The Pacific Palisades epitomize Southern California living with palm tree-lined streets just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Seven miles to the west of UCLA, the Palisades hug the coastline, encompassing Will Rogers Beach and several miles of low oceanfront bluffs along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Enjoying a low profile among some of LA’s better-known Westside beach communities, the 90272 zip code retains a relaxed sense of community and small-town charm. Pacific Palisades homes are a logical addition for any property search near Malibu, Santa Monica or Brentwood.
Integral to Pacific Palisades is its colorful history. Western director Thomas Ince established Incevill here in 1911, nearly two decades before talkie pictures became the norm. It was one of the first film studios in the LA area and employed 600 film professionals. In 1922, colorful Rev. Charles H. Scott purchased the land in the name of the Southern California Episcopal Methodist Church. He established Pacific Palisades as a utopian religious-intellectual community. Episcopal Methodists snapped up the subdivided lots, establishing 100 homes in three years, ranging from tents to mansions, along streets named after Methodist missionaries.
During WWII, Pacific Palisades also attracted a flourishing community of exiled German and Austrian intellectuals and artists. The expat enclave earned the name “Weimar by the Sea” and included Nobel-winning author Thomas Mann, author Vicki Baum, actor Oscar Homolka, and critical theorist Theodor W. Adorno.
Today, the Pacific Palisades enjoy one of the lowest population densities in the area, consisting of upscale homes averaging 3,800 square feet. The Palisades is one of the more expensive parts of LA’s Westside, with entry points for single-family homes in the $2 million range and heading up from there. As homes exceed 6,000 square feet, pricing tends to fall between $5-10 million. However, larger properties with more land can fetch up to $25 million.
The Pacific Palisades neighborhood is certainly not short of attractions and recreation. It boasts miles of ocean-view hiking trails, Will Rogers Historical Park, and its own quaint downtown area known as The Village, a haven of fine dining, cafes, and boutique shopping.
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