Welcome to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills
Beachfront homes and luxury estates close to world-class dining and shopping
Santa Monica is as picturesque a beach town as you can get. It’s bordered by the mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Santa Monica Pier is always bustling with locals and tourists, and Ocean Boulevard is lined with upscale outdoor dining. You’ll find spacious single-family homes along palm tree-lined streets, modern beachfront cottages, and luxury high-rise condominiums. All have ocean views or easy access to the beach.
Beverly Hills is all about the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Spanish villas, Tuscan-style estates, and sleek contemporary mansions line immaculate streets. The residential areas are quiet and peaceful, but the shops around Rodeo Drive are always bustling with people. On Rodeo Drive, the streets are lined with every luxury and designer brand, including Cartier and Hermes. Bugattis and Ferraris are parked out on the street as wealthy patrons peruse the stores or take leisure lunches.
What to Love
Warm and sunny weather year-round
A diverse mix of architecture
Plenty of shops and restaurants
Bustling main streets
Upscale dining and indulgent day spas
Santa Monica has a definite beach vibe, with plenty of active people jogging, biking, or surfing in the glorious weather. There are even yoga classes out on the sand. In Beverly Hills, you’ll find residents in designer suits and dresses while they are out and about. It’s a mix of laid-back and upscale chic.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
In Beverly Hills, Mastro’s Steakhouse
serves decadent entrees and is always bustling with diners talking over cocktails before dinner. Cut by Wolfgang Puck
and Mr. Chow
are also very popular.
If you’re looking for a social night out, Santa Monica has a lot of bars and lounges open late, even on weekdays. Harvelle’s
is great for live music. The Bungalow
is an upscale hangout with a retro theme. Elephante
is a restaurant, bar, and beach house that has incredible views from its Sunset Room and a live DJ throughout the night.
For shopping, the 3rd Street Promenade
and Santa Monica Place have retail shops, boutique stores, and numerous other eateries. On Sundays, Main Street Farmers’ Market
and Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
have organic produce, baked goods, and artisanal vendors.
Things to Do
The stretch of coastline along Santa Monica Beach is perfect for swimming, surfing, paddling, or sunbathing. Set in what was once a Hearst mansion, Annenberg Beach House
is a community facility with a historic outdoor pool and event spaces.
A short drive away, Will Rogers State Historic Park
and Temescal Canyon Park
have networks of trails and several viewpoints. In the summer, there are outdoor concerts, festivals, and marathons on Santa Monica Pier. This is also a great place for people-watching.
In Beverly Hills, Rose Gardens Park has jogging paths, public art, and the iconic Beverly Hills sign. In the holiday season, Two Rodeo hosts an elaborate tree-lighting ceremony complete with concerts and fireworks.