Named after Saint Monica, this up-scale, beachfront city of 90,000 is the personification of what living in Southern California is all about! This separate municipality is part of LA County and is bordered by Pacific Palisades and Malibu to the North, Brentwood and West LA to the East and Venice/Marina del Rey to the South. Natives and tourists alike love its iconic landmarks including Palisades Park which overlooks the Pacific and it along with the Santa Monica Pier and the wide sandy beach that has its own biking/walking path have great views of the ocean, mountains and sunsets! Along with its incredible allure for tourists, it is also a popular haven for residents and many thriving, diverse businesses including the film industry and the many internet related enterprises.
While known for its affluent neighborhoods of single family residences and luxury ocean view condominiums, over two-thirds of the residents are renters. SM is known as one of the most environmentally activist municipalities in the US and has instituted a green building-code, promotion of water conservation and even has a strategic waste operations plan.
This famed resort town with its mild climate year-round, has been experiencing a recent boom with the revitalization of its downtown and has seen a significant growth in tourism and jobs. SM is also a haven for surfers, rollerbladers — a true mecca for all outdoor related activities. It also has many historic structures, world-class hospitals, several parks and hiking areas, shopping districts, tony hotels, top-rated public and private schools, state-of-the-art libraries, restaurants, a highly regarded community college system and well-known theaters, playhouses and places of worship.