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Magical Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

Magical Montana Avenue

As if in a world of its own, this beachy, tree-lined boulevard is moments from the sparkling blue Pacific, in a bubbling village of high end real estate, bursting with good vibes.  Montana Avenue is the soul of Santa Monica, a resort town hosting visitors from around the world.  Most famous for the chic enclave between 7th and 17th Streets, it is bedecked in distinctive fashion and specialty shops, and smathered with eclectic dining experiences.  The glamorous, open air niche with a European feel, entices you back time after time after time.  Don’t miss the annual sidewalk sales where you can find savings as much as 75% off, accompanied with fun, food and music for the whole family while you shop.  Check back with us for future dates of this popular event.  Montana Avenue, it’s where the locals go to play, from sunrise to sunset, but chances are, you will find yourself amongst a celebrity or two, just sayin…

With over 150 establishments, here are some of the favorites in each category:


Forma Modern Italian cuisine with a Delighful Cheese Bar

R+D Kitchen Adventurous American Fare

Blue Plate California Style Comfort food & Smoothies

Locanda Portofino Southern Italian in a Romantic Ambience with over 400 Wines

Margo’s Sophisticated New American

Sushi Sho Casual Japanese

Rori’s Housemade Organic Icecream

Greens Up Build Your Own Salads & Pressed Juices

Sweet Lady JaneGourmet Custom Cakes & Baked Goods, Catering & much more

Father’s Office Gastropub with over 50 Craft Beers

Art’s Table New American

Rosti Tuscan Kitchen Casual Italian with Tuscan Flavors & Large Portions

Spazio Caffe Trendy Authentic Italian Expresso Bar, Gourmet Eats

Louise’s Italian with a California Flare in a Family Ambience

Kye’s Smoothies, Shakes & Burritos

John Kelly Chocolate Gourmet Fudge in 19 Flavors & Luxurious Chocolates

Andrew’s Artisan Cheese Shop, Picnic Baskets, Olive Oils, Wines

Nothing Bundt Cakes Nostalgic Bundt and Bundtini Cakes

Menchies Frozen Yogurt Paradise

Pulse Cafe Organic Boba & Shakes, Bowls & Wraps

Pradeep Flavors of India combined with California Vegetables

Beaming Organic Superfood Cafe


Chico’s Women’s Clothing, Wrinkle Free Travelers Collection

Estell Boutique Elegant European Designs in Natural Fabrics & Soft Knits for Women

Claire V. Designer Claire Vivier Accessories

Citron Men & Women’s Fashions, Lots of Separates

J.Jill Relaxed Styles for Women

Savannah Voguish Women’s Clothing & Shoes

Boca Latest Trends to Classic Styles for Women

Boca Man Men’s Clothing Boutique Carries Popular Brands

Cozzi Cozzi Mod Sundresses, Cardigans, Jewelry

Planet Blue Bohemian Women’s Clothing, Swimwear & Accessories

Cami and Jax Luxury Swimwear Designed by Two Sisters

Sweaty Betty Fitness Attire

Heavenly Couture Couture Fashion & Assessories at Affordable Prices

Texture The Sweater Store and More, Finest American & European Knitwear

Luxygem Women’s Fashions

Gemelli Men’s Clothing

LF Stores Young Women Fashions & Assessories

Frankies on the Park Tween Girls & Their Individuality

Pink Chicken Stylish Children’s Fashions

Peek Kids Children’s Boutique


Yoga Works Notorious Yoga Studio…The Original Location

Massage Envy Wellness Boutique, Masssage & Facials

Skin LaundryLaser & Light Therapy, Skin Care Products

Benefit Boutique Makeup Artists & Services

Pilates Place Authentic Pilates Studio has Private, Duo & Group Sessions M7 Fitness Spa & Fitness, Pilates, Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Boxing, Ballet & More

Revolution Fitness Indoor “Stadium Spinning” Studio with Core Barre & Yoga

Olive and June Chic Nail Salon offers Massage Add-Ons

Malin and Goetz Apothecary Shop, Purveyors of Fine Unisex Lotions & Potions

Body Fitness Personal Training & Weight Loss Programs for Women & Men

Kare Plastic Surgery Contemporary Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery & Skin Care

