Pacific Palisades – If you are looking for small town charm nestled between the Santa Monica mountains and beautiful Pacific Ocean, look no further. Pacific Palisades or, “Pali” as it’s affectionately called by the locals, is the perfect blend of sophistication and the active beach lifestyle. Covering nearly 23 square miles with a population of just over 25,000, life in Pacific Palisades is all about actively connecting with your community through the many public events and yearly celebrations.
Long believed to be the premier coastal neighborhood in Westside Los Angeles, it is bordered to the North by the scenic Santa Monica mountains, Southeast by the city of Santa Monica, Southwest by the Pacific Ocean, East by the neighboring city of Brentwood and the West by the cities of Topanga and Malibu. Here you will find shops, dining, great schools and an array of impeccable housing options ranging from apartments and condos to family neighborhoods and grand estates.
Schools – Home to three public elementary schools and under the jurisdiction of the LA Unified School District, each has placed well above the average in regard to proficiency rankings: Pacific Palisades Elementary Canyon Elementary Marquez Elementary Revere Charter Middle School Palisades Charter High School
Private Schools include: Calvary Christian (K – 8) Village School (pre K – 6) Corpus Christi (K – 8) St. Matthew’s Parish School (preschool – 8) Seven Arrow’s (K – 6) Westside Waldorph (K – 8)
Services – In the heart of the Village you will easily find our post office as well as a branch of the LA Public Library. Fire services are provided by LA City Fire Department and security is provided by the LAPD. In addition, there are a number of highly visible, private security firms who patrol around the clock to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all residents.
Dining – As the premier Westside LA neighborhood, Pacific Palisades does not disappoint in the food category. Here you’ll find a great mix of restaurants, cafes, bistros and dessert options for every taste and mood: Café Vida, Gracias Senor, Matthew’s Garden Café, Pearl Dragon, Taste of the Palisades, Beech Street, Palisades Pizza, Roccos, Toppings, Acai Nation, Patrick’s Roadhouse, Hungry Cat, Café Delfini and the great date night location, Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi.
Fun Facts – Pacific Palisades supports an amazing 4th of July celebration by holding community fun runs (5 and 10K) and an authentic, small town parade. Myriad TV and film productions have and still call upon Palisades for location shoots: Prizzi’s Honor, Freaky Friday, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, Baywatch and the Rockford Files are just a small sample of the active Hollywood influence in and around town. Here you will also find the world famous Getty Villa and the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine.
Neighborhoods – Quaint tree-lined family streets, canyon hideaways and hilltop mansions afford a multitude of property options. As life centers around the historic downtown, or “Village”, you’ll find an equal mix of automobiles, bikers and walkers eagerly going about their daily routines. While most streets are public, Pacific Palisades does offer a number of gated and secure options as there is a heavy celebrity population that calls it home.
Alphabet Streets – Also known as the North Village, this area is the go-to family area of town. Close proximity to shops, dining and schools allows you to leave the car at home and walk or bike for daily errands. Beautiful tree-lined streets frame picturesque single family homes to create a lively sense of community. The area is especially popular at Halloween as it has become to go-to spot for trick-or-treaters.
Castellammare – Located along low lying bluffs, near the intersection of Sunset Blvd and PCH, this pocket is all about the view. You’ll find a great mix of property options that range from older (smaller) family homes to grand renovations built to bring the outside, inside.
El Medio Mesa – Located just South of Sunset Blvd. and in close proximity to Palisades Charter High School, this area extends across magnificent hilltop bluffs until reaching the intersection of Sunset Blvd and PCH. Ocean breezes, views for miles and well kept homes adorn the bluffs to frame a true slice of paradise.
Marquez Knolls – Placed elegantly at the upslope of the Santa Monica mountains, Marquez Knolls delivers great family space at an affordable price. The area is highlighted by close proximity to town, abundant hiking and biking trails and spectacular ocean views.
Palisades Highlands – A relatively newer development, the “Highlands” as it’s known to locals provides a mix of large single family homes and an assortment of impressive condominiums complexes. Closer to PCH than downtown Palisades, it is a short 5 minute drive to the Village. In exchange, you will receive well-appointed complexes, newer construction, lower price points, close proximity to hiking/biking trails and amazing views (canyon and ocean).
Rustic Canyon – East of Chautauqua Blvd. this pocket of post-war homes weaves itself into the Santa Monica Canyon and is actually on the original site of the old Uplifter’s Polo Fields. Living here affords a more rural setting so you’ll notice a bit more privacy and serenity as it backs up to the Will Rogers State Park-area.
The Riviera – Aptly named for it’s most popular attraction, Riviera Country Club, this area is divided into North and South sections. Here you’ll find the grandest of residence options, many of which are worthy of placement in Architectural Digest Magazine. High end homes are orientated perfectly upon impeccably manicured grounds to create a truly stunning visual as you meander the wide, tree-lined streets.
The Via Mesa and The Huntington Palisades – Arguably the finest family section of the Palisades, this area boasts grand homes on wide quiet streets and promotes a wonderful family environment. Home to the largest park in Pacific Palisades, you’ll enjoy an easy walk to 117 acres of outdoor fun; lighted basketball and volleyball courts, children’s play areas, tennis, baseball diamonds, street hockey rink and a football field. The best news is that the park is directly adjacent to the heart of the downtown village!
The Village – The crown jewel of Pacific Palisades and true center of town, the Village bustles with everything great about living your life here. It boasts an award winning Farmer’s Market each weekend, delicious local restaurants, shopping and healthcare. It also serves as the focal point for many, yearly community events and celebrations. This is why you choose to live in “Pali” and what will keep you here for a long, long time.