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Santa Monica is a coastal city in Los Angeles County,CA. Situated on Santa Monica Bay of the Pacific Ocean, it is surrounded by the City of Los Angeles. Santa Monica is named for Saint Monica of Hippo because the area on which the city is now located was first visited by Spaniards on her feast day. In the skateboard and surfing communities, Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood and adjacent parts of Venice are sometimes called Dogtown. Santa Monica is sometimes referred to with the colloquial abbreviation “SaMo.” Shopping is hugh here due to the 3rd Street Promenade outdoor street mall. Because of its agreeable weather, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century (I did not know that!). The city has experienced a boom since the late 1980s through the revitalization of its downtown core with significant job growth and increased tourism due to the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. We get a ton of tourist here honestly during the Summer months, you may want to ride the Bus to get here and save the parking and traffic headaches. Believe me, I know…I am a SM resident for more than 15 years in the Ocean Park and Beach areas.
Santa Monica Neighborhoods: Rustic Canyon, La Mesa Drive, North of Montana, Montana Avenue, North of Wilshire Neighborhood, Ocean Avenue, Midtown, Pico District, Ocean Park Neighborhood and the Sunset Park Neighborhood.
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The Rustic Canyon residential neighborhood is bordered approximately by Sunset Boulevard to the north, Chautauqua Boulevard to the west, lower Santa Monica Canyon to the south, and Amalfi Drive and Mesa Drive to the east. The neighborhood is between the main section of Pacific Palisades and the Brentwood neighborhoods of Los Angeles, and the Santa Monica Canyon neighborhood of Santa Monica. It is distinctly isolated by its canyon geography and narrow streets. The canyon and creek, with less development, run north of Sunset Boulevard past Will Rogers State Historic Park, and into natural habitat within Topanga State Park.
Rustic Canyon and Santa Monica Canyon are the southernmost of a series of coast-facing canyons which cut into the Santa Monica Mountains from Pacific Palisades through Malibu. Rustic Creek is one of the few in developed Los Angeles not in a concrete storm channel, until its confluence with Santa Monica Creek which flows into nearby Santa Monica Bay. The area is heavily wooded and lush with vegetation, including coast live oaks, California sycamores, various species of Eucalyptus, and many ornamental trees.
The narrow canyon’s geography gives it a significantly different microclimate, cooler and more moist, than most other areas of Los Angeles. Coastal fog is common year-round, winter lows rarely drop below 35°F, and summer highs rarely exceed 80°F. Due to its moister climate, and being surrounded by more dense suburban development, the canyon is less threatened by wildfires than other Santa Monica Mountains adjacent communities.
The properties in the canyon are within the 90272 zip code of Pacific Palisades or the 90402 of Santa Monica, though all are within the City of Los Angeles.
La Mesa Drive:
In the La Mesa Drive Neighborhood of Santa Monica, San Vicente Boulevard lies to the south.The streets north of San Vicente are generally considered a subsection of the North of Montana neighborhood, but distinguished because of La Mesa Drive. Homes on La Mesa Drive are among the most expensive in Los Angeles County and often contain views of the Riviera Country Club with peeks of the Pacific Ocean or the picturesque Santa Monica Canyon.
Lot sizes vary between 15,000 sq feet up to 60,000 sq feet. Home prices range from $5 million to $30 million. La Mesa Drive is one of the least known in the city. Planted with a dense canopy of rare Moreton Bay fig trees, the street makes a picturesque driving or walking location. Twenty blocks closer to the ocean the Santa Monica Steps are a popular set of 189 public steep steps that lead down into the canyon. Rather than being used as a convenient direct route from the Canyon Charter school to Adelade drive, they are more often utilized for intense workouts and are an excellent place for spotting sweating celebrities. Streets north of San Vicente are usually short and contain gated estates. North of San Vicente the streets are La Mesa Drive, La Mesa Way, Gale Place (Developed by one of the area’s prolific post-depression contractors, Cecil Gale), Woodacres Road, Esparta Way, Ermont Place, Foxtail Drive, Larkin Place, Winnett Place and Adelaide Place. This is part of the “North of Montana” 90402 zip code.
North of Montana:
The North of Montana Neighborhood (NoMo) consist of larger family homes of varying styles and age on larger lots.
The streets in this portion of Santa Monica are San Vicente Boulevard, Georgina Avenue, Marguerita Avenue, Alta Avenue, Carlyle Avenue, Brentwood Terrace, Ocean Avenue, and the “numbered streets” 4th Street, 7th Street, Lincoln Boulevard (where 8th Street would have been), 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, Euclid Street (which is where 13th Street would have been), 14th Street, 15th Street (the dividing line for Franklin versus Roosevelt Elementary schools), 16th Street, 17th Street (Which is where Gillettes’s Regent Square tract begins) 18th Street, 19th Street, 20th Street, 21st Street, 21st Place (this is Gillette’s cleaver extra street created by eliminating five alleys and narrowing streets, where the Gillette Regent Square tract ends and where 21st and a Half Street would have been), 22nd Street, 23rd Street, 24th Street, 25th Street and 26th Street. Most of the lot sizes are 7,500 square feet on 50′ X 150′ lots. The South of San Vicente, North of Montana streets provide an understated conventional walkable play-in-street feel. Among the streets South of San Vicente, the streets West of 7th Street are coveted for their proximity to Palisades Park on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and wide streets with stately homes on deep 100′ foot wide lots. The Gillette’s Regent Square tract, developed by King Gillette – the razor blade manufacturer, are 9,000 square feet on 60′ x 150′ lots. The Gillette Regent Square section is coveted by potential home buyers for the larger homes allowed under the very restrictive zoning laws, wider lots and mature street trees.