Pacific Palisades is an idyllic community located on the west side of the city of Los Angeles. It is bordered by Santa Monica to the southeast, Brentwood to the east, Malibu and Topanga to the west, the Santa Monica mountains to the North and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Known for almost a century as the town “Where the mountains meet the Sea”, the Pacific Palisades is rich in history and alive with a thriving, active community of approximately 25,000 residents. The zip code for “the Palisades” — as it is often called by residents – is 90272.
In 1911, film director/producer Thomas Ince created his own film studio, Inceville, on the gentle slopes in the area now known as the Marquez Knolls of the Pacific Palisades, putting this beautiful land on the map of Los Angeles. Hundreds of films were made in the following decade before the land was sold to the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Reverend Charles Scott officially founded the community of the Pacific Palisades. Today, the upper elevations of the Marquez Knolls area of the Pacific Palisades offers some of the most beautiful views and vistas to be found along the California coastline.
In addition to the Marquez Knolls, there are many diverse areas within the borders of the Pacific Palisades community. Some neighborhoods are quite flat, some hilly and others quite mountainous. Sunset Boulevard bisects the entire community from north to south.
Homes in The Riveria section of the Pacific Palisades command some of the highest prices in the entire city of Los Angeles. Street names pay homage to the most beautiful areas of the French and Italian Riveria. Topography varies from somewhat flat to gently slopping hills facing and with views of the Pacific Ocean. The world famous Riveria Country Club is nestled in a wide canyon on the eastern most edge of the community.
Rustic Canyon is located to the West of the Riveria. It occupies the land once housed the Uplifters Ranch, which is now Rustic Canyon Park – a lively center offering various sports and recreation opportunities. Rustic Canyon is a wooded area in a low-lying canyon rich with trees and shrubbery. Here one can find many fine examples of contemporary wood and glass architecture. Above the canyon, just north of Sunset Boulevard discover the Will Rogers State Historic Park. The park offers hiking trails, grassy lawns and even polo matches from time to time throughout the year.
The Huntington Palisades is located just south of Sunset Boulevard in close proximity to the Village, complete with shops, restaurants and services. This is an upscale area with wide, slightly curved streets on flat land.
To the north of Sunset Boulevard lie “The Alphabet Streets” – adjacent to the North Village -where names of the narrow streets begin with a corresponding letter of the alphabet.