12 REASONS OCEAN PARK IS A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD
Forbes.com, arbiter of success and sophistication recently wrote an article about the 12 Things That Make A Neighborhood Truly Great. If you’re into a beach urban reality, Ocean Park has all of the characteristics of a great place to live. Check it out…
- Lifestyle Match
If you like to walk and bike, there’s no reason to be living off of Mulholland Drive. If you you’re looking for a vibrant city with a unique blend of beach urban, than Santa Monica is your city, and Ocean Park, Santa Monica 90405 is the place to drop your flip-flops.
Happy residents mean a strong community. All great neighborhoods have people who are pleased to be living there.
People like living in Ocean Park, and are not quick to move away. From a real estate standpoint, we see minimal real estate turnover. Figure, there are around 1,702 properties in our neighborhood. According to the Multiple Listing Service, in 2014, 89 properties sold in Ocean Park. Essentially, a mere 5%-6% of properties change hands each year.
In 2014, the median sale price in Ocean Park in 2014 was $1,169,000. The average price per square foot was $893.99.
The most expensive home sold in Ocean Park in 2014 was down on the beach streets. The sandy chic 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom palazzo at 127 Hollister sold at $4,475,000. The low was a 1+1 at 2002 4th St., which sold at $399,000.
Great communities form neighborhood groups – like our Ocean Park Association. OPA, and groups like it across the country, brings the residents together for the betterment of the neighborhood, increasing our pride our ownership. OPA meets the 2nd Monday of every month at Joslyn Park at 7 p.m. It’s an easy way to make friends with your neighbors.
- Low Crime Rate
Citywide, in Santa Monica, crime rates are down. Under the fine leadership of Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, local crime has dropped to 1963 levels. The City was proud to boast a 13% drop in crime in 2014.
Regrettably, the country got to know about the superb caliber of SMPD on June 7, 2013, when 23-year-old John Zawahri went killing spree. It began with a domestic dispute and subsequent fire at a home, followed by a series of shootings near and on the campus of Santa Monica College. Six people were killed, including the suspect, and four people were injured in the incident. The shooter was taken down by police officers before he entered the Santa Monica College library.
Go to www.crimemapping.com or use Trulia’s Crime Maps, so you can see the types and frequency of crime in the area.
- Great Schools
For homeowners and renters with children, schools may very well top their list of what makes a great neighborhood. Not only are good schools important for families with children, they also make the surrounding neighborhoods more valuable and more sought after, keeping property values strong. The website www.greatschools.com can fill you in on the quality of schools in your desired neighborhood.
Locally, four Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District elementary campuses have received the prestigious “Distinguished School” designation from the California Department of Education.
Franklin Elementary School, Point Dume Marina Science School, Roosevelt Elementary School, and Webster Elementary School were named as four of the 424 public elementary schools to receive the honor for 2014.
Since we’re talking about schools, let’s also talk about the intellect of the community. The website www.Movoto.com has, rather curiously, named Santa Monica as the smartest suburb in America. They say this is true because Santa Monica has the sixth most museums per capita out of the 109 places in their study. We also ranked 10th overall for the percentage of its population who have bachelor’s degrees or higher (64.5%) and 11th for the number of nearby colleges and universities per capita.
- Outdoor Activities
Shall we hit the beach? The experts say that being close to the outdoor adventures you love can sweeten the appeal of your neighborhood. Being superclose to places to jog, blade, pedal, skateboard, surf, swim and sail, or pedal can keep you riding high about your home.
In Ocean Park, no one is more than 8 blocks from the beach. Hotchkiss and Joslyn Parks are accessible to pretty much everyone. We have a golf course on Rose in Venice, and tennis courts at John Muir Elementary School and Ocean View Park.
Anyone care for a bicycle along the beach or a game in the park?
- Local History
Street lined with mature shade trees are a big draw in sunny Sothern California, both from the standpoint of appeal, and lower cooling bills. Mature trees are a sign of an older, established neighborhoods, which are usually very stable, with longtime residents and community support, which also help encourage safety and low crime rates.
Ocean Park and Santa Monica and were both in the early 1870s. Ocean Park’s history is somewhat independent from that of the rest of Santa Monica. Separated from the north by a gully which today is occupied by the Santa Monica Freeway, Ocean Park sprang to life with Abbot Kinney’s 1891 Ocean Park Development Company. Abbot Kinney acquired the deed to a sandy strip of land in Santa Monica’s southwestern edge from W.D. Vawter and named the area Ocean Park. It became his first amusement park and residential project. In addition to building roads, homes, parks and piers, Kinney put in a casino, race track and golf course. After a falling out with his partners in 1904, he focused on his Venice of America development south of the Santa Monica city boundary. In 1905 to 1925, residential tracts began to be subdivided from the large blocks of land owned by families such as the Lucas’ and the Vawters. The land was developed by people such as Fraser, Merritt Jones, Hart, Hollister and Wadsworth; many of the lanes in the Beach Streets historic districts are named after these individuals. Larger old homes can be found along the 3rd Street historic district between Ocean Park Blvd. and Hill St. The street has a fine range of early architecture.
