While not located in Malibu, the Pacific Palisades is a great option for home buyers looking to live near the ocean with great schools and the added convenience of being close to town.
The Pacific Palisades is an area considered by many to be in the “Westside” of Los Angeles and is surrounded by Brentwood to the east, Malibu to the west, and Santa Monica to the southeast. Almost 30,000 people call the Pacific Palisades home and the residents enjoy the numerous parks, sidewalks, and quaint shopping areas.
Located in the heart of the Pacific Palisades is the Riviera Country Club. Homes for sale on the north side of Sunset, near the club, are among the nicest in the areas with prices starting around $3m and quickly going to $20m plus for homes with large parcels and ocean views. For the outdoor enthusiast Will Rogers State Historic Park, Rustic Canyon Park, Topanga State Park, and Santa Ynez County Park provide numerous opportunities to burn some of the calories you’ll be consuming from the areas fine selection of restaurants.
Santa Monica is located just about 10 minutes by car and here you can find the areas best shopping and dining on Montana Avenue, the Third Street Promenade, and biking and rollerblading along miles of beachfront walkways.
Pacific Palisades homes for sale vary greatly in price depending on what neighborhood within the Palisades it is located in. Here are some of the areas to consider.
- The Village- Located at Sunset and Via del la Paz is the charming central shopping district. There is weekly farmers’ market, gourmet restaurants, cozy cafés, and hip coffee shops. Homes for sale on the land side of Sunset, near the village, tend to have small lots than the ones on the beach side of Sunset.
- The Huntington Palisades is an upscale neighborhoods that border the ‘village’ proper to the south of Sunset Blvd. This neighborhoods is easy walking distance to The Village and sits along sections of bluff where views of the Pacific Ocean can be had by many of the areas most beautiful homes. Home for sale in the Huntington Palisades average around $4m. Spanish and Traditional style homes are the two most common types of architecture you will see here.
- The North Village commonly known The Alphabet Streets, is the neighborhood that borders the ‘village’ proper to the north of Sunset. Also easy walking distance to The Village, this area is know for its small lots, charming homes, and narrow streets. Here you will see modern construction where a 2 story home is built to the very edges of the lot with just a bit of yard remaining. The original houses from the 50’s can be easily identified as most a one story with larger yards. The streets, named after Methodist Bishops, are consecutively named beginning with A, B, C, D, etc. – hence the name Alphabet Streets.
- The El Medio Bluffs is located south of Sunset Blvd. beginning about a quarter mile west of The Village, across Temescal Canyon. The El Medio Bluffs extends all the way from Temescal Canyon to where Sunset Boulevard meets PCH. The El Medio Bluffs is located on a high ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and The prices quickly reflect that luxury.
- Marquez Knolls is a large area of homes located north of Sunset Blvd. beginning about a quarter mile west of The Village across Temescal Canyon on the mountain upslope known for spectacular ocean views.
- Castellammare is located along PCH on small bluffs much closer to sea-level, just north of where Sunset meets PCH. This Getty Villa is the landmark located at the entrance to the neighborhood and all the streets in this neighborhood have Italian names and cool ocean breezes. Homes for sale here start around $2m. The Sunset Mesa is located just one block away.
- Palisade Highland is the community near the end of Sunset Blvd about five minutes away from the center of the Pacific Palisades (The Village). The Highlands has dense condo development and some exclusive gated communities that have breathtaking views. Condo for sale in the Palisades Highlands start around $700,000.
- Rustic Canyon is the neighborhood east of Chautauqua Boulevard and includes Will Rogers Park. Some of the areas oldest homes can be found here with considerably large lots with mature trees.