Relax on world-famous beaches in this sophisticated yet accessible town, steeped in an atmosphere of irresistible fun.
Nestled just west of Los Angeles where the white-capped waves of the Pacific Ocean crest against golden shores, the laid-back coastal city of Santa Monica serves as a true homage to the best of SoCal living. A melting pot of cultures and a welcoming spirit are just the start of Santa Monica’s charms, which also include a dynamic urban scene and idyllic weather that lasts year-round.
Since its incorporation in 1886, Santa Monica has blossomed into a hub of art, entertainment, and adventure for all of Southern California. It’s a city comprising many distinctive neighborhoods, each with its own unique personality. The quiet residential roads and highly rated schools of Sunset Park, for instance, contribute to the neighborhood’s family-oriented vibe, while a hip and vibrant Main Street corridor — coupled with easy access to the beach and walkable streets — keep Ocean Park feeling energetic.
Housing in Santa Monica is also highly dependent upon location, though the city is well-known for its assortment of jaw-dropping, multimillion-dollar coastal estates. In the Wilshire /Montana neighborhood, the residential real estate leans towards condos and townhouses as opposed to single-family abodes, and buyers fall in love with the proximity to the Montana Avenue shops and high walkability. Potential homeowners looking for big, beautiful houses dripping in grandeur will want to check out the areas North of Montana Avenue, an area with easy access to the luxurious Brentwood and Pacific Palisades communities.
Whether they’re grabbing an ice cream cone and checking out the lively street performers along the Santa Monica Pier or sunbathing at the beach, the residents of Santa Monica can relish the endless charms of a quintessential beach town life. In a city where the friendliness is only outmatched by the sheer number of things to do, everyone can find their niche.
Downtown Santa Monica and its 3rd Street Promenade are the epicenter for all things retail, one that creates a posh environment packed with upscale national brands like Madewell and lululemon. Next door, Santa Monica Place provides a bevy of high-end designer shops, including big names like Coach and Louis Vuitton. Both centers also offer an abundance of lifestyle services and entertainment options between them, ranging from a SoulCycle gym to a top-notch cinema.
Santa Monica is also saturated with excellent places to eat, and hungry gastronomes can find international cuisine on nearly every corner. Crimson, for instance, has perfected their menu of authentic Mediterranean fare, transporting diners to a place of tranquility with their all-organic, healthful dishes. Thyme Cafe is a neighborhood favorite that also focuses on organic, locally-sourced ingredients, used to heighten the already sumptuous seasonal items.
Looking for a casual slice of pizza with out-of-this-world, gourmet flavors? The ambiance at Vito’s is artistic and stylish, ideal for grabbing a low-key meal and cocktails with friends. Love Coffee Bar is every coffee aficionado’s dream, and here a rich, decadent espresso serves as the base for enticing lattes.
Anyone in the mood for brunch or American classics like steak and seafood dishes will want to check out The Victorian, whose Beach Club Restaurant is brimming with excellent, savory options. Shoops Delicatessen brings the fun of a European market to Southern California, and LaVecchia Cucina has garnered a reputation as Santa Monica’s finest Italian neighborhood eatery.
While Santa Monica is brimming with landmark destinations and must-see attractions — like the historic Pacific Park amusement park or the iconic Santa Monica State Beach — it also houses a multitude of lesser-known forms of entertainment. Among them, smaller, neighborhood green spaces like Clover Park cater to the true locals and come loaded with family-friendly amenities like lighted tennis courts and playground equipment.
Those who want to stay involved with the community can join local sports teams and recreational clubs, including the much-loved Santa Monica Lawn Bowling Club, whose primary field is tucked away in Douglas Park. As the sun shines year-round, outdoor enthusiasts have their pick of activities ranging from surfing and hiking to golfing and outdoor yoga. Local events keep things lively in every season, from the Summer Soulstice music festival on Main Street to the Holiday Walk on Montana Avenue.
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