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There are numerous neighborhoods within Santa Monica, each with their own unique characteristics and qualities.

  • La Mesa Drive/North of San Vicente Blvd: San Vicente Boulevard is the northernmost major street in Santa Monica. Homes north of San Vicente and along secluded La Mesa Drive are among the most expensive Los Angeles County and often boast views of the Riviera Country Club, Pacific Ocean, or the Santa Monica Canyon. Home prices range between $5 million and $30 million, with lot sizes varying between 15,000 sqft and 60,000 sqft. Within this neighborhood are the famous Santa Monica Steps, a popular workout destination, as well as the distinguished Canyon Charter School.
  • North of Montana Avenue: This area's homes lie between San Vicente Boulevard and Montana Ave and consist of a mix of original ranch style homes and larger single family homes. West of 7th Street and East of Ocean Ave is the neighborhood noted by 100' x 220' foot lots, some of which have been subdivided into 50 x 220, which are coveted for their proximity to Palisades Park on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and wide streets with stately homes on deep 100' foot wide lots. Many of Santa Monica's historically significant land marked homes are located here, a few of which are designated as such in National Registry.   The Gillette's Regent Square tract, developed by King Gillette - the razor blade manufacturer, are 9,000 square feet on 60' x 150' lots. The Gillette Regent Square section is coveted by potential home buyers for the larger homes and wider lots and mature street trees.  In this family-friendly area, there are two distinguished public elementary schools, Roosevelt and Franklin, attendance is determined by whether families live east or west of 15th street. Montana Avenue is a popular shopping and dining destination where locals mingle with the rich and famous. Also, the North of Montana neighborhood is the only Santa Monica neighborhood that has its own privately funded 24-hour security patrol service.
  • Ocean Park: This neighborhood is located in the southwest corner of Santa Monica and is also known as SOOP (South Of Ocean Park). This area has a mix of older homes, new homes, apartment buildings, and condo towers. This area exudes an eclectic, artsy vibe akin to a bohemian beach lifestyle. Main Street is a popular destination for locals and tourists, with its mix of restaurants, cafes, retail shops, and weekly farmer's market.  Home prices range between 750,000 up to 5 million.
  • Ocean Avenue: This westernmost street in Santa Monica starts at the residential Adelaide Drive on the north end of Santa Monica and ends at Pico Boulevard. This street mostly runs parallel to Palisades Park, whose bluffs overlook Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica State Beach. Along Ocean Avenue, there are several luxury mid-rise and high rise condos with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Beach, Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains. Third Street Promenade is just two blocks east and the Santa Monica Pier is also close by at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
  • Santa Monica Canyon: Though not part of the city of Santa Monica itself, but part of the Santa Monica Post Office code 90402, Santa Monica Canyon is a misleadingly named adjacent neighborhood, facing out upon the Pacific Ocean. With winding roads and steep canyon walls this small enclave shares more with wooded Topanga Canyon than the city of Santa Monica. Home to musicians, movie stars, and aging beach bums, Santa Monica Canyon is part of the city of Los Angeles, and its Canyon Charter Elementary School is one of the most prestigious elementary schools in the LAUSD. The border between Santa Monica Canyon and the Palisades is Chautauqua Blvd
  • Downtown Santa Monica: This area is south of Wilshire Boulevard, between 2nd Street and 14th Street, and is known for its popular tourist, shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place are popular destinations with many retail shops, restaurants, and movie theaters for tourists and locals to indulge in. There is also a biweekly farmer's market on the Promenade that is popular with local chefs and foodies. The Santa Monica Pier is also located close to this area and is home to a famous Ferris wheel, Cirque du Soleil, and the family-friendly boardwalk.
  • Sunset Park: This is a residential area located between Pico Boulevard on the south and Lincoln Boulevard on the east. It's comprised mostly of single family homes and is located in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. This area is also home to Santa Monica airport and Clover park.

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Last updated on September 24th, 2017 at 12:46am EDT