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With the fresh air, stunning oceanfront views, and picture-perfect sunsets, Pacific Palisades may feel like a remote beach getaway. In reality, it’s just an 18-mile drive to downtown Los Angeles.

It’s this ability to effortlessly marry two opposing qualities that make Pacific Palisades such a special place. It’s both luxurious and laid-back. It caters to beach lovers and mountain hikers alike. It’s suburban yet provides easy access to L.A.’s urban perks.

As you’d expect from one of the city’s premier communities, living in Pacific Palisades means living in leisure. There’s the Riviera Country Club, which has hosted both the US Open and the PGA Championships. If you’d like to relax, take a stroll in any of the area’s three large parks. And to get your fitness game on, hit the neighborhood’s excellent biking and hiking trails.

In short, Pacific Palisades takes everything you love about the L.A. lifestyle and puts a low-key, beach-town spin on it. And that’s why this coveted neighborhood is one of’s best places to raise a family in.

History of Pacific Palisades

The history of Pacific Palisades is a case study in turning missed opportunities into good fortune. After losing its bid to become Los Angeles’ main seaport in the 1870s, the area banked on its beachfront location and transformed itself into a leisure destination. When beach and country clubs began dotting its shoreline, the area soon became a popular retreat for L.A.’s creme de la creme.

Pacific Palisades’ beautiful surroundings made it a haven for both artists and intellectuals. In the 1940s, millionaire Huntington Hartford built an artists’ colony here, which greatly elevated the neighborhood’s profile. The community would continue to flourish and today it is home to A-list personalities like J.J. Abrams, Ben Affleck, and Jamie Lee Curtis, just to name a few.

Real Estate in Pacific Palisades

Living in this beachside neighborhood does not come cheap, with the median listing price sitting at $3.7 million according to That said, buyers have several property types to choose from, including condos, townhomes, single-family homes, and high-end houses.

The typical house in this neighborhood has five bedrooms and five bathrooms and measures well over 4,000 square feet. Many of the homes here are also perched on a slope, giving residents stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. There’s also an eclectic mix of architectural styles here, ranging from contemporary to Spanish Revival styles and everything in between.

Living in Pacific Palisades

You can’t talk about the Pacific Palisades lifestyle without talking about its beach. Formally known as the Will Rogers State Beach, it offers 1.8 miles of shoreline where you can enjoy countless water activities.

Of course, the beach is far from the only attraction here. Temescal Canyon Gateway Park, for example, offers a 2.6-mile hiking trail that has breathtaking views of the ocean. Palisades Park, meanwhile, is a 117-acre recreational destination that features tennis courts, baseball diamonds, dog parks, and even a hockey rink.

Pacific Palisades also has a shopping district called The Village that offers everything you need: restaurants, boutique stores, specialty shops, and banks, among others. And if you’re a fan of the arts, you’ll be pleased to know that the Getty Villa, which houses a treasure trove of Greek and Roman artifacts, is located in this neighborhood.

Want to call Pacific Palisades home? Allow me, Nicole Costas, to be your trusted real estate agent. Just call me at 323.630.6976 or send me an email at nicole(at)nicolecostas(dotted)com to learn more about available properties.

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