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Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a beachfront city situated on Santa Monica Bay.  It is surrounded on three sides by the city of Los Angeles ¿¿¿ Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast.

Santa Monica, home to executives, celebrities, renters, surfers, young professionals, and students, is an unforgettable seaside city made up of equal parts coastal getaway and urban center.   Located a convenient eight miles north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and itself a walkable 8.3 square miles, Santa Monica comprises eight distinct districts, each featuring its own character and lifestyle options.  From stately single-family homes within walking distance of Montana Avenue, to serene canyon living, to charming character bungalows with surfboards parked outside, Santa Monica offers many different styles and locations to its residents.

Downtown Santa Monica is host to some of the city¿¿¿s biggest stores and most famous retailers, as well as two weekly farmers markets.  The open-air, pedestrian-only Third Street Promenadeis a huge draw for its shopping, dining, street performers, book stores, and movie theaters.  Offering direct contact with the beach and ocean, the famous Santa Monica Pier houses a Carousel and full over-the-water amusement park, while palm tree¿¿¿lined Ocean Avenue has an array of prized ocean-view restaurants and hotels.  Mid-City¿¿¿s wide thoroughfares are home to a variety of shops,   restaurants, pubs, and many major film, television and music companies, as well as the city¿¿¿s newest performing arts venue.  Main Street offers chic clothing and design stores, art galleries and a weekly farmers market just two blocks from the ocean.  Montana Avenue is a tree-lined European-style boulevard amid a residential neighborhood with casual, yet luxurious dining and shopping options.  The highlights of Pico Boulevard are the record stores and a huge Saturday farmers market, not to mention the award-winning restaurants and clothing boutiques.  Ocean Park is a friendly, artsy neighborhood with a wide variety of stores, galleries, and coffee shops.  Santa Monica Airport is a working, private airfield and events space, home to outstanding restaurants, the monthly Outdoor Antique Market, and numerous events at the Barker Hangar.

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