Pacific Palisades, is a district within the city of Los Angeles, California. Nestled between the Santa Monica mountains and the sandy beaches lies the Pacific Palisades. Known for its “home town” feel residents enjoy a relaxed, neighborly atmosphere. The city enjoys many community events like the yearly 4th of July parade. Pacific Palisades offers a lovely “Village” where you can shop & dine at many fine boutiques & restaurants.

In Pacific Palisades are several different and distinct neighborhoods, each with their own style, feel and price range. There are three different public elementary schools servicing the Palisades and your address determines which of the three Pacific Palisades elementary school district you are in. The main neighborhoods in the Palisades include:

Alphabet Streets

A popular areas in the Palisades is the Alphabet Streets. It is a flat residential area and is walking distance to shopping district of the Village. Popular with young families, there are “starter” homes around $900,000 for a 900sf bungalow tear down. There are also several new construction homes starting in the $3.0 million range. Children attend Pacific Palisades Elementary School.

South (or West) of Sunset toward the beach. There are the Via de la Paz Bluff homes and the El Medio Bluff homes. This flat area enjoys wonderful ocean breezes, and is walking distance to the Bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and convenient to town for shopping. This upscale area is a combination of remaining small bungalows, starting in the $1.4 million range, to newer customs homes in the $3.0 to $4.5 million price range. Many of the Via de la Paz Bluff homes are in the Palisades Elementary district. The El Medio Bluff homes are in the Marquez Elementary district.


Castellammare has been compared to living on the Amalfi coast in Italy. With stunning ocean views, tiny winding streets, and beautiful Italian street names, you will feel like you are on vacation. Homes in this area range from tiny villas, to a handful of brand new European-style estates. Prices start around $1.1 for a tiny villa, with limited yard space, and can to up to $5.0 for one of the newer architectural homes. In 2007 the unique, “Castellammare Castle” sold for around $12 million.

The Highlands

The Highlands is newest neighborhoods in the Palisades. It began as a series of tract homes, built in the hills above Sunset. It is also one of the few areas in the Palisades with condominiums and townhouses. Then in the 1990’s, beautiful 2-story homes and estates were built on the northern side. This area is especially popular with families and celebrities, due to the many gated streets. Many of the homes here are large in square footage (about 3000-6000sf) and are affiliated with the exclusive Summit Club. Condos start around $700,000-$1,500,000. Homes start around $1,200,000 to $6,000,000. Homes are mainly in the Marquez Elementary district.

The Huntington

This highly desirable area lies west of Chautauqua and south Sunset. These are mostly traditional-style homes on flat, wide lots. This area is popular with upscale families, due to the nice wide, flat streets and sidewalks. It is walking distance to the Pacific Palisades park and recreation center and the Palisades public library. Original, 1-story homes start around $ 1.8 and new homes go up to $6.0 million or more. Many of the original single story homes are torn down to make way for new construction homes The Huntington like its sister area North Of Montana in Santa Monica is home to many celebrities & entertainment people.

Marquez and Marquez Knolls

This wonderful area near Marquez Elementary school is another popular area with young families. It can be one of the most affordable areas, with homes starting around $1.0 million. Up the hill, on the knoll, homes have fantastic ocean views. This area was mostly built in the 50’s and the mainly 1-story homes have a unique, “mid-century” feel. Most homes are in the Marquez Elementary school district.

The Riviera

The Riviera is the most exclusive and expensive areas of the Palisades. It is located between San Remo to the East and Amalfi Drive to the West, on both sides of Sunset. For the most part, the homes here are much larger and on bigger lots. It is conveniently located on the East end of the Palisades, close to Brentwood. With its wide streets and deep setbacks, this is an area perfect for someone that appreciates their privacy. In the upper Riviera, many of the homes have stunning city and mountain views. The exclusive Riviera Country Club, home to the annual golf classic, is located in this area. This private club offers both golf and tennis. Children may attend the Canyon Elementary school.

Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon is the most unique neighborhoods in the Palisades. Nestled under the beautiful trees and alongside the babbling brook, these are mostly architectural and rustic-style homes. The area was built around the original Up-Lifters Ranch. This area is for people who likes privacy, quiet and shade. There is a combination of smaller homes and lots. Lots vary in size, a tear down will start in the $1,500,000 and a new construction home starts at $5,000,000 It is tucked away south of Sunset and convenient to Santa Monica. Most homes are in the Canyon Elementary school district.

Sunset Mesa and Pacific View Estates.

Located near the Getty Villa, this neighborhood is all about the beach and ocean views. Technically in Malibu, Sunset Mesa is a popular area for families. Set up in a low hill, the wide streets with sidewalks are perfect for walking to the beach. Almost all of the homes are 1-story. They range in size from around 1700sf to 3000sf. In general they start around $1.4 million up to about $2.2 million. On the Palisades side, in the area known as Pacific View Estates, the homes are a bit larger and start around $1.8 and up. Residents who live on the Malibu side have their choice to send their children to Malibu or Santa Monica schools. Malibu offers bus service to pick up & drop off children in Sunset Mesa.

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