- Good Medical Care
Being close enough to get to a hospital or doctor’s office quickly is key for many people in various stages of their lives, particularly for retirees and families with young children. In Santa Monica, we are lucky enough to have two fine medical facilities to choose from.
Santa Monica’s Saint John’s Health Center was chosen as one of the 50 best hospitals in the country in 2014.
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica has been catering to the healthcare needs of West Los Angeles and Santa Monica since 1926. The Santa Monica medical center features clinical programs, including its women’s and children’s services, emergency services, and family medicine programs. It is also home to the internationally known Rape Treatment Center and its adjunct facility, Stuart House, for sexually abused children.
If you were a gifted doctor, and you had a chance of serving at Hummingberg General Hospital in Minnesota, or a well-endowed Santa Monica medical facility, which would you choose?
- Family Friendly
Buyers with children like owners with children. There are more opportunities for children to play, socialize, and make lifelong friends. Carpooling groups and other children’s programs are much more accessible when the neighborhood is full of children.
As far as family friendly activities go…beach anyone? We can swim, surf, boogie board, skateboard, rollerblade, ride bikes, walk, or just sit there and let the ocean lap our toes. More to do? Let’s go to the Pier and ride on the Ferris wheel? Or the Annenberg Community Beach House, Third Street Promenade, Pier Aquarium, Bergamot Station or we can wander over to ultra-happening Venice.
Have you been down Olympic and Colorado and seen the train tracks? In 2016 the Expo Line light rail Westside expansion will open, linking Santa Monica to the rest of the county by train. Santa Monica has three stops – Bergamont Station, Mid-Cities (17th Street), and 4th St., near the Pier and Promenade.
Easy access to public transportation is a fantastic plus for a neighborhood and an amenity for almost any lifestyle. From a commuting millennial to a retiree who wants to keep the car at home, public transit is a solid upgrade to any neighborhood.
Currently, the City’s Big Blue Bus line sinks with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to go all over the City. Curiously, Los Angeles has a very high mass transit accessibility rating. If you’ve got the time, they’ve got the bus.
- Close to Shopping and Restaurants
If you want to be part of the hustle and bustle (and don’t want to cook dinner every night), having great restaurants, shopping, and markets in proximity is a must! And Ocean Park has interesting news on both fronts.
Have you heard that the Albertson’s has been sold to Haggen Inc.? The tiny Pacific Northwest chain is buying 146 Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons and Safeway stores, including 83 in California. The Federal Trade Commission ordered them sold as part of the 2014 merger of Albertsons and Safeway.
Have you seen the article in the L.A. Weekly about the Restaurant Rebirth of Main St?
http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/the-restaurant-rebirth-of-main-street-santa-monica-5162767 the article boasts that with the departure of long-time fixtures like The Omelette Parlor and Wildflour Pizza, the possibility for a new direction has arisen. Could Main Street ever be hip? New blood like, Komodo Cafe, The Anchor Venice and Fork in the Road point to a tempered yes.
- Nightlife and Entertainment
A vibrant nightlife makes our neighborhood come alive. Have you walked down Main Street on a temperate Saturday night? The party is rolling out into the street from venues like the Basement, Brick and Mortar, Fin McCools the Ten Lounge and the perineal Circle Bar. Couples are enjoying tapas at the Fork in the Road and Manchego, or going to theater or over at the Edgemar Center for the Arts or a gallery opening at Angeles gallery or haleARTS S P A C E.
Nightlife is a priority for anyone who is young and single, but everyone appreciates a neighborhood where the hot spots are within walking distance. Movies, more music and theater, and even winter ice skating are a healthy walk or a short cab ride away.
In Santa Monica, if you don’t live in a walkable neighborhood, it’s by choice. We live in a small city, less than 8.5 square miles and the area is crisscrossed with commercial thoroughfares and parted by a freeway and train tracks.
Walking, bicycling or skateboarding around our town is great, because you can see the pride that everybody takes in their community. Every home is someone’s work of art, and when you’re walking, to the Promenade, Venice, or one of our grocery stores on Lincoln Blvd., you are surrounded by love, thought and beauty.
Need to know more? Please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.