Finding Apartments for Rent in Santa Monica, CA
Bordered by Brentwood and Mar Vista to the east, Venice to the south, Malibu to the north, and the endless Pacific ocean to the west, Santa Monica is surrounded by good neighbors. If location alone isn't enough to sell you on Santa Monica, its safe streets, beautiful weather and abundant sources of culture and entertainment certainly should. It's not the cheapest location in the LA area, but what it lacks in affordability Santa Monica makes up for in pretty much everything else.
Top Neighborhoods in Santa Monica, CA
There are many desirable locations within the Santa Monica city limits. Where you choose to live will depend largely on your priorities.
Ocean Park - Funky, artistic and eclectic, the Ocean Park area is just north of Venice and right along the beach. The hipsters love this neighborhood, but many young people get priced out of the area. Vintage clothing stores, markets and bars and restaurants are within walking distance for many residents of this neighborhood. Though of course, the big draw is the beach.
North of Wilshire - Desirable for upper-end buyers, apartment hunters like to look here for the close proximity to desirable shops on Montana Avenue, which is packed full of cute little boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants and more.
College Streets South of Wilshire - The College streets just south of Wilshire (named Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Berkeley and Stanford) are brimming with townhouses, condos and apartments for rent. This area attracts execs who work for Sony, Yahoo, MTV and other large well-known businesses in the area.
Weather in Santa Monica, CA
Even transplants from the east coast have probably heard that the LA area and City of Santa Monica enjoy amazingly perfect weather conditions most of the year. With cool coastal air coming in off the Pacific ocean, temperatures in Santa Monica remain relatively constant year-round. In fact, according to weather.com, the average high temperature in Santa Monica ranges between 63 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit from January through December. No, really. That's actually the range.
In other words, residents of Santa Monica can plan to wear the same kind of clothes day in and day out, and plan for the same weather conditions for the majority of the time. Air conditioning is not necessary much of the time. And for that matter, neither are umbrellas. February is the wettest month in Santa Monica, and yet the average amount of rainfall in February is a mere 3.5 inches.
Cultural Attractions in Santa Monica, CA
Outdoor culture is huge in Santa Monica because reasonable temperatures and low humidity allow residents of Santa Monica to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Perhaps one of the most popular destinations in Santa Monica--for residents and tourists alike is the beach.
According to the website SantaMonica.com, the City of Santa Monica has 3.5 miles of beach and 340 days of sunshine per year. The beach attracts people year-round for cycling, walking, swimming, sunbathing, surfing and sunset gazing.
As for other cultural attractions in the area, the possibilities are endless. Santa Monica is a home to everything from historical landmarks to museums. The local farmer's markets are brimming with residents doing their shopping as well as tourists hoping to catch hipsters in their native environments.
For a more comprehensive list of the sources for culture and entertainment in Santa Monica, explore the Santa Monica section of the DiscoverLosAngeles.com website.
Dining in Santa Monica, CA
While Santa Monica is full of endless independent restaurants (and more than a few chains as well), many residents find that the most desirable (and costly) restaurants are near the beach. There are seemingly endless restaurants and pubs within walking distance of the beach, and of course, the Santa Monica Pier the nearby 3rd Street Promenade is a big draw as well.
Located at the end of Colorado Avenue where it reaches the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Monica Pier is a center of activity featuring not just restaurants but also shops, tourists, street vendors and of course, the Pier amusement park rides. The Promenade is a home for restaurants and shopping as well, and features an outdoor ice skating rink in the fall and winter, which means that both of these locations are excellent for going to spend a day, not just a meal.View Apartments in Santa Monica, California
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