Santa Monica

Renowned for its world-class shopping, diverse dining options, and stunning beachfront.
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Welcome to Santa Monica

The Epitome of Westside Living

Santa Monica, California, is famed for its top-tier shopping, diverse dining scene, and picturesque beachfront. This Los Angeles County city, with a median single-family home price surpassing $3 million, boasts an array of residences from modern constructions to charming 1920s houses, townhouses, and numerous condos.

A Hub of Innovation and Creativity

With around 93,000 residents, Santa Monica is conveniently located 15 miles from downtown L.A. and about 50 miles from Orange County. The city is home to several prominent digital game development studios, including Activision Blizzard, SCE Studios Santa Monica, and Riot Games, alongside major creative production companies like Hulu, Universal Music, and Lionsgate.

Diverse Housing Market

Santa Monica’s real estate includes luxury beachfront homes, modern apartments, and condos, reflecting the city’s desirability and prime location. Neighborhoods such as North of Montana feature upscale single-family homes, while Ocean Park and Main Street offer a blend of mid-century bungalows and contemporary developments. Home and condo prices range from $1 million to $13 million on the beach. North of Montana has a median home price of $4.2 million up to numbers of $60 million.
Inland single-family homes typically list between $1.5 million and $2.5 million, while properties near the beach often start at $3 million and can be significantly higher.

Top-Rated Education

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is one of the strongest in LA County. Santa Monica High School, rated 9/10 on GreatSchools, boasts notable alumni like Robert Downey Jr. and Sean Penn. The school offers diverse learning pathways, from Computer Science and Engineering to Graphic Design and Career Technical Education.

Shopping and Dining Paradise

Santa Monica is a shopper's haven, featuring high-end boutiques and unique local shops. The Third Street Promenade offers a pedestrian-only shopping experience with a mix of retail chains, independent stores, and entertainment venues. Santa Monica Place, a luxury mall, houses designer brands, upscale eateries, and a rooftop dining area with ocean views. Main Street and Montana Avenue are also popular for their boutique shops and cafes, providing unique shopping and dining experiences.

Culinary Delights

The city's dining scene caters to a wide range of tastes, from casual beachfront cafes to gourmet restaurants, emphasizing organic and farm-to-table cuisine sourced from the local Santa Monica Farmers Market. Notable establishments include the historic Chez Jay, renowned for its seafood and steak, and Tar & Roses, known for its innovative American cuisine.

Transportation and Connectivity

Transportation in Santa Monica is facilitated by the Big Blue Bus system and the E Line light rail, which connects to West LA and Downtown. The city promotes biking with an extensive network of bike lanes and the Breeze Bike Share program, along with the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail along the ocean.

Outdoor Spaces and Recreation

Santa Monica's outdoor spaces, including the expansive Santa Monica Beach and Palisades Park with its ocean views, are central to its appeal. The city also features numerous parks and community gardens like Tongva Park, known for its innovative landscaping and recreational facilities.
Cultural Events and Community Spirit
Cultural events and community gatherings are integral to Santa Monica's vibrant social fabric. The Santa Monica Pier hosts concerts, outdoor movies, and family-friendly events throughout the year. The Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place offer venues for live music, holiday celebrations, and public performances. The weekly Santa Monica Farmers Market is a local favorite, attracting residents and chefs with its fresh produce and artisanal foods.

Safety and Community

While Santa Monica does experience crime, property crimes such as theft and burglary are more common than violent crimes. The Santa Monica Police Department actively engages in community policing to address and prevent crime, maintaining a strong law enforcement presence in tourist-heavy areas.
Santa Monica is a coveted location that offers a blend of upscale living, community spirit, and proximity to both urban conveniences and natural beauty.

Around Santa Monica, CA

There's plenty to do around Santa Monica, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Maesto Coffee, Gourmet Gift 4U, and Debbie's Personal Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 0.8 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.57 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.98 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.09 miles 37 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.61 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.04 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica has 46,719 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Santa Monica do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 92,945 people call Santa Monica home. The population density is 14,587.013 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Santa Monica, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Santa Monica. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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