The city has a huge variety of activities, cultures, and lifestyles.
Just west of Los Angeles is the beachfront city of Santa Monica. With 90,000 residents, it’s a bustling right on the ocean that gets millions of visitors per year. The city has a huge variety of activities, cultures, and lifestyles. It’s no wonder that so many tourists come every year, due to its renowned cuisine, nice beaches, fun attractions, and great weather.
As a growing city, real estate in Santa Monica is highly desired. Most homes sell for at least $2 million, and you can expect to pay around $1300 per square foot.
Santa Monica residents live an outdoor lifestyle, taking advantage of the year round sunshine and accessible transportation that the area has to offer. Some residents like to travel to any of the major farmers markets throughout the city. Others like to explore the town by bike (which is easy since there are bike valets everywhere).
Another deep part of Santa Monica history is the Santa Monica Pier. What started as a water outlet for city waste has gone through many phases, making it the cultural hub it is today. The pier has served as a place to fish, home for Navy Warships, the birthplace of “Popeye the Sailor Man”, and entertainment venue. Today, it serves as a popular concert venue, with other attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Just under the Pier, you’ll find the original “Muscle Beach”. Have you ever been to a coastal town and spotted an area full of climbing bars, athletic beachgoers, and tanning spray? Believe it or not, that trend started in Santa Monica, dating back at least 80 years. It’s just another example of fitness’s major role in local culture.
Santa Monica is full of many outdoor activities and places to recreate. These include:
Apart from all of the tourist trap areas of the city, Santa Monica has some of the best dining in LA. Here are some of our favorites:
Santa Monica is a city with endless shopping options. There’s so many different shopping centers in the city to choose from! One of the biggest attractions is the Promenade on Third Street. Only accessible on foot, this street offers some of the biggest names in clothing like Old Navy, H&M, and more. It’s only a couple blocks from the beach, plus it has multiple theatres and comedy clubs.
For a more “local” sense of shopping, head down to Main Street. Here, you’ll find artisanal goods and handmade items. It’s also got a massive making it perfect for kids.
Another great shop spot is Montana Avenue downtown. A perfect spot for flea market lovers and adventurers of all types. You can also head down to Dermalogica, or find the newest designs in fashion at Jill Roberts (or any of the countless other designer clothing stores).
The city is big, and it can get overwhelming. For starters, stick to these gems:
● Burro - This cute store has everything you need to brighten your life. It’s got stationary, it’s got clothing, it’s got everything!
● The Westside - A California boutique that combines a relaxed vibe with ultimate luxury.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools, with an assortment of other K-12 options.
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