Santa Monica

Santa Monica neighborhoods include Gillette's Regent Square, North of Montana, Ocean Avenue, Ocean Park, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Canyon, Sunset Park and West of 7th/North of Montana.

Santa Monica is situated south of Pacific Palisades and north of Venice Beach. Its ZIP codes are represented by the 90401 to 90405 numbers. Santa Monica is known for its beautiful beach, immense pier, Third Street Promenade, and eclectic art community. Its style is cutting edge, chic, and avant-garde which is why real estate here is a hot commodity.

New and old constructions can be found within Santa Monica. Most of the older beach and California Craftsman-style cottages and Spanish-style bungalows have been restored. North of Montana is a highly desirable area where larger homes representing Traditional, Mediterranean, and Cape Cod-styles can be found. Santa Monica contains 23 parks and 2 swimming pool facilities; it also seems to have less smog and traffic than other neighboring Los Angeles areas. Its estimated population is 84,000 and its median age is 39. There are roughly 44,500 households and of these households 38% have children. Schools are under the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District unlike most of the neighboring communities which are served under Los Angeles Unified School District. There are three high schools, two middle schools, and ten elementary schools in the district.

Santa Monica has its own police and fire departments and is governed by its own City Council. It has its own small airport that serves local businesses and amateur pilots; the Big Blue Bus also provides public transportation within the city and beyond its limits.

For the shopper, Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is three blocks of pedestrian only restaurants and shops. Santa Monica Place is located at the end of the Promenade which offers 165 additional stores. For one-of-a-kind shops, Main Street, will suit your needs and Montana Avenue features 150 more unique restaurants and boutiques.

Distances from Santa Monica(in miles)
Beverly Hills 7
Disneyland 45
Downtown LA 13
Getty Center 10
Hollywood 12
LAX 8
Malibu 8
San Diego 159
Santa Barbara 80
UCLA/Westwood 5
Venice Beach 5

Gillette's Regent Square

This tract was developed by none other than the world-renowned razor blade king, King C. Gillette. In 1910, Gillette decided to leave his company and invest all of his money into real estate. Originally, the Regent Square ran from 15th Street to 21st Place; but now the area is bounded by 17th street, 21st Place, and the five blocks between San Vicente and Montana. Gillette Square is different from the rest of Santa Monica in that its lot sizes are typically much larger than other areas. The lot sizes average 9,000 square feet (roughly 60 ft. wide by 150 ft. deep).

North of Montana

This area is the most desirable and upscale area in all of Santa Monica. North of Montana extends up from the famous Montana Street to San Vicente Blvd. The homes in this area are mostly estate homes and are positioned on lots of 50' x 150'.

  • Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition
  • Boundaries: North Wilshire Blvd, South Montana Avenue, East 21st, West- the
  • Beach
  • Rob Rader, Chair
  • P.O. Box 607
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • 90406-0607
  • (310) 840-2257
  • info@wilshiremontana.org
  • North of Montana Association
  • Boundaries: North-city limits, South-Montana Ave, East-city limits, West-ocean
  • Email:NOMA@SMNOMA.org
  • NOMA
  • 1112C Montana Avenue
  • Santa Monica, CA 90403
  • Web site

Ocean Avenue

This area offers luxury condominiums which are famous for their breathtaking ocean views.

Ocean Park

This area is the southern part of Santa Monica. Most residents are first-time buyers and for those with children, Ocean Park, has a great public school system.

  • Ocean Park Community Organization
  • Boundaries: North-Pico Blvd, South-City limits, East-Lincoln Blvd, West-the beach
  • Email: info@opco.org
  • Web site

Santa Monica Beach

The beach at Santa Monica is notorious for its fun filled pier. It was originally built in 1909 and features its 1920s carousel, which is now a National Historic Landmark, a 5-story high roller coaster, and a 9-story solar powered Ferris wheel. The beach and pier are open all 365 days of the year and offer parking for $6-$8.

Santa Monica Canyon

A rustic community that lies between Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades and makes up less than one square mile. It contains hidden stairways, ocean views, abundant greenery, and a fantastic park that features tennis courts and a playground--all open to the public. The ocean can be accessed from any residence in the area due to two access tunnels that run under the Pacific Coast Highway. The main entrance into the community is marked by a giant green sign for Patrick's Roadhouse; it is located at the corner of Entrada Drive and Pacific Coast Highway.

