Buying a Home in Los Angeles by Neighborhood – Santa Monica

Originally posted on September 08, 2011

Search Homes for Sale in Santa Monica, Buying a Home in Santa MonicaBuying a home in Los Angeles can be a formidable task.  Where do you start?  There are so many neighborhoods to choose from each with its own unique personality.  Let’s start with:

Buying a home in Santa Monica

There are so many distinct areas of Santa Monica to choose from.  Do you want to live near the beach on Ocean Park?  Maybe you want to be able to stroll down Montana Avenue visiting the many boutiques and trendy restaurants?  Or you love luxury condo living where the Ocean Avenue condos would be just your style.

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Downtown Santa Monica, 90401:  Boundaries are South of California to Colorado and from 2nd to 14th St.  This area is primarily a business district with car dealerships, hotels,  and it includes the famous Third Street Promenade and the renovated Santa Monica Place mall.

North of Montana, 90402: One of the most expensive areas in the County, with trendy Montana being one of the few walk streets in the area with its upscale shops and restaurants.  Streets in this area include: Georgina, Marguerita, Alta, Caryle, Brentwood Terrace and the numbered streets from 4th through 26th.  17th through 22nd is Gillette’s Regent Square.  Two good elementary schools serve this area, Franklin, serving residents on 15th to the west side of 26th, and Roosevelt, 14th down to Ocean Ave.

North of San Vicente, 90402:  San Vicente is the northernmost street in Santa Monica and homes north of it are among the most expensive in Los Angeles County.  You have some spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Canyon.

North of Wilshire, 90403:  This is an area between Wilshire and Montana stretching east to around Centinela.  It is a heavily residental neighborhood made up of mid-sized homes and condominiums.  Lincoln Middle School is on 14th St.  Although not quite as expensive as the North of Montana  area North of Wilshire is still up there in price.

Ocean Avenue, 90402, 90403The main tourist hub, this area boasts an array of great ocean-front restaurants and hotels. Ocean Avenue also boasts some of the more upscale condo buildings in the city most with spectacular views of the Pacific.  Santa Monica pier is located at the intersections with Colorado and houses a carousel, amusement park and Ferris Wheel.

Ocean Park, 90405: this is a desirable, artsy neighborhood close to the ocean with a mix of older craftsman-type homes, apartments buildings and condos. Main street is a trendy walk street with great restaurants and boutique shopping.

Pico District, 90405:  The boundaries are  between Lincoln and Centinela and Colorado and Pico.  Pico District is where you can find record stores, a huge Saturday farmers’ market, great restaurants and clothing stores and it is the home of Santa Monica College.

Mid-City, 90404:  Stretching from 14th to Centinela, and Wilshire to Olympica, Midtown Santa Monica is a combination of residential, shops and businesses, with an emphasis on entertainment companies.  The residential make up in the area favors small income properties, condo and apartment buildings.  There is also a new performing arts center.

Sunset Park  90404: This is primarily are residential area with a mixture of upscale and older  single family homes.  Parts of Sunset Park are quite rustic also.  As you move towards the south east of this area you are closer to Santa Monica Airport, an extremely busy private airport.


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