Real Estate in Beach Cities

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Amongst the greatest perks of living in Los Angeles is the proximity to the world’s best and most celebrated beach communities. Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Venice, Palos Verdes, Marina Del Rey and Manhattan Beach consistently set the standard for Southern California ocean-front living at its finest.


Malibu, specifically, is an affluent beach community known for its stunning beaches which straddle the famed 27-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. Malibu is perhaps best described as the perfect blend of unparalleled luxury and down-to-earth, bohemian beauty. It’s the Malibu lifestyle that is at the core of what the families, artists, executives, professional athletes and celebrities that call it home so love about living here. Malibu is also home to some of the best restaurants—Nobu Malibu is consistently a fan-favorite—and vineyards in California. From incredible luxury beachfront properties to sprawling hillside homes, Malibu is paradise from sunrise to sunset.

Follow Sunset Boulevard to its western terminus and you’ll find yourself in the stunning residential community of Pacific Palisades. Set in the hills and bluffs adjacent to the Pacific, the Palisades attracts creatives, executives, and celebrities who want the best of city and beach living. Pacific Palisades boasts panoramic vistas of the coastline and direct access to six major canyons that wind their way from the Santa Monica Mountains to the coastline below.

Santa Monica’s iconic coastline is as enviable as it is enjoyable. Its glistening waters and popular destinations such as the Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade have earned Santa Monica notoriety as a vacation destination for visitors from around the world. The city is filled with affluent single professionals and well-established families who appreciate the luxurious coastal living Santa Monica affords.

Home to the iconic Venice Boardwalk, Venice has long-been known for its eclectic, beach-front lifestyle. With real estate prices rising year after year, Venice has drawn in a new culture of corporate-cool. Once-bohemian Abbott Kinney Boulevard has transformed into a modern hot-spot, boasting some of LA’s most favored restaurants and bars. Venice is also an extension of Silicon Beach, home to the Snapchat and Google headquarters.

Located in South Bay, Palos Verdes is its own peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Palos Verdes Peninsula is composed of four cities, each with its own distinctive style. Palos Verdes Estates is the oldest neighborhood on the peninsula and offers a sophisticated, more mature seaside atmosphere. Rancho Palos Verdes features a variety of living choices, from oceanfront homes to rural ocean view estates, to more-humble family residences and condo developments. Rolling Hills is the gem of the Peninsula. Gated, guard protected and known for tranquil equestrian properties with a ranch-style charm. Properties in Rolling Hills offer fantastic city and ocean views, with quiet roads meandering past stunning estates and familiar grazing horses. Rolling Hills Estates enjoys a semi-rural setting and maintains parks, a tennis club and riding stables.



Malibu is served by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. There are three public elementary schools: John L. Webster Elementary, Juan Cabrillo Elementary, and Point Dume Marine Science School a California Distinguished School, and it is ranked in the top 5 percent of schools in California. Malibu High School is included in the U.S. News Best High Schools list. Local private schools include Our Lady of Malibu. Malibu is also home to Pepperdine University.

Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades residents are zoned to the Los Angeles Unified School District. Local schools include Pacific Palisades Elementary School, Palisades Charter Elementary School, Canyon Elementary School, Marquez Charter School, Paul Revere Middle School, and Palisades Charter High School. Local private schools include Calvary Christian, Village School, and St. Matthew’s Parish School.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica is served by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Local schools include Roosevelt Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, Grant Elementary School, John Adams Middle School, and Santa Monica High School. Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences offers a college-preparatory experience for elementary school through high school. Other local private schools include Carlthorp, New Roads, and Saint Monica’s Catholic High School.


The top rated public schools in Venice are Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School, Broadway Elementary School, Westminster Avenue Elementary School and Animo Venice Charter High School. Private options for kindergarten through eighth grade include St. Mark and First Lutheran School of Venice, and the highly rated Wildwood School is nearby.

Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes is served by its own school district. Notable elementary schools include Dapplegray Elementary School, Montemalaga Elementary, School Lunada Bay Elementary School, Valmonte Elementary School, Palos Verdes Intermediate School, Palos Verdes High School, and Marymount California University.

Marina Del Rey

Marina del Rey is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Local schools include Westside Leadership Magnet School and Goether International Charter School. Marina del Rey Middle School includes a performing arts magnet program and schools in Playa Del Rey, Mar Vista and Venice are nearby.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is known for having well-regarded schools and the Manhattan Beach Unified School District is one of the top performing school districts in the country. There are five elementary schools: Grandview, Meadows, Pacific, Pennekamp, and Robinson; One middle school, Manhattan Beach Middle School, and one high school, Mira Costa. Local private schools include American Martyrs Catholic School, Manhattan Academy, Montessori School of Manhattan Beach, and Journey of Faith Christian School.

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