Travel Tuesday: Santa Monica

Santa MonicaOnly 12 km from the LAX Airport and less than an hour away from Disneyland, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Malibu, Venice and the Universal Studios Santa Monica is a beautiful place to live. It is, enclosed of everything nice you could ever imagine.

Santa Monica, bordered by Los Angeles on three sides, has a size of 21km2 and owns more than 420 acres of public open greens and parks. There are over 89,000 inhabitants living in this beautiful city with its fabulous ocean views and spacious beaches.

In Santa Monica you usually get around 310 days of sunshine combined with cool breezes, nice temperature and fresh, clean air.

There is no day like the other and the leisure facilities are endless. Start your trip with coffee on Main Street. A street with great history as the first Starbucks in California opened on Main Street as well as the first Ben & Jerry’s Store. You can browse around in the historical Ocean Park Library built in 1918 or step into the California Heritage Museum built in 1924. There is also an annual summer festival on Main Street with bands playing their music program.

You can walk down the 3.5 mile beaches, go cycling, play beach volleyball, watch movie shots, go swimming, surfing, fishing or just relax. There are lifeguard stations all over and the city of Santa Monica cleans the sand every day. There is also a trash valet service to make sure that the beaches are nice and clean every day. You can workout at Muscle Beach, an outdoor gym directly on the beach or just run the Santa Monica stairs north of San Vicente into Santa Monica Canyon.

The world famous Santa Monica Pier with its amusement park, a carousel, arcade, shops, trapeze school, restaurants and its summer outdoor concert events is a great attraction during the whole year and wonderful to look at in the evenings.

Downtown Santa Monica you find the 3rd Promenade with many shops and restaurants to enjoy. Many street artists are there to make music, dance or just entertain the kids. There is the Farmers Market twice a week with the freshest products from locally grown farms like high quality flowers, fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, baked goods and seafood. It has around 1 Mio visitors per year and serves live music and chef exhibitions – a great way to enjoy your Saturday with your family. At the end of 3rd Street Promenade you will find the Santa Monica Place, a Mall designed by famous Frank Gehry who lives in Santa Monica and designed many interesting buildings of great modern architecture.

There is the Bergamot station, the largest art gallery complex and cultural center in Southern California. (8 acres)There, you find contemporary art galleries, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, several architecture and designs firms as well as a café and a frame shop.

Take a walk to Montana Avenue, 10 blocks with over 150 shops, boutiques, restaurants and skin and body care shops. You will find Engel & Voelkers Santa Monica there. Montana Avenue is a high-end shopping neighborhood and has great events for visitors. At least there was the Halloween Hop when kids came into the shops asking for trick or treats and having fun. The next event will be the Holiday Walk on Dec-6th right before Christmas.

At the end of your Santa Monica Day you can walk along the Pacific Palisades on Ocean Avenue and watch the beautiful and always colourful sunset.

If you’re planning a visit or move to Santa Monica, Engel & Vӧlkers are in the perfect position to help make that big first step feel a little bit smaller. With offices across the globe, our experienced staff can talk you through all the finer points of expanding your portfolio to include properties in Santa Monica. Start browsing our range of fantastic luxury properties on the E&V Santa Monica website now.

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