WHERE is Santa Monica?
If beach cities across America could gather and talk, my guess is that there would be lots of location envy when it comes to Santa Monica. Few beach cities anywhere in the world feature such a proximity to a renowned city like Los Angeles. New Yorkers trek two hours to the Hamptons. Parisians find themselves over eight hours from the South of France. Santa Monica, a seaside delight is 18 driving minutes due west from mid-city and within 30 minutes of Downtown Los Angeles (and no, not at 2 AM, but yes, presuming light traffic).
WHAT characterizes Santa Monica?
Santa Monica thrives as a small metropolis as well as a beach town. For travelers, Santa Monica works wonders as a vacation getaway providing both city attractions (great dining, shopping, art galleries and nightlife) and the ample stretch of Pacific Ocean beach to walk, ride, sit or surf. For residents, Santa Monica has the density of a city, minus overcrowding, replete with all conveniences of city living in a glorious ocean side setting. From the fun attractions on Santa Monica Pier to the varietal restaurants on Ocean Avenue to the specialized shops on Montana or onto the
shopping/entertainment mecca of the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica offers something for everyone, even me, a die-hard city dweller! The choices for residences range from multi-million dollar homes set in the flats or the canyons to condos and apartments peppered throughout the city. (See below for additional info about living.) An ethos of protecting the environment has emerged as a central theme in Santa Monica reflected in the styles of homes, the variety of transportation options and the mindset of its population.
WHO is in Santa Monica?
Given the superfluity of outdoor activities, Santa Monica attracts the fitness-minded and health conscious. In fact, for the farm to table cook, the Wednesday Farmers Market is arguably the best in Southern California. With an impressive commitment to being green, Santa Monica appears to have as many bicyclists as drivers. At night, you are more likely to find a preppy casual partygoer than a black-clad late night owl. A lively college and just post-university crowd have found their S.M. haunts along Main St. or Wilshire Blvd. in which to get their flirt on. As for the older set partaking in Santa Monica nightlife, don’t be surprised if Tom Hanks and his wife are dining near your table. And you’re less likely to find me and my over the knee black boots on a Friday night in Santa Monica than you are Jack Black and his family.
DINE AT THE TOP:
DINE IN THE MID:
Tar and Roses
DINE ON A BUDGET:
DRINK RESPONSIBLY AT:
SHOP TIL YOU DROP:
Santa Monica Place
Shops on Main St.
Third Street Promenade
LIVE (and thrive) HERE:
Condos average $600,000
Single Family Residences average $800,000
A one-bedroom apartment averages $1200/month
The coastal city of Santa Monica with its picturesque beaches, ideal climate and dramatic cliffs has wide appeal for visiting and even grander appeal for staying! I feel like a little kid whenever I catch sight of the mammoth Pacific Ferris Wheel and the arcade below it. And when tasting red wine in the intimacy of Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi, I might as well be an Italian princess on the Mediterranean. Santa Monica – a California haven.
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