Best Places to Live in Santa Monica

Situated along the Santa Monica Bay, Santa Monica is part of a larger area known as “Silicon Beach” due to the area’s fame for being the home of many startups and more than 500 tech companies. Santa Monica is located within Los Angeles County and is widely known for being a fantastic place to live. While Santa Monica is a beach community, it also offers city amenities, making it one of our favorite Westside cities.

Our Favorite Neighborhoods, Communities, and Condos in Santa Monica

Santa Monica residents love the beachy feel of the area combined with the convenience and access to jobs, dining, entertainment, and the conveniences of the city. While many of the residents are younger professionals, the area is incredibly diverse and home to highly-rated schools. While it can be cost-prohibitive, a short visit to Santa Monica will show you why -this is a highly desirable area that truly offers something for everyone.


Downtown Santa Monica is the most densely populated community on this list and is popular due to the convenience and walkability of the area. From the 3rd Street Promenade to the Farmer’s Market, residents love the convenience and diversity that this friendly community offers. Downtown offers a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, all just steps from the beach, making it popular with residents of all ages.

Downtown Santa Monica has few single-family homes, but there are a variety of condos throughout the area.

North of Montana

North of Montana is a highly desirable Santa Monica neighborhood, known for upscale homes, including many of Santa Monica’s significant landmarked homes. The neighborhood offers a mix of historic and newly built homes and has its own privately funded 24-hour security patrol. 


North of Wilshire, south of Montana, the Northeast neighborhood is primarily residential. Offering single-family homes, duplexes, and condo options, making it highly desirable for a variety of residents. The neighborhood is highly walkable with several convenient dining and shopping options available for residents. Northeast is known for being a diverse, highly educated neighborhood with great schools and a strong community.

Ocean Park

One of Santa Monica’s top-rated neighborhoods, Ocean Park offers an eclectic mix of private bungalows, condos, and apartments, mixed in with the area’s coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. In fact, Ocean Park has one of the nation’s highest proportions of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom real estate, taking up 85% of Ocean Park’s real estate. Ocean Park is the only neighborhood with direct flat beach access in Santa Monica.

Pico District

Pico is one of the area’s most affordable neighborhoods and with its variety of shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreational activities for residents, in addition to convenient access to the interstate, it's obvious why many young professionals love the Pico neighborhood. The highly rated schools and diversity attract young families to the area as well.

Sunset Park

An urban neighborhood with a suburban feel, Sunset Park is often compared to Ocean Park due to its eclectic mix of housing options and architectural styles. Sunset Park is a diverse, above-average-income neighborhood with great schools and a welcoming community. Sunset Park is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and parks.

Wilshire Montana

Located in the stretch between Wilshire Boulevard and Montana Avenue, the aptly named Wilshire Montana neighborhood is located about 40 blocks inward from the coast. This neighborhood is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods for condos/townhomes and also offers a mix of apartments & a small number of single-family homes.

Wilshire Montana is conveniently located near downtown, but far enough away that residents enjoy the quiet of single-family homes, complete with manicured yards. 


Located near Wilshire-Montana, Mid-City is an up-and-coming neighborhood that is often more affordable than many of the neighboring Santa Monica communities.  Mid-City offers a combination of single-family homes and condominiums, with a great mix of dining and entertainment.

Living in Santa Monica

Whether you prefer the privacy of an oceanfront home or the abundant amenities included in Santa Monica’s luxury condos, you’re sure to find the perfect place to call home in this charming beach community.

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