Santa Monica

Santa Monica is ideal for those seeking an active but low-key luxury lifestyle within reach of robust amenities.

Welcome to Santa Monica

Sunny beach town with a cosmopolitan vibe
 
A tourist hotspot with a laid-back beach town aura, Santa Monica’s endless oceanside activities, big brand retail, and breathtaking panorama has made it a famous destination for fine dining, upscale shopping, and sun-soaked adventures on the beach.
 
Home to great schools, an iconic pier bustling with joggers, bikers, and thrill-seekers visiting its amusement park, Santa Monica is ideal for those seeking an active but low-key luxury lifestyle within reach of robust amenities. Lush tree-lined streets unfurl toward sleek apartment complexes endow you with unlimited ocean access while exquisite beachfront properties expose you to dreamy sunrises over the Pacific Ocean.
 

What to Love

  • A hub for high-end retail
  • Iconic boardwalk for bikers, joggers, and sight-seers
  • Stunning views and ocean breezes
  • 310 sunny days per year
  • Eco-friendly tech city
 

Local Lifestyle

Santa Monica’s bustling pier, pristine beaches, and lovely sunsets make this coastal city a destination for postcards. Many notable corporations have set up offices in Santa Monica, and this tech-fueled evolution of the town has earned Santa Monica alongside Venice and Alsace the collective moniker Silicon Beach. Life in Santa Monica reflects high quality, fostered by optimum convenience, an eco-friendly environment, and active outdoorsy culture.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Santa Monica’s retail scene is impossible to miss. Brimming with high-end luxury brands, fine dining restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and charming local shops, this city’s decadent ambiance enthralls even the most discerning foodies and shoppers. Don’t miss out on the treasures at Santa Monica Place, where designer brands lounge alongside popular chain eateries and pizza joints. But Downtown Santa Monica is really where the city’s heart lies. Sprawling with yummy grills, sophisticated jewelers, upscale fashion stores, and luxury retailers, this destination is a shopper's paradise. 
 
Visit Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery for hot overstuffed pastrami, tiramisu, and gourmet groceries. Pono Burger is the neighborhood Hawaiian haunt for delicious handcrafted fries, burgers, and milkshakes. Settle in at the Michelin-starred Rustic Canyon for a regal feast paired with wine, and be sure to stop in for craft beer at the storied Library Alehouse, one of Los Angeles’ earliest craft beer bars.
 

Things to Do

The Santa Monica State Beach epitomizes the glory of SoCal’s pristine beaches, a 3.5 miles stretch of sand and sea boasting green parks, picnic areas, playgrounds, and staffed lifeguard stations. Spend your afternoon lazing in the sun with your sunshades and umbrella or take an evening stroll along the shoreline, juice in hand as you feel the sand sift through your toes. Third Street Promenade is the crown jewel of this vibrant city, a great place for hangouts, window shopping, and late nights waltzing to live music in a pub.
 
Enjoy amusement rides on the Santa Monica Pier or cheer on street performers before staying back to watch a dreamy sunset over the pacific. Outdoorsy locals will enjoy hikes along the Trails of the Santa Monica Mountains, brimming with opportunities for horseback riding, dog walking, mountain biking, and even casual hikes.
 

Schools

Santa Monica is served by some of California’s top-rated schools, renowned for their innovative academic programs and outstanding extracurricular activities. Top educational opportunities include:
 
 

Overview for Santa Monica, CA

92,945 people live in Santa Monica, where the median age is 43 and the average individual income is $82,680. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

92,945

Total Population

43 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$82,680

Average individual Income

Around Santa Monica, CA

There's plenty to do around Santa Monica, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

83
Very Walkable
Walking Score
97
Biker's Paradise
Bike Score
70
Excellent Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Coco Chocolate Fountain Rental, PlayCreations Kids, and Goorus Yoga.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.6 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.23 miles 32 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.08 miles 24 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.21 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.22 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.8 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in Santa Monica, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Santa Monica. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
St Monica Catholic Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Garden Of Angels School
PRIVATE
PreK - 2nd
No rating available
Roosevelt Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Olympic High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Crossroads School For Arts & Sciences
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Waldorf Early Childhood Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
John Muir Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
Santa Monica Alternative (K-8)
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
Ps 1 Pluralistic School
PRIVATE
K - 6th
No rating available
Waldorf Early Childhood Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Pacifica Christian High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 9th
No rating available
Acton Academy Venice Beach
PRIVATE
1st - 9th
No rating available
Lighthouse Church School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Will Rogers Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Santa Monica Montessori
PRIVATE
K - 7th
No rating available

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