Cha Spa Chinese Teas, Massages & Music

UpRise Classical Pilates and Wellness Center

Tracy’s Nails Nail Salon


Ten Women Galley Art Gallery, Coop of Local Artists

Aero Movie Theatre Independent Films, Occasionally with Guest Speakers

Public Library Montana Avenue Branch of Santa Monica Public Library

Larkellen Gift & Lifestlye Boutique, Handmade Goods from Local & World Artisans

Ele Keats Jewelry Jewelry Retailer

Shade Store Window Coverings, Shades & Blinds

Moondance Jewelry Gallery

Brentwood General Gift Baskets, Holiday Decorations, Cards

Balloon Celebration Balloon Creations & Party Supplies

Limonaia Gifts, Candles, Cards, Totes

Quilted Monkey Home Furnishings for the Whole Family

Papyrus Cards, Paper Creations, Stationary


Stroll through the pleasant streets neighboring Montana Avenue and experience ultra diverse architecture, from Seaside Estates to Craftsman Houses to Beach Bungalows. Homes north of Montana in the 90402 (Santa Monica) zip code are considered to be among the most expensive in Los Angeles County, ranging from 2.5 million to 30 million. South of Montana are mainly businesses, condos and single family homes.


Montana Avenue is a breezy walk or bike ride from the Santa Monica Pier or the Third Street Promenade.  Jump on a Breeze Bikeshare, or visit with the Hop On Hop Off bus.

Montana Avenue actually stretches from Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California to the West L.A. Veterans Administration at Bringham Avenue in Brentwood. It continues East of the Veterans Administration in the Brentwood Glen neighborhood to Veteran Avenue at UCLA when it becomes Gayley Avenue. Gayley Avenue later becomes Midvale Avenue at its intersection with Wilshire Boulevard.

If You Are Driving: Head West on the 10 Fwy or Wilshire Boulevard from LACMA. Drive North on Lincoln Ave from LAX. Or take the 405 South from the Getty Center. Off at Sunset Blvd.

Welcome Young Real Estate Investors, Where to Start?

Highrise that towers over Ocean Avenue.

High rise estate of the rich and famous in Santa Monica. Copyright by Mark Bolender

Perhaps you find yourself with a cache of surplus money that you wish to invest in the perfect property, suitable for flipping.  You will be delighted to know that Los Angeles is an ideal place to focus your search.  Here is a quick overview of our ideas on flipping foreclosures in this area…We have tried to illustrate the lowest starting price points and average price for typical neighborhoods with a good investment outlook. We have wrote this blog with the entry investor who is looking to start small.

In general, a foreclosed home receives 10-20 cash and conventional offers.  This leads to a significant wait time while the offers get “bid up”, eventually selling at a much higher price than listed for.  In addition, these homes are sold “without warranty”, which can lead to unforeseen future problems.  As such, there are other properties that are not foreclosures that could be a better deal in the Los Angeles area.  However, be assured that any list of available homes we generate for a particular area will include foreclosures and pre-foreclosures.

Regarding the range of prices for these homes, here is a sprinkling…

LA, Santa Monica skyscape

Santa Monica Cityline Over Beach Copyright by logoboom.

On the “Westside”, in places like Santa Monica, Mar Vista and West Los Angeles, a 1 bedroom condo/townhome will start around $500,000, but most good ones are over $800,000.  Occasionally, a property appears for less on the internet,  but usually these  lower priced homes are  for investors and are generally “non-owner occupied only”, where current tenants can remain there indefinitely.

An exciting, niche area, home to Sony, MGM, NPR West and the NFL studios, called Culver City, has 2 bedroom condo/townhomes for around $400,000.

Less desirable areas of West Los Angeles, like the infamous Compton 🙂 do have single family homes in the $300,000 range but living there can have its challenges.

An area in “The Valley”, the San Fernando Valley, called Woodland Hills, has 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes for $250,000-350,000.  These properties bring in rents of $2200-2400/month.

The picturesque city, known as the Santa Clarita Valley, about 29 miles north of LA, has townhomes for $250-300,000, strategically located near the town center mall and industrial park, close to many employment opportunities.

North of there, in the sprawling, diverse communities of the Antelope Valley, there are single family homes in the $350,000 range.  In the deserts, like Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, there are homes and condo/townhomes between $200-$500,000.

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Mark Bolender

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Mark Bolender has been a driving force for good, in the Southern California real estate scene for 30 years. His innovations in service, technology and transparency has given him a rewarding career with many clients. "Calm, cool and collected" best describes him. Detailed and caring define his character. His first hand knowledge of the housing industry, inventory, architecture, design and Southern California culture blends with his seasoned experience. He loves advocating for people and negotiating on their behalf. Mark feels strongly about assisting people in finding real estate that will enhance and enrich one's life. After all Mark says, where you live determines one's self worth, happiness and grounded-ness.


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