It is safe to say that Santa Monica residents really love living in Santa Monica. Anything you want in Los Angeles you can find here: nice shopping, top rated restaurants, plenty of employment opportunities, and very pleasant weather. You cannot lose with making Santa Monica your home.
A fun way to dine out in the Santa Monica community is at the Santa Monica Food Truck Lot. Bring a chair or blanket and eat great food made by the SoCal Mobile Food Vendors. Visit the Palisades Park; a cliff-top 26-acre greenbelt perched over the Pacific with miles of lush greenery and shady palms for walking, resting, jogging, picnicking and bicycling.
In 2007 and 2008, the Zagat Survey voted Santa Monica best neighborhood dining in Southern California, offering an array of dining experiences. The Santa Monica pier also holds the world's only solar-powered Ferris Wheel! It also provides digital images and they change as you watch it.
Santa Monica is home to many Hollywood celebrities and executives, and is a mixture of affluent single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, professionals, and students. There is plenty to do and explore for families of all shapes and sizes.
The city of Santa Monica has a very low crime rate compared to surrounding communities. Never the less keep in mind just because you see sunshine and palm trees you are still in a big metropolitan area and always err on the side of caution.
The city is named after the Christian saint, Monica. Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century. The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core and significant job growth and increased tourism.
Santa Monica is a city with diverse neighborhoods. Each part is very vibrant and an exciting place to live for different reasons. City Center is great for shopping and dining out, but there’s not as much of a family friendly vibe. Northeast Santa Monica is sleepier, and definitely child friendly with plenty of green space, superbly safe, and fosters a neighborly spirit.
Santa Monica is a beach city, which feels like a small city within the large Metropolis of Los Angeles, yet is very self-contained. The beaches, bars, and amenities of Santa Monica attract all sorts of families to settle down here. The common factor in Santa Monica is being active. The residents make the most of the mountains, beach, and 26-mile bike path for biking, jogging and in-line skating along the Pacific Ocean.
The 3rd Street Promenade is a sprawling, open-air Pedestrian Boulevard particularly noted for its density of movie theaters, live “street” entertainment, retail shops and two bustling weekly farmers market. By night, the Promenade is the place to be, bustling with activity from moviegoers, party animals, and talented street performers.
With top notch dining, great shopping options, beautiful beaches, and sunshine all year round, the residents of Santa Monica are the happiest of people. It really is the place to make home.
Santa Monica is a commuting destination. Traffic can get heavy during rush hour. The city has received the Bicycle Friendly Community Award and runs its own bus service – the Big Blue Bus - which also serves much of west LA.
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