World-class shopping, a wide assortment of excellent restaurants and a broad, beautiful beach – Santa Monica, California, has it all. The city in western Los Angeles County also has a median home price of well over $1 million. But if the price tag doesn’t faze you, there are many beautiful homes to be had in Santa Monica. The city’s housing inventory includes single-family homes – ranging from newer construction to houses built in the 1920s – townhouses and plenty of condos.
A city of some 93,000 residents, Santa Monica is 15 miles from downtown L.A. and about 50 miles from Orange County. Several digital game development studios call the city home, including Activision Blizzard, SCE Studios Santa Monica and Riot Games. Other high-profile businesses, such as Universal Music Group, Lionsgate Film and TOMS Shoes, also have their headquarters in the city. Santa Monica has several high-ranking public schools, as well as many private school options. For higher education, Santa Monica College and The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles are located within the city. Additionally, there are many more colleges and universities located near Santa Monica, such as the University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University and University of California Los Angeles.
Just blocks from the beach, Santa Monica’s pedestrian-friendly Third Street Promenade – an easy place to spend an afternoon watching street performers – features a host of shops, restaurants, boutiques and bars, anchored by an indoor mall at one end. The nearby Santa Monica Pier has more dining options, as well as an arcade, a small amusement park and fishing area. In addition to its beach, Santa Monica has 27 neighborhood parks throughout the city. There also are a 20,000-square-foot skate park, a swim center and three community gardens. Santa Monica has more than 100 building that are designated as historic landmarks, including the art deco Georgian Hotel on Ocean Avenue, the Looff Hippodrome near the pier and Charmont Apartments on California Avenue. Always a creative community, Santa Monica is full of art galleries and studios, and plein air painters can be seen often practicing their craft. The Miles Memorial Playhouse is a popular venue for theatrical performances. And the J. Paul Getty Museum is just about 10 miles away. With all it has to offer, Santa Monica could be your coastal paradise. Look at our Santa Monica home listings to find the perfect place for you.