Pacific Palisades is a beautiful coastal neighborhood on the Westside of Los Angeles, with multimillion dollar mansions nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking gorgeous beaches stretching out into the Pacific Ocean.
This is a close-knit community of just 27,000 residents, with numerous A-list celebrities attracted to Pacific Palisades’ intimate small-town atmosphere. The recent redevelopment of the central Pacific Palisades Village features a quaint tree-lined downtown offering numerous shops, restaurants, and low-key entertainment options. Pacific Palisades is an oasis of tranquility and understated elegance.
Areas or neighborhoods
- The Village is the Pacific Palisades’ central business district, centered at Sunset Boulevard and Via de la Paz.
- The Via Mesa and The Huntington Palisades are the neighborhoods that border the “village” proper to the south of Sunset Boulevard, overlooking the ocean. The Via Mesa is nestled between Temescal Canyon on the west and Potrero Canyon on the east; the Huntington Palisades is nestled between Potrero Canyon on the west and Chautauqua Boulevard on the east. Both of these neighborhoods are easy walking distance to The Village and sit upon high bluffs that look out over the Pacific Ocean. Many of the homes in these neighborhoods are accordingly afforded beautiful ocean views and ocean air. This area is also home to the largest park of the Palisades: the 117-acre Palisades Park which has four baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, two indoor basketball courts, a hockey rink, dog parks, and a number of playgrounds.
- The El Medio Mesa is located south of Sunset Boulevard beginning about a quarter mile west of The Village, across Temescal Canyon – just past Palisades Charter High School. The El Medio Mesa extends for a long distance from Temescal Canyon all the way to where Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Coast Highway. As with The Via Bluffs and The Huntington Palisades, The El Medio Bluffs are located on a high ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and much of the neighborhood is afforded beautiful ocean views and ocean air.
- Castellammare is located along the Pacific Coast Highway on small bluffs much closer to sea-level, just north of where Sunset Boulevard meets the PCH. This is the home of the Getty Villaand the narrow, winding streets in this neighborhood have Italian names and ocean breezes.
- Palisades Highlands is a community near the end of Sunset Blvd., bordering Topanga, about five minutes away from the center of Pacific Palisades (The Village). The Highlands could almost be considered its own separate community high up the hill overlooking the ocean, up Palisades Drive.
- Rustic Canyon is the neighborhood east of Chautauqua Boulevard that dips into Santa Monica Canyon and includes the Will Rogers State Historic Park.The neighborhood features post-war homes located on the former polo field of The Uplifters, the original site of The Uplifters clubhouse (now a city park), and “cabins” developed as second homes and weekend retreats. This area is also known as Uplifter’s Ranch.
- The Riviera is a Palisades neighborhood located approximately two miles east of The Palisades Village and features The Riviera Country Club, a high-end country club, and streets named after various locations in the French and Italian Riviera. The neighborhood is divided into north and south sections by Sunset Boulevard. It borders Santa Monica and Brentwood. The Riviera Country Club hosts the Genesis Open on the PGA Tour in February (the tournament has been previously known as the Northern Trust Open and Nissan Open and was originally the “Los Angeles Open”). Riviera has hosted three major championships: the U.S. Open in 1948 and the PGA Championship in 1983 and 1995. Ben Hogan won three times in less than 18 months at the course (1947 and 1948 L.A. Open, 1948 U.S. Open), and it became known as “Hogan’s Alley.” The country club will also host golf during the 2028 Summer Olympics.