Getting to know Santa Monica
The Ultimate Guide to Moving to Santa Monica
This seaside city is named after Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine, but the reason why remains undetermined. One telling says it was named by explorer Gaspar de Portolà, who camped there in 1769 and named it in honor of the feast day of Saint Monica. Another credits Father Juan Crespi, who claimed a pair of creeks known as the Kuruvunga Springs (technically located outside of Santa Monica’s border), were like the tears of Saint Monica, who, prior to her son’s conversion, wept nightly over his impiety.
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A diverse crowd of students, families, surfers, and entertainment industry pros.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sunsets on the boardwalk, outdoor dining, and weekend mornings at the beach.
Vibrant, cultured, and low-key luxe.
World-renowned designers and endless retail.
Expansive single-family homes and contemporary apartment complexes.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
Sunshine, ocean breezes, and idyllic views as far as the eye can see.