A chic beach town with ample dining and entertainment options in your own backyard
The Santa Monica Bay
A coastal city located to the west of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica has classic beach town vibes, paired with dining options, entertainment, and art and style—described as a “seaside playground offering something for everyone.”
Situated along the Santa Monica Bay, the city is known for its beach bungalows and coastal living, in addition to a large range of housing options. With a market stretching from over $20 million for a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home to modest condos available for around $600,000, one can find their fit in Santa Monica.
An eclectic mix, residents can pass an iconic pink and purple beachfront home in the same stretch as more traditional hues of gray and blue. The city is considered a year-round tourist destination, with an amusement park, aquarium, galleries, performance centers, hotels and more.
Though the majority of Santa Monica sits atop of a flat slope angling toward Ocean Avenue and to the south, high bluffs separate the north side of the city from the Pacific Ocean and beach. Santa Monica is bordered by Pacific Palisades and Venice, as well as the Pacific Ocean, West Los Angeles and Brentwood.
With a coastal Mediterranean climate, the city typically sees more than 300 days of sunshine per year, typically accompanied by cool breezes from the ocean.
Sunrise to Sunset
With a mix of local destinations and tourist attractions, two of the biggest draws within the city are the Santa Monica Pier, where one can see for miles atop Pacific Park’s Ferris wheel and try their hand at carnival games, and Third Street Promenade, which offers shopping, eating and a range of street performers for entertainment of all ages.
Main Street and Montana Avenue have more shopping and dining options, while Santa Monica is home to some of the most upscale accommodations in the area, like Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and Shore Hotel.
Santa Monica is also dotted with parks, like Palisades and Tongva, that attract locals and visitors for picnics and playtime.
After the sun goes down, Santa Monica boasts a vibrant nightlife scene, with what has been described as a more relaxed vibe than alternate hotspots like Hollywood. Many places have outdoor patios, live music and happy hours.
In addition to countless entertainment options—both indoor and outdoor—Santa Monica is where one can find the home bases of a number of companies who have worked out the area, including Hulu, Universal Music Group and Lionsgate Films.
Arts and Culture
There is no shortage of arts and culture options in Santa Monica, including the annual Santa Monica Film Festival and several galleries located within Bergamot Station. One can catch a performance at The Broad Stage or Santa Monica Playhouse, or visit the Museum of Flying and California Heritage Museum.
Santa Monica also has more than 150 art murals throughout its eight-square-mile radius, with many adorning parking lots and family-run businesses.
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