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Buying a Los Angeles Beach House: Which Neighborhood Fits You Best?

The beaches of Southern California are some of the most beautiful in America, so it should come as no surprise that many city dwellers dream of owning a Los Angeles beach house. But just like no two homes are the same, neither are any two neighborhoods. If you’re thinking about purchasing a home near the sand, here are some of the places you should consider — and what they’re like for residents.


The pier in Malibu, a suburb of Los Angeles, California.

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For fans of peace and quiet, Malibu may offer the best option. Its location in the northwestern corner of Los Angeles County isolates it from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day LA life. And with few roads leading into the suburb, visitors often don’t make it all the way here on sunny summer weekends.

Plus, Malibu seems to offer everything residents need within its borders. There’s a bounty of restaurants, and the town boasts three schools with a perfect score on the GreatSchools report card. Public transit connects the town with a bus route that runs the length of the suburb’s main thoroughfare. However, that separation from the rest of Los Angeles does come at a cost: Transportation times to get into the city can be enough to keep Malibu residents home.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica beach

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Want surf views while staying connected to the rest of the city? Santa Monica is the closest beach community to downtown Los Angeles and is now connected to the city’s expanding train system near the Santa Monica Pier.

Being so close to town makes this beach a popular one. There’s an endless stream of activities and entertainment to choose from and big crowds everywhere. Events like the Twilight Concert Series are unique, and can draw as many as 60,000 people to an already-crowded Pier area, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. If you’re willing to deal with the masses, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous beaches, year-round temperate weather and a variety of food and entertainment options that can’t be replicated in a less-dense city.


Street art spotted in Venice, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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Home to Muscle Beach and the Venice Boardwalk, this oceanside neighborhood has long been known as the stomping grounds of Los Angeles’ bohemian population. This reputation has started to change, however, with wealthy tech entrepreneurs moving in, making Venice part of Silicon Beach, according to PBS.

Finding a home directly on the sand can be challenging, especially along the neighborhood’s northern coast where the Boardwalk takes up prime real estate. However, those willing to live a block or two inland can often find plenty of options.

Playa del Rey

Playa del Rey

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It’s hard to find a true small town atmosphere in a sprawling metropolis, but Playa del Rey may come closest. The neighborhood directly north of Los Angeles International Airport is the most compact of the beach communities at less than three square miles, according to the Los Angeles Times. It’s also one of the most affordable, making it a potentially good option for purchasing a first Los Angeles beach house. The median house value here of $711,561, according to Niche, the lowest of the Los Angeles-adjacent beach communities.

Beach communities come in all shapes and sizes in Los Angeles, from the remote to the interconnected and the relaxed to the bustling. To find your perfect oceanside escape, search for homes for sale on Owners.com.

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