Santa Monica covers 8.5 square miles of land from the Pacific Ocean inland towards the 405 Interstate. With a population of almost 93,000 people, the total number of housing units is approximately 50,912 with a median value currently estimated at over $1 million. As of 2014, the median household income was $74,534. Santa Monica is considered part of the “Westside” region of Los Angeles. That is, it sits west of the 405 Interstate. Bordered by the manicured Pacific Palisades and Brentwood communities to the north and east, respectively; Santa Monica is bordered on the south by the eclectic Venice Beach community. A surfer’s paradise itself, Santa Monica is known for its 3.5 miles of sandy coastline along the Pacific Ocean boasting numerous playgrounds, bike paths, the clifftop Pallisades Park, and the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. This beachside community is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Every Friday in the summer – 20-40 of my “mom” friends gather near Annenberg Beach House and spend the day talking, laughing, swimming and eating with our kids. I use to live off Wilshire Blvd. about a mile from the beach. I liked being close to the beach but there are alot of homeless in Santa Monica and parking can be difficult. 3rd Street is closed off to traffic and fun for shopping but gets very crowded with tourists. Santa Monica is well known for its affluent single-family neighborhoods (especially North of Montana!) but also has many neighborhoods consisting primarily of condominiums and apartments. Over 2/3s of Santa Monica’s residents are renters. Rent control is a big issue for landlords. Contact me for more info. Pictured above is the world famous Santa Monica Pier – fun for locals and tourists.