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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

                                                                                                    Our New Santa Monica Home!!!!!!

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                                                                                                    What a charming place to stay with a great location to everything!!! We did not want to leave. Len was an awesome host and provided everything that we needed and more. The beach was a 3 minute walk and Len provided beach towels, chairs, an umbrella, and a cooler. There are plenty of bikes to chose from, which we rode to the Santa Monica Pier. Within minutes, you can walk up to see breathtaking views of the ocean and the surrounding area. You are minutes from the exciting Third Sreet Promenade. Very comfortable, quaint, and relaxing!!!! We cannot wait to return!!!
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Character and charm in this cozy casita!

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                                                                                                    We just returned from a week's stay in Santa Monica and are so glad we found Faun's Sunny Casita! There are so many things we loved about our stay here. It was clean and comfortable, well-furnished, great bed, bright and sunny and in a nice quiet neighborhood. It is close to coffee shops, restaurants and shopping on Montana. The kitchen is well-stocked with any appliance you might need for cooking. The neighborhood is lovely and very walkable, we enjoyed early morning walks to the Starbucks (just a block away) to get coffee. Our only suggestion (and the reason for only 4 stars) would be to provide a portable fan. There is an air conditioner in the bedroom, but the weather was so nice when we were there, we would have preferred to sleep with the windows open and just a fan on, but the ceiling fan in the bedroom is quite noisy. We come to Santa Monica often to visit our son and his family and we look forward to staying in this Sunny Casita on future visits!
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
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                                                                                                    What a fantastic find!

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                                                                                                    This cute cottage just a block away from the beach was perfect for our family of three! It was clean and the location was very central to the beach, downtown Santa Monica and Venice. We weren't missing a thing. It was great having a full kitchen and washer/dryer which we took full advantage of. Parking was easy and the hosts really had everything we needed for our stay! We took advantage of the bikes and boogie boards they made available to us throughout the week. We really loved our stay and would highly recommend this rental to any small family looking to stay in Santa Monica. Thanks Dayle! We will definitely be back.
                                                                                                    • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
                                                                                                    • Stayed: Aug 2016