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Rental Houses in Santa Monica

The Pacific Ocean coastal community of Santa Monica is located in sunny Southern California, widely considered the film capital of the world. Santa Monica has its share of media production companies, but it's known more for being a beach town than a movie industry hub, although it is quite close to fashionable Beverly Hills where many movie stars make their homes. Accommodation choices abound, but renting a house or apartment in Santa Monica is a great option. The area's typically warm weather is wonderful for outdoor grilling and lounging by the private pool or hot tub. Amenities like these are things that hotels lack but homes in Santa Monica often have. Washing machines and reserved parking spaces are sometimes included, and some rentals also welcome pets. The cost for houses that have ocean views and beach access is also quite reasonable when compared with the premium prices a hotel with these advantages would charge.

Outdoor Activities

Santa Monica Beach

Sunbathing, strolling and practicing yoga are some of the activities people enjoy doing on Santa Monica's expanse of sandy beach. Experienced surfers and paddle boarders will be right at home here, and there are lessons available for novices.

Santa Monica Pier

Both locals and tourists enjoy spending time at this hundred-year-old pier, home to an iconic Ferris wheel, an arcade, amusement park rides, a carousel and several restaurants. Fishing off the end of the pier and watching the sunset are popular pursuits, and concerts are often held here during the summer months.

The South Bay Bicycle Trail

There are plenty of shops renting bicycles for rides down the 22-mile-long, paved trail that runs south from Santa Monica parallel to the Pacific.

Shopping

The city boasts several shopping zones, such as the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, that house major national retail chains, but smaller, independently-owned boutiques, offering one-of-a-kind items, can also be found on many streets, especially Montana Avenue.

Museums

Santa Monica has an impressive number of galleries and museums including Bergamot Station, a former trolley station that now houses a cultural center and art gallery. At the Santa Monica Design District, guests can enjoy a tour of contemporary design showrooms while enjoying a taste of regional wines.

Great Weather All Year

Santa Monica is situated in Los Angeles County where the weather is famous for being mild and sunny. Winters are temperate, although it is the season when rainfall is typically expected. Santa Monica's coastal location virtually ensures that visitors will enjoy cool temperatures even during the occasional Southern California heat wave. However, this also means that ocean water temperatures can be cold, especially during the winter months when daytime highs at the beach hover in the mid to low 60s. Because of this, many people prefer to visit during the warmer summer months. Other popular times of year are September when the Abbott Kinney street fair is held in neighboring Venice Beach and February when the Academy Awards take place and the runners in the Los Angeles Marathon cross the finish line in Santa Monica.

Arriving in Santa Monica

Santa Monica is only about eight miles from Los Angeles International Airport, also known as simply LAX, which is served by many major domestic and international carriers. There are plenty of rental car desks at the airport, and private car service can be pre-booked. LAX's terminals are arranged around an oval shaped configuration of driving lanes, so it's possible to continuously circle the airport. Shared van service is available, but transit times can be long if the driver spends time circling around hoping to fill the van completely. Taxi stands marked with yellow signs are located outside the arrival terminals. There is a free airport shuttle that transports passengers from the terminals to Parking Lot C where a bus center is located. Public buses that travel to Santa Monica make stops at this center.

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                                                                                                      Recent Santa Monica Reviews

                                                                                                      Wonderful experience!!

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                                                                                                      The location was amazing, quiet spot and close to the beach! Len greated us and showed us the property. We woke up every morning and took the bikes out on the beach bike path and explored. The room was clean and comfortable. We would absolutely stay here again!! Highly recommend! Thank you Len!!
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Clean, comfortable and good value.

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                                                                                                      The cottage was just as advertised, everything was above average quality right down to the Kleenex! Beautiful neighborhood, loved the Sunday market just up the road. Though The Pier/3rd Ave was to long of a walk for us Uber was cheap and quick. Nice bed/towels, great TV and lots of hot water, even the cups/plates and glassware we're very nice. We used the beach chairs and umbrella, things you can't pack. Be sure to check out Brentwood Country Mart, we met Jennifer Garner there! Had great meals at Misfit's and R + D Kitchen, best carrot cake ever!
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                                                                                                      • Stayed: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Cute, clean, and close to the beach and restaurants

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We really enjoyed our stay at this home. The owner was easy to work with and provided excellent (and helpful) directions on accessing the rental, where to park, places to eat/shop, etc. The home was perfect for a single family or in our case, two families with one toddler each. I would not recommend this home for more than 4 adults, as you may find it too close for comfort, especially in sharing the two small bathrooms. There is a really nice outdoor space, which gave our kids a place to play in between outings and it offered a nice area to enjoy wine in the evening in the gorgeous weather. We loved the proximity to the Santa Monica Pier (about a 15 minute walk with our two toddlers) and even closer to some great restaurants on the way to and facing the beach. Parking was a little cumbersome, (it is only street parking) but the owner provides 1 parking pass and gives you a little more leverage in that regard. The only thing you might want to bring from home is your own pillow if you need larger/firmer pillows than the ones they provide. Bottom line-- If you are looking for a clean and comfortable place to freshen up and lay your head then I think you'll find this to be a perfect accommodation.
                                                                                                      • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
                                                                                                      • Stayed: Sep 2016