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Santa Monica

Santa Monica is a West Los Angeles seaside city that is easily one of the most picturesque parts of L.A. County. The city’s beaches are its most popular attraction, next to upscale shopping, a bustling pier, fine dining, and great weather all year round. The residents are fairly diverse, comprising a blend of families, students, celebrities, and surfers. Santa Monica is also just a few miles from other L.A. favorite beach cities such as Venice Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach.

The overall atmosphere of Santa Monica is the personification of California: laidback, low-key, and casually cool. The housing options are just as diverse as the residents, with a healthy blend of single-family homes and apartment complexes. However, the average home value hovers around $2 million. Santa Monica also boasts the highest rental prices in L.A. County. One-bedroom apartments have an average rent of $3,090 per month.

Still, taking into account the incredible views of the Santa Monica Pier, the shopping on Abbot Kinney, the great weather, and the ocean air, it’s easy to see why people visit Santa Monica and never leave.

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