Welcome to Pacific Palisades
Where the mountainous terrain meets the seaside
The Pacific Palisades failed its quest for the Port of Los Angeles as a commercial center in the 1870s. Instead, it became a haven for the wealthy, with a slew of beach clubs and country clubs springing up to cater to them, notably the PGA US Open-hosting Riviera Country Club. The region remained predominantly agricultural well into the early twentieth century. During the 1930s and 1940s, intellectuals and artists from Germany and Austria fled to the Pacific Palisades to escape Nazi Germany, resulting in a German population that still exists today.
Pacific Palisades continues to thrive and develop, with notable artists and corporate leaders building homes there, forming a tight-knit community. Some of the larger estates are hidden behind tall hedges. Many of the villas here are situated on high peaks with panoramic views of the twisting canyon roads. The region has one of the lowest population densities in Los Angeles, with little over 1000 people per square mile.
What to Love
- Beautiful seaside village
- Family-oriented community
- Charming downtown area
- Home to many affluent residents and corporate professionals
Pacific Palisades is a posh, peaceful residential neighborhood with huge private houses, breathtaking ocean vistas, and plenty of park space and hiking paths. The Village, the town's charming "downtown," is home to restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques. Residents develop a strong sense of community as a result of frequent neighborhood-sponsored activities. This upscale community, located north of Santa Monica, with its cliffs, canyons, and beaches, attracts purchasers with its natural beauties as well as its good schools and uncluttered streets. Because Pacific Palisades is adjacent to the ocean, it is cooler than Los Angeles County's inner cities and communities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
With all of the delicious eateries in Pacific Palisades, you can enjoy some tasty breakfast, lunch, supper, and even some shopping-break goodies as a resident here. Blue Ribbon Sushi is a lively Japanese restaurant and sushi bar in Pacific Palisades, California, with a menu that includes classic nigiri, sashimi, and chef-crafted maki rolls, as well as sharing small dishes or 'zensai,' daily specials, and our spectacular and inventive omakase platters.
There are also some local spots that are frequently visited and enjoyed by residents. One of these popular places is Palisades Village, a place where once-in-a-lifetime experiences with friends and family become new traditions. This handcrafted walkable town, located in the heart of sunny Southern California, is home to over 40 specially selected retailers, entertainment, and fresh cuisine experiences. Come encounter a sophisticated, local experience.
If you’re looking for a healthy source for groceries, Erewhon Grocery aims to supply superior organic goods through their markets in order to encourage smart decision-making and healthier communities. There’s also Gelson's Markets which is regarded as one of the best supermarket chains in the United States as the store is recognized for having excellent produce, high-quality meat, seafood, and deli, an unrivaled wine and liquor variety, and exceptional service.
Things to Do
Whether you want to sit back with a beer and watch the fireworks or do something more active, the Pacific Palisades Independence Day events provide something for everyone. At the Palisades Rocks the 4th celebration, music fills the air all day and into the evening. It's a community-oriented event, and the musicians are drawn from the region's high school bands.
The Getty Villa, originally opened in 1974 as the first home of the Getty Museum, concentrates on Ancient Greek and Roman art (admission is free, but you need to make a reservation). The Surf Museum at Pepperdine University's Payson Library has 30 vintage surfboards on exhibit, some dating back to the 1910s, for more current, beachy masterpieces. Browse the stores in the Malibu Country Mart and Malibu Lumber Yard, two luxury retail areas adjacent to one another, for wearable art—and possibly to glimpse one of the local celebrities.
Pacific Palisades has a number of prestigious schooling opportunities such as:
Milken Community School, 6-12, grounded in Jewish ideas, traditions and practices
Renaissance Arts Academy, K-12, highly-rated charter school focused on the arts
King/Drew Medical Magnet High School, 9-12, excellent STEM program
Palisades Charter Elementary School, K-5, highly-rated elementary school
Palisades Charter High School, 9-12, highly-rated high school
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