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.
By Bianca Barragan This Topanga mini-compound, which dates to 1926, is made up of two structures, each with Fleetwood sliding doors that open completely onto the decks and gardens on the property and allow for lovely, bucolic views. One structure holds a wood-burning stove and a vast deck, plus two bedrooms—one on each level. The... Keep reading →
By Neal J. Leitereg Cathedral ceilings, French doors and large picture windows enhance the cozy farmhouse vibe found inside this renovated beach cottage in Santa Monica. Complementing the 1920s home, once owned by actor Leo Carillo’s brother, is a soaking pool, a palm-topped guest house and a garage turned play room. The details Location: 343... Keep reading →
By Bianca Barragan This Santa Monica Canyon cottage has a wonderful, raw look about it, with its vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and contrasting white walls. Built in the 1920s, the open and airy cottage has Douglas fir floors and beautiful French doors. There are also high-end appliances and finishes, lest anyone forget this is Santa... Keep reading →
By Elijah Chiland Per the listing, his three-bedroom home in Santa Monica was designed by Edith Northman, who was among the first licensed female architects to set up shop in California. Built in 1937, the exquisite Shingle style residence is perched above the street and provides terrific views across the city. The rambling 2,667-square foot... Keep reading →
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 →