Own a home in Santa Monica
Home to one of most iconic beaches in California, this area boasts shopping, art, surf, sun, and fun!
There are 8 neighborhoods in Santa Monica, and each one has a different vibe. The sun is shining, the beach lifestyle is calling. So if you want to get your ocean breezes, check them out!
The downtown area is flourishing with premier shopping, top-notch restaurants, and hip hangouts. The streets that make up downtown Santa Monica are Wilshire Blvd, Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica Blvd, Broadway, and Colorado Avenue from 2nd street to 14th street. Both the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place boast amazing outdoor shopping and dining, and are the foundation of the SM downtown scene. Hotels such as Lowe’s, Viceroy, The Georgian, and Casa Del Mar are located on the coast downtown, on Ocean Avenue, which is the main road across coastal Santa Monica with ocean views and a hefty price tag. The popular Santa Monica pier is on Ocean Ave, as well as Palisades Park on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and prized real estate with full ocean and beach views. And for those looking to visit the neighborhood on a smaller budget, the funky and novelty Hotel California should still give a taste of the active beach life.
With it’s mix of high-rise condos, large homes, and smaller older homes, the Ocean Park neighborhood has become an artsy haven with an upscale beachy vibe. It runs from the beach to Lincoln Boulevard, and between Pico Boulevard and the southern city limits. Many tourists and locals alike enjoy walking Main Street, which has dining along with many boutiques, and also is the place to be for the Farmer’s Market on Sunday.
The Montana Avenue area is a mile of upscale stores and restaurants. Santa Monica loves cafes and coffee shops, and you’ll find coffee galore all condensed into this little area! Twice a year on this street, there is a neighborhood-wide sale and festival where stores give discounts, give free samples of food, or have ginormous sales. And then as you move north of Montana, you’ll notice larger family homes of varying styles and age on larger lots. The streets in this portion of Santa Monica are San Vicente Boulevard, Georgina Avenue, Marguerita Avenue, Alta Avenue, Carlyle Avenue, Brentwood Terrace, Ocean Avenue, and the “numbered streets”, 4th through 26th. This area feels different from the other coastline neighborhoods, with wide streets and AH-mazingly magnificent homes on deep 100′ foot wide lots. The last of the gigantic homes here (some even 6,000 sqft -11,000 sqft or larger!) that were allowed under the restrictive zoning laws are lusted after by home buyers. The street La Mesa Drive is tucked away but in this neighborhood, North of San Vicente, and where you will find celebrities working up a sweat by doing “The Steps”…189 steps that many flock to in order to get their crazy workout on. Homes on La Mesa Drive are among the most expensive in the County and often contain views of the Riviera Country Club with peeks of the Pacific Ocean or the beauteous Santa Monica Canyon. Known for around-the-clock patrol services, top-rated elementary schools, and outlandish Halloween parties, the North of Montana area brings in those desiring the finer things in life.
On the flip-side of Montana Avenue, real estate is still exceptionally expensive in the south of Montana neighborhood, albeit slightly less expensive than the more elegant properties north of Montana. Here it is primarily residential neighborhood, with mostly mid-sized homes and condominiums, with some Craftsman-style bungalows, laid on a grid of numbered streets.
The Pico area has boundaries between Lincoln Blvd to the west, Centinela Ave to the east, Olympic Ave to the north and Pico Blvd to the south. The 10 FWY runs through Pico (well, parallel to it), and this is the most ethnically diverse area with many middle-class businesses. It has Farmer’s Markets and live music at Virginia and Stewart Street Park.
With less congestion than the downtown and Montana areas, Midtown Santa Monica stretches from 14th street at the west and to Centinela at the east, and Wilshire Boulevard to Olympic Boulevard in its north and south. What used to be Craftsmans, Victorians and bungalows are now larger homes and condo complexes. Wilshire Avenue, a busy thoroughfare and the city’s primary gateway, borders the easternmost edge of Santa Monica and Brentwood.
Older, mid-century, one-story homes are found in Sunset Park, which is a residential neighborhood located between Pico Boulevard and the southern city limits and Lincoln Boulevard and eastern city limits. The small Santa Monica airport is on the south side, yet is now scheduled to close in 2028 and replaced by a park. Good! Healthier and greener!
The Metro is located in several spots around Santa Monica, so getting to and from these neighborhoods is now much easier. Especially over taking Wilshire or Lincoln!