Santa Monica

Santa Monica – World Class City

santa_monicaIf you haven’t been to Santa Monica in a while, you might want to risk gridlock and go visit. There is a reason why every artery leading into and out of this seaside city is packed with folks.

The Promenade can certainly boast of being among the most spectacular shopping districts in the World. But 2nd St and 4th Street surrounding this landmark indoor/outdoor mall are now competing as eye candy.

Everywhere you look the architecture has radically changed downtown. Where there was once single story retail stores, there are now mixed-use buildings block after block. For those who knew the Santa Monica of old (say 15 years ago), the site is almost akin to culture shock.

The Expo Line has opened and that is only a part of the transportation bundle that is central to the new Santa Monica. If Santa Monica is truly an advanced look at cities of the future, then the transportation part is where you might look first.

The Expo Line – 46 Minutes from DTLA to the Sea

While going 15 miles in 46 minutes doesn’t seem so great on Sunday morning, most of the rest of the time commuters who go from DTLA to SM or vice versa would be happy to move that fast. Moreover, in theory you arrive more rested and carefree on a train. Assuming that cost matters at all, the fare will be $1.75 for the trip including transfers to a bus at the other end. Using even a Tesla, your cost would at least double, not counting downtown or Santa Monica parking. Overall time, door-to-door during rush hour? Probably about the same.

Downtown LA by Bicycle in an Hour!!

A serious cyclist should be able to go 14.5 miles on the dedicated and flat bicycle path now available virtually the entire way. Certainly by week two of commuting by bike, you should be cutting that time down well under an hour. Can’t quite do that well. Get a bike with an electric motor assist. Some exercise, some rest.

Right next to the Expo is just such a safe bicycle lane from 4th and Colorado in Santa Monica to the downtown station. You can make that trip in sunshine about 80% of the days throughout the year. And once you are in shape, you should beat the train and the cars. If your destination isn’t all the way downtown, you may not even break a sweat except on the hottest days.

Save $500 a month or more. Get rid of the car

Bicycles, The Big Blue Bus, Uber, Lift, shared cars, and walking round out a complete transportation system. According to the ArgonautNews.com:

Riders from any of three Santa Monica stations get access to the entire region through a network of light rail, subway and rapid bus transit options.

Breeze Bike Share sponsored by Hulu launched the end of 2015 with 500 bikes at 75 hubs at locations throughout Santa Monica. The number of people riding Breeze will continue to grow, attracted by this new cleaner, greener and more convenient way to go. The same bikes will be launched in systems in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Long Beach.

Access to a car when you need it will be provided with car share operated by ZipCar. Members can use a range of low-emission car types by the hour, with 20 cars in public spaces and another 40 cars on accessible private lots.

Big Blue Bus is rolling out new lines and services to provide exceptional Expo integration, informed by thousands of resident and user comments. With many key destinations just beyond walking distance from the new stations and station parking at a premium, first- and last-mile connections will be crucial to maximizing the benefit of the rail line on traffic congestion and quality of life. The plan will leverage the strengths of the current Big Blue Bus route system, and will serve existing riders and attract new riders.

Live where you work – What a concept!

Santa Monica’s promenade and 4th St have been at the forefront of the move to create mixed-use building in Southern California. Now there are multiple plans for large projects all along the Expo Line. While only one is in the Santa Monica city limits thus far (at Lincoln on the old Denny’s site), another such center is awaiting final approvals at Olympic and Bundy. One more is proposed for Jefferson and La Cienega. Multiple new projects are at various stages of development in Culver City.

It is almost a dead certainty that more of these centers will be built near the Expo Line stations, including those at 17th and t 26th streets. Maybe the Sears property will be another spot where such a complex could be built

It will become more and more possible to live and work within walking distance of almost anything you could normally need. For the few times you do need to go more than a handful of blocks, your options for getting there will easily accessed and inexpensive.

There is a continuing shortage of homes in Santa Monica. If you are ready to sell your home in Santa Monica, and especially in the Sunset Park neighborhood, call Whit and we can help you get top dollar. If you are hoping to buy a home anywhere in the Los Angeles area, we will be happy to help you find what you are dreaming of. Call Whit at 310-777-6302