Santa Monica

Santa Monica


Santa Monica is a beachside community located along the Pacific coast, approximately 30 minutes west of downtown Los Angeles. The city is one of the top 10 sustainable places in the United States, and is known for its green building practices, eco-friendly dining establishments, and its claim of being a 100% renewable city. Santa Monica features open spaces, plenty of coastline for fun in the sand and surf, and an eclectic array of art galleries and retail shops. The city is extremely walkable, allowing for lazy days strolling patio cafes, fashion boutiques, sports shops, and modern architectural buildings.

The section of real estate that comprises Santa Monica is in high-demand, both for it’s proximity to the ocean and its quality of life, therefore houses, apartments, and hotels often command high prices. You can easily set aside a day or two exploring the sights and attractions in Santa Monica, and enjoying the pleasant weather that seems to permeate the city year round.

Santa Monica may be Los Angeles County’s most perfect city. The beauty of Santa Monica is that it has the bustle and excitement of a big city and the laid-back atmosphere of a seaside town. Where urban Los Angeles meets the Pacific, eclectic Santa Monica is a haven for organic dining, upscale shopping, progressive “green” practices and ordinances, and the leisurly beach lifestyle. Within 10 square miles or less, there are contemporary art galleries, luxury hotels, cozy beach bungalows, quaint coffee shops, and parks featuring live music concerts.

One of the most frequented attractions in Santa Monica is the Pier. Home to an arcade, carousel, amusement park, vendors, fairs, and restaurants, the Santa Monica Pier has something to offer everyone. A small aquarium and research facility, which is part of the Heal The Bay program, sits at the beginning of the pier. Santa Monica residents love buying fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers from the Farmers’ Market that is held weekly at the end of the 3rd Street Promenade. The Promenade, known as Downtown Santa Monica, is a pedestrian-friendly street lined with performance artists, restaurants, bookstores, movie theaters, and shopping outlets. On the south side of the Pier, locals take in games at the Chess Park, and exercise on famed Muscle Beach. Climb up the steps from the sand to Palisades Park, a wonderful stretch of grass and walking path that runs from Colorado Ave to San Vicente, and offers gorgeous views of the sun setting over the mountains to the north.

Favorite attractions are the Santa Monica Beach where you can swim, stroll, sun, cycle, skate, and enjoy more activities, Santa Monica Pier, home to the amusement park named Pacific Park and other amusements, world-famous Third Street Promenade, situated Downtown Santa Monica, known for its fine dining, weekly farmer’s market, great shopping, and entertaining street performers. Santa Monica is host to the annual Santa Monica Film Festival and visits to the free concert Twilight Dance Series, besides the Montana Avenue, Main Street, International Chess Park, and Ocean Park are worthwhile.




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