Known as the place where the “Mountains meet the Sea” Pacific Palisades is a wonderful hidden jewel and quaint village at the West end of LA County with safe neighborhoods, wonderful schools, great beach access and miles of accessible trails into the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. If you are looking for a small town feel with great access to the beach and greater LA this is the place. Home prices start around $1.5 million and go well into the stratosphere. From the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July parade and 10k to Pacific Palisades Little League this town has a rich history of families and community.
Depending on your specific price range and needs there are many different specific neighborhoods offering a variety of architectural designs, amenities and price point. Some of the more notable neighborhoods are described below. Due to the overwhelming number of buyers and the very limited inventory of current homes available it is imperative that you work with a knowledgeable Broker who not only can advise you on value and pricing but also steer you to the home that best suits your specific needs. Many purchases so far this year are “off market” or pocket listings that you will never see on the MLS. Only a local broker who is intimately in tune with the Palisades Home Market and knows about properties that are soon coming available will be able to help you beat the masses to the buying table.
The Riviera: On the fringe of The Riviera Country Club this high-end area boasts many streets named after the French and Italian Riviera. Properties range from less than 1 to 10+ acres in size many of which have large gated estates. Wide beautifully tree lined streets are characteristic in the Riviera as well as some magnificent ocean view estates.
Rustic Canyon: Situated just below Will Rogers State Park this neighborhood boasts some of the most picturesque landscaped homes in all of LA. Beautiful Sycamore and Pines are scattered throughout this Palisades neighborhood that has been home to many celebrities and iconic Hollywood legends.
The Huntington Palisades: With some of the highest priced homes in Pacific Palisades the Huntington is located within walking distance to the Village, the beach and the Palisades Park. Houses along the Huntington Bluffs have unrestricted views of the Pacific. One of the most sought after neighborhoods due it’s close proximity to the Palisades Park and Village, it’s flat wide streets perfect for children to ride and play and of course many wonderfully designed newer custom homes.
The Alphabet Streets: On the North-side of Sunset just behind the Village the alphabet streets are characterized by narrow streets consecutively named beginning with A, B, C, D etc. Some of the best-priced homes in terms of value for size and proximity to the Village.
The Village: is a small central business district on Sunset Blvd consisting of restaurants, stores, banks, offices and other visitor serving amenities. Some of the notable shops and businesses include: Norris Hardware, Palisades Car Wash, Elyse Walker, Black Ink, P2 Skate Shop, Benton’s Sporting Goods, Baskin Robins and the Palisades Barber Shop.
The Bluffs: West of the Village and South of Sunset Blvd sit the Palisades Bluff streets with some of the newest and most modern homes found in Pacific Palisades. This neighborhood is still close enough to walk or ride to the Village but far enough away to remain quiet and un-spoiled.
Marquez Knolls: Beginning just above Sunset below Marquez School and continuing to the top of Lachman this area has some of the widest variety of homes in terms of size, price and views. The lower Marquez Knolls is characterized by older homes many of which have been updated while upper Marquez Knolls has some of the most spectacular properties in the Palisades in terms of ocean and city views as well as design and style.
Palisades Highlands: Approx. 7 min from the Village sits this somewhat private development with many homes which include membership to the Highlands community centers which include Olympic size pools, tennis courts, spas and community facilities. Generally speaking this is the best area in terms of getting the highest value for your dollars spent.
Castellammare: Located at the far West end of Pacific Palisades this neighborhood is comprised of bluff streets perched above the Pacific Ocean. Many of these narrow and sometimes windy streets have Italian names. Home of the Getty Villa as well as several masterfully designed architectural homes.