Santa Monica California is a city in its own right; it is in Los Angeles County; but it is not merely a district within Los Angeles City. Santa Monica is a beachfront city with the Pacific Ocean as one border; its other borders are with the LA City districts of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, West Los Angeles, Mar Vista and Venice. Many Hollywood movie and TV stars plus executives working in movies reside in Santa Monica in somewhat up market, exclusive neighborhoods; but the city also accommodates renters, surfers, professionals, and students.
A Resort Town
From the beginning the last century; Santa Monica developed a reputation for being a resort town, beside the Pacific, that enjoyed a climate officially classified as Mediterranean and where the sun shines on average for 310 days out of 365. The famed Santa Monica Pier dates back to 1909 and once boasted the largest ballroom in the USA. There are three major parks: Palisades Park which overlooks the ocean and includes picnic spaces and many other facilities: the 6 acre Tongva Park that includes an amphitheater: and the Santa Monica Stairs that provide an open air fitness route over the long set of steps that descend into (or climb out) of the Santa Monica Canyon.
Santa Monica has three main shopping districts: luxury boutique stores are mainly located to the north side of the city: Main Street is a mixture of retail outlets and wining and dining establishments: while Downtown is a pedestrian only shopping district that includes Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. The Downtown area has seen major redevelopment in recent years that has concentrated on mixing indoor with outdoor activities.
Linked to the Downtown development (especially along Ocean Avenue and close to Tongva Park) a multi-million dollar residential development has arisen in Santa Monica. The area has been transformed by residential towers rising up from stores and restaurants. Some of the residential units have been earmarked for subsidy to provide homes for middle income families chosen by lottery. But, for the two main towers; the aim is entirely focused on high end buyers seeking to own a Santa Monica Luxury Condo with ocean views from their windows and all the amenities of a resort city outside their elevator doors.
The Seychelle’s ninety-three exclusive residences are nestled along Santa Monica’s iconic shore, an idyllic location that transforms views facing the Pacific into an ever-shifting palette of infinite blue.