6.8 out of 10

Ocean Park

Ranked 2nd best neighborhood in Santa Monica
34.0044528843279 -118.47862789888
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Jun 09, 2017

"Sterile and cold and noisy but relatively beautiful and safe"

I've lived here for 2 years now. While Ocean Park is visually appealing and relatively safe, it is chilly year round- both in temperature and spirit. Very bland culturally. Less noisy than downtown Santa Monica but still pretty loud for an ocean side town. If you are a bohemian, you won't be happy here. I'm here for personal reasons. I'll probably move within the next two years.
Pros
  • great shopping and restaurants
  • the beach
  • beautiful homes
  • Easy beach access
Cons
  • Anti-bohemian
  • Cold- can't wear shorts or bathing suit even though the beach is right there
  • Parking can be a bit busy on weekends especially during the summer.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Prime beach neighborhood in Santa Monica"

Super easy beach access. Close to all that Main Street has to offer: great restaurants, cool/hip shops and fun bars. Very walkable neighborhood. Friendly and laid back beach neighborhood! :)
Pros
  • Easy beach access
  • Laid back
  • Easy access to Main Street's restaurants, shops and bars!
  • great shopping and restaurants
  • the beach
Cons
  • Parking can be a bit busy on weekends especially during the summer.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Venice Beach North"

The best way to think of this area is as a borderland between Santa Monica and Venice. It is a bit more of a high end area than Venice with more pricy boutiques than its hyper-cool, hipster neighbor, but still with that same artistic feel that you only get once you go south of the Santa Monica Freeway.

You no longer have the cliffs here that separate the city from the beach, so the homes in Ocean Park have the feel of a beach town. Along the beach you also get lots of apartments and mini-high rises, but they simply don’t have the ritzy high cost feel of similar residences north of the freeway (even though many of the high rises don’t let this desuade them from charging the really high prices). The houses inland tend to be older and are a strange scramble of architectural styles from Victorians to Craftsmen to even an occasional Chateau. It is almost as if an architecture student designed the neighborhood as a catalogue of the mid century residential architecture styles. Near the ocean, the streets also tend to be narrow and create an environment conducive to walking.

Although lots of the high rises by the beach still charge the kind of rents you would expect north of the Santa Monica Freeway for Ocean Avenue locations, overall the prices in the area are much milder, with many of the smaller homes going for just over $1,000 per month.

There is a great deal of property theft in the area, but violent crime is less common.

Main Street is not really the central thorough faire in terms of traffic in Ocean Park (that right is reserved for Ocean Park Blvd.) but it is certainly the heart of the neighborhood in terms of foot traffic. The several boutiques, coffee houses and wine bars, make this artery course with hipsters and committed beach bums. The area has a certain Sixties feel as well, with a weekly organic farmers market and lots of health conscious eateries
Pros
  • the beach
  • beautiful homes
  • great shopping and restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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Best Streets in Ocean Park

1

Main St

4/5
"Bars and Shopping Galore!!"
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2

3rd St

3.5/5
"Mixture of Tourists and Beach Goers"
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Unranked Streets in Ocean Park

5th St

4/5
"pleasant to the eyes with plenty of palm trees"
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4th St

3.5/5
"many restaurants in close vicinity"
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Ocean Ave

3.5/5
"Luxury Restaurants and Luxury hotels"
34.0053930665992 -118.489823854676

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