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6 Fun Things To Do In Santa Monica This Summer

Posted by John Hathorn on June 13, 2018
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6 Fun Things to do In Santa Monica This Summer

Whether you’re staying local this summer or planning to entertain visitors, there are quite a few events to help keep the adults and children occupied. Here are 6 fun things to do right here in our own backyard.



If you and/or your family have ever dreamt of walking around a real-life Candyland or Willie Wonka’s Chocolate factory then Candytopia is about as close as you’ll ever get. The concept comes to Santa Monica for 4 months and is brought to you by Jackie Sorkin, Zac Hartog and John Goodman. It’s straight out of a Katy Perry music video, minus the suggestive pies. It’s an interactive art experience that includes over a dozen environments featuring everything from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. If you’d like a preview, check out Loraine Silver’s photoblog from a few weeks ago!

Summer Soulstice 2018

For the music lovers, the 18th annual Summer SOULstice block party will feature live music on 5 stages, over 100 vendors and beer & wine gardens. It will take place on Main Street, June 24th. From 12-7 pm. If you bring your dogs they can also enjoy the Animal Kingdom Rockstar Pet party from 2-5 pm.

4th Of July Parade

The Ocean Park Association is holding its 12th Annual 4th of July Parade in front of the Ocean Park  library.  Main Street from Olympic to Marine will be closed the entire morning until around noon. The parade will run from 9:30 am – 12 pm. The parade theme will be a celebration of “Bringing Communities Together”. It should be a fun way kick off 4th of July celebrations with the whole family.

Eat See Hear

It’s no secret we have some of the best weather in the world so why not watch movies outdoors with the family or for date night. Eat See Hear brings food trucks, live music, film and the outdoors together for you next to the Santa Monica Pier. This summer they’ll be showing many favorites including: The Princess Bride, The Big Lebowski, The Sandlot, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind and many more.

770 Amalfi Grand Opening Party

On June 17th Pence Hathorn Silver will be celebrating Father’s Day and the Grand Opening of our gorgeous new construction listing 770 Amalfi Drive in the Riviera. Please join us for a tour of this $16M architectural home from 2-6 pm. We’ll have live music, Veuve Clicquot, chocolates and a special treat for Dad!

Pier 30 Ocean Sports Beach Festival

You can stay active while having fun on the beach this summer. Pier 360 is holding its yearly Ocean Sports Beach Festival at the Santa Monica Pier. Among the ways to participate include: Short Course Paddle, Long Course Paddle, Elite Races, SUP / Paddleboard Knockout Ocean Swimming Events, Volleyball and Skateboarding. Participants and spectators can also enjoy live music, Polynesian dancing, food as well as a beer & spirits garden.


Lots of activity in real estate news…

Quite a few new listings came on the market since my last reporting and if an open floorplan with large scale rooms and plenty of limestone are your thing- boy, are you in luck!

215 21st Place- $4,895,000. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths plus a guest room above the garage, approximately 4,600 sqft on a 7,625 sqft lot. Mediterranean built in 1998 with the classic Jay Charles floorplan. Big rooms and everything in the right place. I just sold this house last March for $4,545,000 and am surprised to see it back on the market so soon!

469 20th Street– $4,789,000. 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, approximately 4,800 sqft on an 8,931 lot with pool. Big, open, Mediterranean built in 2001. Last sold in 2002 for $2,475,000.

433 20th Street– $7,995,000. 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, approximately 7,800 sqft on 3-levels. 8,947 sqft lot with pool. Built in 2008. Last sold in 2006 as a lot value for $2,280,000.

811 Marguerita Avenue– $4,500,000. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, approximately 4,500 sqft on a 7,500 sqft lot. This 1989 Mediterranean has an elevator and grotto-style pool. Last sold in 2010 for $2,600,000.

106 Winnett– $11,990,000. The largest of the recently listed Mediterraneans was built in 2001 by Jay Charles. 6 bedrooms, 11.5 baths, approximately 8,046 on a huge 19,786 lot. This one is a trust sale. Last sold in 1997 for 1,450,000.

430 7th Street– $2,995,000. 3 bedrooms, 2.75 baths; approximately 2,150 sqft on a 6,220 sqft lot. This is one of a few mid-century modern homes in a row on 7th. First time on the market in over 30 years and is in need of some updating.

221 25th StreetJust re-listed at $4,175,000. Originally listed in March for $4,310,000. 4 bedrooms + 3.5 baths, approx. 3,355 sqft. Charming St. Tropez style. 2003 renovations and nicely maintained. Last sold in 2016 for $2,667,500. Backs up to the businesses on 26th street but seems like really good value and priced appropriately.

One property went into escrow-

631 15th StreetThis went under contract again this week after selling a few weeks ago but quickly falling out of escrow. Teardown property with opportunity to build, plans and permits included.  Approximately 7,500 square foot lot. Listed for $3,499,000. Last sold back in 1989.

Four property closed escrow-

734 19th Street– Sold for $4,257,438. Listed at $4,295,000.

653 Palisades Beach Road– Sold for $6,100,000. Listed at $6,995,000.

537 Palisades Avenue- Sold for $6,020,000. Listed at $5,995,000.

144 Adelaide Drive- Sold for $11,100,000. Listed at $11,999,000.



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