Welcome to the Beach Cities
Vibrant surf culture and world-renowned beaches pair with intoxicatingly gorgeous oceanfront homes and panoramic vistas in this enviable stretch of coastline
Like a jeweled necklace, Los Angeles’ beach cities sweep up the Pacific Coast in a glittering crescent. As the white-capped waves of the ocean crest against the golden beaches of Redondo all the way north through Malibu, city marinas and municipal piers buzz with activity.
Los Angeles’ beach cities include Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice Beach, Hermosa Beach and Malibu — all oceanside coastal refuges known for their laid-back attitudes and outdoorsy temperament. From their position ringing the Santa Monica Bay, these surf towns are blessed with idyllic, sunny weather and endless days of beach-worthy warmth.
As could be expected of homes perched overlooking the sea, the spectacular residences dotting the coastline of these cities are multimillion-dollar dreamscapes diverse in architectural styles and replete with world-class amenities. A large number of the most coveted and lavish homes sit along beachfront paths starting at the Strand in Redondo Beach traveling north to the Colony in Malibu. From historic 1920s estates to Spanish Colonial mansions, contemporary Mediterranean abodes and sleek modern new-builds, the beach cities’ markets brim with only the finest.
What to Love
- Steps from sand, surf and sun
- Active community and lifestyle
- Jaw-dropping panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean from your front porch
A sense of easiness surrounds the beach cities, which feature a sense of going-with-the-flow and connecting with others in a meaningful way. Surfing and other watersports are the lifeblood, in tune with nonstop outdoor fun and colorful boardwalk activities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The beach cities’ piers are legendary worldwide, beginning with one of the most photographed ones in the country — the Santa Monica Pier. More than its picturesque beauty, the Santa Monica Pier is a place for sunset ferris wheel rides, sipping milkshakes during afternoon strolls on the boardwalk, delighting in the entertainment of street performers, embracing the local flavor and exploring niche vendors and specialty gift shops.
A boating and recreation destination along the coast, Marina del Rey offers exquisite waterfront dining and starlight cruises. Heading north into Malibu, restaurants and boutique hotels and shops dot the coastline.
Things to Do
Due to their location, the beach cities offer iconic, world renowned waves and surf spots. The area is also a boater’s paradise. Yacht owners – both power and sail – encounter like minds and plenty of docking space up and down the coast, while a selection of yacht clubs offer exclusive benefits.
Catalina Island, just off the coast, offers boaters a playground for fishing, scuba and snorkeling. During the December holiday season, festive boat parades further cement the area’s status as a boater’s haven. Weekly farmers’ markets and annual art shows take place throughout the communities.