Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades


Pacific Palisades is an affluent community located at the base of the hilly terrain of the Santa Monica Mountains, just west of Brentwood and north of Santa Monica. Situated within the city of Los Angeles’ boundaries, Pacific Palisades is bordered by the small town of Topanga to the west, and is said to be set “where the mountains meet the sea.”

Pacific Palisades houses many celebrities and executives, and is comprised of large view estates, modest single-family homes, condos, and apartments. The community began as a religious commune, and over the years was infiltrated by multi-million dollar properties owned by the Hollywood elite, LA famous, and successful business people. For years, the consumption and sale of alcohol was banned in Pacific Palisades, and while the religious atmosphere has changed, the extravagance in some of the homes and retail shops is still tempered by a laid-back, low-key lifestyle. Pacific Palisades is home to Paramahansa Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, a peaceful sanctuary overlooking the Pacific Ocean that was erected in 1950.

Pacific Palisades residents enjoy a small-town feel, combined with a picturesque beachside setting. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual 5k and 10K run, along with a parade that takes place every Fourth of July. The festivities are followed by fireworks at Palisades High School. Pacific Palisades has several beautiful parks, including Will Rogers State Park, and Temescal Canyon Park, a pocket park with a children’s playground, picnic facilities, and incredible views of the ocean. Families spend days hiking on the nature trails that run through the hills, and strolling the shops and cafes in The Village, Pacific Palisades “downtown” that also serves the community with banks, churches, yoga studios, and medical offices. The Palisades Recreation Center features barbeques, a basketball court and baseball diamond, a gym, kitchen, and stage.

Neighborhood children attend school at one of three elementary campuses, Paul Revere Charter Middle School, and Palisades High School, known around the area as simply “Pali High.” Pacific Palisades is under the jurisdiction of the LAPD and LAFD.

A population of 27,000 call Pacific Palisades home. Housing is spread out in several separate areas, including Marquez Knolls, which offers large homes with spectacular views and Palisades Highlands, an area close to Topanga Canyon. Others live in The Bluffs along Sunset Boulevard, and in Castellammare, a charming enclave located steps from the Getty Villa and adorned with Italian street names. The median household income in Pacific Palisades is $168,000.

Major attractions include the J. Paul Getty Museum with the Getty Villa; Will Rogers State Historical Park great for picnics and polo matches; The Lake Shrine, resting place for a portion of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes; Sunset beach; The Palisades Center with barbecue pits, basketball, baseball, tennis courts, and other facilities. Enjoy hiking trails like the Temescal Canyon Trail, Temescal to Will Rogers, Inspiration Point Trail, Los Liones Trail, visit the Rustic Canyon Park and Temescal Canyon Park, and witness the annual Parade held on July 4 with marching bands, cowboys and floats.




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