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Santa Monica

Tell us what Santa Monica means to you

  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?


I was living here when I was born, but moved out to Mar Vista when I was two. Still kind of considered Santa Monica home. I am almost 49 and I think it would be a lot cooler than 29 Palms is right now.

— Armand Rostami
August 8, 2011 at 8:49 p.m.

Ilove Santa Monica.I have been in the same apt.for 39yrs. came frm. Detroit.The best move i ever made.

— charleyd
November 20, 2010 at 8:40 a.m.

I lived in Santa Monica close to Montana while in law school. As a broke student I did not appreciate the area that much since I had little money to go to restaurants and cafes. Since graduating I had a chance to visit the area and really enjoyed what it had to offer (especially since now I could afford to go the various restaurants and cafes).

Negatives were that it was not diverse at all. Seemed a little too "snooty". But loved being able to walk to the beach and enjoyed my time living there.

— L
July 24, 2010 at 11:19 a.m.

It was not my choice to live in Santa Monica, but I don't think I'd move anywhere else. I LOVE IT. It's safe and convenient--everything is in walking distance or a bus-ride away. The weather is the best in LA County; there's access to restaurants, entertainment, shopping, the beach. Truly diverse. The only thing ugly is traffic in the afternoons.

— Convert
June 7, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.

Santa Monica is a very comfortable, convenient and safe place to live. Unfortunately the political leaders are so full of themselves that they claim to have invented the beach, and are in denial that civilization exists east of the 405. If they are so freaking "GREEN" why do they persist in spending tens of millions of dollars on parking? I believe it's called hypocrisy!

— Steve K
June 7, 2010 at 7:25 a.m.

Santa Monica

is a city in the Westside region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Brentwood, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Sawtelle and Venice.
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Santa Monica is one of the 272 neighborhoods in Mapping L.A., The Times’ resource for crime, neighborhoods, demographics and schools.
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