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Ah, Santa Monica – the cool ocean breezes, a bustling Downtown area with loads of shopping and dining, and a mild, temperate climate that would render Hawaii a bit envious. Santa Monica, nicknamed “SaMo” by locals, is a beachfront city within the West portion of Los Angeles County. Perfectly situated on the Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered by Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, West LA, Mar Vista, and Venice. Many busy professionals who work in Los Angeles prefer to call Santa Monica home, simply because of beachfront location, friendly atmosphere, and laid-back ambiance.

When searching Santa Monica Apartments for Rent, it is always best to start online. You will find loads of information on current availabilities and pricing that fits within your budget. Once you’ve got a good idea of what locations you prefer, and what areas have availabilities that meet your criteria and budget, schedule a few walk-through tours and take it all in. Are you looking for an apartment near the beach? Or does a loft near Santa Monica College suit you better? Are you trying to find a luxury retreat, or an affordable, but nice accommodation as a place to unwind and put your clothes while you are out enjoying all that Santa Monica and LA have to offer?

No matter why you’re looking to live in Santa Monica, you will never be at a loss for things to do. Because of its wonderful climate and booming Downtown, Santa Monica has become one of California’s most famous resort towns. You may have seen the Santa Monica Pier sign in any of Hollywood’s biggest hit movies, and even the giant Ferris wheel positioned perfectly on the Santa Monica Pier. Bergamot Station brings cutting-edge art right to you, with its world-renowned gallery and local creators. Santa Monica boasts three main shopping districts. The Third Street Promenade, which is a fun-filled outdoor, pedestrian-friendly shopping district that spans for three blocks – between Wilshire Blvd and Broadway. Santa Monica Place is an indoor mall and is located at the south end of the Promenade.  Montana Ave also offers great shopping that features luxury boutique stores, restaurants, and small offices.  Santa Monica is also home to the annual Santa Monica Film Festival.

 

Silicon Beach – Growing and Expanding

Santa Monica houses one of the largest technology epicenters since Silicon Valley. This surge in tech and internet-related companies has been dubbed “Silicon Beach”. Silicon Beach is a 3-mile region in the LA area that is abundant in internet technology-related start-up companies at all stages. The area spans from Santa Monica to Venice. Many employees of these startups and investment companies also call Santa Monica their home.

 

Santa Monica is known as one of the “greenest” cities in the world. In fact, the city is truly a sustainable city. Most of the city’s public vehicles run on alternative fuel, and all public buildings utilize renewable energy. Residents and community members of Santa Monica have made the consistent effort of cleaning up the Santa Monica bay a significant effort.  Farmers markets, community gardens and extensive curbside recycling have all contributed to Santa Monica’s status as one of the most sustainable cities around.

 

A Bike-Friendly Place to Live

Santa Monica also made significant efforts to encourage bikes as a primary use for transportation. The city received the Bicycle Friendly Community Award by the League of American Bicyclists in 2009. The city has also created many bike-only lanes on the streets, which make biking to work a reality for many Santa Monica and Venice residents.

 

Live, Work and Play Locally

As new buildings, offices, shops, and restaurants spring up in Santa Monica, the reality of living, working and having fun in your own area has truly become a reality. For residents of Downtown and Mid-City, walking or biking to work, school, and your favorite bars or nightlife spot is very do-able. You have everything that you need in one, nicely kept area that you rarely have to leave. With top-notch grocery options such as Whole Foods, Ralph’s, Vons, and the Santa Monica Farmers Market, you will find healthy options right outside of your doorstep. With savory dining such as Melisse’, Fritto Misto, the Misfit, JiRaffe, Tar & Roses, and True Foods, you are certain not to go hungry. Coffee buffs unit at Funnel Mill Rare Coffees and Teas, which serves up delicious coffees and teas in a manner that you may have never had them before!

 

If you are looking for Apartments for Rent in Santa Monica, look no further. NMS offers affordable and luxury options with locations that are exactly where you need to be. Take a look at NMS 1539 which offers the most convenient location to the Expo train station and Santa Monica Place.  Take a look at NMS 1427, which offers a quiet 7th street location that you are allowed to bring your favorite furry friend (cat or dog) into as well!