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Santa Monica Dirt: Insider’s Guide to Santa Monica

Posted by John Hathorn on October 11, 2016
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You’ve seen the pier and you’ve gone to the beach. You’ve walked down Montana Avenue and the Promenade. Maybe you’ve visited an art gallery or two. After visiting this vibrant, relaxing, and eclectic city enough times, a crazy thought enters your mind: “What if I moved here?”

Everything that makes Santa Monica appealing to visitors makes it a wonderful place to live year-round. But what is it like to permanently settle down here? What makes Santa Monica different from the rest of L.A.? Here’s what new Santa Monica residents can expect to learn:

You can now leave the car at home: For traveling within the city, it’s easy to get around without getting behind the steering wheel. There’s the new Expo light rail, which services Santa Monica with three stops, and locals have been riding the Big Blue Bus for years. Bicyclists can find a haven in Santa Monica, with ample bike lanes, mostly flat ground, and supportive programs like the Santa Monica Bike Center and Breeze bike share.

Foodie’s paradise: With four farmers markets a week, and a thriving restaurant scene, Santa Monica takes food seriously. The city has supported all different types of food spots, including mainstays like Michael’s Santa Monica, Father’s Office, and Bay Cities (Local might know that Bay Cities is an offshoot from the old Pioneer Boulangerie on Main Street), while relative newcomers like R+D Kitchen and Ox and Son consistently draw big crowds. When you live in Santa Monica, it’s easy to find yourself eating out at least once day, and feeling inspired in your own kitchen by all the great food around you. Like most beach towns, Peet’s, Café Luxxe, Starbucks and Groundwork provide the caffeine for dessert.

Speaking of the beach, life revolves around the sand: The stunning coastline, the beautiful sunsets, and the cool climate make Santa Monica a destination within Los Angeles. People gravitate to the beach clubs and stay active, taking advantage of running trails, bike paths, surfable beaches, and outdoor yoga. With the exception of an occasional June gloom, the weather permits a wide array of activities along the beach. It’s possible that you might take up a new beach-side hobby after living here.

Local culture: Once you move to Santa Monica, you will have time to fully explore the city’s numerous art galleries, museums, and live theaters. Not only can you stay up-to-date on the current offerings at Bergamot Station or The Broad Stage, you can also discover the many other cultural and art opportunities in the city.

Governance: After moving to Santa Monica, you will want to update your voter registration and familiarize yourself with city hall. You can read up on Santa Monica’s seven City Council members, take in a Santa Monica Talks event, and learn about the newest city developments.

Here is your real-time 90402 MLS transaction data:

Pence Hathorn Silver just listed two beautiful homes this week:

 323 Adelaide Drive – is 4 bedrooms, 6 baths asking $7,100,000.   Breathtaking ocean and canyon views from this 4-level home on most sought after Adelaide Drive.  Over 5,000 square feet of luxurious Tuscan inspired detailing, Venetian plastered walls.  Features 2-story living room, formal dining, huge master and bath with sweeping views.

And we listed 920 Alta Avenue6 bedrooms, 7 baths asking $6,595,000.  Sophisticated 3-level Architectural oasis built by Mario Romano in 2012.  Over 5,700 square feet on almost 7,500 square foot lot.  Surrounded by walls and hedges, secured entry and 9-camera video surveillance system.  Crisp details and clean lines throughout. Ideal floor plan.

 402 Alta Avenue – is back on the market at a reduced price of $3,975,000.   A few blocks from Ocean Avenue and the beach.  Beautiful home with double door entrance, dramatic foyer with curved stair case, mahogany hardwood floors, Chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, formal living room, dining room, etc. Last sold in April 2006 for $2,050,000.

443 Lincoln BoulevardClosed escrow.  It is a 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.  $3,349,000.

Call me for a couple of upcoming attractions that are not yet listed in the MLS, priced from $1.9 million to $8 million.  And….here are a few that we have listed in the MLS:

323 Adelaide Drive – 4 bedrooms and 6 baths $7,100,000

920 Alta Avenue – 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths $6,595,000

416 18th Street – 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths $4,950,000

215 21st Place – 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths $4,695,000

1012 2nd Street Unit# 2 – 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths $3,488,000


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