Santa Monica

A quintessential L.A. city with a mixture of serene and bustling city life.


A premier beach city, Santa Monica combines bustling city life with relaxed, serene California living to create a quintessential Los Angeles vibe. One of the best things about living in Santa Monica is being able to choose between living in a tourist-heavy metropolitan area or the private suburban community north of Montana Avenue. 

As one of several California beach cities, Santa Monica ranks among the top and offers easy access to Venice and Malibu. In a way, Santa Monica is the yin to Los Angeles's yang—and for many, that's part of its appeal.  

What to Love

People & Lifestyle 

Santa Monica is a fantastic place to live that’s full of families, young adults setting foot in the workforce, retirees, and creatives. Thanks to its clean streets, excellent school system, outdoor recreation, vibrant arts scene, and beautiful beaches, people flock to the area. Many enjoy indulging in authentic beach living and appreciate the city’s ample career opportunities. 

Santa Monica offers the best of big and small city life with plenty to do and see—even for long-time residents. Economic sustainability and green initiatives are significant parts of the lifestyle here, which makes it attractive to people who like to volunteer and give back to their planet and community. Santa Monica is a happening place perched on the precipice of cutting-edge innovation and societal changes.  

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Santa Monica is a premier shopping destination that attracts people from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area. Residents flock to Downtown Santa Monica, where the luxurious Santa Monica Place anchors the Third Street Promenade.

Home to more than 80 retailers, this complex features a diverse array of entertainment, dining, and shopping opportunities. With everything from restaurants serving craft cocktails to street performers and movie theaters, the Promenade has something for everyone. It's also easily accessible with the Metro Expo Line running between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica.  

Main Street near Venice and the eclectic neighborhood of Montana Avenue are also popular spots to indulge in a little retail therapy.  

Dining and bar options in Santa Monica are seemingly neverending. Grab drinks at the Calabra Rooftop bar at Santa Monica Proper Hotel or hit up the retro-style Bungalow with their surf-themed billiards room. Esters Wine Shop is an Art Deco bar serving bite-sized gourmet snacks while Milo + Olive is famous for its wood-fired pizza. 

Before hitting the beach, Bay Cities Italian Deli is a local treasure known for its trademark overstuffed sandwiches, which make for the perfect picnic lunch.

Things to Do

One of the best things about living in Santa Monica is that there is no shortage of things to do. Whether you want to soak up the sun at Santa Monica State Beach or go on a jog through Palisades Park, your options are virtually unlimited. 

Take your family to the Santa Monica Pier, which sits at the end of Colorado Avenue and features a concessions stand, a small amusement park, an arcade, a café, and fishing areas. Visitors enjoy walking the pier before heading to Santa Monica Beach or vice versa. 

The Annenberg Community Beach House, formerly the sprawling 110-room Marion Davies Estate, is a renovated building open to the public (no membership required!) that weaves together historical elements with modernized amenities. The house’s historic pool remains alongside a children's play area, a splash pad, scenic views, and a gallery. 

For groceries, there's no better place for fresh produce than the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Strolling through the open-air location, you might even run into some of the most renowned chefs in the entire city as they shop for restaurant supplies.


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is home to multiple top-notch schools. 

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