The brawny beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains and the scintillating shimmer of the Santa Monica Bay imbue Pacific Palisades with its own distinct allure. With an air of discreet, rarified grace that remains welcoming to newcomers, Pacific Palisades offers a robust, outdoorsy lifestyle tempered by style and sophistication. With civic, commercial and cultural hubs like Rick Caruso’s Palisades Village, the Getty Villa, the Eames House, Palisades Park, Will Rogers State Beach and the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, Pacific Palisades has attracted a large number of A-Listers including J.J. Abrams, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matt Damon, and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
Originally the home of Inceville, director Thomas Ince’s silent film studio, Reverend Charles H. Scott and the Southern California Methodist Episcopal Church purchased the land in 1922 and founded Pacific Palisades as a religious-intellectual commune. From tents, to cabins, to multi-million dollar homes, Pacific Palisades’ wild beauty and air of intellectuality has attracted global thinkers like Thomas Mann, East Coast aristocrats and L.A.’s glitteratti, who relish the town’s easy access to the city and remote feel that makes the area a place unto itself.
Today Pacific Palisades is home to 25,507 residents (according to the Los Angeles Times “Mapping L.A.” project) who live within 22.84 square miles, ranking it amongst the lowest density neighborhoods in L.A. County. With a median household income of $160,570 and average home price of $2.89 million, Pacific Palisades is one of L.A.’s most elite places. Part of LAUSD, Pacific Palisades has three elementary schools, one middle and one high school, as well as seven private institutions. If you are looking for shangri-la by the sea, Pacific Palisades is the place.
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