Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, US. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is surrounded on three sides by the city of Los Angeles — Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast. Madelaine has lived in Santa Monica and her children went to the wonderful schools there.
Santa Monica is home to executives and Hollywood celebrities amongst others and it is a mixture of affluent, single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, young professionals, and students. Partly because of its agreeable climate, Santa Monica had become a famed resort town by the early 20th century.
Santa Monica has three shopping districts, Montana Avenue on the north side of the city, the Downtown District in the city’s core, and Main Street on the south end of the city. Each of these districts has its own unique feel and personality. The Downtown District is the home of the Third Street Promenade, a major outdoor pedestrian-only shopping district that stretches for three blocks between Wilshire Blvd. and Broadway.
The city is well known as one of the leading sustainable cities in all of the US. Other environmental features include miles of beaches, extensive curbside recycling, farmers’ markets, community gardens, and the city’s bus system. Santa Monica has received the Bicycle Friendly Community Award (Bronze) by the League of American Bicyclists in 2009.