Santa Monica · The Marina

Where to live in LA, if you love the Marina

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Cliffs cascade into the coast in Santa Monica, an autonomous west Los Angeles locale defined by its easy-going attitude and stylish mindset. A quintessentially-California beach town, Santa Monica’s blend of surf, sand, and sun attract Angelenos and outsiders to promenade its shopping plazas, its boardwalk, and Montana Avenue, its chic boutique-filled corridor. If you’re in Santa Monica without a car, you’ll feel slightly sequestered on the coast. Trust us, the sunshine makes up for it.

Check out how the Marina stacks up to Santa Monica:

The Marina

The Marina has a terrible reputation that anyone who lives there would argue is totally undeserved. You know the people who live there really love it since they’re willing to pay that much rent to live on landfill.

Santa Monica

For when you don’t want to see anything dirty, ever. 

Who lives here:

Young professionals; people who were in sororities and fraternities; people who were young professionals, but are now older and have babies

Who lives here:

PR girls and rich people

Median one-bedroom rent:


Median one-bedroom rent:


Bar and restaurant scene:

The Marina has a ton of good food and it’s all close together. A16, Delarosa, Greens, Scotland Yard, The Tipsy Pig, Causwells, and Tacolicious are just a few spots to grab a good meal. The bar scene can be a little douchey, but there are still plenty of great spots to grab a drink, including Monaghan’s, the Horseshoe Tavern, The Interval, and The Dorian.

Bar and restaurant scene:

Easily one of the most happening nightlife areas in LA. The lunch scene in Santa Monica is also a force to be reckoned with. It won’t be long before somebody tells you to go to Bay Cities (so do it), but it might be too long before somebody tells you to go to Sweetfin Poke (SO DO IT).

Public transit situation:

Lots of buses, including the 30, 45, 43, and 22

Transportation situation:

The 10 — probably the most fear-inducing freeway in LA. Don’t bother having any friends on the east side, because sometimes driving to San Francisco seems more pleasant than hopping on the 10 and dealing with that traffic.

Quote from a resident:

“People always hate on the Marina. I guess that means they hate the idea of living right next to Crissy Field, having some of the best restaurants in the city, and being surrounded by people who are fit and attractive.”  – Jen F.

Quote from a resident:

“I love the beach, and I love sandwiches, and I love burgers, and I love not being in 100-degree weather.” (Perhaps the greatest Santa Monica defense of all time?)



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Dogtown Coffee

Located in the landmark Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Productions space on the corner of Main & Bay Street in Santa Monica, Dogtown Coffee was born out of a desire to honor and protect a key piece of American skateboard and surfing history, and provide a place for community to hang-out and come together.


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1760 Wellesley Drive, Santa Monica, CA. 90405

Don’t miss this impressive 2,510sqft traditional located on a corner lot in Sunset Park. Perched up on top of the hill, this home has great views from the second level master suite. There are three additional bedrooms downstairs with two bathrooms. The remodeled kitchen has tons of counter space and cabinets and it opens up to the adjacent living room. This home has lots of windows that were recently replaced, making it extremely light and bright. Front yard was professionally landscaped with drought tolerant plants. Grant Elementary School!

Offered at | $1,749,000

• 4 bed

• 3 bath

• 2,510 sqft


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