In the 1800s, one would find original adobe houses in what was known as the Rancho Boca de Santa Monica. Now known as Santa Monica Canyon, the community was annexed to Los Angeles in 1925 and later subdivided in the 1930s. Architecturally, the canyon consists of many styles, such as, log cabins, Spanish haciendas, contemporary homes, Craftsman-style houses, and beach cottages. Many of these houses are hidden amongst the shrubs and greenery and behind grand gates.

The Canyon has a small-town, country-feel; neighbors are more than just acquaintances, the air is fresh, and local restaurants are easily accessible. Residents here love to work out; one can enjoy the 22-mile bike path along the beach, or the six different stairways that people love to climb.

There are two local community groups that stay up to date on crime and traffic/zoning violations; these groups are BOCA and the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association. These groups help to pl
ant trees, fill potholes on sidewalks, replace and install trash bins and park benches, and clean-up graffiti. The groups are now working hard to have speed bumps put-in on Mabery Road and to restore Rustic Canyon Park.

The main inconvenience in the Santa Monica Canyon is parking. On the weekends and during the summer, it is difficult to find street parking availability. Secondly, the quality of the water at Will Rogers Beach has been rated F many times by Heal the Bay. Heal the Bay grades beaches on a weekly basis measuring the bacterial pollution levels in the water. Hopefully, when the city institutes the Low Flow Diversion Project, the problem will improve.

The only school in the Canyon is Canyon Charter Elementary School which is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. On the 2010 Academic Performance Index scale of 1,000, the school scored an 956. Because of the abundance of new residents, there is a lottery for admission into the school for those that are non-residents. Slightly older children attend middle school at Paul Revere and high school kids attend Palisades High School. It is not uncommon for parents to send their children to private schools located elsewhere on the Westside.

Within the Canyon there are 944 single-family residences and around 200 apartments are located at the base of the canyon.

Sunset Park

Sunset Park is a place where neighbors are young and old, the community gathers together for block parties, and residents can be seen socializing in the parks or along Ocean Park Boulevard. Sunset Park has 2,708 single-family houses, 739 condominiums and 699 apartment units.

Unlike most of the early settlers in Santa Monica, the beach was not the deciding factor for the 40,000 factory workers moving into the Sunset Park area in the 1940s. The Douglas Aircraft brought in many residents originally, but today, residents are more likely to be professional couples with young children. The area boasts well-respected schools and unparalleled climate. The area is encompassed by Lincoln and Pico boulevards; Sunset Park houses around 29,000 residents.

The city has its own fire department and police station; one can rest assured that any problems will be taken care of in minutes. Santa Monica is a great location for those who commute; it is a short distance to just about everywhere. It also features amazing shopping districts, such as Main Street, Third Street Promenade, and Montana Avenue. However, one will always pay the price for such luxuries; these areas attract many tourists which contribute to the grid-locked streets and lack of parking. Another downside to Santa Monica is the air traffic noise; Santa Monica is home to the busiest single-runway in the nation, in effect, the noise is always constant.

Many of the homes were built in the mid-twentieth century; most are one-story and traditional in architectural style. However, remodeled/upscale homes can be found on Sunset, Ashland, and Hill streets. Although some homeowners have begun constructing "monster mansions," the city has made revisions to the building code, enforcing smaller second stories and deeper setbacks.

Sunset Park's schools are within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. For the 2010 Academic Performance Index, Will Rogers score was unavailable and Grant Elementary scored 755. The middle school, Adams Middle School, scored 698. Schools that do not report API scores are schools such as the alternative school and Spanish-immersio
n school both located in Santa Monica as well. Last but not least, the community college called Santa Monica College enrolls around 31,000 students per year.

Sunset Park is without a doubt one of the more expensive areas to live on the Westside. For example, a lot alone can cost between $500,000 and $600,000. However, compared to the lots north of Montana which cost more than $1 million, some may find that Sunset Park is a bargain!

West of 7th /North of Montana

Primarily developed in the 1910s and 1920s, this neighborhood is one of the area's best. Various styles make up the architecture of these large homes and new constructions are the finest in design and quality.

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