Santa Monica

population 92,478
med. household income med. income $74,534
med. home value $1,405,700 $1,405,700

Santa Monica is easily the most desirable coastal city in Los Angeles. As its own municipality, the city’s distinct architecture and infrastructure establish it as a West Coast metropolis with the heart of a beach town. Adjacency to Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Venice, and Mar Vista mean that the neighborhood has access to the most affluent and breathtaking coastal cities in L.A.


Santa Monica Pier draws out tourists and locals alike.


Santa Monica encapsulates the best of Southern California living. It’s undeniably a city—a small metropolis right on the sand. Santa Monica works hard and it plays hard too. With expansive beaches, mountains and canyons to explore, and an engaged civic spirit, it’s no wonder Santa Monica is one of the most desirable places to live. Homes in Santa Monica run the spectrum from multi-family apartment buildings and condominiums to Spanish bungalows and modern design. Streets are wide and walkable, and business districts are vibrant and trendy.

Santa Monica is a classic beach town with a small city sophistication
The parks and sunshine in Santa Monica inspire an active lifestyle.


Santa Monica has a bit of a reputation for a powerful gravitational pull—once you’re there, why leave? There are plenty of reasons but also plenty to stay. The Broad Stage in Santa Monica has a packed calendar to satisfy arts enthusiasts. Film buffs have their choice of movie theaters, from the artsy Aero Theatre to the luxurious ArcLight. Some of the best restaurants in all of Los Angeles are in Santa Monica—add to that the legendary farmers markets and you have yourself a foodie paradise. Shoppers peruse the boutiques of Montana Avenue and Main Street, and the shops of the Third Street Promenade. From the beach path to the many parks, green medians and trails, Santa Monica is a destination for runners, cyclists and hikers. Santa Monica is just as happy to be on the move as it is a destination for a relaxing beach day.

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  • Lifestyle

    Santa Monica has become synonymous with a laidback but hustling way of life. It draws people from the tech and entertainment industries, the start-up world and creative types, always.

    Because of all the city offers, residents are active and engaged in city life, culture, schools and social scene.

Great Schools Ratings 9
Canyon Elementary School 10/10
Franklin Elementary School 10/10


Ratings Average 9
Canyon Elementary School 10/10
Franklin Elementary School 10/10

Santa Monica schools share a district with Malibu. Local public schools in the district include John Muir Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Franklin Elementary School, John Adams Middle School, and Santa Monica High School, among others. Ninety six percent of students graduate from the high schools in the district and many continue on to higher education.

  • Real estate

    Santa Monica real estate is hot. Home values climbed up 7 percent from 2015 to 2016, making the median home worth about $1.4 million. Santa Monica is also a hot rental market.

    It’s a center of business in LA County, so it draws young professionals who seek the lifestyle and a short commute to work.


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