Santa Monica is aimed at the high end traveler. The beach resorts are 5-star expensive.
The ocean view restaurants include some of the best in the world - with prices that match the prestige.
Naturally, we thought Santa Monica real estate would be impossibly spendy. Wrong!
Unlike well-known nearby cities - Malibu and Bel Air come to mind here - where home buying comes with multi-million dollar listings only, Santa Monica's offerings are as diverse as the city itself.
Santa Monica homes for sale range from those with breathtaking oceanfront views to more modest homes blocks from the beach for a fraction of the price.
We feel in love with Santa Monica and decided to make the city our home. We researched Santa Monica in detail, visiting numerous properties on our own.
Then we met Victoria Fischer, whose vast knowledge of the various neighborhoods and prices helped us find the perfect home. It's just two blocks from the beach, and met our goal of being both beach-close and affordable.
Because Santa Monica is so diverse in real estate prices, location, and neighborhood ambiance, it pays to have a real estate agent who knows the turf inside and out.
The 4 most popular Santa Monica areas are:
Each of these neighborhoods have a different flavor, from the expansive, unique homes North of Montana to the more modest but conveniently located homes of Pico Ave.