Thanks to its perfect climate, stunning views of the Pacific, and Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings, Santa Monica feels like a permanent vacation. Take in eclectic concerts and nostalgic movies screenings on the bustling pier, grab a steak at the historic dive bar Chez Jay, and shop for boho-chic threads at Planet Blue on Montana Avenue. Eco-conscious, bike-able, and family-friendly, the local school district maintains eight public elementary schools, two middle and high schools, and top private schools such as Crossroads, New Roads, and Carlthorp, among others. Modern architects such as GrayMatter, Kanner Architects, and Michael Folonis Architects are based here and you’ll find plenty of Craftsman, Mediterranean Revival, Victorian, and Mid-Century Modern homes in the area (along with the controversial Frank Gehry House). Don’t miss La Mesa Drive, a six-block street, lined with gems like the historic Strick House by Oscar Niemeyer.
Join the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Association for Women in Architecture + Design in a special commemoration of architect Julia Morgan, California’s first woman architect. The event kicks off Sunday, March 5th, 2017, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, please visit awaplusd.org.
By Jessica Estrada If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to cook more often, these five downright gorgeous kitchens are all the inspiration you need to make good on that promise. If that beachy, California cool lifestyle is what you crave, look no further than this Santa Monica abode. It epitomizes the laid-back yet... Keep reading →
By Lauren Beale Tropical landscaping surrounds this gated, modern version of an International-style house. Blending European and Pacific Island sensibilities, the home has a resort vibe with its roof deck and 360-degree views. The lower level is designed for entertaining and includes a guest suite. Address: 235 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica 90402 Price: $3.775 million To read the full... Keep reading →
The 4th annual WestEdge Design Fair returns to Los Angeles November 3-6, presenting a not-to-be-missed event for industry professionals and design aficionados alike. WestEdge features 150+ premium design brands in Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar venue showcasing the latest products and design ideas for the home. Design seminars and exhibitions, culinary demonstrations, book signings and special... Keep reading →
The city of Santa Monica commissioned designs for its “Creative Crosswalks” project, a plan that will turn two major downtown intersections into temporary art displays. Designed to make walking safer and more appealing, the bright new crossings can be found on Second Street and Arizona Avenue, and Broadway and Ocean Avenue.