monica attracts a lot of tourists, so the beach and its famous pier can be extremely crowded. Restaurants and bars near the water can also be packed.

There are a number of terrific elementary, middle, and high schools here.

If you live and work in Santa Monica you can get around with public transportation or a bike. A light rail station in Downtown Santa Monica is an easy way to get into Downtown Los Angeles for work or cultural events.

Santa Monica is bordered on the north by Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, on the east by Sawtelle, on the south by Venice and Mar Vista, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

 

Commute:
Burbank: 23.1 miles / 35-75 minutes by car / 110-125 minutes by transit
Century City: 7.4 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Downtown LA: 15.7 miles / 30-55 minutes by car / 65-75 minutes by transit

Santa Monica Los Angeles Neighborhood Photo

 

Local Flavor   Santa Monica LOCAL schools

K-6 GRADES
Ps1 Pluralistic School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.15 mi
K-5 GRADES
Crossroads Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.33 mi
PK-5 GRADES
Santa Monica Montessori
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.36 mi
K-3 GRADES
Step By Step
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.43 mi
PK-8 GRADES
St. Anne Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.47 mi

 

Local Flavor   Santa Monica Local Flavor

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier 100 SANTA MONICA PIER, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 MAP
http://santamonicapier.org

Santa Monica's most iconic landmark, the pier has been popular with residents and visitors for over 100 years.

Bay Cities Italian Deli
Bay Cities Italian Deli 1517 LINCOLN BLVD, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 MAP
http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com

This is a one-stop shop for freshly made Italian food and groceries. People really come here for the incredible hoagies they make.

Bergamot Station Art Galleries
Bergamot Station Art Galleries 2525 MICHIGAN AVE, STE B104, SANTA MONICA, CA 90404 MAP
http://bergamotstation.com

Bergamot Station has become a hub for dozens of art galleries. Spend an afternoon strolling between them and take a lunch break at the local cafe.

Father's Office
Father's Office 1018 MONTANA AVE, SANTA MONICA, CA 90403 MAP
http://fathersoffice.com

This place keeps it simple with great burgers and a rotating selection of 36 craft beers on tap.

Palisades Park
Palisades Park OCEAN AVE, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 MAP
http://www.friendsofpalisadespark.net

Palisades Park occupies a privileged spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers the best sunset watching around. 

Philz Coffee
Philz Coffee 525 SANTA MONICA BLVD, SUITE 100, SANTA MONICA, CA 90401 MAP
http://www.philzcoffee.com

Full service-coffee bar with exceptionally friendly staff and delicious coffee.

Photo Credits: Thanks to @santamonicadna, @santamonicaliving, @santamonicapier, @santamonica_pier, @santamonica_local, @mikekasem, @derekmaxday, @drlannyjuniarti, @plutusdesignslab, @ge_choo, @lindsaylombardo, @rossschoeman, @heatherhgx, @keelycomparan, @TrailDogs for your great photos of this neighborhood! 

 

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