Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades, known as "Where The Mountains Meet the Sea", is a neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles located among Brentwood to the east, Malibu and Topanga Canyon to the west, Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Bay to the south and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north.  Home to many of the more affluent residents of Los Angeles, it is primarily a residential area, with a mixture of large private homes, smaller historic bungalows and mid-20th century homes, condominiums, and apartments.

The land which is now known as Pacific Palisades was part of a 6600 acre land grant given by the Mexican government to Francisco Marquez and Ysidro Reyes in 1838.  It was named "Boca de Santa Monica"--Mouth of the Santa Monica--referring to the fertile flatland in the Santa Monica Canyon that served as the center for the families' farming operations.  By the 1870's the area had become a popular camping spot for those wishing to escape the heat and stifling conditions of the city of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.  In 1911, film director Thomas Ince created his Western film factory,"Inceville"which at its peak employed nearly 600 people. A decade later, the Rev. Charles H. Scott and the Southern California Methodist Episcopal Church bought the land and in 1922, Scott founded Pacific Palisades.  By the 1930's, many of the elite in the Hollywood establishment began building exclusive mansions in the "Palisades" and many successful present-day entertainers from all fields of the arts are still drawn to the community today.
 
Pacific Palisades is known for its small town "Mayberry" atmosphere and its residents enjoy the peace, quiet, safety and year-round outdoor lifestyle that Pacific Palisades offers.  The Village Green is the heart of Pacific Palisades and it consists of shops, restaurants, banks, coffee and juice bars, upscale men’s and women's boutiques and is host to a Sunday morning Farmer's Market.  Every 4th of July, the community's Chamber of Commerce sponsors day-long events for it's "Palisades Americanism Parade”, which include 5K and 10K runs, a parade down Sunset Boulevard, and a fireworks display at Palisades High School football field.  
 
There are numerous parks and trails in the "Palisades" including Rustic Canyon Park, Temescal Gateway Park and the Will Rogers State Historic Park and Polo Club.  The beach-side bicycle path shares the views with joggers and rollerbladers. It begins at approximately Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Temescal Canyon Road, and meanders south to Redondo Beach (approximately 20 miles) via Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey.   The most well-known landmark in the Palisades is the Getty Villa, an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.
 

Pacific Palisades is served by the city of Los Angeles as to fire, police, public school system, sewer, and trash pick-up.  Palisades High School, known simply as "Pali", is one of the most highly ranked secondary schools in Los Angeles and the class of 2012 recently celebrated as the 50th graduating class.  The love from the community for the school (which received its charter in 1994) is so great that recently Rose Gilbert, an award-winning English teacher who has taught English at Pali since 1961, donated two million dollars towards the construction of a pool for the campus and millions more for college scholarships and a new theater and auditorium.  There are also several highly ranked private schools in the Palisades including Calvary Christian, Village School, St. Matthew’s Parish School, and Westside Waldorf