Santa Monica is the most populous beachfront city in Los Angeles County. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Mar Vista on the east and Venice on the south.
Partly because of its agreeable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core, significant job growth and increased tourism - with the iconic Santa Monica Pier being the most popular destination. It is also home to many of the new tech business that have come to town in the last decade as part of “Silcon Beach.”
Santa Monica has a very robust real estate market, and property values remain consistently high over the last few decades because of the high-ranked public schools, open park space and access to the beach (among other things). When searching for real estate, it’s helpful to break Santa Monica up into different sections, depending on your needs and lifestyle. The Ocean Park neighborhood (which runs north to south along Main Street and is bordered by Pico Blvd. and Rose Avenue), is great for people who want quick access to the beach and the nightlife of Main Street. North of Montana Avenue in the northern edge of Santa Monica tends to be quieter, with more open space and large single family homes. And Sunset Park, adjacent to the regional Santa Monica airport, has something for everyone!
If you’re interested in buying in Santa Monica, call our office so that we can connect you with a neighborhood specialist: (310) 314-7700.