Located within California, United States, the city of Santa Monica is located in the Los Angeles - Long Beach - Anaheim metropolitan area.
Santa Monica offers an extensive selection of green spaces to enjoy, as well as some areas with a vibrant ambience. It is easy to access parks from most locations in the city, since there are around 30 of them nearby for residents to check out and a large number of properties for sale have a park close by. Finally, quiet spots can be found throughout much of the city, although that is not the case around the airport (Santa Monica Municipal Airport) or Santa Monica Freeway.
Renters occupy around two thirds of the dwellings in Santa Monica and one third are occupied by owners. In this city, roughly 45% of buildings are large apartment buildings, while small apartment buildings and single detached homes make up most of the remaining housing stock. The median year of construction for properties in this city is 1961. This part of the Los Angeles - Long Beach - Anaheim metropolitan area has quite a good choice of housing sizes, ranging from lofts to four or more bedrooms.
It is a rather short walk to access both primary and secondary schools from anywhere in this city. Locals are served by public and private schools at both the elementary and high school level. When it comes to food, property owners in Santa Monica will welcome that a general and a specialty grocery store is always only a short walk away. There are over 100 supermarkets in Santa Monica, and the best variety can be found on streets such as Arizona Avenue. Furthermore, there are a fair number of opportunities within walking distance for those who cherish restaurants and cafes. It is also very easy to reach a variety of clothing stores on foot.
Santa Monica permits home owners to get around by different modes of transportation. Thanks to approximately 20 nearby bus lines, property owners can rely on public transit to navigate this part of the Los Angeles - Long Beach - Anaheim metropolitan area. Driving is also a reasonably good medium of transportation in Santa Monica. It is a rather short car ride to the nearest highway, such as Santa Monica Freeway, from any home in this city, and it is convenient to park. Santa Monica is very conducive to walking; all common errands can be run without the use of a vehicle, and there are also a fair number of businesses nearby.