Santa Monica is a beachfront suburb on the Westside of Los Angeles County, situated on the Santa Monica Bay and bordered by Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Venice, and the Pacific Ocean with a population of 89,736. The Santa Monica Pier was built in 1909 and attracts thousands of tourists a day.
Santa Monica enjoys an average of 310 days of sunshine a year. Santa Monica real estate values have gone up 2.2% over the past year and the median price of homes listed in Santa Monica is $1,562,500.
Santa Monica students have a variety of schools (34 public schools and 12 private schools) along with Santa Monica College, which boasts the highest number of transfers to University of California colleges. Palisades Charter High School ranks #9 of 334 best charter high schools in California and Santa Monica High School ranks $54 of 1,261 best college preparatory public high schools in California. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District also maintains eight elementary and three middle schools.
Third Street Promenade is a major outdoor pedestrian-only shopping district that stretches for three blocks in the Downtown District and includes Santa Monica Place, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Nike, and many other stores and restaurants, as well as a movie theater. Other shopping districts in Santa Monica are Montana Avenue to the north and Main Street to the south.
Santa Monica is one of the most environmentally activist municipalities in the nation, being one of the first in the nation to formally adopt a comprehensive sustainability plan, and has adopted an initiative to achieve complete energy independence by 2020. The Santa Monica Stairs is a long, steep staircase which is popular for all-natural outdoor workouts. Bergamot Station is a city-owned art gallery compound that includes the Santa Monica Museum of Art.