Pacific Palisades rests on the rise of the Santa Monica Mountains above the Pacific Ocean. People move here to revel in the stunning views and cool ocean breezes. The terrain and landscape are gorgeous, not to mention the front row view for sunsets.
You’ll never too far from a beach, park, or mountain trail. This affluent and quiet seaside community makes for a perfect escape from the bustle of the city. The Palisades lives up to its reputation as a prime spot to live, where the “mountains meet the sea.”
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Pacific Palisades is one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Los Angeles; the lush green spaces and proximity to the beach are hard to beat. Pacific Palisades is a bedroom community, comprised mostly of single-family residences, luxury homes, and a few luxury condominiums. The neighborhood has one of the lowest population densities in L.A. Much of the land is dedicated to residential use; there are very few commercial buildings.
Some of the homes in Pacific Palisades were designed by world-renowned architects like Hap Gilman, Ken Ungar, Dan Lang, and William Hefner. Their design techniques showcased the rugged hillside landscapes and accentuated ocean views.
Home buyers can choose among architectural styles such as Craftsman, Period Revival, Ranch, Modern, New Formalist, Cape Cod, Mediterranean, and Post-Modern.
- Palisades Highlands overlooks the ocean and is only minutes from both Topanga Canyon and Palisades Village. This area very much feels like its own contained community.
- Riviera sits inland near the Riviera Country Club, set to host the golf championship in the 2028 Summer Olympics. The homes here are magnificent, and some of the newer ones boast cutting-edge designs.
- Castellammare (inspired by Italy’s Castellammare di Stabia) is an affluent neighborhood catering to those looking for ocean views, privacy, quick access to the beach. High in demand, it’s necessary to jump at any chance to buy a home here. Here you will find oceanfront condominiums, Cape Cod, and Mid-Century Modern homes.
- Ridgeview Country Estates is a gated community with 24-hour security. The estates have awe-inspiring views of the city, mountains, and ocean. Some homes here are designed by top architects like Dan Lang.
- El Medio Bluffs is a desirable part of Pacific Palisades with properties along the bluff that extends from Temescal Canyon to the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
- Huntington Palisades is walking distance from Palisades Village as well as the idyllic Palisades Park. Villas, sprawling estates, and state-of-the-art homes are situated along the high bluffs. There are some condominiums adjacent to the village. Locals enjoy the ocean breezes, views, as well as everything the town has to offer.
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About Pacific Palisades
One of the most exclusive sought-after neighborhoods, Pacific Palisades draws affluent professionals, many from the entertainment industry looking for a quiet retreat with easy access to the beach and mountains. It can be challenging to commute from here to work, thanks to relentless traffic on Sunset and the PCH. But living here is worth it!
Because Pacific Palisades abuts the ocean, it is cooler than the interior cities and neighborhoods of Los Angeles County. In fact, in the 1860s, many Angelinos flocked to the area to escape the summer heat. The climate is mild and most days are sunny. Morning fog is not uncommon, especially in late spring and early summer, but ocean breezes and sunshine usually lift the “June Gloom” marine layer by early afternoon.
In the 1870s, the Pacific Palisades lost its bid for Port of Los Angeles as a place of commerce, and instead became a retreat for the affluent with many beach clubs and country clubs opening to serve them. The area remained primarily agricultural well into the early decades of the 20th century.
During the 1930s and 1940s, intellectuals and artists from Germany and Austria moved to the Pacific Palisades to flee Nazi German before WWII, accounting for a still-prevalent German population today.
Soon after that, a section of the Palisades became an artist colony when millionaire Huntington Hartford bought up 150 acres and built a bohemian space for them to live and work. When the colony went to the wayside in the mid-1960s, Pacific Palisades continued to flourish and grow with prominent artists and business executives building homes there, creating a close-knit, thriving community.
Pacific Palisades Amenities
Locals can join a beach club or country club. Outdoorsy folks can take advantage of several parks, hiking trails, and beach areas like the gorgeous Will Rogers State Beach and Malibu Beach just a few miles north.
Will Rogers State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach sits north of Santa Monica State Beach and runs parallel to Pacific Palisades along a 7.75-mile strip. Quiet and clean, this idyllic white sand beach has volleyball courts, a beach café, a concession stand, and a large paid parking lot. Just be aware of rocks when swimming! And north of here, you will find the even rockier Sunset Beach.
Beach and Country Clubs
There are many private beach clubs along the PCH, including The Beach Club (1923), Bel-Air Bay Club (1927), and Jonathan Club (1927). Be prepared for initiation fees and a lengthy membership enrollment process. Annenberg Community Beach House, originally commissioned by William Randolph Hearst, is a facility open to the public. Inland, you will find Riviera Country Club, a private club and premier golf course.
The Getty Villa
The Getty Villa is a favorite for those entranced by ancient Greece and Rome artifacts. The grounds and architecture are inspired by a first-century Roman country house, Villa dei Papiri. At the museum, there is a Mediterranean cafe serving casual lunch, and on Thursday and Saturday afternoons you can enjoy “Tea by the Sea” in the authentic Roman gardens.
Palisades Branch Library
The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) operates a branch library in Pacific Palisades located around the corner from the Palisades Recreation Center. This nice, clean branch is open Monday-Saturday (with varying hours) and has a friendly staff available to help.
Parks & Recreation
Will Rogers State Park
186-acre Will Rogers Park is a prime spot for hiking, with a two-mile loop up to Inspiration Point or longer hikes along Backbone Trail. You can also horseback ride here, which is how the park’s namesake Will Rogers preferred to experience the terrain. But if you bring your dog, make sure it is on a leash.
Temescal Canyon Gateway Park
Temescal Canyon’s stunning views of the ocean and city never disappoint. Nearby street parking is hard to find on weekends, but you can pay a small fee to park on the grounds, closer to the trailheads. The popular hiking route is a 2.6-mile loop, but you can extend it and explore spots further inland like Skull Rock and Bienveneda Trail. Do be aware that dogs are not allowed in the upper parts of the park.
The 117-acre Palisades Park has beautiful green space with tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a hockey rink, dog parks, and kid-friendly areas.
Other go-to parks and facilities include:
- Palisades Recreation Center
- Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
- Asilomar View Park
- Santa Monica Stairs
Shopping & Dining
The commercial core of Pacific Palisades is small but convenient. Palisades Village is the retail area that has restaurants, banks, neighborhood markets, and offices. Residents enjoy the local amenities but seek variety by venturing over to nearby Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Malibu.
Along the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), there are several beachfront restaurants, including mainstays Duke’s Malibu and Moonshadows. You will also find wine bars and more casual fare along the waterfront. Malibu offers fine dining favorites Nobu and Mastro’s Ocean Club. Along Palisades Drive, there are several coffee shops and cafes. Up Western Channel, you will find some classic Italian restaurants, including the Northern Italian eatery, Giorgio Baldi.
Pacific Palisades Statistics
Pacific Palisades Farmers Market brings the community together every Sunday. The fresh produce and flowers are unsurpassed.
Pacific Palisades Info
- Estimated Population: 26,000
- Land Area: 22.84 square miles
- Population Density: 1,138 people per square mile (Very Low for L.A. County)
- Zip Codes: 90272, 90402
- Founded in 1950 by author Paramahansa Yogananda, the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is a 10-acre spiritual retreat that Angelenos praise. Yogananda is celebrated for introducing yoga (among other practices and beliefs) to Westerners.
*Photo Courtesy of Jeri Koegel | Flickr