Known throughout the world for its stunning beaches, iconic amusement pier, outstanding shopping, dining and lodging, and some of L.A.’s most diverse, desirable and deluxe residential neighborhoods, Santa Monica is the quintessential SoCal beach community. From the hustle and bustle of the Third Street Promenade and Montana Avenue, to the ambling pathways and stunning ocean views of Palisades and Tongva Parks, to the environmental splendors of the Santa Monica Stairs, to world-class screenings at the annual Santa Monica Film Festival, this neighborhood has something for everyone and then some.
Originally home to the Tongva people, modern-day Santa Monica was first developed in the 1870s when the Los Angeles and Independent Railroad built a line that connected the community and its wharf with L.A. Over the next few decades hotels and amusement piers began sprouting up and Santa Monica became an in-demand seaside destination for those looking for a relaxing escape. The completion of the Santa Monica Freeway in 1966 further connected the neighborhood to Greater L.A. and made it a viable option for those who wanted the advantages of coastal living while working in Hollywood, DTLA, Pasadena and beyond.
Santa Monica’s temperate Mediterranian climate and average 310 days of sunshine serve as a major draw for the town’s 89,736 residents (2010 U.S. Census). With a median household income of $73,649 and average home price of $1.6 million, Santa Monica manages to be an upscale area that is home to a diverse population. Santa Monica is served by the LAUSD, which maintains eight elementary, three middle and three high schools, and boasts 11 private schools. Santa Monica is like living life on holiday.
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